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My First Airbnb Experience

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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-styleΒ 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!Β 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.

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88 Comments
  • stella
    April 21, 2018

    omg this is seriously the most charming airbnb i’ve ever seen!!! and i’ve stayed in a lot haha. so lucky that your first time was exceptional. and these photos are just the cutest πŸ™‚ have a great weekend babe!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 21, 2018

      Right?! I think I seriously lucked out for my first stay! Definitely will be looking on Airbnb before hotels every time I travel now haha πŸ™‚ Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

  • Greta
    April 21, 2018

    Wow, fell in love with this place only from looking at the photosβ˜ΊοΈπŸ€—

    • Sharon Wu
      April 21, 2018

      I knowwww. I saw pictures on the Airbnb site and knew I’d love it here! Pictures don’t do the place justice too!

  • Eileen
    April 21, 2018

    Ahhh such a cozy Airbnb! I totally agree with you on the decor – it’s amazing. Glad you had a fun stay in New York… will have to check this Airbnb’s availability when I visit next year!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 21, 2018

      Yes! New York was super fun and it even warmed up a couple days for us πŸ˜‰ hehe xx

  • Nancy
    April 21, 2018

    It’s cool that you got to stay in a cute Airbnb! It’s a great alternative when hotels are too expensive! Your host sounds like the best! Love how you were treated well and was accommodated however possible. I’ve stayed at Airbnb’s before but they were hit/misses. Thanks for sharing your experiences :).

    exquisitely.me

    • Sharon Wu
      April 21, 2018

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for stopping by and reading πŸ™‚ I totally agree that Airbnb’s are great alternatives when hotels are pricey. I was a bit skeptical at first because I was afraid that it might be a hit or miss. So thankful that my first experience went well and hopefully in the future won’t run into problems!

  • Julia Comil
    April 21, 2018

    This place is so beautiful! I love AirBnB! Obsessed with your luggage too!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 21, 2018

      Thank you Julia, we really enjoyed our stay! Time flew by too quickly haha. I got a whole new luggage set from Steamline Luggage – they are the BEST!!!

  • anika
    April 21, 2018

    This air bnb looks so pretty! I’ve stayed in an air bnb only once but it wasn’t as cool as this!

    – Anika
    theclosetchronicle.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 21, 2018

      It is super charming, isn’t it? Ah, I hope that you’ll be able to stay in a nicer one soon! If you’re visiting NYC/Brooklyn area I definitely recommend this one xx

  • Chelsya
    April 22, 2018

    I have stayed in an Airbnb before. Aside from the roof leaking water the whole trip, I would much prefer it to a cramped hotel with no kitchen. Thanks for sharing your experience. I love your colorful expressive posts!
    http://www.chelsya.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Oh no! I’m sorry that you had to deal with a roof with leaking water on your whole trip. That doesn’t sound like fun at all. Hopefully your next stay will be much more pleasant!

  • Jennifer
    April 22, 2018

    Your first Airbnb experience seems really cool! I love your honest thoughts and review. πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I definitely couldn’t have asked for more. I look forward to experiencing more Airbnb’s in the future! Thanks darling – I’m glad you enjoyed reading xx

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Yes, indeed! I want to go back already!

  • Briana
    April 22, 2018

    I’ll have to try! What a great idea behind it!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Yes! Airbnb is definitely worth a try. I think I prefer it over hotels now after having a great first experience.

  • Dominique Brooks
    April 23, 2018

    This place looks lovely! My husband and I will have to keep that in mind on our next trip.

    I haven’t technically started in an airbnb but my mother-in-law has an apartment she rents out through airbnb in California — we’ve stayed there. Does that count? LOL

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Ahhh I think you and your husband would love this one if you’re ever visiting New York City! Hahaha I would say that that counts! Hopefully her place was cozy and comfy too πŸ˜‰

  • Stevie
    April 23, 2018

    What a lovely Airbnb! I haven’t tried an airbnb just yet but I’m really interested in booking one the next time we travel. I love the way Jonathan decorated his space as well! it’s so cute! I’m hoping when I decide to book an Airbnb I have a good stay like you!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Ahhh I definitely recommend it! Jonathan has an impeccable eye for design for sure. I am hoping that future Airbnb’s I book will be nice like this one hehe

  • Haley
    April 23, 2018

    I just had my first Airbnb experience and it was nothing like this lol. That home is GORGEOUS. Hope you enjoyed every moment!!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that! Hopefully your experience was still pleasant though. This place was small but definitely cozy and cute!

