Guide to using Airbnb in Grenada
How Airbnb works
Airbnb works like this: Grenadian homeowners list lodgings that they have available in their own home, or on a separate property that they own. You book the property through the Airbnb app or website directly, and they handle all payments, communication, and dispute resolution (if any) between you and the host. AirBnB has revolutionized the travel industry by offering guests to Grenada a chance to stay with locals, or at least in the place of the locals that are currently renting it out. Choosing Airbnb generally puts you in different neighborhoods than you might otherwise stay in when booking traditional hotels, and it allows you to have your own space– a luxury that is often foregone for cheaper travel. Staying in someone’s home through Airbnb can also cut down on your costs,
The three types of lodging you can book on Airbnb
Airbnb shared rooms: Shared rooms are the cheapest option, but you may be sleeping in the same room with other people, hostel-style.
Airbnb private rooms: Private rooms are the next level up in terms of privacy and price. You might not have your own kitchen and bathroom area, but at least you’ll be sleeping by yourself.
Airbnb entire places: Entire places are exactly what they sound like. They could be entire apartments, homes, cabins, or yurts, but at least you’ll be entirely on your own. This is also the most expensive option.
decide whether you’d rather have the whole place or just a room. If you’re traveling solo, you might want to stick to someone’s room, because they can make local recommendations, but if you’re in a group, selecting the entire place is a better option. Airbnbs can be much cheaper than renting a standard hotel room in Grenada especially if you’re in one destination for more than a week and plan to do some cooking instead of eating out for every meal. However, you’ll need to verify this yourself for each location by searching for nearby hotels and resorts on the island. Airbnb’s can range from regular, everyday homes and apartments to unique, one-of-a-kind lodging options like treehouses, tents, boats, and even retired school buses in America.
Finding your perfect Airbnb
On the Airbnb website, you can enter your travel date, your number of guests and search for properties based on the location you wish to reside in while in Grenada. From there, you can select filters across the top according to what type of room you’re looking for. Under the “More Filters” option, you can select from other attributes, such as the type or types of amenities included, parking options, etc. Once you have your search narrowed down to a few places, read each profile carefully. Read it from top to bottom, and expand any hidden areas. It may say it sleeps 8, but one may be a mattress on the floor or a pull-out couch. How many bathrooms does it have? Is it near public transportation? Check the amenities it includes, such as a kitchen, WiFi, and parking. Check out guest policies, fees, and photos. Any photos of areas that are missing — such as the bathroom or bedroom — could potentially be a sign that it’s not quite up to standards. Read every review that’s been posted, If you don’t see any reviews or if guests have negative things to say, you might want to look elsewhere (note: that there is an exception to this rule, New Listings). You need to go beyond counting the star ratings and actually see what previous guests had to say about the lodgings. Check if there are any repeated themes, like unresponsive hosts or details about the property that aren’t listed by the host, such as steep stairways or limited kitchen equipment.
How to book an Airbnb
Browsing through potential Airbnb rentals doesn’t require you to input any information about yourself. But once you’re ready to make a reservation, you’ll need to sign up and create your Airbnb profile. Make sure to include photos of yourself and as much detail as possible. Your hosts want to avoid having lowlifes for house guests just as much as you don’t want lowlifes for hosts. Once you have your profile set up, there are two ways you can book a listing. Some hosts will allow you to “Instant Book,” and if so, there’ll just be a button that says “Book” with the listing. More commonly, the host will want to approve each guest first. If that’s the case, you’ll see a “Request to Book” button. Once you click it, your potential hosts will review your profile and let you know within 24 hours whether your stay is approved or not. You can also send your potential host a message through Airbnb before you book. Ask them any questions, like “Will breakfast be included?” or “Is their in-house laundry facilities?” Doing this will answer any remaining questions you need to be answered and test their responsiveness. The last thing you want when booking a last-minute trip is to be stuck waiting on an Airbnb host to respond.
After you book your stay, you can keep in touch with your host directly through Airbnb’s message system. Let them know when you’ll be arriving, and keep them updated if anything changes (remember, they’re real people, with schedules and plans of their own). It may be necessary to bring a few things in case your host doesn’t have them. The home should have essential kitchen items and bedding, but if you want wine, bring an opener (or check with the host first if there’s one available). It’s also a good idea to bring something to lock up your valuables and a gift for your Airbnb host if you’ll be spending time with them in their home. Once you arrive at your Airbnb, there are three different ways to “check-in” and gain access to your Airbnb, depending on what your host prefers. They might meet and greet you themselves, send someone else to meet you, or give you the code to a (self-check-in) smart-lock. Once you’re in, take a peek around the place and take note of any potential safety hazards. If there is a problem for some reason, try and resolve the issue with the host first. If that doesn’t work, make sure to notify Airbnb directly within 24 hours, and take photos to document anything that’s unsatisfactory. After 24 hours, you might not be able to get a refund.
After you check out
Unfortunately, All good things must come to an end. When you’re ready to return home, Clean up. Come on, don’t be that guy. It doesn’t matter if you paid a cleaning fee, at least collect all your beer bottles and snack bags into the trash and make it look relatively clean. Always be respectful. let your host know and make plans to meet up with them to hand back keys or tie up any loose ends. And make sure to leave a review of your stay. Help the next traveler. Was it exactly as it was described? Was it is even better? Get yourself some good karma and leave a quick review. Did you really have an exceptional stay? I’ve heard of gracious Airbnb guests leaving a nice card or even a bottle of wine for their hosts. Be friendly, but also be truthful. Your fellow travelers will thank you.
Do you hear Airbnb horror stories? Of course. Do you hear about bad dates? Of course. Do people still date? Of course.