Airbnb is unlikely to endorse such behaviour, but some users told Business Insider they had 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 and 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 people can see whom they’re about to stay with.
Airbnb rentals are often 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.
One 25-year-old Airbnb host named Stuart told Business Insider 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 tiptoed 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.”