12 Things Your Airbnb Host Forgot to Tell You

First, let me say that I am a huge Airbnb fan and I’ve rarely encountered an Airbnb host I didn’t like in the 16 trips I’ve taken since 2013. The site, which lets you book short- and long-term accommodations in cities around the world, is an absolute lifesaver. Their customer service is fantastic, and I would absolutely recommend it.

That said, not every Airbnb is perfect. I’ve stayed at amazing places, places that are almost amazing except for that one tiny problem, and places I could tolerate for just about as long as I was booked there.

I’m not sure I’ve encountered a host outright lying, but – like the good marketers they are – they play up the good points and downplay the bad ones. After you arrive at your Airbnb, get the keys, and shut the door, some things don’t look exactly like they did in the description.

If you’re looking for an Airbnb, here are a few things that your hosts might forget to tell you about the apartment’s various features and amenities.

1. Wifi

The fine print: Yes, there’s wifi, but it’s shared with our neighbor Bob who works from home and is fond of torrenting movies. Or yes, there’s wifi, but I forgot to give you the password and I’m away on a silent meditation retreat in India without technology (this happened to me once – good thing my boyfriend is a hacker).

2. Cozy attic

The fine print: The ceilings are so low you will most assuredly bump your head somewhere. We have an icepack.


3. Double bed

The fine print: This is Europe, so it’s actually more like a single bed for a very obese person. I hope you two are cozy. 

4. Lots of light

The fine print: If you stick your head out the window at exactly 3:43 pm, you might be able to see the sun. Otherwise, turn some lamps on.

5. Essentials included

The fine print: Whoever was in here before you left a half-drunk carton of milk and some vegetables they forgot to cook.

6. Breakfast provided

The fine print: We make some extra toast at 7 am. Will you be wanting some?

Airbnb host

7. Third floor

The fine print: In our country we call the ground level M, so that’s three flights of narrow, worn-down wooden stairs to break your ankle on.

8. Gym

The fine print: We have two treadmills and a few sad-looking barbells that will rub your hands raw – but you need muscles to carry those suitcases up the stairs!

9. Friendly roommates

The fine print: We’re extroverted and we think everyone else is, too!!! Let’s bond!!!

10. Buzzer/wireless intercom

The fine print: Those people who clutter mailboxes with flyers will interrupt you with a heart-stopping BUZZ every afternoon trying to gain admittance to the building.

11. Kitchen

The fine print: We have a hot plate and some forks from Ikea. Do you like expensive takeout?

12. No loud noises past 10 pm

The fine print: My building doesn’t really allow Airbnb, and if you get me in trouble I hope your mother won’t be reading the review I give you. Actually, I hope she does.

Image Credit: Flickr/luvi

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.
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