Airbnb Competitors

There are several high quality Airbnb competitors with networks and websites similar to airbnb.com.

 

Great Airbnb Competitors and Alternatives:

Tripping.com – The best single site for Airbnb Competitors in one place.  Search millions of listings and/or list your own space for rent everywhere except on Airbnb!

HomeAway.com – A newer Airbnb alternative platform in which travelers can browse and book vacation homes, and rental owners can manage bookings.  Learn More – HomeAway vs Airbnb

VRBO.com – A classic Airbnb competitor, VRBO provides an online space for homeowners to advertise their vacation properties for travelers worldwide. Learn More – VRBO vs Airbnb

Wimdu.com – A very similar service to Airbnb, primarily based in Europe but spreading quickly.  Learn More – Wimdu vs Airbnb

PerfectPlaces.com – Another great worldwide resource for finding vacation rental properties.  This is a very direct Airbnb competitor, but their front end site is not as beautiful.

9flats.com – A private community of people renting short term accommodation to each other.

OneFineStay.com – Offers upscale city accommodation for visitors while the homeowner is out of town, allowing homeowners to earn an extra income.

VacationRentals.com – Part of the Home Away family of websites, this is another platform for homeowners to rent out their space when the’re not home.

FlipKey.com – A vacation rental marketplace that enables users to find and book a place to stay through its web platform.

CouchSurfing.com – Stay with hosts for free, usually in exchange for also hosting others on your “couch” for free.  Not a direct competitor of Airbnb, but worth consideration for the extremely budget conscious traveler.  Learn More – CouchSurfing vs Airbnb

 

Great Hotel Booking Sites:

Expedia.com – An indirect airbnb competitor, Expedia helps travelers book hotel rooms at a great rate anywhere in the world.

HotelsCombined.com – One of the very best hotel aggregation sites allowing users to search many hotel options around the world from one simple interface.  This site counts as one of the airbnb competitors even though they primarily focus on traditional hotel bookings.

Kayak.com – You’ve seen their commercials, Kayak.com is a great hotel aggregation site but they do not including any form of home rentals like other Airbnb competitors.

Orbitz.com – A popular but also occasionally glitchy hotel aggregation site with their own rewards system.

 

 

27 Comments

  1. My guests checked for a multi-month stay. After the first month, their credit card had insufficient funds for their stay so the guests were not billed. It took AirBnB 2 weeks to advise me that the payment did not go through.

    After 2 weeks, it said my guests checked out of their unit. Since the booking was non-refundable, I called Airbnb to ask what is happening. They first told me it was a computer glitch so I should not enter the unit – and they will get back to me the next day. They never called me back the next day, so I called them and was told the payment did not go through and even though the guests stayed for half of the month, I would not be paid.

    When I did enter the unit, it was destroyed. Cigarette burns in the couch (of a non-smoking unit), walls and closets kicked in, animal feces all over the floor, and missing items.

    So what did airbnb do to this point. Waste my time for 2 months with emails and calls and no results. Airbnb’s deposits, insurance, cancellation policy, room rules, all bullshit. When you are owed something, they simply buffer you from getting results unitl you cant waste any more time on it.

  2. I’m not sold on this whole concept. Out of 3 bookings, the first two were terrible, resulting in refunds, and the 3rd, an overpriced studio apaartment the chick was still living in (all her stuff was there, a liability honestly) without the modern conveniences of staying at humble a 2 star hotel.

    My biggest problem is consistency. Maybe if you’re a bohemian soul who enjoys the Forest Gump style of travel, then AirBnB is your box of chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get.

    I on the other hand, need a consistent experience. I need to know there is a relatively clean, comfortable bed. I need to know I’m going to have towels, soap, toilet paper, etc that are standard issue items in almost any modern hotel. I don’t want to have to wonder if the items in a persons accommodation are for my use, or simply their stuff that’s off-limits. And I certainly don’t want to be accused of stealing or damaging a hosts personal items if they are subletting their home out.

    I like the common areas that many hotels provide. I like to change my view and venue between my room, the pool, the hotel lobby, lounge, etc. I don’t have that option with many ABnB accommodations. I like the security of having a chance of changing to another room if my accommodation is not clean or has a problem. I also enjoy the peace of mind in dealing with a hotelier by cancelling a reservation if no satisfactory room is available by getting a full refund rather than having to fight with ABnB and their policies that are designed to keep the money in their pocket rather than protect the guest.

