Airbnb Launching Budget-Friendly “Room” Listings
Airbnb is going back to its roots with the introduction of Airbnb Rooms.
Airbnb began as a way to stay in a room in someone else’s home, and it’s this original idea the vacation rental platform has revamped and relaunched just in time for the busy 2023 summer travel season.
Meet Airbnb Rooms — an all-new take on the original Airbnb pic.twitter.com/SMN8frTWMJ
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) May 3, 2023
“With Airbnb Rooms, we’re getting back to the idea that started it all – back to our founding ethos of sharing,” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and CEO. “Airbnb Rooms are often more affordable than hotels, and they’re the most authentic way to experience a city. This is the soul of Airbnb.”
“We think this idea is more important than ever. In the current economic environment, people want to travel affordably,” Airbnb said in a press release. “And after years of being isolated during the pandemic, they’re looking for ways to connect with people and have authentic experiences. Now is the perfect time to stay in a room in someone else’s home. But for even more people to try it, they have to feel comfortable staying with a Host.”
Every Airbnb Room will feature a host passport, so travelers can get to know the host before booking their stay.
Airbnb will now feature a Rooms category featuring a curated set of 1 million private bedrooms. The listing will give information regarding access to shared spaces such as the kitchen or backyard. It will also contain privacy features such as whether the bedroom has a lock, if the bathrooms are shared or private, and whether people other than the host will be in the home during your stay.
Airbnb has redesigned the “type of place” filter to make it easy to switch between Airbnb Rooms, entire homes, or all types of places.