Review: AirBnB Host


Disclaimer: The Missus works for AirBnB. This post is 100% my content which I’m writing on my own prerogative. I have not received any remuneration for this review, it is not a sponsored post. I simply wanted to give my recommendation of our host & review our first stay together with an AirBnB host.

So last week, myself and The Missus tied the knot in Dublin and we had a blast. To us, this wedding was the smaller of the two parts we have planned. Smaller in terms of bodies there but more importantly smaller in terms of importance to us – ironic really when you consider part one legally made us hubby & wifey – but we simply see part two (25th March 2017), when everyone we want will be there on our day – that’s the big one.

So when Granny offered to mind the Nips for a few days, we said ‘Hell Yeah‘ & legged it up to pack a bag, don’t need to ask us twice! The Missus christened this break ‘Our Mini-Moon‘ with Galway our destination and off we went. Freeeeeeedom !!!!

Most parents will relate to this but this was only the 2nd time since we became parents over 4 years ago that Mama & Papa got away by ourselves!! It was the 1st time since Nip #2 was born and the 1st time in well over 2 years full stop. Hummm – they didn’t put that on the feckin warning packet ha?!!

So as the title implies, we used Airbnb to book our stay and wow, were we impressed. The place was class. The host – Joan, was a such a lovely host. She was warm, gracious and so easy to chat & get along with.

When we arrived, Joan greeted us at the door and showed us around the area we would be using. She had a clipboard ready with info about where we where located (relative to the city centre). She even had a hand drawn map with local road names etc to help us get from A to B which was very helpful. Other info she included varied from how to work the lights in the room (all remote controlled), to working the digital tv, a detailed list of recommended restaurants & pubs, to points of interest, local activities and even things that she liked to do e.g. walk the promenade in Salthill and ‘kick the wall’! (local tradition). She even offered to drive us into town later that night if we wanted! My kind of host!!!

The beauty of it was that the house was literally only 10 mins drive from Galway city centre in an area called Menlo yet when you where at the house, you might as well have been in the middle of the countryside miles from any city. Very unique.

Menlo Galway
Private Lounge

We had our own ‘wing’ of the house with ensuite bedroom, second toilet, lovely private lounge with high ceilings, cool modern paintings on the wall, selection of CD’s, an open (gas) fire, widescreen tv and a table in the corner for tea & Nespresso making / having breakfast. We even had access to our own private garden area with bench & seats! How feckin deadly is that?!

AirBnB Breakfast
Unreal Breakfast

But the icing on the cake had to be when Joan left a trolley out each morning with the most amazing breakfast. So each morning we had a choice of:

  • Homemade soda bread (get this – Joan actually baked the bread each night to have it ready for the next morning!)
  • Homemade raspberry, blueberry & rose water jam
  • Homemade granola
  • Corn flakes
  • Honey
  • 4 eggs with an egg boiler
  • Mature cheese from local cheesemongers
  • Selection of fruit
  • Big bottle of Orange Juice
  • Low fat natural yoghurt
  • Cold milk

Unbelievable !!! And as far as I know (stand to be corrected here) hosts are not required to leave breakfast – it’s their choice if they want to and man, are we glad Joan did. It was just the business to wake up to. On the day of leaving, Joan even gave us the bread & jam to bring home with us!

Apart from the house being amazing  – we joked with Joan that if we had won the Euro Millions that night, we’d have gone to her the next day and said, ‘Em, yeah, so the house, we’ll take it yeah!’ but we weren’t joking – we both love Galway. (Personally, I absolutely love the place, always have. It’s the one place in Ireland I’ve never lived and would move there in a heartbeat). It’s a small city but it’s got such a cool, relaxed, chilled out vibe it actually makes my soul relaxed when I’m there.

We didn’t take up Joan’s offer to drive us into the city on the day we arrived as we just took the opportunity to chill out together with a few glasses of bubbly – with no kids & no dog – it’s was bliss!!!

Only caught 10 mins ago!!

We headed into Galway early the next day and honestly, we must have walked the entire city! It was class. The city was bursting with people from every part of the world. We overheard a lot of American / Canadian accents in particular. So while in Rome, we did as the Romans did and we checked out the place like a tourist!

It’s fair to say we were feeling the effects of a few days drinking. At one point, we stopped and sat down and looked at each other and said ‘Right so, now what do we do?!‘ So use to having the Nips with us, at that point it was a strange feeling not to be doing or going somewhere with them! Jesus, before kids, fuck it, we’d have been in the boozer getting legless but having had drinks the night before, we genuinely weren’t able for more drink!!!! This is a fact – we went for 1 beer and I just couldn’t drink it. All I was thinking was ‘feck this for a game of soldiers, getting old suck the big fat one ha‘ 🙂

So what did we do? Like a good old married couple, we headed back and went for a nap – in the middle of the fucking day hahahaha #feckinlightweights – agh the rock n roll lifestyle of a newly married couple ha but ya know what, it really was perfect. We were more than happy to do it. Later we went back into the city for din-dins, few glasses of fine vino and we went back early & sober as a judge.

