When it comes to travelling, accommodation choices are endless. Hotels, resorts, hostels, bed and breakfasts, Airbnb, house sharing and glamping, just to name a few. So what’s the best option for both budget and luxury? For me, it’s Airbnb and here’s why.
When I began my travels, what was really important to me was waking up in a foreign city, living how the locals lived and seeing the beauty of life from their perspective. I wanted to experience a culture as authentically as possible. Without actually living in a country for a period of time, staying in an Airbnb has been the closest thing for me.
Last year during a trip to Paris, I could have stayed in a hotel, woken up in my room, had the standard buffet breakfast provided and it would have been nice, but nothing extraordinary. However, waking up as I did in the Paris apartment I found on Airbnb, sun filtering in through the rooftop windows, crossing paths with other residents of the building on my way to a local cafe for breakfast, I could truly imagine what life would be like as a local.
Best airbnb so far
Out of all the Aibnbs’ I have stayed in, the penthouse apartment in Paris is by far my favourite. This place was stunning and completely exceeded my expectations. Once inside, it was the perfect Paris apartment.
The first thing that caught my eye when I reached the top of the staircase was the size of the apartment. I was expecting something quite small, but as I looked around at the large open space before me I was pleasantly surprised.
The décor of the apartment consisted of both modern and antique furniture, beautiful artwork hanging throughout and with the natural light coming through the windows, everything blended together perfectly. It was large enough not to feel claustrophobic, but small enough to get that warm cozy feeling.
I especially loved the little touches that the host put together. There were water bottles on the coffee table for us when we arrived, towels neatly laid out for showering and the Wi-Fi password was clearly displayed.
We were supposed to arrive at the apartment around eleven in the morning, however due to unforeseen delays, we arrived closer to midday. Our host was great, he responded promptly to our messages and waited patiently for us to arrive so he could hand us the keys. He was also flexible regarding checkout, kindly allowing us to leave later than originally planned. All signs of being a great host in my opinion.
You’ll find this incredible penthouse apartment located on Rue Tiquetonne, Ile –de- France, only a 15 minute walk to the Louvre. This street can become a little busy at night, however with the double glazed windows you won’t hear a thing.
And there’s nothing better than waking up in the ‘city of love’ and starting off your day with a traditional Parisian breakfast. Coffee, crepes, croissants, I couldn’t have asked for more. Just a short walk from the apartment, I was definitely spoiled for choice. Seated at our tiny table amongst the locals, we spent a good hour just eating and drinking coffee as we watched the world go by.
Don’t get me wrong, I love experiencing luxury hotels as I travel, I mean who wouldn’t, but with the amount of travelling I do, Airbnb is the more affordable option whilst giving me the authentic experience I’m after.
At €140 a night I would say this place is affordable as it sleeps up to four people, which only comes out to €35 per person per night. Not a bad deal if you ask me! It was the luxury Paris accommodation we were looking for at a price we could actually afford.
During my travels my Airbnb accommodation has varied quite a lot. I’ve gone from penthouse apartments and industrial style lofts, to self contained units and someones spare room. I’ve even stayed in a backyard hut before! No matter where I am, I always make sure that wherever I stay I’m waking up to breathtaking views and experiencing a country more like a local than a tourist.