Airbnb has in many ways, revolutionized the way people travel, giving them comfortable and enjoyable places to stay when they travel to new cities and locations for a fraction of the cost of hotels. While the mobile app has been available on both Android and iOS for some time now, today Airbnb has just started announcing a list of new features that they’re beginning to roll out to users on both platforms, which make things better both for the hosts as well as the guests. The changes will begin appearing for some users right away while Airbnb continues to roll them out to everyone over the course of the next few weeks.
A big part of these new changes is the addition of a new feature that Airbnb is calling Neighborhood Guidebooks, meant to deliver a wealth of useful knowledge on things to do and places to visit in within the neighborhood or nearby the location of where people are staying. Guidebooks are a collective of recommendations for the neighborhood from local Airbnb hosts. Guests will also have a link to the personal guidebook of the host they’re staying with at any point when they open the application, and before booking a stay with a host, guests can now filter their search results with specific criteria based on the type of neighborhood they prefer to stay in.
Aside from the new Guidebooks and other related features, the update will also introduce personalized matches for hosts and guests, which will aim to present both hosts and guests with a better match in the search results. Airbnb makes this possible by adding in some more personalized questions up front when guests are starting to look for a place to stay so the app can deliver a better experience for both parties. Travelers with pets, for example, will likely be shown mostly results for hosts who don’t mind pets. This also plays into the new host controls that Airbnb is adding into the app which should help hosts find the right guests. Guests will also be required to confirm how many people will be staying in the room up front, as well as agree to the listed house rules before they can actually book the stay.