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    How to identify private and shared spaces

    Help guests determine if your space is right for their needs.
    By Airbnb on May 5, 2021
    1 min read
    Updated Oct 15, 2021

    Airbnb categorizes listings into three types of shared and private spaces. These help set guest expectations as they search for the right type of place for their needs.

    For now, just pick the one that best describes your place, and remember that you can always update your listing later.

    • An entire place: Guests have the whole place to themselves, usually including a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and separate entrance.
    • A private room: Guests have a room to themselves for their stay, while other areas might be shared, including bathrooms and kitchens.
    • A shared room: The guest’s space is in a bedroom or common area that might be shared with others, including at night.

    If you’re still unsure which of these best describes your place, these tips might help:

    • If you select “an entire place” but plan to be somewhere on the property, explain this in your description—for example, “Host occupies a separate space on the premises with a private entrance.”
    • If your place has its own bedroom but a shared entrance, it’s still technically “a private room” because the room itself is not shared.
    • If your place has a room partition that guests can book different sides of, it’s still a “shared room” because it’s a single room being used by multiple guests.

    If you’re still unsure, just do your best to explain in your listing description exactly what parts of your space are private and what parts are shared. You can always make updates later.

    May 5, 2021
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