Most seasoned travellers will have heard of AirB&B, but I am still surprised that some of the people I speak to haven’t hear d of it. Here’s how they describe it on the website:
“Whether a flat for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 190 countries.”
In short opens up an array of opportunities above and beyond the usual hotels and hostels you find on travel websites and if you haven’t given it a go, here’s our review to help you decide if it is for you.
A brief review of DH Lawrence slice of heaven, Lake Garda Italy.
Our must haves
- Within budget
- A non- touristy location
Firstly downloaded the smarphone app. This makes creating wishlists, communicating with hosts and booking super easy.
I spent hours browsing. My wish list now includes a gypsy caravans in the Alps, a room in a tower in Florence and a tree top retreat somewhere unpronounceable.
We picked Lake Garda. Clearly a beautiful location but more so, this is a place we felt we could get away from it all. Our location – “San Gaudenzio” in Garagnano. Our reason – well, apart from the stunning photos on their listing, it was the many positive reviews from previous holiday makers.
We were not disappointed- our stay with this wonderful couple was simply perfect.
If you’re looking for a peaceful retreat, off the beaten track – this is for you. The view from the balcony was breathtaking in the day, and at night we enjoyed a glass of wine, (or three!) listening to music looking up at the stars- what a way to spend an evening in!
Our hosts were so kind and made us immediately feel welcome -nothing was too much trouble from making us a morning coffee in their (huge) olive garden to sharing advice to help us find the best spots to visit in our short stay.
They were happy to leave us to our privacy but when we needed them they were around and even dropped us off in the car as there were only a few buses that ran to and from the town.
The apartment was decorated with pretty vintage touches, right up my street, which made it really personal but as it was a separate area we didn’t feel like we were literally staying in someone else’s house.
Gargnano has its own stony “beach” by the lake so we had two days of pure relaxation where we did nothing but laze on the beach and look at the lake on the mountainseide. When it was time to explore we went to Venice but Verona is also only about an hour away.
One of the best places we visited was Malcesine, in the pic below- here we took a cable car to the top of Monte Blaldo the views were insane! I felt like I was ontop of the world.
To book where we stayed visit the link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/5804602
Our top tips for booking a successful AirB&B trip
- Always read the reviews. Its not always easy to leave someone you have stayed with something that is anything less than more or less positive but if they are overwhelmingly positive (like where we stayed) you can’t go too far wrong
- Sorry for starting the obvious but a good gauge in how your hosts will be is how they responds to your messages.
- It’s not a real b&b or a hotel so treat it as it is, someone’s home and have the expectations to match (ie they aren’t a hotel owner) so your expectations match .