13 Airbnb Alternatives

Whether Airbnbs at your destination are booked solid, too expensive, or you’re just looking for Airbnb competitors to find something a little different, there’s plenty of options out there! Here’s 13 awesome Airbnb alternatives for your next trip:

Roomorama is fairly similar to Airbnb, in that they have a mix of individually owned and corporate properties. However, they let you narrow it down even further, choosing from rooms, apartments, houses, B&Bs, and hostels. The site is well designed, with easy, intuitive access to information.

With 80,000 properties listed around the world, they’re worth checking out for your next trip.

Renters will like:

The design is similar to Airbnb, with some cool extra features like ShoutOuts, which lets you send out an inquiry with your planned city, travel dates, and any details. Relevant hosts can then make you an offer.

They’re also offering $50 off your first stay for new users!

Hosts will like:

A nice toolset of management features, including the ability to sync your property’s availability calendar with an external calendar like Google. In addition, the 3% payment processing fee is partially refundable for hosts with frequent bookings.

HomeAway and VRBO are part of the same company, albeit with slightly different websites.

Like Airbnb, both offer a variety of home and apartments for rent. VRBO seems to offer more search filters, but both have robust searches that allow you to find the exact property you’re looking for. They’re separate websites with separate offerings, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on one, you might want to peruse the other as well.

Renters will like:

The huge variety of rentals and robust search filters.

Hosts will like:

A heavy traffic website, and the option to pay a fee for each booking, or pay a $400 flat yearly fee per property.

Flipkey is TripAdvisor’s home and apartment rental website, with a wide variety of properties listed by owners and property managers.

You’ll see everything from apartments to resorts all around the world, and there’s some fun options to narrow down your search, including yachts and cottages. It’s a great place to start if you’re looking for something slightly more upscale than the average Airbnb listing, making it a great Airbnb alternative.

Renters will like:

The wide variety and easy booking.

Hosts will like:

The exposure that comes with listing on such a large site, while maintaining a reasonable 3% fee.

You probably know Booking.com as a hotel booking site, but they’ve also expanded to apartments, villas, and more. Like Flipkey, there’s a wide variety of properties available around the world, on average more luxurious than Airbnb. You’ll also find a bunch of different property type options: Want to find a luxury tent in Bali? No problem.

Renters will like:

A ton of options to choose from, and the ability to see hotels and apartment rentals in the same search.

Hosts will like:

A huge audience for your listing, and 24/7 multilingual support.

For those looking for (or looking to rent out) high end accommodations with no hassle, One Fine Stay is a fantastic Airbnb alternative.

For renters, they offers perks like a local on-call team, and free iPhone to use during your stay. And for hosts, you can be hands-off, while One Fine Stay employees handle nearly every aspect of the booking and stay–they even bring their own towels and linens to your home, and clean up after renters leave!

Right now, One Fine Stay is available in London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, and Rome. Not a big list, but keeping it small means that there’s always a member of their team on the ground in the city ready to help with any hiccups during your stay.

Renters will like:

Perks you won’t get from other rental services, with no extra fees tacked on.

Hosts will like:

One Fine Stay handles most of the details for you; just let them know when your home will be available and they take care of communication with your guests, key handover, cleaning, and more.

Homestay is a cool option for those looking for a more authentic local experience.

Similar to booking a private room on Airbnb, you’ll be booking just one room in someone’s home. None of Homestay’s listings are vacant corporate properties, they’re all occupied homes. This means you’ll get a chance to connect with your host and learn about local culture. Hosts are encouraged to list their hobbies, help out with sightseeing suggestions, and more.

In addition to the standard amenity search filters, you can also search for a host who will cook for you!

Renters will like:

Low nightly rates (since you’re only renting a room), and a more immersive cultural experience.

Hosts will like:

The chance to rent out just a room in their home, and connect with travelers from around the world.

Wimdu is quite similar to Airbnb, with apartment and home rentals around the world, just on a smaller scale. There’s a good number of search filters available to find what you want, and plenty of attractive, reasonably priced offerings.

Renters will like:

Similar to Airbnb, and another option to check for your travels.

Hosts will like:

Reasonable 3% commission.

BedyCasa is another website that focuses on homestays. Similar to renting a private room on Airbnb, you’ll get a private, affordable room in someone’s house.

