The Air BnB Experience

Hello everyone,

This is one of many posts to come about my trip to Venice. I thought that this post would be really helpful for those of you out there who have thought about booking an Air BnB but have always been a bit unsure.

I was always quite conspicuous about staying at an Air BnB because it doesn’t have the same sort of feeling as knowing you’re staying a hotel it is all a lot more independent. My stay in Venice included my first experience staying in an Air BnB, the reason I was a lot more spurred towards booking this was that hotels in Venice were coming up fairly expensive.

I went to Venice with my boyfriend he is recently graduated and I have been on my placement year so we are not earning lots of money to be able to afford an expensive hotel. This meant we were looking for alternatives. I had previously looked at Air BnB last year for Venice so I remembered the prices seemed a lot more reasonable.

I found Maurizio on Air BnB who is a Superhost which made me feel very comfortable booking with him. A Superhost is when the individual has received great feedback and is known as a ‘shining example’ to other hosts. A medal then appears next to their name and you can put this on the filters.

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How to Select your Superhost.

The Booking: 

It is super easy to book through Air BnB. You can even filter as you can see above for any facilities/amenities that you need to be included. As a part of the booking process it asks you to send over a message to your hosts as to who you are, what you do and why you would like to stay. It is such a lovely part of the process as I found with Maurizio having the contact and ease of conservation helped to reassure me about this new experience. You will then get a message once you’ve sent through payment and you just wait for your stay to be accepted by the hosts.

The Cancellation policy is made very clear hosts will select whether they allow:

  • Flexible: Full refund 1 day prior to arrival.
  • Moderate: Full refund 5 days prior to arrival.
  • Strict: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival.

These are all made very clear on the website and there is plenty of information that each host provides on their listing so make sure you read thoroughly before you book!

TOP TIP: Keep an eye out for any additional costs, such as Security Deposit & Cleaning Fees. There may also be details on Tourist Tax that you pay your host like we did in Venice.

The Contact: 

With this being our first experience in Venice and my first time in Italy it really helped having this friendly contact with our host. I advised him on our flight times and he gave me his friends contact numbers so we can let them know when we arrive so we can check-in. It also helped to clear up any discrepancies or concerns that I had in regards to facilities.

TOP TIP: Do not be afraid to ask for advice on getting around. Maurizio gave us some incredibly handy information on how to get from the Airport to our apartment which was amazing. Remember your hosts live where you are going so…they are the experts!

The Stay: 

We stayed in the Santa Caterina, Granseola (which means Crab) room in the Canareggio area of Venice. We took the Blue Line Alilaguna to Fondamente Nove and took an approx. 5 minute walk to our apartment. We were then greeted by one of Maurizio’s friends who gave us our key and showed us our flat and the communal fridge and coffee area. It had all the facilities we need, wi-fi, TV which we didn’t really need anyway, a big bed and shower & toilet.

It was around a 10-minute walk straight over a couple of bridges and we reached a main street with shops, bakeries and if you head left you’ll walk round to Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square & if you walk right you will head to more shops and restaurants. We could not fault the location whatsoever. On the harbour front near our apartment we found a lovely restaurant named ‘Ristorante pizzeria da alvise’ and we went 3 times out of our 5 nights.

The Canareggio area where his converted flats are located is perfect. It is outside of the main touristy area which means it is rather quiet. You are a short walk from a ferry terminal where you can access the Airport, the Lido, Murano & Burano.

The Benefit: 

On the first night we slept with the windows open and without thinking I woke up covered in bites…

It is in no way the fault of our host, the location is right by the water and it was really hot which is just a breeding ground for midges. We just did not even think about the fact we could get bitten. The one thing that I found to be amazing about staying with an Air BnB I just sent over Maurizio a message to say I have been badly bitten and that evening he left us a repellent plug-in for the wall.

TOP TIP: Do not wait to get home to complain or mention any problems that you have. Send a message to your host, they are not psychic and 9 out of 10 times they will be able to help you! There is nothing worse than leaving a negative review without notifying your host first.

Overall: 

I would 100% recommend staying in an Air BnB. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Venice go and contact Maurizio and let him know I recommend it! It was perfect for us and the whole Air BnB experience is so lovely and I love the personal contact you have with the host. I have stay booked in London for July with Air BnB and when I am planning trips in the future, Air BnB is one of my first go-to places for accommodation.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that you found it helpful. Have you stayed in an Air BnB and if so share your experience in the comments below!

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Thank you for reading and keep an eye out for many posts from Venice.

Rhianna

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