Us in the ‘country’ 10 mins from Galway City Centre

We had a great chat with Joan before we left, we honestly could have stayed all day yapping with her. But we had to leave her house and we had to make tracks getting back to Dublin so we said our goodbye’s and off we went. No trip to Galway is complete until you go to Salthill so we did exactly that before we left Galway. We went for a walk on the beach, had ice cream and we did in fact ‘kick the wall’. My soul is in perfect balance.

So in my review: AirBnB Host (for our Mini-Moon) would I recommend AirBnB and in particular Joan as a host – does a bear shit in the woods? 100% Yes, absolutely. In fact, next time we go to Galway, guess where we’ll be staying? Hotels can kiss my skinny ass goodbye.

5 stars for you Joan. Well done & thanks.

P.S. In one of our chats, Joan told us about making Porridge Bread which I said I’d love to try. So when we got back, she only went and emailed us the recipe. Now that is one serious AirBnB host !!!

As a thank you for reading, I’ve a gift for you yeeeee-haaaaawwww 🙂

How about €35 off your first booking with AirBnB? What’s that you say? Oh hell yeah?! Excellent!

The Stented Papa & The Stented Missus will look after you guys. Simply click here to take advantage and book that weekend away, go on, you know you want to.

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh wow that t sounds like Joan was a superstar! Glad you had a lovely time!
    I’ve always been intrigued by Airbnb but was put off by the channel 4 documentary.

    1. Joan was an amazing host, can’t wait to go back to her & Galway. It really made such a difference to our trip. We’ve the C4 show recorded but have yet to watch it but for me, it’s just like anything else, you will always have those who love the idea/concept and those who don’t. If you use it, I’d just suggest that you research the host 100%, read all the reviews and likewise, where there are negative comments left of travellers, check their page and score to see what their gig is. My advice is try it first and take advantage of the money off coupon on my post 🙂 Best of luck, Ross #SundayBest (P.S. sorry foe the late reply, chasing my tail lately!!).

  2. This sounds like a great break and Joan sounds fab. She really went above and beyond! I usually opt for hotels when taking a holiday, but I might reconsider after reading this!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
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    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      She absolutely did Debbie and I’d be happy to suggest you do give it a go – just make sure you check out the host’s details, reviews & rules etc to make sure you are happy. Delighted to have linked up with you guys. Regards, Ross #AnythingGoes

  3. Wow! That looks gorgeous. Sure beats a little hotel room. I can’t believe that you even had a little garden area… and that breakfast tolley looks fab. I have just joined up to AirBnB, and am checking places out. A friend of mine swears by it. Many congratulations to the happy couple! Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam
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    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      You’ve hit the nail on the head Annette and I’ve stayed in a few top class hotels in Galway in the past but I really preferred where we stayed with Joan. The breakfast trolly was class, great to wake up to and get you going for the day. I’m really impressed with Airbnb & The Missus works for them, so I’ve been into their offices in Dublin a few times (which is the European HQ), it’s fair to say, it’s pretty cool!!! Hope you get to use the discount and get yourself a nice mini break for less 🙂 Thanks for reading, regards, Ross. #Dreamteam

  4. Wow, Joan sounds like my type of host, talk about being treated for a few days, and the house looks stunning- I wouldn’t have wanted to leave! Huge Congratulations on your wedding, definitely sounds as though you celebrated it perfectly on your mini moon. Thank you for the Air BnB discount too!! Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Joan was the business! Couldn’t rate her highly enough. If you are thinking of coming over to Ireland, defo check her out and hopefully you’ll get to use the discount. Part (i) of our wedding was absolutely perfect and we really did enjoy ourselves. Roll on part (ii) 🙂 Thanks Hannah, Regards, Ross #bigpinklink

  5. Avatar Emily says:

    Happy mini moon! (Great phrase!) Congratulations on your wedding! Looking forward to reading all about part 2 next year! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Agh thank you Emily! I’d never heard of the phrase before if I’m honest but I agree with you, it is pretty cool! We are really looking forward to March now, especially after having such an amazing day for part (i). Thanks for commenting, regards, Ross #BinkyLinky

  6. Firstly a big fat congratulations to you both!
    It looks like you guys had an awesome break with a lovely host.
    She really did go above and beyond to make your stay one to remember 🙂
    It did make me smile when you said you would have normally gotten legless before the kiddies come along. This is me and my hubby all over lol! A few drinks and thats us, we are so rock n roll!

    Thanks for joining in with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week!

