hostess of the mostess.
by victoria comment


airbnb stockholm / sfgirlbybay

our stockholm airbnb.

i’ve been using airbnb for about five years now, and i’ve always had really wonderful experiences. and part of what made those travel stays great were the attentive, caring and thoughtful hosts i’ve had. in paris, i stayed in a five story walk-up in le marais, and the host lugged my heavy suitcase up all those winding narrow stairs for me. in amsterdam, my host left me his bike and tons of handwritten guides to the city. in venice, our hostess, sylvia was so amazing we created a hashtag for her: #whatwouldsylviado. she went the extra mile and about 10 more miles further than that. not only was her home stunning, our kitchen was stocked with pasta, fresh fruits & veggies, eggs, bacon, milk and everything else you could need to make a few simple, but delicious meals upon arrival, even wine. when you’ve been traveling long distances it’s these little touches that make all the difference upon arriving in a new place. in the past, i’ve rented my old apartment in san francisco out on airbnb with the permission of my landlord and i wanted to be the kind of generous host i’d been treated to in my own travels. i wanted to add those extra touches that make travel memorable and stress-free. and now, with my new home, i want to be that kind of airbnb host again.

airbnb hostess of the mostess / sfgirlbybay

sylvia’s amazing venice airbnb (above + below).

on becoming an airbnb host / sfgirlbybay

when i was shopping for my new L.A. house, i was hoping to find a place with a small, private in-law unit available for family and friends to stay in when they visit. i also wanted to be able to supplement my mortgage payment with an airbnb rental and share my neighborhood with travelers from all over the world. one of the coolest things about traveling with airbnb is that my stays have always felt really personal. i’m not the kind of traveler that likes a lot of touristy places or agendas. i like to wing it — i like to feel like a local when i arrive in a new city. i love going to farmers markets, local bodegas, and flower marts, and having an airbnb rental feel as though i live there, albeit a short while, is important to me. it seems like the only way to really experience a city for what it truly is. so that’s what i’m aiming to provide as an airbnb hostess in my new echo park home.

airbnb amsterdam / sfgirlbybay

the cozy amsterdam airbnb i stayed in.

being that kind of welcoming host that goes above and beyond is important to me. with the help of CB2, as you probably saw, we converted my empty private studio downstairs into a comfy, cozy place for guests to stay. and with hosting on airbnb in mind, i’ve added lots of extra touches i think my guests would like — things that i’ve learned as a longtime airbnb’r that really make my stays that much more special. i’ve added all the plates, cups, wine glasses and utensils I think my guests could need, as well as an electric kettle and french press coffee maker; a mini fridge stocked with sparkling and still water, coffee, and cream. when new guests arrive i’ll add fresh-baked goods, fruit and breakfast foods for their first morning. i’ve added a microwave and a case of microwave popcorn and a bottle of wine for late night snacks. i’ve added a martini shaker, cocktail tools and a small BBQ. i’ve even included a picnic table, umbrella and lush plants on their private porch.

brooklyn airbnb / sfgirlbybay

our charming brooklyn airbnb.

i’ve also included down comforters and pillows and nice sheets, along with a few extra throw blankets. in the bathroom, i’ve included soft fluffy towels (not my old hand-me-downs) and some pretty Moroccan towels, too; some lovely body wash, shampoo and conditioner for their convenience; a hairdryer and also a small first aid and sewing kit. naturally there’s access to free wifi. in other words, hopefully i’ve made my airbnb rental as much like a home-away-from-home as they could hope for. it’s the kind of airbnb host i want to be, and the welcoming experience i’d like my guests to feel. i’m so excited for my first guests! i’ll let you know how it goes, and we’ll share an updated tour of my airbnb rental very soon.

paris airbnb / sfgirlbybay

my paris airbnb.

• this post in partnership with airbnb, but all thoughts, reviews and opinions are my own. i’m a proud hostess on airbnb!

12 responses to “hostess of the mostess.”

  1. I just started using airbnb when I moved here in Germany. It has truly made my travels that more more special. You feel like you’ve left your holiday having made new friends in addition to treasured experiences.
    You sure have all the amenities any guest could think of! If I’m ever back in LA I’ll have to look up your place on airbnb! From the looks and sound of it I’m sure it’s going to be a crowd pleaser.


  2. Agreed, Airbnb is so much better than hotels. I’ve had wonderful experiences so far with Airbnb in Montreal and Quebec city. So much more space and privacy. The place you found looks gorgeous :)

  3. I am an ABNB Host and as a host and fellow airbnber this is the best idea around. I am a artist but I have my place full of my Aboriginal Art collection with a book on the story, the artist and where I purchased the work.As I live in Australia I like to promote Indigenous work, also the extra touches make a difference, I very much consider what I would like and add these touches to my place. So if you ever come down under to Fremantle Western Australia come and visit or check me out at Fremantle Favourite Leonie

  4. Congratulations! Becoming and airbnb host is so exciting.! I’ve had an amazing experience as a hostess. Supplementing your mortgage payment is fabulous advantage but the kind people you will meet from all over the world is far more spectacular! Looks like you will be a stellar hostess! Have fun and all the best!

  5. Oh my goodness! I used to read your blog religiously since it started in 2006 (until I had a kid a few years ago). I’m so shocked to read that you moved to LA! Welcome! And you’re a host on Airbnb- me, too! I host a little guest studio, as well, and it’s been the best experience. So good that we are now in escrow for a cabin near Big Bear. :)

    Here’s my Pasadena listing:

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