Last updated: 01:00 PM ET, Tue September 13 2016

Tips for First-Time Airbnb Users

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | September 13, 2016

Tips for First-Time Airbnb Users

New to Airbnb? You may want some tips on how to use the service since it’s not like staying in a hotel and isn’t really anything like a B-and-B either — as Lucas Peterson notes in an article with tips on the best ways to use Airbnb in The New York Times

“Oh, and the ‘breakfast’ part of ‘bed-and-breakfast?’ Best to take that with a grain of salt; it hasn’t existed in any of the Airbnbs that I’ve booked,” Peterson says. 

He dissects Airbnb’s service in a story with some pro tips on how to book with Airbnb for the first time. 

A good piece of advice is to decide the type of experience you want before booking. 

“Don’t feel like leaving your comfort zone? Want to get in and get out of a city quickly, with minimal hassle? A traditional hotel may be for you,” he notes. 

Peterson also says that travelers should be realistic when they use Airbnb. 

“It’s important to temper your expectations. The bed may not be perfect, the faucet may leak, and the Wi-Fi may be spotty,” he advises. 

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He also suggests that you make sure you know what you are booking. Airbnb offers several categories such as private rooms, shared rooms and entire homes — make sure you reserve the right one. 

“You don’t want to show up at your booking with your significant other and awkwardly encounter another person — or worse, another couple — staying in the same place,” Peterson says. 

These are some basic tips, but there are more suggestions for booking your first Airbnb experience here


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