difﬁcult to interpret. Did users skip this listing because it was too expensive, or was it just not relevant? Was this search result page bad because of poor ranking or because all the good listings were already taken?
“We love going to Disneyland and would like to go back sometime this year around the beginning of the summer. Ideally we would go for a week but it depends on price. I would want to go with my husband and kids because it's a really fun and special experience for all of us.”
a nice play to stay but I don't like that it's actually part of another house. I would want to feel like we have total privacy instead of sharing certain areas. There are also an awful lot of rules about when and what you can do. I understand to an extent but seeing it all written out comes across as kind of negative. It's also not really that close to Disneyland.
stay away from hotels. I ﬁnd that they are overpriced and dirty. I would rather rent a room in a house, if I couldn't ﬁnd an entire house, than stay in a hotel. You would think that renting a room or house from someone there would be more rules than a hotel but it is not been my experience. Hotels impose silly rules, and I don't mean standard things like not destroying the room and noise, I mean like not allowing you to open windows or keep a door open to the outside. No thanks! I prefer Airbnb by far.” “It looks like a decent place and how when you ﬁrst step outside you can see the water and it looks like you can go straight down to the ocean. The price is great for the amount of days I am staying as well and it looks a little homey… The seller also does not seem to have any rules that may complicate me in any way.” “From the pictures, I don't think it would be the kind of place that I would necessarily feel at home in… I don't like the fact that shoes have to be removed before entering the house, since I don't like walking around barefoot. Overall, I just don't think that this room would be the right ﬁt for me.”
deposit puts me off immediately. We are looking for something affordable and while the nightly rate is okay the security deposit would just put it over the top. I would be worried we wouldn't get it back no matter how good of a shape we left the house. Also they seem particular about how everything is treated and we have two kids so it just wouldn't work well.
the price is so low. Plus there is room for my husband and two kids to sleep. However I don't like that you would be staying in an RV in someone's driveway. There isn't much privacy that way. Plus the distance is reasonable to San Diego and LA which means it's not really close enough to either one.
you get the entire house which is great. It looks beautiful on the outside and looks like there is a garage where we could hopefully park our van. The security deposit is not too high. The location isn't perfect but it's pretty good because the drive to Disneyland wouldn't be too long.
nice outside and in. I like that you get the entire house to yourself. The security deposit is high so that makes me hesitant to want to book it. There is plenty of room for my husband and two kids. I like that we would be able to park in the driveway as we will have our own vehicle.
am not a fan of the room in terms of decoration. It looks very clean though, and I wouldn't be too upset if I was "stuck" there. It looks like a really nice space. I would deﬁnitely look around a little more to ﬁnd something that might be more comfortable in terms of style. (from a male user)
rate/time. It makes me think they would be hard to get in touch with if something were to occur or we needed something. The house itself is nice, but it doesn't look quite as good as other ones that are cheaper. I would pass on this one.
of the price range, but others may simply be overpriced. Price is probably already a ranking feature, but should overpricedness be as well? Airbnb already has a price prediction algorithm; can we use the residual as a measure of whether a listing is priced too high or too low?
kind of place that I would necessarily feel at home in. The late check in also worries me, since I like to get on the road early. I don't like the fact that shoes have to be removed before entering the house, since I don't like walking around barefoot. Overall, I just don't think that this room would be the right ﬁt for me.
near to the beach. However, this is a room, and I actually wanted a whole space to myself. Also, there are restrictive hours on when to arrive, and that's difﬁcult for me. Plus the price is a bit more than I was hoping to pay for. I don't need bed and breakfast, just a bed.
patio is amazing. The price is the cheapest. The amenities are spot on. No need for a television when you have a place like this. We talked about going to Sardinia, and this would be a great reason why, just to spend a night at this place. This place is gorgeous.
there weren't spectacular views. If I was going to settle for something that wasn't pretty then it would need to be very convenient, which this isn’t. (from a search whose other results had good views)
The location is unappealing, it is near an urban area and there is no mention of skiing. I'm looking for a place near a skiing area, I don't have a speciﬁc location, because I don't know where they are. The price is okay, it's just not what I want at all.
attractive place and looks very clean. My girlfriend is particularly picky about living in hotels in regards to hygiene and only wants places that are squeaky clean and have proper mosquito nets. In addition, she wants a bed with enough space for two people and has an air conditioner so that we don't sweat during the nighttime. This location ﬁts the bill for all the conditions, as well as my preferences and looks rather pleasing. (for a trip to Penang)
would like to go with my girlfriend to see all the attractions of the city. I would also like to go hiking in the canyons nearby and visit Lake Mead.” Tell me about an upcoming trip you’d like to make.
