An experience I will never forget. My booking was made on Feb 4th after several messages between myself and the host. I explained my purpose for my travel in great detail. I explained this would be my first time using Airbnb. The first time I heard about Airbnb was by a friend whom used it for this same purpose a year earlier. She mentioned it and gave me the information. Prior to that I never had heard about it. On January 15th, my first communication to the host I specific told her that I would be going to a training in which I would be leaving very early at 3 AM and not returning until after 6 PM for the 3 days booked. The pictures looked nice. The RV was in her backyard in a city Miami. What would happen next was not something I imagined. I believe honesty is the best policy. So when I think back at our email exchanges I feel the host should have said "well Nancy, there is a big raccoon that lives in that very tree next to the RV and if you are going to be leaving at the same hours this animal goes looking for food." I personally would not have booked it as I would have been informed properly.
This is my honest review on my first Airbnb experience.
The photos look so zen. An RV in someone's backyard in Miami. There was a deck that looked great for meditation. An outdoor bathroom. Okay, I am a city girl but how bad could this be? I wouldn't be really in the RV for only sleeping. As my teacher training would be from 4 AM until 6 PM and so I would basically be sleeping and showering. The host was just worried I would make noise at 3 AM showering since there were other guest in her other rooms she offers on Airbnb. I assured her I would shower the night before and would be mindful of not making any noise. We began exchanging emails on Jan 15th. I booked the reservation on Feb 4th. On March 23rd, I arrived around 4:30 PM after a day of work and a 2 1/2 hour drive. I was tried. I was hungry. I wanted to relax. Upon meeting the host and expressing how this was my first time using Airbnb. Her question was "Are you a virgin?" there were two men sitting on the steps of one of her rooms and I found that very inappropriate to ask......I thought this was a weird sense of humor to say the least....and I brush it off. She said grab your things and I will show you your home for the next 3 days.
I grabbed one bag. And walked through a yard full leafs. The RV was a little rustier than the photos....thinking the entire placed looked worn out. Next to the RV as you can see from the picture above. There was this beautiful tree right next to the front door of the RV. As she said this is it....I said oh nice....she showed me the outdoor bathroom. A toliet, sink, and shower....outdoors. No doors just bed sheets dividing the shower section and the "door" into the bathroom from the outdoors. See the picture below. She pointed to the RV and said you there was a raccoon that lived in the tree. I thought she was joking and I know she noticed my face. I was like shock.
I don't know about you but whenever I sleep in a new surrounding it takes me a while to get comfortable. Thursday night was no different. I made myself at home as best as I could the RV was small. Two beds on each end of the RV. There were plenty of dishes, candles, and empty bug spray. But there was no running water. The fridge was not disposable. I made do. I unpacked. It was weird to use the bathroom and shower but I did it. The bamboo were not closed tight and I could see in between the cracks which gave me an uncomfortable feeling. And the fact that a young boy came outside to swing on the tree's swing facing the outdoor bathroom while I was in there made me even more uncomfortable. I made my way to the bathroom for a final potty break before I went to bed for the night.
It took me forever to fall to sleep....it must have been around 2 AM and I was awaken by a couple arguing very loudly in the back yard right outside of my door. The male was upset at the female and this latest for about an hour. The only thing between me and the outside world was a screen door with a little hook locking it. The door had a window screen and it didn't shut all the way so there was a crack. No worries....my cell phone had coverage and I had my flashlight.
I was concerned for my safety at this point as the argument continued. Now I totally understand that the host did not have control over two people arguing very loudly. But happened next I feel she did. I also feel she should have mention this to me back when I told her the details for my trip. After about an hour of the noise....they finally stopped and I guessed they fell asleep. Good, now I could fall back to sleep. I kept hearing like noise of what seemed someone was coming towards the RV. After this noise didn't go away, I get out of bed and look out the screen and right in front of me this huge raccoon was looking back at me. It didn't get scared and it didn't run away. The raccoon spend the next 2 1/2 hours going up and down the tree and crossing under the RV. I was like this is crazy. At this point I could not fall back to sleep. I said this is so unsafe. If I get attacked by this animal. It was not scared of me. It did not get scared off when I flashed the light towards it. I packed up my stuff and decided I would leave at the first sign of day light.
I did just this....at about 7:10 AM I left and headed back home. I emailed my teacher and explained to him my situation. He totally understood and said safety first.
I have gotten my money back for the two nights I did not stay there and I appreciate Airbnb for their customer service resolution in this matter. Will I try Airbnb again. Honestly I don't know. My first experience was horrible. I feel the host should have been a little more honest and explained to me that where I would be sleeping a raccoon would also be sharing my surroundings at the very time I would be leaving for my training. I missed some awesome training events because of this....I feel my safety was at stake. I would not want this to happen to someone else. I truly feel there should be a disclosure that wild animals live on the property.
At the end, I KNOW I was not overreacting. I received plenty of signs from my Angels on Friday.
Not all Airbnb experiences end this way. This is my review for MY trip. MY HONEST review.
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