People find it a little strange when I tell them I've never stayed in a hotel. Growing up we always had caravans or tents. My first foreign holiday was in a friends apartment in Turkey and when I went to LA I couch-surfed so moved around and stayed with different people, then last year I stayed a week on a gorgeous boat on the Canal du Midi in the South of France. And that ladies and gentlemen is my annual holiday in a nutshell.
I first heard of airbnb when we were planning our trip to LA. You can book an entire place, a private room or a shared room and you can set your maximum and minimum price and number of guests. We did originally book a room with a gay couple in LA but they later had bad reviews so we cancelled and got our money back.
Me and Dan picked out about four places we really liked, then settled for this one. I was drawn to the decor and the location (we could see Piccadilly Circus from our window). On the website we clicked 'entire place' but the apartment had four rooms with a shared bathroom, I'll admit I was skeptical but it was always clean. We had no bother with noise from the other quests and the guy who let us in was so friendly. I was so impressed. We paid £79 a night, which is so cheap considering the prices of hotels in the same area. Go take a look! You might decide to take a weekend break somewhere different.