Founded in August 2008 in San Francisco, California, Airbnb was formed to give folks traveling in for the Industrial Design Conference held by the Industrial Designers Society of America a place to stay outside of the typical hotels booking experience. It allowed for anyone with a spare room or property to make some extra bucks offering temporary lodging solutions for tourists.
Now, the application serves 150 million users with over 6 million active listings worldwide, connecting guests with hosts all over the globe. Hosts usually fork over anywhere from 3%-15% of their booking subtotal to Airbnb, which includes the nightly rate, whatever cleaning fee the host associated with their property, and any other extra guest costs.
Although the application started off as what seemed like a low-cost alternative to hotels for guests looking for cute or charming living situations on their travels, a number of social media users have expressed that the application has become far too expensive, citing unrealistic host expectations of customers and excessive fees have made them cost just as much, if not more, than a traditional hotel.
‘I cannot believe this is how you handle a safety issue’: Guest leaves Airbnb after windows and doors wouldn’t lock. Airbnb doesn’t respond until 18 hours later
'They believed his word over mine.'
On Nov 25, 2023 by Braden Bjella
‘Such an elaborate scheme’: Woman finds out her boyfriend’s apartment is really an Airbnb
On Nov 23, 2023 by Tricia Crimmins
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On Nov 19, 2023 by Phil West
‘They have to give you 30-day notice at least’: Renter gets last-minute notice landlord is selling her house, learns it’s for an Airbnb
'Airbnb costs are ruining rental and housing communities everywhere.'
On Nov 14, 2023 by Stacy Fernandez
‘I’d be charging them extra for the cleaning fee’: Airbnb host exposes how ‘celebrity’ guests left his luxury rental
'Rich People really live in complete different worlds than us.'
On Nov 12, 2023 by Alexandra Samuels
‘I hope this isn’t happening to a lot of other hosts out there’: Viewers split as Airbnb host says Airbnb policy cost him big on 11-night booking
'I think you are too nice. These are not your friends'
On Nov 12, 2023 by Stacy Fernandez
‘Sometimes they open the refrigerator’: Airbnb guest says monkeys broke into his rental because he left bananas out
'The big monkey can open.'
On Nov 9, 2023 by Braden Bjella
‘New fear unlocked’: Airbnb host finds man hiding under bed when cleaning his rental
'Definitely know the first thing I’m checking when I rent an air bnb!!!!'
On Nov 7, 2023 by Stacy Fernandez
‘I can never imagine leaving all this stuff’: Airbnb host shows all the snacks and goods her guests left behind, including a Dos Equis keg
‘I can never imagine leaving all this stuff’
On Nov 5, 2023 by Stacy Fernandez
Customer says Airbnb host tried to upcharge upon reservation after realizing she was going to Taylor Swift concert
‘guys this is why we don’t rent airbnbs anymore’
On Nov 4, 2023 by Alexandra Samuels
‘She’s basically taking all my money from me’: Woman says Airbnb host sneakily didn’t cancel her reservation while her mom was dying (Updated)
'This is just a complete and utter nightmare.'
On Nov 2, 2023 by Stacy Fernandez
‘It smells like gasoline’: Airbnb guest paid $1,250 for 5 bedroom house. One of the rooms is in the garage
'The most pathetic excuse for a house.'
On Nov 1, 2023 by Amara Thomas
‘Throwing out the tequila should be a crime’: Airbnb host has to pour out $160 tequila after guests leave it behind
'Shoot, I just want that bottle, I don’t care what’s in it.'
On Oct 25, 2023 by Melody Heald
‘They don’t care about their reviews’: Airbnb host sends guest to store after not supplying enough toilet paper
'How is Airbnb still a thing?'
On Oct 23, 2023 by Beau Paul