According to thousands of guest reviews parsed by Airbnb, hosts in these ten cities really know how to make you feel at home.
Photography: Getty Imageswww.cntraveler.com
Southern hospitality lives! Nashville is a hotbed of Airbnb "superhosts"—yes, an actual, badge-wearing designation—and it tops the list with its "cozy" and "comfortable" stays. One guest raved about host Ruthie, who "had wonderful recommendations for food in the area. Her responsiveness really made us feel welcome."
Arizona's biggest city got a shoutout for its "friendly and helpful hosts" with "warm hospitality," paired with extra-cold air conditioning.
Have you met Airbnb host Landon in Louisville? The man goes above and beyond for the strangers in his home: "Landon's house is really a home," wrote guest Mirelle. "He welcomes you with cookies and flowers. The house is fully stocked with everything you might have at home. He has thought of everything."
Dallas hosts offered “great little touches” such as snacks and cooking supplies, says Airbnb.
In Richmond, hosts are "very communicative"—like Annie, who "was out of the house when I arrived but she emailed detailed and clear instructions on how to get into the place. [And she] helped me find a yoga studio the next morning," says guest Erin.
The overwhelming consensus on Salt Lake City hosts? They're about as friendly as they come. No drama, complimentary coffee, big smiles—the works.
There's something to be said about Midwestern hospitality, too. "Kathy was a tremendous host," says guest Jim. "We arrived very late but there were cookies and fruit waiting for us." We're starting to see a pattern here...the way to a guest's heart is through his or her stomach.
There are also a number of superhosts in this Oregon college town, like Laura and Wolf. "We're just a really chill couple who enjoys meeting new people," they say in their profile. "We're pretty much okay with whatever sort of interaction our guests are cool with. You wanna hang out and chat? We're down to hang out and chat if we're home. You want to walk in the door and pretend we don't exist? Fine, it's a bit rude, but to each their own."
Some hosts do the bare minimum—supply the soap, but not the shampoo and conditioner. In St. Louis, Nick and Vanessa have created a full-on brochure with "info on local needs (gas, food, sights, etc.) so everything would be easily accessible," says guest Laura.
One of our favorite Airbnb options: a dome in the desert of Joshua Tree, which is just five minutes from town but feels a world away. Hosts Kathrin and Brian have decked the place out, and offer restaurant recommendations should you want to leave your little slice of isolation.