Unlike Homestay.com, there’s also full apartments and homes you can rent, so it’s worth taking a look at if you’re not up for a homestay. Those who do want the perks that come with a homestay can search specifically for homestays, as well as amenities like a private bath, and hosts who will cook for you.

Renters will like:

No booking fees, a nice mix of homestay and private apartment options.

Hosts will like:

The chance to rent out just a room in their home, and connect with travelers from around the world.

You might have noticed that many vacation rental websites– Airbnb included– tack on some pretty large fees, for renters as well as hosts. Home Escape doesn’t charge any fees; instead they’re ad supported and plan to charge for extra services for hosts.

The site is easy to navigate with quite a few search filters, and while they’re not huge yet (we counted just 19 listings in London), they should grow quickly with no fees, and they’re a good first stop before heading to a site that will tack on a 12% booking fee.

Renters will like:

No booking fees, and easy to use site that’s similar to Airbnb.

Hosts will like:

No fees, period, and you’re paid directly by the renter.

Another website that’s very much like Airbnb, right down to the design, 9Flats has a great variety of listings around the world.

We love the huge number of search filters, with all the usual amenity choices, plus options like airport transfers, free parking, and gay friendly hosts.

Renters will like:

No booking fees, and a wealth of search filters, including gay friendly accommodations.

Hosts will like:

The website allows for video uploads to listings, which is sure to result in more bookings for those who take the time to shoot a video. You also have the option to accept cash payment from guests on arrival.

Casamundo is primarily focused on Europe, though you’ll find some vacation homes and apartments in the USA as well. There’s a nice variety of properties, and the standard search filters are there, along with some that everyone should adopt, like distance to water or ski resorts.

Renters will like:

No booking fees, and ease of finding holiday accommodations.

Hosts will like:

The full rental amount is paid to hosts before guests arrive.

Kid & Coe offers high-end kid, friendly home and apartment rentals, all stunning and carefully curated.

There’s listings around the world, and each rental indicates what kid or baby friendly items are included, like cribs, high chairs, children’s dinnerware, baby monitors and more. Some also have luxury add-on options like a nanny or chef! It doesn’t stop at making sure the home is safe for kids either, as listings are in kid friendly neighborhoods.

If it’s in your budget, Kid & Coe is a great way for parents to book a gorgeous dream rental without worrying about how to accommodate kids.

Renters will like:

Hand-picked kid friendly rentals, and the option to do a home exchange with other property owners.

Hosts will like:

A niche market for high end rentals.

Conde Nast Traveler recently called Love Home Swap “Airbnb for Grownups.”

If you’re intrigued by the home exchange option on Kid & Coe, Love Home Swap might be for you. Begun in the UK, the site now includes thousands of homes around the world.

Arranging a home swap is as simple as listing your home and finding other homeowners interested in swapping on the site. You can also swap for “points”, which gives you points redeemable for a later stay when you let another member stay at your home while you’re away.

Swaps are free, but you’ll have pay a monthly fee to be a member (be sure to take advantage of the free trial!).

Renters will like:

The flexible swapping system, and low price for accommodations–even with the monthly membership fee.

Hosts will like:

The review system keeps everyone accountable, and Love Home Swap offers 24/7 support.

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Vacation Rental Booking & Listing Fees Comparison

Compare the fees of Airbnb with their competitors.

(Note that in addition to standard booking fees, some rentals may require security deposits, cleaning fees, or other additional charges.)

SiteRenters FeesHost FeesListing Fees
Airbnb6-12%3%Free
Roomorama12-15%3% (partially refundable for frequent renters and good customer service)Free
HomeAway / VRBO4-10%, up to $4998-10%, or an annual fee (for each property) starting at $399Free
Flipkey8-14.5%3%Free (or hosts can pay an annual fee to receive guest payments directly)
Booking.comFree15%Free
OneFineStayFreeFree (OneFineStay will work with the host to determine an acceptable nightly rate, then add their cut on top of that in the final listing price)Free
Homestay.comFree15%Free
Wimdu15%3%Free
BedyCasaFree15%Free
HomeEscapeFreeFreeFree
9Flats.comFree12-15%Free
CasamundoFree12%Free
Kid & Coe3-15%5-12%Free
Love Home SwapFreeFreeAll users pay a monthly membership fee ranging from $20-$68

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