    What I’ve found is that I can often find a safer, more consistent experience by booking a hotel room for LESS than I could through ABnB. I travel alone or with one other, so I don’t really need an pricey home or apartment accommodation. And, if I did, I’d rather go with one of the established providers of such accommodations such as VBRO. But honestly, if I need a homer accommodation, I’ll book a condo or suite hotel. I have the advantages of a hotel booking for the same price that many ABnB’ers are charging for their apartments.

    As for hosts, I don’t know your pain. When I listed rooms for rent on ABnB a few years ago, I started to see the potential problems for hosts with the service. As an experienced landlord, I also was painfully aware of the myriad legal predicaments I could find myself in, being stuck in a no-man’s land between a landlord and a hotelier. I saw the costs of constant cleaning and maintenance associate with very short-term rentals, without having the staff to keep up with the cleaning and maintenance. And, heaven forbid I had a bad guest who damaged my home, furnishings, or appliances, I’d be SOL with ABnB. At least as a landlord with a lease I’d have legal recourse to recover damages, and my insurance would cover certain damages With short-term guests I’d lose those protections and take on considerable risk. But ABnB would get their money regardless.

    So, all in all I’m not an ABnB fan, either as guest or host. When I travel I’ll stick with hostels, hotels, and longer-term rentals. I will not leave my fate in the hands of some code jockeys and Billionaire wannabees.

    • Nice.
      After losing $4,800 in New York over Christmas, I absolutely agree.
      I’ve described these people as something between greedy hippies and Somali Pirates although the later is probably closer to reality. The Airbnb spin talks about community and respect and sharing but in the end, it’s a commercial operation that offers no protection to either party.
      I’ve suggested that a Class Action might be interesting or perhaps I’m just struggling getting over the fact I’ve been ripped off.

  3. Suiteness.com is also a great alternative for groups and families who rent out an entire apartment or home. It’s basically a website that lets you book high-end suites online. But the good part is, you can book suites with connecting rooms online – so if you book in advance, you end up saving a lot. So for example, if you’re traveling in a group of 6 for eg, and book around 3 months in advance, you might be able to snag a 5-star hotel suite for around $70-$100 per person per night. Of course, this alternative is only for people who book higher end Airbnb apartments – usually families who want separate bedrooms and living rooms. Greta group travel alternative basically.

  4. this website is just a treasury for the competitors of airbnb. even though I don’t mind aibnb as the idea – they hardly manage to hold such a huge “empire” flawlessly. I prefer renting out on small platforms, like dormis.com – they’re way more responsive and care for every single guest or host. maybe, things will change the same way as it happened with airbnb, I don’t know

  5. Hi, I have similar experience with AirBnB. I have been hosting for more than a Year and have not experienced any issues at all. Lovely guests, all my reviews (more than 50) are great, payments were submitted on time, no damage, so nothing to complain about, till this week. BTW my flat is very nice and was not cheap at all, so nothing for backpackers or students….

    And “the hell” started. I have welcomed on last Sat our guest who has booked and oviously paid on 29.5.2016. He arrived on 27 Aug. This means AirBnB holds his money for almost 3 months.
    Everything went smooth.

    Then I have realised that on Tue (4th day) there is no payment submitted. Well, I have asked why. 1st contact was useless. One gentleman inform me that he has forwarted my message to a specialist who will get back to me.
    No one got back to me, so I have tried again. Contacted Help Centre again, used Twitter, Facebook. Few people contacted me with a general answer – we are investigating, thanks for your patience which is ongoing till today.
    My guest has been accused that he did not pay. Well, if he did not pay why AirBnB would not cancel his reservation? There was enough time for that.
    BTW my guest confirmed his payment to me and also AirBnB was informed, anyways.
    So nothing is solved yet.
    Other guest should arrive tomorrow, most probably I won’t let him in as I’m not a charity worker. Perhaps, they will wake up and send me the money;-).
    In the meanwhile I have read several articles online about this behaviour. Even Forbes mentioned this TRUST (their value) practice.
    I am wondering why they are doing so. I guess they must have enough money as there are milions of offers every day. Is this really worth it?

  6. I have had a perfect record with Airbnb. They pay promtply — the next day of guest check in — and I have been their partner for over two years with not a single complaint! From my experience, they are the best!

    • They have terrible customer service, just wait until you have any type of problem and you will soon see!!!!!

  7. I have hosted with airbnb about 5 years but have never been a guest. I very, very carefully screen my guests so no serious problems, just a couple of “entitled” guests a couple of times, but I see the potential for legal problems if someone were to stay over 30 days and refuse to leave, so I don’t allow more than 4 weeks (28 days). I am looking at alternatives to airbnb before I run into the “guest from hell!”Also if I were to travel in Europe, I would use one of their hosting services rather than one founded in SF-USA!

