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Our First AirBnb Experience – Lastarria, Santiago
Navigating Our First AirBnb Experience:
When something is new, there is always that feeling of excitement with a dash of nervousness. Navigating AirBnb was no different. We were starting our 7-month adventure in Santiago and when doing research on finding the nicest place for the least amount of money AirBnb popped up. It was obvious that our first AirBnb experience was going to give us the best bang for our buck. After spending hours researching apartments (and noticing aspects to look for in an AirBnb), we finally settled on a place in the Lastarria neighbourhood that was hosted by the wonderful Leonor. We were told this district was rich in history and vibrant with restaurants, theatres, museums and bars. Sound’s like a good place to stay.
From the moment we booked I thought it was too good to be true. Communication was excellent, the photos of the apartment were exactly as the apartment looked and for a small fee, our hosts were even going to collect us from the airport. AirBnb was totally bringing the goods and unique experiences.
SIDE NOTE: I remember saying to my family before leaving that this was either going to be an incredible experience or we weren’t going to see our first night. So stupid I know, but if you have met my mother, you would be aware she always jumps to worst case scenario, so it is no wonder I have a little bit of that also.
After 30 hours of travelling, four flights, swollen ankles and droopy eyes we walked out of Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez Airport also known as Santiago International Airport. On inspecting the many faces and cards, we searched for our names before spotting a lovely couple holding a mobile phone with our profile photo from AirBnb. It was at this moment we finally met Leonor and her husband. Greeted in a traditional Chilean way with a kiss on the cheek we were already in full conversation on the way to the car. Leonor’s husband spoke fluent English, which was helpful considering neither one of us had learnt enough Spanish before this trip.
SIDE NOTE: I highly recommend learning Spanish prior; it will make your life so much easier.
So began our quick trip into Santiago where we were given tips on activities and aspects of travelling we should be weary of while in Santiago. Being given such a wealth of local knowledge was great.
Arrival To The Apartment:
On arriving at our quaint apartment the entry was just as the photos depicted. Situated in the heart of an alley full of renowned restaurants, which for any food lover is a dream. It was here we were shown around the area before taking the lift to the 5th floor to inspect the apartment. From here I will let the photos do the talking.
Photos: Our First AirBnb Experience – Lastarria, Santiago
So Would We Use AirBnb Again?
A resounding YES! The apartment, the experience and the people were all 100% worth it and I can tell you I have already booked another two AirBnb stays since. To be honest I wish I had explored this form of accommodation sooner. If you want to check out Leonor’s AirBnb check it out here – New !!! In the heart of Lastarria !!!
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