App of the week: Airbnb, a real home away from home

I discovered Airbnb a year ago, when there wasn’t a mobile app, only a web platform, when we wanted to visit Belgium and looked for accommodation. At that point, I learned that Airbnb is a social site that connects travelers with hosts. These days, I found out that the mobile app was launched, so I decided to download it and find out more about it. So read below if you want to hear more about this awesome app.

Airbnb is described as a travel planning app that “opens the door to the world’s most interesting places to stay and is the simplest way to earn money from your extra space.” It has more than 450,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities from 192 countries. You can use it to message hosts and guests, set up your itinerary, explore magic destinations and write them down on the wish list.

You can search by popular destinations, country or city. You can look for Airbnb Top 40 as well, to find out the most popular destinations. The price is on the image, and if you want to find out more, just swipe to the left. If you want to find out more about one option (property details, amenities, reviews, options to contact the host and how to book), just touch the lower bar from the bottom. Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 15.26.10.png

Airbnb app is available for iPhone or  Android so you can access if from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Airbnb has two main features: Travel and Host, who have other sub-features.

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Travel feature helps you search for new accommodation, from flats and rooms to treehouses and boats in 192 countries.

Host allocates a special space for hosts, so you can rent out your unused space to earn extra money.

Host feature allows you to create your profile and also see the profile of your future tenants. A personal touch is given by the photo of your future tenant, who won’t be a stranger for you anymore. You can arrange your bookings with the “priority” section, which has to do list for your reservations, that will arrange the tenants request with your availability.

“I think design is a pretty important solution for that” says Chesky. “When an app feels beautifully considered and designed, it draws people in.” And when hosts get drawn in, everyone  is happy. “Part of great hospitality is about being incredibly responsive” he says. “The evidence is pretty clear. Unless you’re literally home all day, hosts are going to be more responsive when they’re using a mobile device.”

For those that never heard about Airbnb before, I think you realize now that it is an easy to use app, and you can quickly find fantastic places to stay, giving you a real home away from home.

“Airbnb is a company that was founded by hosts, for hosts” Chesky said. With that in mind, the company is trying to get hosts rallied around the idea of openness in which you can “go anywhere and feel like you are going home.”Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 15.20.43.png

April 02, 2014