To my dearest:
Happy Thursday! And it is Travel Thursday again featuring my recent trip in Miami Beach! For this trip, I wanted to experience a piece of Miami Beach. I’ve been to Miami Beach before, so I knew what the hotels were like here, so I thought, why not experience South Beach in a different perspective. Airbnb is definitely the way to go, if you want to experience a city like a local.
Back in the days, hotels were the only type of accommodations available to travelers. However, in recent years, Airbnb has given travelers a second option for accommodations when traveling. And although both provides boarding for travelers, I’d say they are two very different markets and not so much competition.
Hotels are great. I love hotels and I always choose the best within my budget. But, you also expect to go to a hotel and have a “resort” like stay with stellar hospitality service. Basically, a hotel provides a comfortable stay while you’re away from home — not necessarily a “home”. Because let’s face it, there’s no way, you can have the hotel experience at home. And that’s precisely why we choose to book a hotel for vacation!
Airbnb on the other hand is different. It is essentially a hosted home. It gives the traveler more of a chance to explore the city like a local. The reason being is that it is usually located at less touristy saturated areas. And if you’re lucky, you will also meet with hosts who are locals and will tell you their favorite local spots that maybe tour guides don’t even know about. You can choose whether you want to rent a room, a studio, or an entire apartment. This is more budget friendly for travelers who are on a tight budget for their trip, such as: students or backpackers.
Airbnb is also a more home away from home choice, because if you choose an entire apartment, it is usually completely furnished. This includes: amenities, kitchen, TV, internet, and more. Kitchens definitely make a traveler feel right at home! For my trip, I always cooked breakfast at my Airbnb before heading out! Having your own TV and internet is also a plus. I felt right at home, when I was able to connect my Chrome Cast to their TV and watch my favorite shows after a long day of travel. It really felt like I was able to be home in my living room and I can completely unwind.
For my trip to Miami Beach, I chose Red Rentals Solution through Airbnb. As you can tell from the name, they are a large hosting company, so they have buildings of apartment rooms for rent through Airbnb. It is suitable even if traveling with a big group. I always do thorough research when booking an Airbnb, because you never know what you really will get. After all, pictures can be deceiving and so you really have to choose carefully. I was also aiming for roughly a $100 per night budget for two and this was the best I could find at the time.
The Airbnb was located on 15th street, a 10 minute walk away from Lincoln Road, where most beaches are in South Beach. There were plenty of restaurants, coffee shops, and CVS about 4-5 minute walk away from the location. Check in process was smooth. They were still cleaning when I arrived, but they took my luggage and held onto it. I went out for a quick lunch and came back with my room ready. I would say that the rooms were as pictured, wifi was quick and speedy, and location was convenient as well.
However, this is not to say, it did not have its quirks. I was excited when I first arrived and took many pictures to post. I tried turning on the TV, and it would not turn on. I proceeded to call management, only to have them come and tell me I’m in the wrong room. But they were the ones who brought us into the room, so I don’t understand how that could’ve happened. They knew exactly who I was also and said my name correctly and everything. At this point, I’ve already unpacked, did my portion of filming and picture taking. I had to pack everything up and move to another room. After all the shenanigans, I was exhausted and that’s the reason why, you will not be seeing many pictures of the property. You can review the link here for more photography, the pictures are pretty accurate.
This place was also one of the Airbnbs that was lacking in amenities, there were no towel napkins or soft tissues, they only had toilet paper. Their stove was also nonfunctional. I ended up cooking breakfast by boiling eggs in a coffee maker. Crazy, I know. My friend googled it out of desperation. Not to mention, half way through our stay, one of the light bulbs burnt out and needed to be changed. We couldn’t be bothered with it and just used the table lamp as light the rest of the stay.
However, after everything, I would still rate the stay as worthy and make recommendation of it because of its budget friendly price and convenient location. I’m also sure that if I called management, they would be able to fix things, but given the time frame I had, I just didn’t want to be bothered with it. Nevertheless, it did provide a true home away from home experience to me. I was able to make breakfast, live comfortably, return “home” to watch TV – casting my favorite shows, and catch up on blogging work! That’s a plus in my books.
So that’s all folks. Have you guys Airbnb? How were your experiences? Do share and let me know! And here’s a little extra, if you have never Airbnb before, click on my link here, to receive traveling credit. Or if you plan to host your home, you can check it out by the same link and get special offers! Toodles!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
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