Nurse Silvia and tech researcher Matteo have lived in Kentish Town for two years, and listed a room in their flat on Airbnb to help finance their addiction to seeing the world. Little did they realise that being hosts also meant they’d get the world coming to them...
What made you decide to become Airbnb hosts?
‘We’ve used Airbnb as guests for years, and have always loved the concept of the platform.
We decided to start hosting because we can set our own rules and host at our own pace.’
What are the main benefits for you of hosting on Airbnb?
‘Being a host has allowed us to meet people from all around the world, and they never stop surprising us. Every time is a different experience, and sometimes they bring gifts from their country! It’s great getting to know different cultures and sharing experiences about life.’
What types of support are available for hosts on Airbnb?
‘In the few times we’ve had problems, we were able to get support from Airbnb’s resolution centre. Also, for most London boroughs, Airbnb encourages communities of home-sharers to meet and share their tips and advice, giving hosts a direct and personal way to improve their hosting skills and encounters with future guests.’
What tips do you have for people new to hosting?
‘Be very clear about what guests can and cannot do, so that they always have the right expectations. Also, communication is key – try to get to know a bit about your guests before they arrive. You can write to them securely through Airbnb’s private messaging system.’
Silvia and Matteo’s local picks
‘Bread By Bike is a cosy café-bakery, which was launched through a Kickstarter campaign. My personal favourites are their sourdough bread and cardamom buns.’
30 Brecknock Rd, N7 0DD
‘Pizzeria di Camden is one of our favourite restaurants. We’re friendly with the owner and the staff, as we’ve been going there since they opened a couple of years ago.’
195 Royal College St, NW1 0SG
‘We often walk down the canal towards King’s Cross, to check out the regular events happening in or around Granary Square.’
King’s Cross, N1C 4AA