Articles by Phil and Fiona


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1000 Reviews!

It’s been over 3 years in the making, but over the weekend we hit the big one thousand Airbnb reviews! Never before have we been watching the review count more closely than the past few weeks. What’s more exciting is that it looks as if we might be one of the first to hit the 1000 mark….

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3 Nights stay in Barcelona on us!

Morning all, Just a quick post to let you know to mark the launch of our Philona Rooms FaceBook page we are giving away the chance of a 3 night stay in March at our LUXURIOUS LARGE CENTRAL 5 ✭ APARTMENT here in Barcelona. To Enter, all you need to do is head over and like…

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2015 Already!

Hope you all had a great Christmas and had fun bringing in the New Year. We spent Christmas in sunny Barcelona and celebrated the new year in Ireland, then back in time for the 3 kings day which is such a huge celebration in Spain. As always at this time of year we’ve been reflecting…

Airbnb Mobile Figures

Airbnb has said that 26% of all their traffic now comes form mobile devices, and over half of that is from iOS devices. Adding this to the rumours that they are on their third round of financing which will push up its value to $2 billion (Yes folks thats a B not a M) it looks as…

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Airbnb Hosting In Bali

We are extending the airbnb community we’re building up here and will be having weekly Host Posts. These are blogs written for our site by hosts who use Airbnb. To kick start this new part of the site we would like to introduce Mike and Ammanda who have a stunning property in Bali. We most definitely have this place…

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Airbnb Snaps Up Photoblogging Site

TechCruch have reported that Airbnb is adding to its arsenal and have acqui-hired PhotoBlogging site Dailybooth for an undisclosed sum.  Maybe this is more of a talent buyout, but we think that the two companies are perfectly matched to increase or better manage their growing mobile traffic. Dailybooth was founded in 2009 by Brian Pokorny, Jon Wheatley and…

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Airbnb Gets Olympic Gold

It looks like the purchase of rival CrashPadder a few months back really has paid off for Airbnb. Nathan Blecharczyk, the company’s chief technology officer and co-founder of Airbnb is very pleased that they have over 4,500 bookings over the coming three weeks of the Olympic games! Airbnb also struck a sponsorship deal with the London…

In the Pink!

Opening up your calendar and seeing it all pink is something that has taken us a while to perfect. At first we were delighted if there were just a few days covered in pink, now if we see white spots we wonder hey why so quiet?! Your calendar is the route of all reservations, but…

Just who are Phil and Fiona?

Ok yikes our first post for our first blog. Em where do we start, I suppose who are we and why are we writing this? Well we feel we have a story to tell and information to share to help anyone wanting to start hosting with airbnb. There are 4 of us in our clan, Phil and…

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