During our Europe trip, I booked 2 stays using Airbnb, one in Budapest and another in Prague. This was the first time we had used Airbnb and we had some mixed results. After Europe, would I use Airbnb again? This is a 2 part review, one for each city we stayed in. At the end of the Prague review, I’ll answer my initial question.
I booked both our stays using our Barclaycard Arrival+ and cleared off the reservation with the sign up bonus. The cost for 4 days was $358 (total point cost was 32,220, after 10% rebate). The cost for our 4 nights was less than 1 night at some of the nearby hotels. One question that I wondered, would we be safe renting an Airbnb? That would be more important to than saving a few thousand points for a stay elsewhere.
Our host, Georgia, was very proactive in reaching out to us and wanted to share information about Budapest. The week before we arrived, she was emailing me almost everyday with information about Budapest sights.
We arrived in Budapest a day earlier than expected, so I booked a night at the Intercontinental for 35,000 points (I had plenty of IHG points to use). I told Georgia that we would check in around 11 am and she gave me the number to her assistant, Balint. Her assistant would meet us at the apartment and give us the keys.
When we were on our way to check in, I messaged Balint and informed him we were on our way with an estimated time of arrival. When I sent this message it went through Google Hangouts, which he didn’t have, so he didn’t receive my message. I eventually called him when we were at the apartment.
He was running behind and we eventually checked in about 15-20 minutes later than expected. Not a great way to start our stay at an Airbnb, but that’s life and we just went with the flow.
Once inside, Balint showed us around the apartment and Georgia even had a welcoming gift for us. The apartment was very nice!
Georgia even had a nice welcoming gift waiting for us, once we entered the apartment:
I thought for a minute we were staying in the castle building, but we were right next door!
When we initially walked in, I couldn’t help but notice how large the apartment was. It was larger than I expected. The floors were ceramic tile in the kitchen and bath area, and wood in the living areas.
The living area had a couple of comfortable leather couches, television, kitchen table and information on sights and tours in Budapest.
I thought the colors on the wall were awesome. It was definitely unique, but I thought it was very nice.
The kitchen area was very nice. There was a counter top stove, dishwasher, oven and in the corner was washing machine.
The cabinets had plenty of glasses and plates. The drawers had plenty of silverware, pots and pans, and spices.
We really liked having the washing machine, because it allowed us to pack lighter for this trip. There was not a dryer in the apartment, but we improvised…
As you walked in the door to the apartment, there was a half bath right there. As you continued to walk into the apartment, the full bath was nearby.
In the back left of this photo you will see a heated towel rack, this was our improvised dryer :-). It worked out well for us and our clothes were dry the following morning.
The shower area was nice, even though I almost slipped on the tile floor when it became wet. I never ran out of hot water! I really enjoy a hot shower and the water became hot very quickly (almost too hot!) and not once did we ever run out.
Georgia had soaps, toothpaste and other items in the bathroom for us to use, if we needed them. We packed our own, so we did not need hers. It was nice to know they were there if we needed them.
The bedroom wasn’t anything fancy, it had a dresser and a bed. There were some outlets near the bed, which we used to charge our phones at night.
The bed was comfortable, it wasn’t out of this world comfortable, but we woke up everyday feeling great. There wasn’t one day where we didn’t receive a good nights sleep.
We did not use the dresser, but it was nice to have one there, possibly for a family or person staying there longer than 4 days.
Between the bedroom and the bathroom there was an extra room that had a small couch and some extra storage space. The extra bed looked like it folded out into another bed, but I didn’t try it.
We didn’t spend anytime in the room, but it would have been a place to socialize if you had people over and didn’t want to be in the living room.
The balcony is what initially drew me to this Airbnb. You were able to see so much from the balcony. There were chairs and a table to sit outside if you wanted.
We spent a little bit of time on the balcony, but not much. I would go out every morning to look at the view, it was amazing.
Toward the end of our stay, Balint reached out to see how we were doing and if we needed anything. He seemed very interested in what we had been doing in Budapest and it was nice for him to make sure we were having a great time at the apartment.
The walk to the apartment was possibly the worst part of the Airbnb, which was not a big deal at all. The walk was steep at times going uphill and at night, it was not well lit. For the view it was absolutely worth staying there.
Did we feel safe?
I think this is an important question when staying anywhere. I do not think saving points or money should go before safety. We both felt very safe using an Airbnb and the area we stayed in was nice as well. If we had any concerns we could have reached out to the host for assistance.
We had an amazing time in Budapest and the Airbnb was absolutely fantastic. The host was exceptional, the apartment was gorgeous. We had no issues while staying in this apartment and the view from the balcony was just amazing. I would stay at this Airbnb again without hesitation, it was just an overall great experience.
The cover photo for this article is one I took standing by our Airbnb, probably my favorite picture from our stay.
Next up is my Airbnb review for our stay in Prague, you’ll want to read that…