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  1. Stephanie Pelser says:

    Wow, you’ve been really lucky with Roomorama! I have tried a few similar sites and twice have found myself in a paid ‘couchsurfing’ situation although it was advertised as ‘whole flat for rent’. Now I love couchsurfing, but not when I pay $50 to sleep in a 1 room apartment with three other people.

    1. That sucks! If you’re booking an apartment, you should get … an apartment! Not a room or share arrangement. Did you stay, or did you contest the rental arrangement?

  2. I have been hesitant to use these apartment rental services because I worry about not getting a security deposit back or finding out that things don’t work (like internet) when you get there. Good to read an honest review.

    1. Yes – we didn’t like the look of places that asked for big cash security deposits; that was one thing we weren’t interested in. We choose a vendor who could accept security deposits by credit card (and also looked at those who accepted Paypal, or small cash deposits).

      Roomorama seems to combine all reviews for the vendor, rather than the property — which I think gives you a better idea of the person behind the rental. That might not work out so well if you’re wondering about the internet not working, but might give you a better idea of if they’d fix it.

  3. This is a really good honest review. I’m considering a rental such as this on my next trip 🙂

    1. Hi Samuel, thanks. I think systems like Roomorama that bring together vendors and casual customers are going to keep on growing. I’m glad to report this one worked out for us. Let us know how you go.

  4. a.Michelle.d says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing. I’m in the process of becoming a host with my 3 bedroom home in Atlanta. Your blog gave me some insight of expectations from both sides of the spectrum.

    1. Hi Michelle, good luck with hosting. We’d be keen to hear how it goes after you’ve had your first few visitors come to stay.

  5. januarieyork says:

    Thanks for this review. I just inquired with about ten different apartments in NYC that had small cash deposits or accepts card deposits. The places look great and I hope to hear back from at least one person with some good results. This review helped me feel a little more at ease about it, as this is my first time using one of these sites and I must say, I am a little nervous, but reading this along with what I read on my own makes me feel better !!! Thank you!

  6. it’s not easy to find a place, you have to request then get a response.
    I tried this website, they are very friendly when are charging you but i wanted to ask questions after paying and even cancel a reservation, it becomes a nightmare. nobody answers, they send me documents in double, extra charges for cancelation. Be sure that you want to take the flat or room before booking and if you want to cancel, better not do it and just leave th place empty.

  7. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the pros and cons of staying in an apartment. Actually, If I were to choose, I rather stay in an apartment than hotel, less expensive and accommodating and you can do whatever you want.

    1. I agree, apartments have a lot going for them — for example, there’s usually a kitchen and a clothes washing machine, which I find very convenient.

  8. Apartments are great alternative to hotels. I’ve tried booking with AirBnB before and its great, their hosts are friendly and has a quick customer respond, I wanna try Roomorama if that works well too. Thanks for the review!

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