location close to the action of the city. The price is very appealing because it is cheaper than the nearby hotels. The main reason I want to stay here instead of a hotel is is because this has cooking facilities- because of my diet I have to prepare my own special meals. I also like that the place is not fancy or pretentious, it is very basic and ﬁts my needs well. Find a place you’d love to stay at.
so I don't like that I would be sharing with other people. I want my own private bathroom and space. I would be worried about making too much noise and disturbing roommates. I do like the location, though, and the room is quite nice. I would stay here as a last resort option. If this listing were unavailable, would you want to stay at Similar Listing #1 instead?
it is in a nice location. I do not like that it looks like someone is currently living there, with family photos on the wall and things like that. It would make me feel like i'm in someone elses space. The reviews are not very good, there are lots of complaints about smoke and noise and problems with the gate. If this listing were unavailable, would you want to stay at Similar Listing #2 instead?
a place with others, I want my own space. I also liked the original listing because it was close to everything, but this location is too far from the strip and downtown, and I would need to rent a car to get around. I don't like that the home is in a golf community, because I don't like being in areas with stuck up people. I need to be closer to the city and all the fun attractions of Vegas, not in a residential area. If this listing were unavailable, would you want to stay at Similar Listing #3 instead?
the price is fantastic), I'd just want to check that there's nothing better. Also, I'd want to research whether or not it's a safe and nice area. I might also decide to expand my search to include more expensive options. This way, I can weigh up whether the beneﬁts of a more expensive option warrant the cost compared to a place like this.
host so long as I do some research and remain as enthusiastic. The price is reasonable and the apartment looks great. The main thing I would want to check is the area it's in, Lisburn. I don't know how convenient that is compared to the rest of Belfast and the Titanic quarter. If it was convenient, I would probably go for this.
like the proximity to Dublin. Reading the user reviews, it seems the hosts are gracious and warm, but don't get in your way unless you want them to. I like that. I could just sit in a lawn chair outside this building for the entire vacation and be content.” “It's a really well-decorated and lovely space. I also like that it's in Soho. The price is a little more than we'd like to spend ideally, but for the right place we'd make the sacriﬁce. Biggest worry I'd have is that this property only has two reviews. I'd be a little scared about committing more money than I would normally on a property with 2 reviews.” “Everything I said about the ﬁrst rental applies to this one as well. The apartment is very modern and looks very clean (almost clinical). Though I always prefer design that is antique and warm in style, it is almost impossible to ﬁnd and a clean, modern design is always nice as well. I can't think of much more to say about this apartment except that I notice it is missing half a star in the location category, so I would deﬁnitely have to read some of the reviews before I would consider booking it.”
the northern part of my state (WI) to a skiing resort. I want to go for the weekend with my husband. I want to do this because we need a getaway and it would be romantic and we would still have plenty to do.”
at all. The location is unappealing, it is near an urban area and there is no mention of skiing. I'm looking for a place near a skiing area, I don't have a speciﬁc location, because I don't know where they are, just that we have them. The price is okay, it's just not what I want at all.
is one of the nicest places in the state. I was looking to go up North is the only reason this isn't a good ﬁt, this is in the southern part of the state. Otherwise it is beautiful and the price is great. It also lists skiing and other winter activities nearby. I would consider it if I couldn't ﬁnd anything near where I want to go.
looking for. I think that had more to do with the search than what is available. If I don't have a speciﬁc location in mind, like I wanted a Northern retreat near skiing or winter activities, it's hard to ﬁnd places. I think being able to pick a general geographical area could be a good thing to add. I think having tags of things to do (skiing didn't really work well as a tag for me) or activities near the places might make it easier as well.”
“We've only ever used Airbnb once, and we had mixed feelings. The pricing was quite reasonable compared to a hotel (it was in Manhattan). On the other hand, the host was not very good. We walked into a very messy place with no clean sheets or towels, dirty dishes, and old food in the fridge.” “It can also be the case that the person's house is not very nice or they are unfriendly. This could be a detriment to the vacation experience. Indeed airbnb's ﬂuctuating quality can be bad.”
