AirBNB is a way to get rooms for cheap in a new city. It beats hotel room prices and you get to meet some new people.
There are definitely some drawbacks to AirBNB, things you will not experience in a hotel situation.
- Hosts not held to professional standards – calendars may be out of date. Hosts can cancel without financial penalty.
- The review process is based on free speech, not conflict mediation. AirBNB rightfully considers itself a community, but it is a community with no mechanism for conflict resolution. What this can result in are value clashes that are resolved by opinionated hate speech.
- The reviews are made by reviewers whose psychological makeup is not clear. In other words, in most cases you are reading a review by someone you dont know. So what good is knowing what a review says if you dont know anything about the reviewer? That’s why I dislike and do not participate in the reference process when looking for a job as a computer programmer.