When it comes to travelling, there’s one thing I always procrastinate on… my accommodation! I know some people love this part of the planning stage, but for me, I find myself getting overwhelmed at the endless choices. So for my last trip to Paris I decided to go straight for Airbnb and well, if this is anything to go by, then Airbnb might just become my go to for future travels.
Why Airbnb?… making the booking
Before I began travelling, I always envisioned myself waking up in a foreign city, spending my days living how the locals live, and seeing the beauty of life from their perspective. I wanted to experience a culture as authentically as possible and for me, the accommodation I’d be choosing to stay in, would impact this hugely.
So last month, during a trip to Paris, I could have booked myself into a nice hotel, woken up in crisp white sheets, had the buffet breakfast provided and it would have been wonderful. But it also would have been nothing different to what I’d experienced on so many trips before. So I set up my Airbnb account and began perusing the different options available to me. The minute I saw this beautiful one bedroom apartment, I knew it was the one.
Arrival… a place to call home
With my Airbnb address in hand, I navigated my way from Guard Du Nord station to the apartment I’d be calling home for the next few days. Located on Rue Tiquetonne, Ile – de- France, I couldn’t have asked for a better location. The Louvre was only a fifteen minute walk away and I was definitely spoilt for choice when it came to bakeries and cafes.
This street can become a little busy at night, however with the double glazed windows I didn’t hear a thing.
Breakfast… coffee, crepes and croissants
Waking up as I did, sun filtering in through the rooftop windows, crossing paths with other residents of the building on my way out to a local cafe for breakfast, I could truly imagine what life would be like living in Paris. And I was loving every second of it!
There’s nothing better than waking up in the ‘city of love’ and starting off your day with a traditional Parisian breakfast. Seated at a tiny table amongst the locals, I spent a good hour just eating and drinking as I watched the world go by.
The Interior… exceeding my expectations
If all Airbnbs are like this, then sign me up as a permanent Airbnb user. Completely exceeding my expectations, the second I stepped inside, I felt like I had hit the jackpot. It was truly the perfect Parisian escape.
The first thing that caught my eye was the size of the apartment. I was expecting something quite small and compact, but as I looked around at the large open space before me I was pleasantly surprised. The décor consisted of both modern and antique furniture, beautiful artwork hanging throughout, and with the natural light coming through the windows, everything blended together perfectly. It was large enough not to feel claustrophobic, but small enough to still get that warm cozy feeling.
I especially loved the little touches that the host put together. There were water bottles on the coffee table for when I arrived, towels neatly laid out for showering and the Wi-Fi password was clearly displayed.
I was supposed to arrive at the apartment around eleven in the morning, however due to unforeseen delays, arrived closer to midday. The host was great, he responded promptly to my messages and waited patiently for me to arrive so he could hand over the keys. He was also flexible regarding checkout, kindly allowing me to leave later than originally planned. All signs of being a great host in my opinion.
Value For Money… hotel vs Airbnb
Don’t get me wrong, I love experiencing luxury hotels as I travel, I mean who doesn’t! But with the amount of travelling I do, hotels can become quite pricy. After doing some research, Airbnb is often the more affordable option to go for and I felt like I had a truly authentic experience staying here opposed to a standard hotel room.
I have heard some horror stories about Airbnb and rooms looking different to what’s advertised etc., so there’s always a risk there, but I think as long as you do your research and read the reviews, then hopefully things shouldn’t go wrong. I think moving forward, I’ll mix it up. Sometimes Airbnb, sometimes hotels, and who knows, maybe one day I’ll stay in a treehouse or a go glamping. Only time will tell.