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I first heard about Airbnb quite a while back now, through grum of course. He’s always up to date with the latest internetty goings on and he was raving about this site that allows people to advertise their houses and spare rooms for travellers passing through their area. I was a little reluctant at first, as the idea of sleeping in some random person’s spare room was just a tad too icky but I checked out the site and was truly surprised. It always amazes me how easily I am swayed by a nice looking website. It was schmick, it was clean and didn’t smell of dodgy old men at all.
It was actually Airbnb that made me suggest to grum that we should take a 3 month holiday to the US in 2013. Paying Airbnb type prices, instead of standard hotel prices, especially in places like New York, suddenly made a longer holiday financially viable. So in the hopes that we can do our entire US holiday using Airbnb places for our accommodation, we thought we could use Singapore as a test run. See how the system works and how we feel about living in someone’s house while they are there.
Looking through the available places in Singapore, The Urban Sanctuary stood out to me instantly.
Firstly it was very well reviewed.
Secondly there was organic breakfast.
And renewable cotton bedlinen.
My inner, eco-friendly, stylish self, rejoiced. A few emails and a secure Airbnb payment later we had booked our stay. Our host seems lovely and welcoming and I am very much looking forward to checking out our temporary digs.
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Edit: Alas, this Airbnb listing is no longer available, but you can still check out Airbnb’s wide range of Singapore accommodation here!
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