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Jayne, thank you so much! We’d the perfect day. Joan was superb, her advice/knowledge was top notch and her homemade breakfast was unreal. Agh sure look it, we loved our drinks back then and that was genuinely what would have happened but times have a changed for the better. But it’s great to know that ‘pre nips’, we weren’t the only ones haha 🙂 Delighted to link up, see you next week. Ross #MMBC

  7. Avatar Vidya Sury says:

    And that, Stented Papa, was such a lovely heart-warming read! I’d love to say hello! to Joan 🙂 She seems like the perfect host. I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about AirBnB stays from friends. ♥ Here via #mg And great to meet you!
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    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Hey Aidya. First off, thanks so much for the RT’s and Likes #highfive ! Secondly, delighted you liked my post. Using the discount can help you book somewhere if you’re a first time booker with Airbnb, so you’ve everything to gain with a nice little sweetie thrown into the mix! You are the first person from India to comment on my blog so thank you very much for that, delighted to have you and thanks to #mg for hosting 🙂 Regards, Ross

  8. Avatar teacuptoria says:

    Haha I love your vlog! I adore little weekends away and get pretty excited about the whole thing. I’ve used air b&b to go to Dublin in May and thought it was fab, much cheaper than using a hotel. Huge congrats to you guys, hope you had a fab mini moon . Joan sounds class and I love her breakfast trolley! Tor x

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Delighted you like it! I was a bit excited and delighted (not to mention fairly hungover if I’m 100% honest) but getting married will do that to you!!!. Airbnb is a great concept, offers value to the customer with local knowledge and expertise and if you are lucky (as we where), a kick ass breaky – winner winner !! Cheers, Ross. (btw – which linky did you read this on?!)

  9. Sounds like you both had a lovely mini moon… The place you stayed looks like really fab, customer service makes a lot of difference as well, isn’t it? I need to check it and consider it for future holidays I think. #mg

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Coming from a former barman followed by a career in sales / account management, customer service is massive in my book. It is what makes you say as a customer, ‘Hell yeah, I’ll 100% be back hear again’ and that is absolutely the case with Joan & her house for us, next time we’re in Galway, there is only one place we’ll be staying (and I’ve stayed in a few class hotels there in the past). If you’re thinking of a break, check out Joan’s Airbnb page (link in my blog) and you’ll have a great time. Thanks so much for commenting. Regards, Ross #mg

  10. Looks like an amazing house, really nice. Know what you mean about getting away, without the kids, its just such a rarity you want to make the most of every minute but youre so tired you just want to sleep all the time!

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      We had to go for a nap on Saturday mid afternoon haha!! Rock n Roll or what?! But our bodies needed it, and that works for me. If I’m hungry, I need to eat, if I’m tired, I need to sleep. Shame the ability to sleep (properly) only applies once or twice every four years or so 🙂 Thanks for reading /commenting. Looking forward to meeting you on the 25th 🙂 Regards, Ross #?

  11. Avatar Geraldine says:

    Joan, you are an absolute legend! How amazing!
    We’ve never used Airbnb before but this is the best advertisement for it. Actually for Joan. Heck, let’s all go live with her!
    Now to convince the hubs to use your generous offer, Mr and Mrs Good, and book ourselves a break away! #mg
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    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Geraldine you are absolutely spot on, Joan is a legend! She’s an ‘Airbnb Legend’ – they should use that term instead of SuperHost (you read it here first folks!). Galway is class, and I’ve love for you guys to get a break with a small discount if possible. As parents, we absolutely need to get away from time to time, it’s a required necessity of life. #mg (btw – LOVE the Mr & Mrs Good namedrop – 5 stars for that my bloggy friend 🙂 !!)

  12. Congratulations on your special day. I have used airbnb before but never received service such as this! Joan sounds like a saint. Thanks for sharing! #bigpinklink

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Hey Shaney, Thank you so very much, we had a great day. Yeah, she blew us away with kindness, advice and her amazing baking skills! 5 star host. As you’ve booked with Airbnb before, the discount won’t apply to you I’m afraid (sorry!) but please share the blog around as someone you know might benefit from it (and ofcourse, my post grows legs :-)). Thanks a million for reading & commenting. Regards, Ross #bigpinklink

  13. Great place! I used airnb once to stay in Paris and it was so great! It seems like you had a fab time. And congrats on the big day soon LOL #MMBC

    1. Ross Good Ross Good says:

      Agh it was amazing Frenchie. The house was truly unbelievable, if I’d cash, I’d try to buy it, fact. A fab time was had by myself & The Missus. if you’ve never been to Galway, go!!! As you’ve booked with Airbnb before, I’m sorry to say the discount won’t apply to you but please share the blog around as someone you know might benefit from it? Thanks very much for the congrats my bloggy friend 🙂 #MMBC

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