Satisfying My Sonder Curiosity
Before the pandemic, I did a fair amount of traveling for work. While I was comfortable in business hotels, I often stayed in a place longer than a day or two and found the comforts of an apartment (kitchen, separate rooms for TV/work/bed) to be quite nice to have.
I ended up staying in a few Airbnb’s and had some pretty good experiences.
When I started traveling again, I returned to look for places to stay — hotel prices seemed higher, Airbnb seemed fine, and then I noted an emerging alternative: Sonder.
The rooms were more than a hotel — very apartment-like, at least in pictures. The prices were typically cheaper than good-quality business hotels and Sonder lacked the fees associated with Airbnb.
Could it be? Is there an Airbnb alternative that’s competitive with or even cheaper than a hotel?
Then, not long ago, I read this story by Ellen Eastwood.
She offers the lowdown on her Sonder experience.
And reading her story inspired me to take the Sonder plunge on my next trip.
I booked right after reading her story.
I checked into my Washington, DC area Sonder today.
I’m staying in Alexandria, close to where I’ll be having meetings.
Let me say this: The room is essentially exactly as picture on the Sonder app.
The location is great — my Sonder is an old building in a vibrant part of town.
The room is bigger than a hotel room — and though it is pitched as a studio, there’s definitely a separate bedroom area.
There’s also a full kitchen and some pretty great coffee.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and right now, it’s pretty quiet.
I’m super close to great local restaurants and a 7–11 for snacks, etc.