I have been a little confused by AirBnB property types when studying other listings and going to AirBnB’s documentation on it is interesting. I notice a lot of similar properties to each other using bungalow, cabin, cottage, and chalet.
I will be honest that I had never heard the term “chalet” actually used except in Scrabble and was therefore surprised so many properties near me listed as chalets. And I can’t distinguish them from cabins and cottages by looking at the listings.
So, what does Air say for guidance on whole home property types? Well, that depends if you are a host or a guest, evidently. Here is what Air’s help section says. It doesn’t help at all for this question:
Here are your options as a host:
They define it for you in the host tool when you select a given house type:
But the descriptions for bungalow, cabin, chalet, and cottage are very similar here. And there is this other issue: The house types in the host tool do not map to the filters in the guest tool. This is what the guest gets to choose from; note that “chalet” is not listed!
So are all of those hosts who chose “chalet” excluded from the results if the guest filters for bungalows? There is not a “cottage” option for the guest, either.
And the real thing I want to know is what distinguishes a chalet from a cottage or a bungalow? I have searched but still have no clear answer.
None of this even applies to us because we list as a regular “house”, but this is confusing and my curiosity wants to be satisfied.