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HOT: Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

I recently took the kids and my parents to Sydney and when it came to finding a place to stay I was faced in a conundrum.

I needed reasonably priced accommodation for 3 adults, a toddler and a baby within walking distance of Chinatown, ideally with kitchen facilities and separate rooms for everyone (as the kids go to sleep any time from 6-7pm).

Someone suggested Airbnb, a website for travel rentals which is more like a community of people opening up their homes to strangers. On Airbnb I found the perfect place for us – a terrace house in Ultimo which Lady AB still refers to as ‘Rebecca's House‘.

Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

Rebecca let us stay in her bright, colourful, neat and well-furnished terrace house for $350 a night, which was cheaper than any self-serviced apartment or hotel room that we would have had to book with so many people in tow. It had three bedrooms, a bathroom and separate toilet/laundry, an open plan kitchen, dining room, two living areas and a lovely courtyard.

It was in a really convenient location for the Powerhouse Museum, the playgrounds of Darling Harbour and restaurants of Chinatown yet still in a leafy, quiet neighbourhood.

Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

I never met Rebecca but she welcomed us with fresh flowers, a stack of fluffy towels, free rein to her fridge and pantry (within reason of course) and a stack of material for suggestions of places to eat and things to do.

Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

We had smoothies and French pastries from Le Depot, coffee from Mecca Espresso, Malaysian hawker food from Kopitiam, yum cha at Marigold and babycinos and bacon and egg rolls from Quarry Street Cafe. 

Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

The best thing was that Rebecca was able to lend us two cots (a big one for Lady AB and a portacot for Baby 2.0), a change table stocked with baby wipes, a baby bath, a high chair and loads of toys and books. Not having to cart any of that gear on the plane with me was a godsend.

Airbnb for Child-Friendly Accommodation

I think that my parents and my kids would agree that staying in Rebecca's House was one of the highlights of our trip to Sydney. I would definitely stay there again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it if you're travelling to Sydney as a family and need somewhere spacious and welcoming to stay with lots of kid-friendly facilities and amenities included. I'd also use Airbnb again to find child-friendly accommodation in other locations.

And if you sign up to Airbnb using this link then you'll save $28 AUD on your next trip (and I get credit too)!

cropped Kristyna Hess Lockdown Portraits x

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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