Toronto is Canada’s most popular tourism destination. The best Toronto luxury suites are often in demand with over 27.5 million visitors coming to the city every year. With a vibrant waterfront, historic districts, cuisines sampled from all over the world, and the one of the most distinguished art museums in North America, Toronto is a city worth visiting.
But experiencing Toronto for yourself starts with a safe place to stay. Here are a few reasons why the city’s visitors are gravitating away from Airbnb.
1. Millions of Listings and No Standards
Airbnb is a multibillion-dollar company. Its sole objective is to recruit as many hosts as possible to expand the number of listings worldwide—of which there are already millions.
The truth is, Airbnb is only a platform and every listing is someone’s home.
Before the pandemic, staying at an Airbnb enabled you to save money while living like a local.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing a stranger’s home is less than ideal—especially when the company has no way of enforcing sanitization standards across its never-ending list of properties for rent.
2. Disappointment in Refund Policies
Unlike hotels, Airbnb requires its guests to pay the majority of their lodging before their trip. When the WHO first declared a pandemic, and travel bans were quickly put into place, guests rushed to cancel their bookings. Airbnb responded in a way that left customers fuming.
The company required documentation proving that guests were, in fact, subject to travel restrictions. They asked for letters from employers, screenshots of government websites—even proof of cancelled transportation. Some customers were offered travel credits instead of cash.
3. Too Many Surprises
Before the pandemic, the ease and convenience of booking an Airbnb justified its lack of standards. Today, blind trust is no longer enough. Common complaints such as missing amenities and a lack of cleanliness are now health hazards.
Worst-case scenarios such as fake listings, or a host that cancels less than 24 hours before your stay, can now leave you stranded in an unfamiliar city during an unprecedented public health emergency.
What Other Options Do You Have?
Over the past few months, the world has paid witness to the devastating effects of COVID-19. The outbreak has left no aspect of everyday life untouched. When it comes to travelling in a post-COVID world, health and safety should be your first priority.
Airbnb has always been risky. With the health of your loved ones on the line, justifying that risk is no longer worth it. The decline of Airbnb’s popularity has made that clear. So, where are people staying?
Whether you’re a frontline healthcare worker looking to self-isolate closer to Toronto’s network of major hospitals, or you’re a business executive on the hunt for corporate housing in Toronto, your best bet is a furnished suite. Here’s why.
Toronto Luxury Suites do more than guarantee cleanliness. With a fully-stocked kitchen, on-call managers, high-speed internet, and an affordable price tag—on top of sweeping views of downtown Toronto—consider a furnished suite for your next trip to the greatest city in the world.