I’ve been renting AirBnb places for the last couple years, mostly to visit Taipei and some friends I have here, also when I was studying Mandarin. So I have rented about 10-15 different places here in Taipei. The price for a AirBnb is about US$50/night. It will skyrocket during Christmas and New Year holidays. I don’t see any low seasons anymore. You can find cheaper places, if you are OK to sleep on a wooden plank and have no windows in your room. For a “good” place, the price will be about US$75-100+.
BUT overall, the value is pretty terrible. The landlords are sharks. They post pretty pictures on the website but when you check-in the place, it’s actually a shithole.
I’ve seen places where the bed has been fixed with cardboards, wallpaper was peeling off the wall, you’d find hairs in your bed, broken doors that you couldn’t close, noisy fridge near your (noisy) bed, wall painted in black, no hot water, etc… All these places had 4+ stars on Airbnb.
Landlords will always ask you to not mention Airbnb. Some will ask you to throw your garbage in public bins, which is not legal, don’t do that. Check-in is often painful, landlord are late, the lockbox is not working or they changed the passcode but forgot to mention it.
Some places are OK and landlords are nice, but that’s not the majority, most of the time I was disappointed.
Then you can file a request to have a refund but your holidays are already wasted and you’ll lose hours to get your money back.
A hotel room in Taipei cost between $50 and $100 for a 3 stars to 4 stars hotel on Agoda. If you want, you can rent a room for $18, for a 1 star hotel or a dorm room. You’ll know exactly what services they offer, and if you’re not happy with the room, they can move you to another one, sometimes you have breakfast included and you’ll always have room service and a clean bed/bathroom everyday. Check-in is usually 24/7 and you always have somebody in the lobby to answer a question or request.
So why renting a Airbnb? I am not sure anymore. I think most people are happy because they don’t compare the prices anymore.
Airbnb is now too popular, popularized by nomads and hippies, but it’s not that much a good deal anymore, and sharks took over the place. It is still good if you want to meet people and live in a family or discover some crazy homes or activities, otherwise, I’d skip it, especially in big cities. Also considering that it increases the price of real-estate, as it’s still badly regulated in most countries, including Taiwan.