  8. I’ve searched through all of the above sights many, many times and so far airbnb have the best prices bar none. And great discounts if renting for a month or more. I have not rented anything yet as I normally do the “all inclusive” thing but since I plan on leaving for a full month, I will probably go with airbnb. I’m not one to share quarters so I will rent the entire home otherwise I’ll resort back to the all-inclusive thing. My son, however, traveled through the United Kingdom renting just a room and is now leaving for Asia using the same format. He’s had no problems whatsoever. Also, he books rooms for his “main stays” prior to leaving but books his other over nighters once he’s there. Not my cup of tea but it seems to work for him. That being said, I think that most of these sights seem quite reliable. At the end of the day we must do our due diligence by asking questions, reading the reviews and maybe a little investigation so to speak via social media. If the address is available, I use google map to check the place out. A plan “B” is also a must. Make sure you have ample funds to get yourself to safety if something goes awry or if you have a bad feeling about the place. Book a hotel room or if not possible, grab a cab and get yourself to the nearest airport. It’s not the best accommodation but most likely there will be high security, food, a place to rest and probably wi-fi so you’ll be able to use your devices to figure yourselves out. What a shame that we have to be ridiculously vigilant and overly cautious to treat ourselves to a nice vacation! Back in a day…a person’s word was all it took. Nonetheless I still believe that most people around the world are honorable and trustworthy. I hope that people continue to host and rent from all of these respectable sites. It’s a wonderful venue for all of us to visit the world, learn different cultures and meet wonderful people. Those are my two cents! Happy trails everyone!

  9. There isn’t as much variety as you think.
    Tripping.com, vrbo.com, vacationrentals.com and flipkey.com are ALL owned and operated by Homeaway.com

  10. Yes, many sites belong to some larger companies but there are still some less known but worth sharing places. For instance, en.alterkeys.com,dormis.com, etc.

  11. I’ve travelled a lot and stayed at Airbnbs over the last few years and I love it. Have stayed in share houses and entire places and I find it just awesome. You get what you pay for so the more expensive places have been better of course, and if I’ve had to stay alone in a shared house i always go with places with many good reviews. This year we started renting our place while travelling and it was booked out 95% of the time and we had lovely guests. Such a good way to make money while the house is not in use. Payment always have been prompt. The only glitch is they overpaid me once. Paid same amount 3 times. And credited it back from future earnings.

    Only bad story I’ve ever heard was some friends renting their place over
    NYE to a girl with no feedback, she had a massive party. Airbnb were apparently really helpful and paid a substantial amount on top of the bond which worked out financially well for the hosts, minus the inconvenience of dealing with the clean up.

    This whole anti discrimination policy though is not great for hosts because you really need to be able to access the person potentially staying in your phone by the photo they choose to put up. It can say a lot. Anyway if you place is priced high enough, in most case it won’t attract thugs I think.

  12. airbnb has no respect for local laws, because airbnb does not abide by hospitality, tourism and tax laws other local players such as hotels, short term estate agents, and other short term operators have to abide with. It is ridiculous how regulators let this happen while knowing that it is a platform for illegal activity in many cities

    it is illegal and immoral to use billions of dollars of investor money (airbnb raised usd 2.95 billions!) to run business above the law. shame to silicon valley, airbnb and its investors

  13. Looking at Airbnb alternatives I came across Second Nest which concentrates on Central London apartments only. Not only do they advertise your property on their website they can also manage the whole customer experience if you wish them to.

    • If I am understanding your question correctly – you are asking if other sites protect the HOSTS like Airbnb does with their Guarantee?
      Airbnb Host Guarantee is nothing but a ‘feel good’ farce. No monies are actually collected for the imaginary Damage Deposit. Trying to claim your damages are a total nightmare and Airbnb HOPES will become a waste of your time after awhile if they ignore you long enough. Their so-called Million Dollar Protection – well that may exist, however their Terms/Policies Agreement exists also – and it cancels out anything that the Million Dollar Policy would have had to pay for. So in the end~ if you are a HOST – you have nothing my friend, sorry…

  14. This is a weird site. It seems ‘hell’bent on criticising airbnb but the companies it endorses (get any money for that??) must also have problems. Its life. Ive been hosting for 2 years and guesting for a bit longer. Must be about 150 hosting experiences, 30 travelling experiences and never had any problems. It just requires a bit of savvy. Read between the lines, dont expect too much. I just find it a bit bizarre, sure there are people who have bad experiences of airbnb, Ive never met them personally and Ive met loads of people who use the site. If you dont like it dont use it. There are things I dont like about it but ultimately they give me a nice little side income that wouldnt be possible elsewhere and are the biggest in the game so provide the most paying guests. Apart from the company, its just people. You’ll always find people that dont match up to your expectations. Why the vendetta? You’re not going to get it to stop, so you must be getting something out of it. there are millions and millions of people who are quite happy with airbnb, someone’s story about loud neighbours in barcelona is not going to shatter anyone’s illusion of airbnb or indeed life.

