Just a little over a week ago, David and I had our first ever Airbnb experience together. For past travels, we’ve either just stayed at a hotel or crashed at a friend or family member’s house. We had such a great time, and expectations were more than met. At the last minute, we decided we wanted to go to NYC before the Palm Springs airport stopped doing direct flights to New York in the summer. Unfortunately, hotel prices were already going up. I didn’t want to settle for a mediocre or less-than-mediocre hotel, so I resorted to browsing through Airbnb listings. Best decision ever — since I was able to find the cutest little abode for our 4-night stay without breaking the bank!
This charming, Moroccan-style Airbnb is located in Brooklyn in the Bushwick area, within walking distance to plenty of bodegas, fast food options (including DELICIOUS & AFFORDABLE ASIAN FOOD!), art murals, and public transportation. Luckily, we didn’t have to take much public transportation on this trip because my lovely friend Jenn of Jubilant Dose and her boyfriend took us around in their car most of the time (Jenn, if you’re reading this – THANK YOU <3)! But, we did take the subway into the city on one of the days we were there and the ride wasn’t bad at all.
Our host, Jonathan was lovely. Let me first say that he definitely has an eye for design and really knows how to make a dated, small place look so darn Insta-worthy! I mean, I couldn’t stop admiring all the little trinkets and plants he put together to make this such a memorable stay for his guests. It’s not often at all you come across any accommodation with a hammock to swing around in above the bed, or an adorable little book nook to relax in! While the weather was for the most part, pretty pleasant while we were in NYC, it did get cold for a couple nights. I’m so thankful that he had space heaters and an extra blanket for us to use. The place was furnished well so we never had to bother him for anything. He was also flexible with check-in/check-out times depending on our flight itinerary, which I felt was a nice touch.
Throughout our entire stay, we felt so inspired to totally redecorate our house to look like this. I know we were on vacation and all… but is it bad that I just wanted to spend my entire days in this little apartment?! Jonathan, you did good. Our stay was too short! I can’t wait to be back.
Have you stayed at an Airbnb before? What was your experience like?