I just got back from Brno (Czech Republic) and it was my first AirBnB experience, so I thought I’d write a short post about how I found it!
As I was travelling with my Mum, we went for something a little more comfortable. We opted for an apartment so that we could come and go as we pleased and cook our own dinners if we wanted to. After trawling through AirBnB’s website for apartments close to the city, we eventually found what we were looking for. With a stream of great reviews, Jan’s apartment offered a large, modern kitchen, one huge bedroom with a double bed, sofa, desk and even a cot. The lounge was also big, with a rather posh looking dining table on one side and a corner sofa filling the entirety of two walls on the left. The interior was a perfect combination of original features, contemporary fittings and classical decoration.
As Jan showed us around, he explained that everything was ours to help ourselves to – from a selection of teas and coffees, to yoghurts and fruit, cereals, Czech beers and spirits and even cigars! He also provided a bunch of maps and guidebooks so we could read a little more about Brno’s history and top tourist attractions. He was extremely welcoming; collecting us from the airport and even walking into the city with us so we knew the way for later.
We were a short five minute walk away from the city centre but our immediate neighbourhood wasn’t quite as appealing as the apartment itself. It was down a slightly dodgy feeling side road and although the age of the building meant it was full of history and character; it was falling apart slightly. The apartment’s beautiful interior and perfect location definitely made up for that though!
It was great to be so close to the centre, within a local neighbourhood and in our own space for our time in Brno! At €48 per night for the two of us, it was a more expensive option than what I would usually go for as I tend to travel on a tight budget. However, the apartment actually sleeps four, so it could be a cheaper option if there were more people.
AirBnB’s ethos is that you don’t just ‘stay’ somewhere new, you ‘live’ there. I think we definitely got a feel for that and I much preferred having our own place over staying in a hotel (which we had to do on the last night as Jan was already booked up on that date).
Overall, it was a very positive first experience and I can’t recommend Brno, Jan and the apartment enough!