AirBnB – Best of Hotel and Home

A number of years ago we signed up for AirBnB, it was a new service at that time and we were basically just seeing what it was all about. It looked like an interesting way to take a trip and have the benefits of having a proper place to rest and sometimes cook, home from home.

We actually did not use the service for a long time with our first booking being in Nova Scotia a couple of years ago when we rented a house on Cape Breton for a vacation where we would have Max, Derek’s grandson.

Nova Scotia AirBnB


Nova Scotia AirBnB
Nova Scotia AirBnB

Since then we have had a number of rentals and have not had a bad experience once, most have been in Edmonton, and usually for just a weekend.

The Edmonton rentals where also pretty much though one person who has a number of locations across the city and they where all apartments, very comfortable and well appointed with lost of amenities and located near to everything we needed and, in a couple of cases, a hospital. (See some earlier blogs posts for the heart special)

Edmonton AirBnB View from Balcony

So now we are trying AirBnB again for the next trip and will be our first rental in a foreign country as we are off to Rome again for Christmas. We have rented a place for a week and we are pretty excited as it is in a really great central location.

We have rented the place for 8 nights, which is also the longest we have had an AirBnB, which gives us lots of time to live like a local. Part of the appeal is that the location is close to some great restaurants, in an area we never got to visit this past summer and has a full kitchen for us to cook.

Rome AirBnB
Rome AirBnB

The place looks amazing and a place we will be able to chill out in after lots of walking and checking out parts of Rome, and Italy, that we did not get to see this past summer.

As with booking a hotel it’s a good idea to read the reviews of any places you plan to rent, but also keep an open mind as some people will sometimes right a review that on the first read seems negative, but is actually a misunderstanding between the person and the renter. You can usually get a feel based on the number if positive reviews.

So look for our posts about Rome sometime late December, there will not be a direct review of the rental, but we will be sure to mention if it is as good as expected.

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