Disclosure: People, I am into my third glass of wine. Okay, now the post about Melbourne AirBnB..
If you follow me on twitter, God bless your soul, you might notice that I can’t stop yapping about my Australia trip. Yes, people, I am flying down south next month, and I am uber excited about it.
I was assigned the part of finding a hotel to stay in. It will be four girls, four luggages and four nights each in Sydney and Melbourne. We wanted somewhere near the city, with big windows and decent price place ratio.
Hotels. There are lots of things I love about it; Interesting people in the lobby, the concierge (who acts a human Google for lazy people like me), and a huge spread of breakfast without lifting a finger to make or clean it. And the room? White linen sheet, big soft bed, huge windows and it miraculously restocked, cleaned and tidied when we come back to it. An armchair and TV with infinite number of channels; the nomad in me wants to live the rest of my life in hotels, like Nicolas Berggruen or Chuck Bass.
Hotel is my dream house concept.
As much as I love hotels, I am yet to like a chain hotel. Chain hotels at best are convenient and professional, but I like my hotels with history, stories and local touch.
This has always been an issue whenever I book hotels for group vacations. Some friends like it reliable, I like it with a local touch; like sharing living space with them, you know, people watching at its’ borderline.
So I filtered.
Here come Sydney and Melbourne AirBnB:
1. Sydney AirBnB: Bondi Junction Garden Studio House from $120
I know the name is confusing, but OMiGod, gorgeous house! The owner looks friendly, and it is close to Bondi beach*. Also, big glass door+window.
I want to live here for a long time.
*People, I have never seen Bondi beach’s picture clearly in my entire life, I have been reading about it (minus pictures), but I am going to keep the excitement until I actually see it.
The only thing is, it takes 20 mins commute to reach the city and 20 mins commute in 12 degree Celsius for us, who flew from tropical countries, might be too much, so I came with an alternative.
2. Sydney AirBnB: The Future From $70 per night
It is a short walking distance to the harbor bridge, and it has a sunroom bedroom. Sunroom = sleeping under the star. Gyaah.. So fancy! AND they have a cat as the concierge. Yes, please!
3. Melbourne AirBnB: 150 years old Bohemian House from $130
I am interested in this house, mostly because of the owner, she looks like, um.. Me! It feels like looking at my future self. She lives alone, has a cat and stylish, and she is willing to cook us breakfast.
And the house, it has a balcony! I am a sucker for tiny squares balconies; It is near the city and two blocks away from Queen Victoria market. In short It is perfect!
The only issue I can think of is a friend who is traveling together hates cats. Wait, let’s not call PETA just yet, she is just more of a dog person. (Much more, to the extent of celebrating the birthday of the said dog).
So I gave them a second choice.
4. Melbourne AirBnB: Victorian Guest House, starting from $118
The description reminds me of Ryokan Mikawaya, the one we stayed in Tokyo. Coincidentally, the lady who runs the guesthouse is an Asian. It will be my first guesthouse experience. I am looking forward to meeting and hanging out with cool people in the common room. Maybe I can interview some for my travel culture blog? That would be awesome!
The downside: there is also a chance of meeting annoying people in the common room.
We would be paying less than $150 for four of us per day. Is it expensive? Is it cheap? Is it safe? Is it fun? I don’t know. This is going to be my first AirBnB.
It’s time for me to sign off. The fourth glass of wine is making this post dance in front of my eyes.