Remember when one of the best money-saving travel tips was to book an Airbnb rather than a hotel? Not only were nightly rates almost always much cheaper, but Airbnbs and the hosts themselves were often designed to be the most memorable aspects of a trip.
These days, staying at an Airbnb rarely involves big savings or friendships with hosts. For better or worse, features like self-check-in ensure that hosts and guests never even meet. Meanwhile, many listings are managed not by landlords, but by corporate property management giants – without the convenience of full-time on-site staff.