A small number of Airbnb customers appear to be using the service for hook-ups.
Airbnb is unlikely to endorse such behaviour, but some users told Business Insider that they have slept with people or been hit on as a result of transactions that were facilitated through its platform.
Founded in 2008, the San Francisco-based company has an app/website that lets people rent out their rooms and properties for short stays to travellers in return for a 3% commission. The firm, which has helped thousands of homeowners supplement their income, encourages users to set a profile photo so that people can see who they’re about to stay with.
Often, Airbnb rentals are separate, wholly contained properties — like a flat or house where the guest stays alone. But many are simply rooms within the owner’s home. You’re essentially going to a stranger’s house and sleeping in a stranger’s bed. It’s supposed to be a purely financial transaction.
But sometimes, one thing leads to another.
One 25-year-old Airbnb host named Stuart told Business Insider that he had sex with a 36-year-old Brazilian woman in July as a result of a booking that was made via Airbnb.
Stuart, who does not wish to reveal his surname but was able to confirm he lives in London and works as an architect, said: “I asked if she would want to come to my bedroom. She did and we had amazing sex. Mind-blowing. She tip-toed back up to the other bedroom during the night and nobody noticed. This then continued every night for the rest of the week and we slept together every night.”
But it’s not just hosts hosts and it’s not just men that are having sexual encounters over Airbnb.
Marion, a 27-year-old French woman who works in ecommerce but did not wish to reveal her surname in this article, told Business Insider about her Airbnb “one-night stand” that occurred in Cornwall, England, last year.
“It happened last Easter. Me and two of my friends decided to spend the weekend on the coast to practice surfing,” she said. “I was in charge of booking the place for us. I was not expecting our host to be a serious silver fox: a proper surfer dude in his early forties, no kid, no wife, full of good vibes.
“We shared a beer and had good conversations with him the first day. The next day we invited him for a drink in the evening. We were all quite drunk and my friends joked about the fact that he was interested in me. They left the pub to leave me alone with him. We came back home later in the night and shared a bottle of wine in his flat. Then he kissed me and we went to his bedroom to spend the rest of the night. We left the morning after. We kept in touch only for a very short time after that…It was totally unexpected, but fun.”
Another Airbnb host, this time in America, told Business Insider over Airbnb’s messaging platform that the thought of finding a girlfriend or a hook-up through Airbnb had “crossed his mind.” The male host is thought to be in his 50s or 60s.
A different host, also in America, said: “I can see how men could choose looks over reviews. For now I am relying on the organic universe’s pick for me, and it is working out.”
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