In July my husband and I snuck away for a quick little trip to one of our favorite cities – Kansas City! We have had this trip planned for a while because we had tickets to a Shania Twain concert (any other Shania fans out there?!). When it got closer to time for the tip we were looking at all the lodging options and all the hotels were SO EXPENSIVE! And if you all know anything about me, you know I am a budget traveler! So we turned to Airbnb to see if we could find something relatively close to the concert venue that wouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg.
After a lot of searching and researching the different areas of Kansas City, we chose this adorable Airbnb located downtown in a historic home.
Joyce was our contact person when we arrived and she was so hospitable, telling us about the history of the home and showing us all around the property. This house has three different Airbnb apartments; one downstairs in the basement, one on the second floor, and one on the third floor. The main level of the house is accessible by all guests for entering and exiting, and there was an adorable pup named Walter who lived on this main level. He was a popular mention in all the reviews we read before booking our stay!
Here are my best tips for booking an Airbnb to ensure you get the most out of your stay!
Use the Search Filters
When searching for that perfect nightly rental on Airbnb, the search filters come in handy! Here are some of the ways I narrow my search:
- Home Type – I always choose the “Entire Place” option first when filtering my search because I’m just not interested in sleeping on someone’s sofa or on their spare bed . . .
- Superhost – This is a feature that Airbnb has developed that lets you know the host is qualified. They have a strict process to become a Superhost, so booking through someone who has met all the requirements guarantees you’ll have a good experience.
- Price – Let’s be real . . . I love saving money so why would I book an Airbnb that was MORE expensive than a hotel? Unless it was like a guest suite in Beyonce’s house or something 🤷🏼♀️
- Amenities – If we are staying for more than one or two nights we like to find a place that has a kitchen. This can cut down on the cost of eating out during a trip because you have the option to cook at “home” or properly reheat any leftovers. When searching Airbnb you an select “kitchen” or any other amenities to narrow your search!
- Beds – I love that you can adjust your search to include the number of beds. When it’s just my husband and I traveling this doesn’t really matter, but when we are traveling with a group of friends this feature comes in handy!
Read the Reviews
I can’t stress this one enough. Even if someone has been recognized as a Superhost, I still ALWAYS read the reviews! This will help determine proximity to attractions you might want to visit during your stay, as well as any other important details that might not be outlined in the listing. Are the beds uncomfortable? If they are, someone will mention it in their review.
Check the Location
Although you don’t get the EXACT location of an Airbnb until you book it, you can still see the general area on the listing. This will help you decide what part of the city you want to stay in. When we were booking our stay in Kansas City, I knew I wanted to be close to the Sprint Center, but not SO close that we were right in the middle of downtown KC. After researching the location of the Airbnb we booked, I saw that it was only approximately an 8 minute drive from the Sprint Center . . . perfect!
Message the Host
Did you know you can message the host before you book your stay? You can ask them questions about the check-in process and location and it gives you a good idea of their response time. You can even ask for recommendations to help you plan your trip!
These are my tips for booking your stay through Airbnb! I would love to hear about your favorite place to travel – leave a comment below! And if you’re ready to give Airbnb a try, click the link below to get $40 off your first stay!
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