As many of you may know one of my many interests is travel and event planning. It’s why I own my own agency White Orchid Travel & Events, LLC. It is one of the many ways I’m able to use my creativity to express myself and I love it. I can only give my honest opinion which you may or not agree with. As a woman of color, I know that things can be different for me than my white counterparts. So I am aware of this and although I don’t go around expecting to be treated differently, I am keenly aware it could happen.
I do not recommend Airbnb for the above reason mentioned. It seems that people of color, especially, black women are treated far more harshly and physically if something goes wrong or the host is unhappy about something. I have seen the videos of women being manhandled, thrown down a flight of stairs, escorted by the police, etc. I don’t go away and spend my money to be treated like that. You cannot regulate people’s prejudices and stupidity. You can only try to put yourself in as safe a situation as you possible can. I know many women of color who have stated that they have had really good experiences using Airbnb and I’m happy that they have, but until all are treated well, it’s a concern.
The reasons I prefer a hotel over Airbnb anytime are simple. A hotel wants your repeat business and referrals. They count on them. They will work with you and are much more open and flexible when it comes to checking out, extending your stay, meeting your needs, changing your reservation, etc. In other words they will go out of their way to make it work if possible. Worst case scenario and things can’t be worked out, they do not grab you, shove you, push you down stairs, throw your stuff out in the street, etc. They call the police if necessary and ask them to escort you out. Most people know when the police show up, its time to go. However unpleasant, it’s usually an encounter that doesn’t end with physical removal. Keep this in mind the next time you have to decide between the two. I say do whatever works for you, but as for me, I will continue to use hotels over Airbnb every time.