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Finding An Airbnb Apartment In Rochester

Renting an apartment in Rochester was not what I expected.

ROCHESTER, New York- After finding it, let’s say, challenging to find an apartment to rent for a month in Rochester, we deferred to what has become our usual Modus operandi: Airbnb.

Do I like paying roughly 50% more for accommodation? No. Do I like paying a massive surcharge? No.

Do I like putting entire days towards finding accommodation and the hassles of not using Airbnb? No.

Airbnb is convenient — it saves a massive amount of time — there are not much in the way of security deposits, background checks, credit checks, potential scams, and all that BS that comes with renting an apartment in the USA without it.

I relented.

We’re only going to be here for less than a month, and in this situation Airbnb was the best option — even though we’re paying more for accommodation than we ever had before anywhere else in the world. It’s truly ridiculous what we paid, especially when apartments in Rochester can generally be had in the $850 per month range.

The kick in the balls is that this is one of the — perhaps the — worst quality Airbnb we’ve ever stayed in. The dude that runs it seems nice but doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing. The furniture looks as if it was pulled from a trash skip — the arm rests on the matching pair of sofa chairs are oily and black — the legs on the tables are in a perpetual state of falling off, the blinds over the glass doors that lead out to the balcony don’t open.

“The last Airbnb guest broke them,” the guy renting the place said, as though the fact that we rented via the same site removed him from responsibility to fix or replace them.

A few days ago a guy climbed over said balcony and scrapped paint off the roof overhang. Piles of paint chips were left all over the place. He never returned to clean up the mess.

The place is hardly even third world quality.

The irony.

Filed under: Accommodation, Apartments, New York

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 88 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3411 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Rob October 11, 2018, 11:45 pm

    Other than that, how’s the place?

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    • Wade Shepard October 12, 2018, 6:09 pm

      Excellent location. Rochester is a fun town. Full of friendly dive bars and cafes. It’s really difficult to just go out for a beer and type up notes or do some work because you end up talking to everybody and don’t make it home until the next day. I guess this is probably the best way that a place could be described.

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      • Rob October 13, 2018, 2:32 am

        It sounds like a place to find stories…

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        • Wade Shepard October 13, 2018, 5:27 pm

          Yes, definitely!

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