  • Wanderlust Hearts
    April 23, 2018

    We use Airbnb at least once a year and I so wish all of the places were as adorable as this one!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      Ahhh! I wish the same! Now I’ll probably have higher expectations for Airbnb just because I had a great first experience hahaha

  • Megan Elliott
    April 23, 2018

    What an amazing AirBnb!! I loveee using them. I do pretty much every time I travel! πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I’m glad you’re a fan of Airbnb too!

  • Short Girl Long Jacket
    April 23, 2018

    I love Airbnb! I usually prefer them to hotels because it’s cheaper and it’s more homey. I just had my first bad experience this weekend where the host cancelled πŸ™ but it was my fault because I booked it even though I had a bad feeling. Luckily I got a full refund and found another place that seems a lot better.

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I totally agree with you girl, but I’m so sorry about your recent bad experience. I imagine it’d be a nightmare if the host cancelled at the last minute! AHHH! I hope you were able to find another decent place to stay darling!

  • Mariann Yip
    April 23, 2018

    I always stay at Airbnb’s when I travel but wow I have never seen anything like that interior! It seems like the perfect place for you so I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I was really surprised to find this gem tucked away somewhere in NYC! I totally didn’t expect that haha

  • Megan
    April 23, 2018

    This is the cutest AirBnb ever!! Makes me want to redecorate my apartment. I’m glad you had a good first experience! AirBnB is really where I look to first when I travel!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      RIGHT?! I want to redecorate my house now too LOL. This place totally gave me so much inspo!

  • Deborah
    April 23, 2018

    I love Airbnb! It makes traveling so much easier. Looks like you guys lucked out and got a really chic place!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I think we really lucked out too! We’ll see what future Airbnb’s are like for us… hahaha

  • Miki
    April 23, 2018

    What a cute space and totally instagram worthy I see. These photos are so gorgeous and the space is beautiful. AirBNB is totally hit and miss to me but if you spend and really pay attention to reviews, it’s awesome. I always take train and walk in NYC. It’s the best part of being in the city to me since it’s a metropolitan place and you discover so many great places to eat wandering around. πŸ™‚ This is such a cute spot. Brooklyn is convenient and great if you are near transit. I try to stay in Manhattan, but one of these days I’ll check this spot out.

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I agree babe. Since it was my first time trying out Airbnb I was really careful to check reviews and made sure to read everything carefully LOL guess all that diligence paid off because this place was just amazing! Definitely more than what I could have asked for. I wish that this place was closer to Manhattan though but hey, I guess you can’t have it all! Next time, I’ll try looking for an Airbnb in Manhattan to stay in πŸ™‚

  • Helena Mar
    April 23, 2018

    Wow this place is so impressive and so cozy! I would love to stay in a place like this when I travel! I will have to check out Airbnb❀️

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I know! I was pleasantly surprised haha πŸ™‚ xx

  • Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    April 23, 2018

    Oh my gosh how amazing is that air bnb! I love all of the little trinkets that are all over the apartment. I’ll have to keep this in mind if ever go to NYC.

    • Sharon Wu
      April 23, 2018

      I know!! I was seriously obsessed with everything lol I wanted to take that apartment back home with me!

  • kali
    April 23, 2018

    you really lucked out! my first experience was a 6th floor apartment in paris with no AC or elevator in 100 degree heat!
    Xx
    Kali
    http://www.lovelaughexplore.com
    @love_laugh_explore

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Omg that sounds like a disaster!!! I hope you were still able to enjoy Paris nonetheless. I haven’t been there yet!

  • Gita
    April 23, 2018

    How friggin cute is this Airbnb. Loving that hammock!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Right? I don’t remember seeing the hammock actually in the Airbnb photos, so that was a pleasant surprise!

  • Whitney
    April 23, 2018

    This place is so freaking cute! LOVE! AirBnB is such a great concept!

    Whitney of Whit Wanders

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      It really is! I’m so glad that someone was smart enough to come up with Airbnb πŸ™‚

  • Kileen
    April 23, 2018

    Wow, this is such a gorgeous Airbnb!! I am seriously obsessed with the decor!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Me too LOL seriously inspo for our new house we’re moving into next month!

  • Courtney Hardy
    April 24, 2018

    That place looks awesome! I love all the decor, and the hanging chair.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      That’s my favorite part! I was so surprised to see the hammock there haha

  • Hannah
    April 24, 2018

    What a gorgeous venue! I love the decor! I’ve yet to stay in an Airbnb – thanks for sharing your experience! I feel much better about booking one now!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Ahh I’m glad babe! I hope you also have a great first experience when you do book an Airbnb!

