I’m always in search for the cheapest accommodation when going abroad because it’s just a place to sleep in. When we learned that we’re going to London, I messaged my London-based friends about the best accommodation and affordable one since everything is expensive in London.
The most popular advice that I got was: AirBnB.com
You see, I booked Booking.com over at the internet last year when we went to Hong Kong. It was just a triple occupancy, Economy rate and when we got there it looked nothing like the one on the internet. I swear it was an ugly backpacker’s inn (my fault, I chose a backpacker’s inn) but it was highly accessible to the malls, transportation, food, sights, and etc. and I really couldn’t complain because I got it dirt cheap for a one week stay. Anyway…
My cousin, who’s amazing in searching and booking accommodations got us an apartment in London. This one’s in Camden town. When I received the itinerary, I thought “Really? We’re not even going to meet the owner?”
So here’s how it works: You look for an apartment listed in Airbnb.com, you pay online, you get confirmation with the instructions and you use the apartment like your own.
IN CAMDEN TOWN, LONDON, ENGLAND
My cousin booked all seven of us in this 2 bedroom apartment complete with amenities and we had the best time. I just forgot to take “Before” photos so here’s what I managed to take:
IN PLEASANCE, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
When we went to Scotland, we also stayed at another AirBnB apartment that my cousin got for the three of us. It’s a 1BR apartment, walking distance to every thing cool and interesting spots in Scotland.
Good thing we had our training in London, we knew how to navigate getting in AirBnb apartments. Basically you’re given a secret code to access the key to the apartment and you will just return it where you go it, when you leave.
View from our windrow:
This is the hallway taken from the dining table:
The house has no shoes rule, so you will leave your shoes in the cabinet at the entrance
This is the cute living room:
And the dining area
Other side of the kitchen with vacuum cleaner and washing machine:
The dresser, ( I forgot to take photos of the cabinet but it’s just a regular closet)
Also, please be informed that AirBnb does not include breakfast. We just bought our dinner at the grocery store and used the appliances at the apartment.
I have not tried using AirBnB yet in Asia, I hope I will not get disappointed.