Published in TEN Eyewitness News on December 15, 2016
Looking for a cheap night’s stay in Sydney this summer? Mel’s dining-room air mattress might be just the ticket.
A stark contrast to Sydney’s five-star hotel rooms booking for hundreds of dollars a night, the “humble and friendly beachside dive” in Chifley, south of the city, boasts “small”, “cluttered space”, bicycle availability, free parking and 24-hour check-in for just $15 a night.
Check-out is, oddly, at midnight.
Guests at this Airbnb lodging need only abide by a few house rules – drink alcohol in moderation, wash your own dishes, present your passport on arrival, don’t do illegal drugs, and preferably, be aged 13 or over as this accommodation “may not be safe or suitable” for 12-and-unders.
Smoking is allowed and shampoo is provided, but guests who want Internet access will have to use local WiFi “available at shopping centres, McDonald’s and libraries close by.”
A security deposit of $130 is required, but this Airbnb host offers 10 percent discounts for weekly stays, and a 30 percent discount for monthly stays.
Bruno, an online reviewer, has great things to say about his time on the Chifley air mattress:
“Awessome hoster. That is why I am going back there xD [sic].”
Nelson also highly recommends Mel’s dining room stay:
“Awesome host! Very helpful with local knowledge and places to sight see! Very friendly! Is a good spot to crash!!”