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Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

Pune, India
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Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

I am planning for Paris holiday of 10 days in august. I am traveling with 7 years old daughter.

To avoid any problems with Food , i want to book apartment. Looks like airbnb is best option but this is first time i am gonna book it through Airbnb. I would like to know-

Is airbnb safe for apartment booking?

Are the apartment reviews genuine given on airbnb?

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Paris, France
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1. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

Airbnb should be as safe as booking with anyone else.

Paris, France
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2. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

It's safe if you do your own due diligence and look very closely at the listing. If a price seems too good to be true, there's usually a reason.

Make sure that you are aware of the check-in and check out times, the cancellation policy, how many flights of stairs you may need to climb, etc.....

Paris, France
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3. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

AirBnB is not the only one on the market ! Look on TA, and some other websites (can send MP)

Important : check that the owner is registered so officially authorized for this business.

And make sure the owner is responsive to your questions before you arrive. It will give you a good idea of what to expect if you have a problem upon arrival or during your stay. The good side of renting is yes to have a kitchen but also to have some personal relationship, different from an hotel front desk.

An owner is not available 24/7 but should respond swiftly to your questions whether on AirBnb or not.

Pune, India
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4. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

Thank you everyone for the help.I will check out TA as well.

Paris, France
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5. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

If you can tell about your dates, budget (in euros) and other requirements we may be able to make other recommendations.

I would not recommend booking with TA - I know people who have had issues with apartments that they found there.

St. albert,Alberta
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6. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

We've used airbnb for our last 5 trips to Europe and other locations and have had very positive experiences.

I always book places with lots of good reviews and have had no issues at all.

san mateo, ca
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7. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

I used airbnb for the first time on my last trip to Paris and had a good experience. I would suggest carefully reading all the reviews as they sometimes mention things that may, even with all the good reviews, be a deal breaker for you.. for example the listing doesn't mention the apt is on the 4th floor without stairs, until you read a review that mentions it. That said I have also had good luck in other countries with VBRO- but once again reviews are the most important thing..

Paris, France
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8. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

I know people who had problems with AirBnb, Abritel, VRBO, Homeaway., Booking... so you are wrong to have a prejudice against TA rentals...

Do your homework, read reviews, description and trust your feelings.

There are good and bad everywhere but I'd say as much good on TA as on AirBnB

Paris, France
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9. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

As of this coming October, vacation apartments must display their government registration number on any listing. Airbnb has agreed to limit listings to those having legal status. This should be good news to renters as many of the risks associated with renting illegal apartments will be avoided.

California
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10. Re: Is it safe to book apartment in paris through Airbnb?

This is good news as it will alleviate guessing which apartments are legal ones. Other cities like Barcelona have implemented a similar system.

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