For many people, visiting new places and staying away from home is a luxury, even if they do it a lot for business or pleasure. When guests stay in a hotel they expect premier service and a high standard of cleanliness – but what is expected of an Airbnb stay? Guests often choose a home rental for a more authentic experience in their destination of choice, with personalisation and a home-away-from-home feel. How can you make your property not just a place to sleep, but a cultural experience for your guests?
Add quirky touches
When designing your home, make it an exciting place which offers insight into the surrounding area. Each room should be a place to explore! Many of your guests may be international and want to immerse themselves in the local culture, so think of ways you can introduce them to your country or city. From local food and delicacies to relevant pieces of art or books, be sure to include items you wouldn’t find in a hotel room.
Relaxation and comfort
Another thing that sets apart Airbnb properties from traditional hotels is space and comfort. Your home is no doubt more spacious than a hotel room, so make the most of that space in the overall design. Utilise the kitchen diner, offer large, comfy pieces of furniture and make sure you provide all the amenities your guests will need. If you want to make the property family friendly then you may wish to include a games console or multiple entertainment gadgets.
You can really help your guests settle in by offering personal recommendations for the neighbourhood. Tips from a local can make a holiday much more authentic – so leave a list of nearby restaurants, bars, museums or places of interest you think visitors should visit. Your guests may not have a 24 hour concierge, but they do have a very knowledgeable host so why wait to be asked the question?
Host an Airbnb Experience
Airbnb have launched an experience platform, which offers local hosts the opportunity to give guests access to cultural experiences in their city. These experiences range from workshops to longer excursions, and are led by local hosts who know their city and community best. Guests can book Airbnb experiences with their accommodation.