    • I guess you work for AirBNB?
      Why are you against social media and sharing of experiences?
      I for one think this is the future. It goes both ways! And besides, this kind of site might just help AirBNB to become more responsible corporate citizens and surely that can’t be a bad thing.
      If you are not working for AirBNB and you don’t like to read negative feedback, then surely you have come to the wrong place or you are just bored?

  15. I’m a Superhost on Airbnb but Airbnb is not helping me when I experienced difficulties.

    1. Guest booked through Airbnb for two guests with check-in date Jan 1 and check-out date Jan 3, 2017. They told us they have two adults and two kids after confirming the booking. We was kind enough to waive the fee for the two kids, so that they didn’t have to alter the booking.

    2. They in fact brought in 16 people and had party all night long that disbursed our neighbors and alerted the community management.

    3. They littered and peed on the floor, that created odors and damaged the carpets that caused extra cleaning fee.

    4. They broke a pot lid handle, table lamp pendant, and a bowl.

    5. They stole some of our stuff including skincare products and medicine.

    6. We reported to Airbnb but the case got picked up more than 40 days later. And Airbnb just paid us $40 to cover the damage of the pot, the lamp, and the bowl. Airbnb rejected to compensate us on the price difference between 2 and 16 guests, or to provide guest’s identification for local police to help us getting the case resolved.

    Airbnb just doesn’t care about the hosts and the listed properties. All they care is the service fee they earn from the properties.

    • All the complaints (yours included) have nobody present to greet or when they are there. I have one room with a double bed and almost always been present when the guest(s) arrive. I too am a ‘Superhost’ but that just means you have a certain amount of guests over the year and the vast majority have given you 4 or 5 star ratings.
      Perhaps my expectations are not as high but the only complaint I have with their platform is the fact that they use Ireland to evade tax but that is common with many International operations.

