Nice to see newspapers looking into Airbnb stats:
The Guardian looks at Airbnb in London here.
Both The SF Chronicle and The Guardian’s data are consistent with mine, so we are all obviously finding the same pages from the Airbnb web site. There’s no doubt the newspapers have better ways to present some of the data, and of course they are looking at an individual city (so they do neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood drill-downs) while I’ve been looking across multiple cities. One nice thing about Carolyn Said’s piece is that she complements it with some interviews that give a peek into likely incentives and motives behind some of the patterns that the data show.
We are all limited by what information is publicly available. One additional piece of the puzzle was given when Airbnb executive Chip Conley wrote that 70% of guests leave reviews, which helps in the conversion of reviews into actual visits.
Question for those who have read this far. In many cities, the number of “whole home or apartment” listings is about a factor of two more than the number of “private room” listings (see below). But in Paris, the ratio is more like 5 to 1 and in London it’s about 1 to 1. What’s happening in these cities — particularly Paris? Any ideas, please add to the comments.