“Well, it's not so much that it's bad about Airbnb, in and of itself, but there are a few unscrupulous types who misrepresent their properties, and you don't really have any easy time getting reparations, from what I've heard.” “Also, it can sometimes be difﬁcult to trust some of the people listing their places to stay. Its not an insured hotel. Is the unit safe to stay in? Did they wash the sheets? is the room clean? Are they really the owners? They could be scamming you or try to rob you while you are there.”
enough (and pictures can be misleading too) “Airbnb also can be a crap shoot in terms of quality. Sometimes the physical place is not as good as it was advertised. Although this is usually reﬂected in the reviews of the place, sometimes they are not accurate or comprehensive enough.” “I wish it had more picture requirements. That way I could see what I was going to see what I got there more clearly. A clearer view of what I am going to be experiencing is it. Someway to make me feel more secure in a way.”
a standard level of quality “Sometimes it's hard to know what to expect with Airbnb. You never really know for certain that it'll be a good experience. The people renting out might be rude or overly anal. It's something that you can't really be 100% sure about. Hotels are almost always guaranteed to have good service. If not you can complain (and it's not like they'll kick you out). With Airbnb there's a greater chance for awkward interactions.” “You're also relying on reviews of others to make a decision to book a stay or not. You can do the same with hotels as well, rely on reviews, but with hotels, there also typically comes a standard of service that you come to expect from certain established hotel names. With renters you can hope to expect what a renter lists, sometimes expectations may not be met and that's a risk you take. Booking a hotel is usually a guarantee.”
just simpler and faster “Also a hotel can be better in the fact that it can be booked on a moments notice without prior contact. I sometimes just simply want to deal with the simplicity of using a hotel.” “While you can instantly make a booking on airbnb you have to contact the host beforehand, and make arrangements whereas hotels nowadays you're practically guaranteed/hassle free booking from the convenience of an app without much discussion needed between you and the hotel.” “It can be hit or miss, sometimes you really don't want to have to deal with the host. In a hotel you can just check in very fast, and not have to deal with the social aspect of it. I like to have a consistent experience as well, I just want to have a no fuss experience. The booking process is easy on the site, but you still have to discuss things with the host whereas with a hotel you can just show up and check in.”
“I ﬁnd a hotel more convenient. If you're traveling and don't book ahead you can probably ﬁnd a hotel and book it easier than trying to ﬁnd an airbnb listing near where you're traveling last minute.” “Airbnb does not offer a lot of options if you are looking for a short stay. It also doesn’t seem to be as useful if you’re looking for something last minute… I think there should be a section for last minute reservations. Also there should be an alternative available like an insurance just in case things are not as they were advertised. “
“I found it difﬁcult to book a room on the speciﬁc date that I wanted. I was not able to book one place and had to look for another place that was available.” “My host canceled on me and I had to ﬁnd another place to stay.”
didn’t even realize it (Some users thought the lightning bolt indicated a hot listing about to be booked, or a ﬂash sale.) Can Airbnb market the feature better to users, and increase adoption among hosts?
owner “Also, in a hotel there is a sense you can get a little wild. You can order pizza and leave it out on a table, for example, without worrying I might bring bugs into this nice couple's house or make their guest room smell funny.” “I felt weird coming home late from a wedding and fearing that I was disturbing the owner. “
after a long travel “I had to wait a few minutes to meet the landlord. It was cold out and didn't appreciate that. We couldn't reach the landlord, heard different stories, then we were told the key was under the doormat. So checkin was strange. ” “My ﬂight arrived early and the host was at a party, so I felt awkward asking him to leave to meet me and give me the keys. I ended up just going to a movie theatre while I waited for him to come back, even though I wanted to sleep.”
interaction “There was some lack of privacy. In a hotel, I feel more anonymous. I felt obligated to talk to the apartment owner a lot.” “I think possible intrusion on the host part as they do have access to the room, apartment, house. It can be messy, and not cleaning properly. Not having standards and someone to complain about the place. Perhaps communication problems with the owner. It frustrates me when I have to call, email, and spend time arranging a place to stay.” “Hotels are almost always guaranteed to have good service. If not you can complain (and it's not like they'll kick you out). With Airbnb there's a greater chance for awkward interactions.”
where I’ve searched. I’ve left reviews of what I liked. I’ve booked multiple listings on the platform. I’ve even connected my Facebook account Taking a trip shouldn’t be a stressful chore. Can Airbnb use all this information to give me the ultimate travel experience?