With millions of users across the globe, Airbnb has made its mark. But many parents of toddlers wonder if they should use this rather unconventional accommodation provider. To help you in your decision-making, here is a guide to the pros and cons of using Airbnb with toddlers.
What Exactly is Airbnb?
Started in 2008, Airbnb is a platform that allows property owners to rent out their spaces. Currently, Airbnb has over 5 million places to stay in 191 countries – from luxury villas to cozy homes to even treehouses.
The Pros of Using Airbnb with Toddlers
Ability to Live Like a Local
Finding a place to stay using Airbnb is a very unique experience, as it allows you to live like a local. Rather than staying on a street full of hotels, you have the opportunity to stay at a tucked away cabin or just your average home.
As an added bonus, if you have an extra friendly Airbnb host, you might even make a local friend with local tips before you even step foot in the city.
Ability to Select Necessary Amenities
When booking a room at a hotel, the hotel has a set list of amenities that do not change. However, with Airbnb, you can filter your results to have the amenities that you must have. For example, with a toddler, you may want a washer and dryer in case your little kiddo gets extra messy. Other options include a kitchen, crib, highchair, pool, free parking, and more!
One of the biggest complaints that parents have about staying in a hotel room with toddlers is the fact that when the toddlers go to bed at 7 p.m., so do the lights. That means that from 7 p.m. on, the parents are moving around in the dark! With Airbnb, you can select a listing with multiple bedrooms! So while your children are asleep with the lights off in one room, you can be in a different room with the lights on!
With the hundreds, if not thousands, of Airbnb listings in any given city, you can pick a listing that has a cost that is right for you and your family. If you need to budget, there will be listings in your range, and if you want to splurge, there will also be options for you to do that!
The Cons of Using Airbnb with Toddlers
The Lack of Staff
With a typical hotel, there are many staff members around who are able to make your trip a little bit easier. There is a helpful concierge, who can suggest toddler-friendly activities. There are lovely cleaners, who will help tidy up some of the messes in the room as they make their rooms. And let’s not forget about the amazing child-watching services that many hotels have. At an Airbnb, you are on your own.
The Standards May Vary
One of the riskier aspects of choosing an Airbnb is that the standards may vary. For example, some places that list themselves as having “two bedrooms” actually have one bedroom and a living area that can be converted into a bedroom. Another aspect that may vary is the cleanliness of the listing. Sometimes they are sparkling clean and other times they can be a little bit questionable.
The best ways to make sure the standards are up to par are 1) looking at the pictures and 2) reading the reviews. While some homeowners may have staged the listing for the pictures, usually the owners who will take the time to stage a listing will also take the time to clean it. If not, the reviews will clue you into the inconsistencies. Does the listing claim that it has heating but it doesn’t? Is the neighborhood kind of dangerous? Past reviewers will be sure to clue you in!