The new travel startup is called Misterbnb and was founded in 2013 in Paris, France by Matthieu Jost, François de Landes, Marc Dedonder and Julien Delon. Initially it was a combination of the gay travel site, myGayTrip and Sejourning, it was then envisioned to be the gay-friendly version of Airbnb since co-founder Matthieu was a customer of Airbnb before but had mixed results with their service.
Well, if the name of the travel company sounds familiar, it’s because it’s close to “Airbnb”. Misterbnb is modeled after Airbnb which primarily provided rented lodging to the LGBT community. Forbes once called this site the “gay Airbnb”, well it’s not some sort of discrimination because the site tells people to “Travel with Pride”.
We shouldn’t be looking down at Misterbnb if we have issues of gender equality. The travel site doesn’t distinguish difference but promotes equality to every individual even with different gender preference. It was never wrong to be a gay at all.
The company’s slogan is “Rent a gay room and a gay bed & breakfast, and travel with pride” and in just a few years, they were able to provide us search results from thousands of rooms available in 65 countries. In 2015, this grew to 25,000 hosts in over 130 countries. Misterbnb guarantees that 60% of their hosts don’t use other sharing accommodation sites.
Let me warn you beforehand, Misterbnb is not one trusted site not because of their aim of gender equality, but because they are somehow similar to Airbnb over reviews. Tripadvisor has a forum, wherein one of their consumers had mentioned “Stay away from misterbnb gay accommodation site!” Let’s hear him out. The customer actually said:
“This company is not working in professional way. They have communication problem as well as lack of problem solving ability. The worst thing is their very late payment transfer to the hosts. I got a payment confirmation and they sent less amount than they confirmed! Ridiculous!
This was just one of the complaints, to see more of Misterbnb reviews on TripAdvisor, click here.
How To Reach Them?
For some reason given the popularity of the gay-version of Airbnb, it has limited contact information. The only information we had was their origin and their head office located at “Delaware, United States”, which is too general. However, some registration show that their head office is in “San Francisco, CA” which confuses us to where are they really based? Well, it’s easy to just come up with “We are headquartered in ‘somewhere’, USA”. Though here’s another information we had in case consumers need to reach them: their contact email “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Advice To Revise
The growth of Misterbnb is somehow similar to Airbnb, though I hope somehow they won’t follow the footsteps of Airbnb in customer service, BUT THEY ACTUALLY DID. Since we are aware of the case Airbnb are into recently, wherein mismanagement leads to equality and accommodation over the host and the guest.
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