We are gearing up for our very first stay in an Air BnB in the U.K. Naturally, that reminded me of our very first stay anywhere in the world in an Air BnB,
Seems like it was ages ago, in Washington D.C – our first ever trip across the pond too! We were so excited because we were off to spend Thanksgiving with our family in the USA and meet our cousins and my cute nephews! Sightseeing in New York was obviously on my mind but I was very eagerly looking forward to a short trip to Washington D.C
I found Cody’s air BnB listing easily and the booking process was very easy. We were lucky to get a booking with him because of all the positive reviews he had already earned.
I was looking for a place from where it would be easy to commute to the main tourist spots and also a safe, clean, and lively neighbourhood with a spattering of good cafes. This listing ticked all the boxes.
I sent Cody a message asking a few questions regarding location etc and once he accepted my booking request, it was smooth sailing from thereon.
On the day we arrived, there was slight confusion but Thanks to Cody being such a fab host it was resolved pretty quickly! The previous occupant has not followed instructions to leave the key safely and this had delayed our check-in time. So basically, we then had to leave our luggage with Cody while he arranged to have our room clean and ready for us.
But that gave us a chance to walk around and explore our surroundings and we found an amazing cafe and bookstore called Busboys and Poets and spent a happy few hours sipping coffee and relaxing.
When we walked into Cody’s flat, everything was neatly arranged and looked exactly like the photos he has on the Air BnB listing.
A short flight of stairs leading to level one houses two bedrooms, the ensuite one was occupied and we had one large bedroom with a comfortable double bed ready for us.
Neatly folded towels left on the bed were a nice touch. The bathroom outside was huge and we were the only ones using it – woohoo!
Cody’s fridge was stashed with various things which he said we could use, though we had all our meals outside and didn’t really need anything it was good to know he is so generous. Plates and coffee mugs, and cutlery was available to use and we washed whatever we used which was only a few mugs and spoons for our morning coffee and cereal. There were various types of sweeteners and milk also stocked up in the fridge. The morning that we checked out of our room, we briefly met Cody’s partner but unfortunately because of Cody’s busy schedule ( he is a nurse) we couldn’t spend any quality time with him.
The refrigerator door had loads of post-its with lovely messages from guests who had also enjoyed Cody’s warm hospitality.
On the day we arrived the weather was lovely but the next day it was really rainy! If it had been sunny, we would have loved to spend time in his lovely little front garden with a cuppa.
We had booked our bus journey online from London and after a busy morning where we managed to pack in some last-minute sightseeing, we took a cab and sped off to the bus station. Somehow though, I was very happy to get back in New York! New York reminds me so much of Bombay city – the pace, the vibe, the spirit, and the general feeling of being in a big, buzzing city – it simply can’t be compared!
Have you been to Washington D.C? And have you ever booked an Air BnB accommodation? Tell me what it was like in the comments below – I love hearing from you!