ODESSA -- Soaring hotel rates have some Odessa visitors opting for a cheaper place to stay.
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One of these options is Airbnb.
Odessa teacher Lindsey Lee says Airbnb can be a great alternative to pricey hotels.
Lee said she paid around $90 to stay several days in San Antonio.
“We took another trip to san Antonio for a teacher’s convention and we all got to rent a room together. It’s very economically priced,” she said.
Airbnb allows travelers to book a room at another person’s home. And according to Odessa Airbnb proprietor, Jonny Wyall, business is booming in the Permian Basin.
“It runs a 95 percent occupancy rate about,” he said.
Wyall has used Airbnb to find guests for his home for the past two years.
“Every day I get home from work, I clean it, and the guest is there by five,” he said.
There are around 40 rooms and homes to rent on Airbnb in Odessa.
“It’s always going to be a better deal than a hotel. Should be 75% the cost of a hotel,” Wyall said.
A recent survey conducted by cheaphotels.org found that hotel costs in Odessa are among the highest in the nation at nearly $200 a night.
“If you do a search you can stay for $30 in a one bedroom, somebody renting out of their house. All the way to a full house! There’s a lot of options,” Airbnb patron Lara Buckingham said.
Business has been good with Airbnb. Wyall and his family decided to purchase and renovate a second home just for Airbnb visitors.
“We renovated it in like one month. I even listed it before we had closed on it. And had to pull four all-nighters to finish it,” he said.
Midland and several surrounding cities also have Airbnb’s listed. The website recommends that you do not communicate or pay outside of the app.