Airbnb might seem like an attractive choice when you’re booking accommodation for your next business trip, but you’ll probably find yourself better off using a serviced apartment, and here are just a few reasons why.
If you’re going on a business trip, you want to book accommodation that feels somewhat professional. Unfortunately, an Airbnb will rarely qualify. This is someone else’s home, so apartments will be less professional and more homely, and often not particularly tidy. This is not going to stir up any feelings of confidence if you have anybody to visit you.
Peace of Mind
Outright Airbnb scams are less common than you’ve probably been led to believe – it’s just that everyone has heard a horror story or two. However, you might well find that accommodation does not quite match the pictures. It’s not like there’s going to be any quality control on the part of the owner, and you could easily end up regretting your decision to book an Airbnb. Instead of getting on with your work, you’ll be distracted by the effort needed to get things sorted.
Serviced apartments are usually set up for business travellers; you should find blackout curtains to help you get a good night’s sleep, a coffee machine for your morning pick-me-up, a laptop-friendly workspace where you can get some work done, and, perhaps most importantly, a strong internet connection. The same may not be said for your average Airbnb. Even if it has those amenities, it isn’t going to have housekeeping, so you’ll have to take care of the cleaning yourself – that’s never ideal when you’re busy with work.
Communication and Support
There are exceptions, but Airbnb accommodations are almost always rented out by individual owners – it’s a side-line rather than a business. In many cases, the property will simply be let out on a short-term basis while the owner is away. That’s why you’ll tend to find communication poor. The owner won’t be thrilled if you call them up asking for directions. With a serviced apartment, you still get a concierge service.
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