  16. So this was my first solo experience with AirBNB… So let’s start from the beginning. I inquired about the property at 1607 Howell Highlands, I was specifically looking for a home with a pool and large enough for my family to stop by. Upon my inquiry I was charged immediately no response just booked. As I read the booking it stated that the pool would not be available which made me want to keep looking. So I called and spoke with Trisha as well as sent an email which I will forward. When speaking with Trisha I explained to her what I was looking for and if her property couldn’t accommodate I would like my money so I could continue to look because she has a strict refund policy even though I should not have been charged at that point.Trisha advised she would get back with me. When she called back she said that the pool would be ready but she didn’t know if it would be warm enough. (It was nice all week.) I was ok with that as long as we had the option. Fast forward to the day before my arrival. I spoke with Trisha she sent the lockbox info etc… The next day which was check in. Trisha called and asked what time would I be there because she still had people there that needed more time to leave, which was not a problem because I was arriving late. But if check out is at 11 but I was told 12 when I asked Trisha. On the way I advised Trisha I had an extra adult and Kid. She told me no problem she did not state it would be an additional charge in which I would have paid. I got to the property upon entering the house reeked of Dust and just smelled stuffy closed up. My kids as well as myself have really bad allergies, I was upset but at that point it was late. I started to leave and get a refund right then and go to a Hotel. But my cousin talked me out of it because at the least the linens were clean. So we opened the window and sparyed our allergen and lemongrass spray to get rid of the smell. The next morning we woke up stuffy and sneezing from all the dust and cob webs. After waking up on Tuesday from a ring on the door bell by an ATT guy. I met Trisha she met the kid’s our family chatted etc…. At that time it appeared she was cleaning the pool. That is also when I met Lucy the live in dog that is very jumpy, smelly with matted hair. For the most part Lucy was nice even tho I wasn’t expecting Lucy or Trisha to be living on the property during my stay. (I found that out driving down when I got my Itinerary and Trisha told me she would be living in the Garden House while we were there in which prior to she told me ahe would be in Chicago. At that point I felt uncomfortable.) Lucy bit one of the kids when he was out in the yard and tried to pet her. We started to make a police report but his mom said not to being the skin didn’t break.Lucy was sleeping on the balcony and following the kids inside the house. Something I was not expecting on my vacation after spending over $2400 to rent this place. Once she finished cleaning and scooping out the pool she said it was safe to swim. That was a lie. My daughter broke out in hives after swimming in the pool I have pictures and video. So after the first day of swimming they didn’t return in the pool. A waste because that was the main reason we picked her place. The next day the pool looked as if it was growing mold on the bottom I have pictures of that also. We hung out a couple days and Thursday a couple of my family members stop by to see us. Because they live over 45 mins from where we were. When Trisha stumbled in that night yes she seemed intoxicated on several occasions during our stay. She called me and said I could not have a party or event. I explained to her that was not the case my cuzin who lives in ATLANTA came by and they weren’t staying long. She proceeds to tell me that I should have met them else where, but if I was at a Hotel which would have cost me a 3rd of what I paid for this dust bucket of a home, I would not have had a issue with my family coming by, not stayin. In the mist of that someone was outside making a scene in which my Fiance and Trisha made them leave. Trisha called me and was very unprofessional loud and angry telling me I had to leave etc. I told her if I had to leave I wanted my money back for this house she shouldn’t be renting. It makes AIRBNB look like the Motel 6. The next morning she sent a email apologizing she also knock on the front door asking if we were cool because our conversation the night before ended in myself and Trisha shouting at each other and me wanting my money back. I told her I was good and at that point what was I going to do be stranded in Stone Mountain with my kids so I didn’t make an issue. That morning was when I also found out I would be sharing the property with yet more people. On Friday and Saturday again this made me upset and uncomfortable. I also asked her what time was check out she said 12pm and if I need more time to let her know. Sunday check out day came and I sent Trisha a message letting her know that we were packing up but I need to switch my rental because we didn’t have enough space. I didn’t get a response, nothing she didn’t say it will cost etc. Which I didn’t mind. While waiting on a response from her I called she didn’t answer. My daughter called me and said Trisha was there yelling and telling them our problems wasn’t hers which is true but I expected her to be a little more understanding and accommodating but she wasn’t. When I got back my kids and Fiance was standing in the driveway with their things. Which we took at least an hour because we were stuffing And stacking ,And Trisha was sitting parked down the street. So when you asked how was my experience very disappointing. I would like a refund of all my money except a cleaning fee. I will be TALK ING to my Lawyer about the health issues we indured staying in that house. I have to take my kids to the doctor today. My cousins son was throwing up after Tuesday in that nasty pool. I have several picture and all my email correspondences with Trisha. I am taking every outlet I can to share my experience and pursue to get my money back. So if AIRBNB does not refund my I will fight Trisha and you guys if need be. I will also be contacting my bank. I will attach the photos. I am not happy at all I I don’t think me or any of my family will bee using AirBNB ever again. When my family rented several cabins last summer for our Family reunion it was a great processional, and enjoyable stay. But this time was a nightmare.

    • Why stay at all? I would have left immediately, not endangering people’s health, then dealt with remuneration.

  17. You have no idea how much Kaos airbnb is causing in the world. Everyone will lose except for Airbnb because their fees are non refundable. They make money even if both the host and the guest are not happy. Then they hold back the money until you throw up your hands and give up.

  18. My suggestion is – use an alternative to Airbnb. It is not a well run company – each man for himself with little oversight. People – both guest and host are at serious risk as per safety, security and your reputation! Anyone can say anything in the reviews without any recourse. This is a an controlled mess! I had 2 good experiences with Airbnb hosts that left me great reviews. Interesting that the ones that were great were accommodations just set up for this purpose. I think hosts moving out of their personal homes and leaving all their person stuff around is not a good idea. One bad experience with a run down accommodation that had a 5 star rating was enough. To make matters worse. The host left a very bad review about me that was unfounded and stays on my record for ever! NO MORE Airbnb for me. I do not work for VRBO – but they are great – always a great experience. Pay a bit more – but great a experience.

  19. I can highly recommend Thankeyou.com. If you are a host you don’t pay any fees and you get instant payments when the guest books your home. You also don’t have to pay any penalties as a host if you have to cancel a booking. The customer support is also very good, you can chat with them and they reply fast on email. They are actually dedicated to the work they do, and they have this “hungry” feeling to succeed. The “negative” part is that they are newly launched, so there are not many listings on the site. But on the other side, that means less competition between other hosts. Highly recommendable to list on that site as an alternative.

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