I Rented a Private Room on Airbnb This is What Happened
In the spirit of doing brave sh*t, I tried something completely different . . . renting a private room on Airbnb.
NOT the entire condo.
NOT the entire apartment.
NOT the entire house.
I rented just 1 room in a house shared with absolute total and complete strangers. Crazy, right??!!!
Why I Rented a Private Room on Airbnb
If we are being completely honest and keeping it 100% real, my budget more than inspired me to take this route. After searching (last minute as always) for places to stay in LA/Hollywood, the prices of hotels and entire homes on Airbnb was more than I was willing to pay. Especially for what was basically a brief stop-over LA trip on my way to Fiji and New Caledonia.
Why Renting a Private Room on Airbnb was HUGE Stretch for Me
Here’s what you should know in order to understand why renting a private room is such a HUGE stretch for me:
At my true core, I’m an introverted-extroverted-only-child who has a strong affinity for her personal space. And because of this, living with someone who is not my significant other tends to be a bit much for me. Sooooooo when I went away to college, I only lived in the dorm for 1 semester. That’s right, I said 1 semester. And it was it a wrap due an absolutely bizarre and horrible experience. I’ll save you all the details. Just know that my (first, last and only) college dorm roommate thought it’d be ok to loan my clothes out to other dorm residents and to house a stray dog (fleas and all) in “our” room while I was away for the weekend. So needless to say, a sista was extra scarred for life and over cohabitation.
Continuing to Step Out of My Comfort Zone
Fast forward to 2018 . . . Chameka passed away. And because of this, I’ve truly been on a quest to live life to the fullest and to do some brave sh*t. So after I quit my job (and I am happy), I decided to take a my first solo trip outside of the country starting in LA heading to Fiji and New Caledonia for 23 days. So if I was going to step out of my comfort zone, there was no better time to do it then now.
Here’s What Happened
Just off of the Sunset strip nestled high above the famous Chateau Marmont Hotel in the Hollywood hills, was my Airbnb. In this neighborhood, houses easily command a pretty penny of $2 million and up. So I figured my Airbnb would be nice. And it did not disappoint.
Funny story: as I was arriving at my Airbnb I spotted the “Dearly Departed” tour bus driving around the Chateau Marmont Hotel. I’m guessing they were checking out bungalow #3 where John Belushi tragically passed away. . . Welcome to Hollywood.
When I arrived, Gabe, my host was there to greet and assist with my luggage. We hit it off instantly and chatted about things in common as he gave me a tour of the house.
My Private Room
The house was comprised of 5 bedrooms and 2 baths although I’m pretty sure there was a 3rd bathroom (non-accessible) located in the master suite that the home owners occupied. My room was located in the back wing of the house. True to the Airbnb pictures, my room was stylishly and simplistically decorated with white linens and pops of color. 2 sets of clean with towels were laid out on my nightstand along with a list of house rules and suggestions of where to eat and points of interest in the area. To my relief, the wifi was fast and my smart-tv with pre-loaded with Netflix. YES!
So really, is an Airbnb private room safe? Prior to my stay or even considering the idea of renting a room from Airbnb, the issue of safety had more than crossed my mind. As a single female traveler and in life, unfortunately, we’ve all had our share of encounters with creepy men or people who just made us feel uneasy. So the hesitation was real in renting a room. I’m happy to report that at no time did I feel unsafe during my stay. Each room came with a lock and key and the front door automatically locked but was accessible by keypad. The grounds and front door were well lit so coming and going during the evening wasn’t a concern.
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Pros and Cons of Renting a Private Room on Airbnb
Snacks and continental breakfast were provided
Great way to meet new people
No Thermostat Control
Thermostat compatibility is so key. Fortunately, the homeowners and myself were on the same vibe when it came to the thermostat.
Shared Bathrooms (aka The Curious Case of the “Mystery Wet”)
Ewe. This was easily the biggest drawback for me. And when it comes touching wet things that I didn’t wet myself, I’m a bit freaked out. Also I’ll just say this, everyone’s bathroom habits are different and some take more time in the bathroom than others. There were a couple of instances in which the bathroom was occupied and I really had to go. Luckily, the second bathroom was empty and available.
You Can Never Get Fully Comfortable
In most cases, as soon as I hit the door, my bra is off with the quickness. I don’t need anything extra in my life holding me back (and that especially includes women’s lingerie). As much as I wanted to walk around in total unchained freedom in my shared Airbnb, I imagine “free balling” to be frowned upon.
Common Space is Common to All
In my Airbnb, the front room, sun deck, patios and kitchen were open to all house guests at all times. So I really shouldn’t have been surprised when I saw someone knocked out on the couch sleeping in the front room.
Fortunately noise levels weren’t an issue during my stay; however, I can definitely see how they could be an issue at other times.
Fun Fact: we were treated to an impromptu concert by my host Gabe, who was an entertainer at Disney in the U.S. and in China. He’s a natural performer and a great singer.
Final Thoughts: Will I Be Renting a Private Room on Airbnb Again?
Maybe. But it would strongly depend on the location and the cost per night of a hotel room or traditional Airbnb home vs the price of renting a private room on Airbnb.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. I’m a frequent traveler and renting a private room on Airbnb was a pleasant experience. Feel free to leave comments below with any questions or share your own airbnb private room experience. Or just to say “hi”, I don’t bite (as long as I’m properly fed).
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Photography & Editing by: Yours Truly, Melissa Drake
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