LGBTQ travelers looking to find a short-term rental while traveling may have concerns, especially if they are renting a room from someone they don’t know.
Will they feel comfortable?
Will the host be LGBTQ-friendly?
misterb&b is a gay travel site built to make sure that travelers can rent rooms from hosts that are LGBTQ-friendly.
Aimed predominantly at gay men, the site offers an international community of hosts and travelers all committed to safe, fun renting experiences.
In this article we’ll give a brief guide to misterb&b and how it was founded.
We’ll then give you a breakdown of how to book and host with the site.
A Brief Guide to misterb&b
misterb&b (sometimes spelled misterbnb) is a booking site predominantly aimed at gay travelers.
The company calls itself the largest gay hotelier in the world, and was built to be a platform for the gay community, especially gay men, to find short-term rental homes that are safe and friendly toward the LGBTQ community.
The site also lists inclusive resorts and hotels in local cities, and has city guides, with recommendations for gay bars and hangouts, or romantic meals that a gay couple may want to experience while traveling.
Matthieu Jost founded the company in 2014 in Paris.
Jost tells the story that he had rented a few homes through Airbnb but didn’t always feel safe or comfortable, and wanted to create an online community that was built specifically for gay travelers looking for a place to stay.
The service is very popular in Europe, but has also come across the pond and now features thousands of listings across the United States and Canada, from San Francisco to New York to Montreal to Palm Springs.
The company says it has over 300,000 hosts in 135 countries.
Booking With misterb&b
To find a place to stay with misterb&b, you first can head to their website, then enter in exactly what you’re looking for: The city you’re traveling to, number of people you’re traveling with, and when you’re going.
From there you can review search results.
You’ll see rooms, average nightly rates, and photos of the people who will be hosting you.
You can look at photos of the accommodations, see prices, or open a map to review locations of rentals.
If you scroll down, you’ll also see gay-friendly hotel recommendations from misterb&b if you’d prefer to stay in a traditional hotel. It’s a nice perk and built right into their search results.
If you’ve found something that looks good to you, you can click on the main photo to get more information.
On the listing page, you’ll be able to review details about the room or home, see its amenities, and read reviews from guests who have stayed there.
Feeling good about a place?
You have two options on how to move forward.
The first is to contact the host, with no credit card information required.
This will allow you to ask any questions and get a sense of what the host is like.
Feeling good about the stay?
You can also just request to book, which will send a direct request to the host.
To do this, you will need to provide credit card information, and if they accept, you will be charged and your reservation will be confirmed.
Hosts have 24 hours to confirm a booking.
Once they’ve accepted, you can open up a line of communication with your host.
Some hosts will offer travel tips on what to see and do, others will offer to show you around.
The goal is to make you feel welcome.
Hosting With misterb&b
If you’re looking to list your apartment on a rental site and want to connect with gay travelers, misterb&b is a great site to be on … and it’s free to list.
They give you a ton of control when it comes to setting the rules for guests in your home.
You decide the price, any discounts to offer, house rules, dates available, security deposit amount, and more.
Damages happen rarely, according to misterb&b, but they want to make sure you feel secure so they let you set the deposit amount of your choice.
On top of that, you have the freedom to decline or accept any request that comes in. If issues arise, they have a 24/7 customer support team.
The phone number is: +1 (415) 802-0876.
To set up your listing, first head to misterbandb.com and then click “Become a Host” in the top menu navigation.
From there, the process is simple:
- Create an account
- Write a description of your home
- Add photos and details
- Set your available dates and price
- Set your security deposit
- List your place!
From there, you will start receiving requests, which you can review.
You can also communicate with guests directly through the app.
Guests pay directly through the app, with misterb&b processing your payment five to seven days after check in.
They have 24-72 hour payment processing if you decide to accept PayPal.
All payments are processed securely.
In case of damages, a host needs to open a claim, which will then be reviewed by misterb&b.
They will contact both parties, look at any photos, and hold the security deposit until a decision is made.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve explained what misterb&b is, and how to book and host with the site. Let’s get to some frequently asked questions.
1. What are the service fees for guests and hosts?
misterb&b charges the host 4% of the room fare and then charges the guest 12% of the final amount for a service fee.
For comparison, Airbnb hosts are charged 3% of the room fare for processing fees, while guests fees range, but can go as high as 20%.
2. Does the site require gay hosts?
Nope, but you should obviously be LGBTQ friendly!
3. Does misterb&b allow guest cancellations?
Yes, with some conditions, which hosts have control over.
If a host selects “flexible conditions,” a guest can cancel up to seven days before arrival with a full refund and up to one day prior to check in for a 50% refund.
If a host selects “strict conditions,” guests can get a 70% refund if they cancel up to 14 days before rental, and 30% refund up to one day before check-in.
For hosts, the cancellation fees are set amounts:
If the host cancellation takes place a week or less before the check-in, they are charged $100 and the guest receives a full refund.
If it takes place more than a week before check-in, hosts are charged $25 and guests receive a full refund.
4. What measures are in place for host and guest safety?
misterb&b takes trust and safety seriously.
They ask for verification when creating an account, and may also reach out and ask for ID verification after a booking is accepted to confirm that the guest is who they say they are.
If a guest or host is concerned either before, during, or after a booking, they have a response team built to address these matters.
This team is reachable 24/7 through the website, by emailing [email protected] or by calling their support line at +1 (415) 802-0876.
5. Is misterb&b hiring?
While they’re always looking for new hosts, misterb&b is also often looking for qualified job candidates.
You can see any openings they may have for careers at their site.
Safe Travel With misterb&b
LGBTQ travelers looking for safe, convenient, and affordable travel should definitely take a look at misterb&b.
Fees are affordable compared to Airbnb, and you can travel easy knowing that you will be staying with a member of the misterb&b community.
For hosts, the site gives you great control over renting a room, and can be a great way to meet new people and bring in extra money with a spare room.
It’s free to list, so even if you’re listing on other sites, this site can be a great way to find new renters.
After reading this article, you should have a good sense of misterb&b, what they offer, and how to book and host with the site.
Now go out there and get traveling.