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.

 

 

19 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!

  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.

  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.

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