With a conference in Dubai this week I spent a lot of time looking at hotel options. The event hotel is great, but at near $250/night a bit out of my budget range. There’s another chain property just across the highway for $100/night and that’s probably where I figured I’d end up, even if it means a 15 minute commute each day to get to the show. But I was also considering AirBnB options since a nearby apartment can often be nicer than a hotel room. Searching for options theoretically walkable to the hotel I came across one priced well below average. But there was something other than the price that seemed a bit off with the listing.
The image looked familiar and a little too professional. Because it was. It was pulled straight from the hotel’s website.
Someone has a two week long reservation at the conference hotel and is looking to subsidize his stay by renting out the spare bed in his room on AirBnB. Even more incredible is that it looks like it worked. Checking the listing again while in Dubai it appears that it is no longer available for tonight.
The guy even has status with Marriott, it would seem. Or at least lounge access based on the description provided. Or he’s jut making stuff up (I’m pretty sure no rooms include dinner, though the Thai restaurant in the hotel was pretty good).
You’ll love my place because of I want to share my executive luxury hotel room with one more person , this is high end luxury Marriott hotel room and includes breakfast , dinner , cocktails , gym , steam bath , day snacks etc..
Clearly this is not what Marriott wants nor is it really what AirBnB is about. But I’m also not entirely sure it is against the law. Either way, I do think it is an interesting peek into the way the travel industry is changing.
As for me, I booked a different AirBnB option. Yes, it is a 15 minute walk (or 17 AED – just under $5 taxi) away, but I have a full 1BR apartment for under $100/night. Even the Holiday Inn Express I was considering nearby couldn’t match that price/location/value play.
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