What do you look for when choosing an accommodation?

Travel Forums General Talk What do you look for when choosing an accommodation?

1. Posted by endycool (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I'm thinking about buying a small flat and rent it via airbnb. I've traveled quite a lot but I've mostly stayed at hostels or using couchsurfing and I think I lack a broader perspective of what people prefer when they travel. Personally, I like to save my budget for tours or experiences and I adapt to almost any accommodation, but I would like to know other people's preferences. (I don't know where else to ask)

For the same price, would you prefer to stay:

  • In a very tiny flat downtown, in the heart of the city
  • In a spacious apartment 3km away from the city

Basically, the question comes down to size versus location.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4270 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Location, location, location.

I'd choose a smaller apartment in a better location every time.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 4304 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

"What do you look for when choosing an accommodation?"

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For an airbnb place take the time to look for hidden cameras. (Unless you want to be entertaining total strangers and not get paid for it!)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/03/what-happens-when-you-find-cameras-your-airbnb/585007/

https://www.newsweek.com/woman-says-she-found-hidden-camera-airbnb-bathroom-1681576

Other than being the free entertainment for some perv, location, safety and price would be important.

4. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1821 posts) 5w 1 Star this if you like it!

Location is our first priority. We only used Air BnB once and it was not the greatest experience. The place was nothing like the photos. The only saving grace was the location. Never used them again. When we rent (which we usually do), we use Gites de France or something similar. They are regulated and checked and you get what you pay for.

That said, if we want to visit a city, we rent right in the center of town. Why waste time taking trains and buses to all the things you want to see? If we want to visit the countryside, we look for a farm stay or a very small village. Unless we're staying in a city, we lease a car. In a city, a car is a waste of time and money.

As far as price, we set a budget and stay within it so it depends on how far we go and how long we plan to stay.

5. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 280 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Location, absolutely. But if the city center isn't safe and/or offers little of interest for a tourist to do (you don't say WHERE you're looking to purchase) it won't provide the sort of income you might be expecting from it.

As well, you need to check the local laws regarding short-term lets: many cities are cracking down on under-30-day rentals. The building the flat is in may have its own rules banning guest stays for profit, as other residents don't want people who don't live there coming in and out of the building on a regular basis. You'll need to check what will be required for liability insurance, and be responsible for cleaning and general upkeep of appliances, furnishings, etc.

6. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 176 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

I avoid short term rentals from sites like AirBnB for the reasons goodfish stated. Here in LA where I live, many cities have passed laws either regulating them (eg, host must live on premises, homeshare) or banned them outright.
I prefer to stay in motels or sometimes hotels, or at least rent a condo that is professionally managed. If it is outside the US, I want to use an agency that has a local presence or management company.

7. Posted by endycool (Budding Member 2 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your feedback. I didn't specify the city to make it as generic as possible.

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9. Posted by sticktraveller (Budding Member 4 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I like to stay in the city just because of access to establishments but the 3km is just a small distance. the spacious one away from city is okay as long as there is a means of transportation.