  • emily
    April 24, 2018

    What a charming little house! I haven’t used Airbnb before but now I want to find a super cute place to stay too!
    x Emily
    http://shedoes.com.au

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      I definitely recommend Airbnb! Just make sure you take the time to read through reviews and check ratings πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn
    April 24, 2018

    I’ve never tried Airbnb yet, but MAN, what a super cool place you found! I’m sure you just loved staying there.

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      It was definitely a little gem in Brooklyn! I do wish it was closer to Manhattan but it was cool seeing all the art murals in that neighborhood.

  • Stephanie
    April 24, 2018

    This AirBnB looks so inspiring! It’s truly beautiful. I think you got lucky to stay somewhere I like this! I’ve never stayed in one, but in NY I feel like that would be an excellent alternative to a hotel in order to save some funds and have the space you want while you’re on vacation! Love it!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Yes, I got really lucky! I had to share! Hahaha <3 I didn't expect to find an Airbnb like this in New York though because actually it looks more like something you'd find in Palm Springs LOL

  • the eye traveler
    April 24, 2018

    this is seriously interior goals! I’m going to stay in my first air bnb apartment next month, it doesnt look as chic but we will see how the amenities are ;p

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Oooohhh how exciting babe, I hope your first experience is as pleasant as mine was!

  • Suzanne
    April 24, 2018

    What a tropical Air bnb! I think I love the chess set the most πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      The chess set is sooo cute! My friend loved it hahaha

  • Nicole
    April 24, 2018

    Well this place of his looks so amazing! I love his sense of style too! Great job Johnathon!!!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      I love his sense of style too LOL. I would hire him to decorate my entire home if he didn’t live so far!

  • jane
    April 24, 2018

    This place looks like a sanctuary.
    I love the hammock design

    http://www.thebandwagonchic.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Definitely a sanctuary! The hammock is definitely a darling addition.

  • Monica Sors
    April 25, 2018

    what a lovely place! I love Airbnb!!
    xx
    MΓ³nica Sors
    MES VOYAGES Γ€ PARIS
    NEW POST: BOLSO CHLOÉ PIXIE

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Yes! I’m glad you love Airbnb too πŸ™‚

  • Thuy
    April 25, 2018

    That place is gorgeous! I’ve used air b&b before but have never came across a pretty one like that.

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      Awww! I hope you will have the opportunity to stay at a pretty one soon! It’s such a memorable experience.

  • Jessica
    April 25, 2018

    This place looks fantastic! I absolutely love the interior design and its rustic, vintage vibe. So cozy, and really cute decor all over the bedroom.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      April 25, 2018

      This place is seriously interior goals for sure! xx

  • Celeste
    April 27, 2018

    Wow, that AirBnB looks pretty amazing! I need to find more gems like that one for sure!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 28, 2018

      I think I really lucked out with this one! Haha I’ll probably be disappointed with my next Airbnb if it doesn’t at least match this one >_<

  • Delia
    April 28, 2018

    What a cute place! And I LOVE that hammock! What a great accommodation experience!

    • Sharon Wu
      April 30, 2018

      Thank you Delia! It was so much fun staying here!

  • bonjourchiara
    April 29, 2018

    No way, I want to stay in this place!!! it’s amazing!!!
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

  • Kristin Taylor
    May 2, 2018

    I’ve never seen an AirBnB like this! Definitely encourages me to give them another shot. Thanks for sharing your experience, honey!

    • Sharon Wu
      May 3, 2018

      Yayyy! I’m glad that you’re encouraged to give Airbnb another shot. I can’t wait to book my next one!

  • Azanique
    May 3, 2018

    I have never stayed in an Airbnb but this place is so cool! The bedroom reminds me of a Yurt! πŸ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Sharon Wu
      May 4, 2018

      Hahaha! I’ve never stayed in a Yurt! But I’ll take your word for it haha!

  • Samantha Mariko
    May 3, 2018

    This is a beautiful Airbnb and you were so lucky you found this place! And thats so cool you got to hang out with Jenn πŸ™‚ I feel like Airbnbs are a hit or miss sometimes but I should really try using it next time I travel!
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      May 4, 2018

      Thanks Samantha! I hope to meet and hang out with you one day too πŸ™‚

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