5 Gadgets Every Irish Airbnb Host Needs In 2016

1. Nest Thermostat

Nest is now available through Electric Ireland.  This genius little device lets you take control of your listing's heating and hot water remotely from your smartphone. You can simply log in 30 minutes before your guest arrives and turn on the heat. When they check out you can use it to ensure the heating or hot water hasn't been left on without having to visit the property. 

Costs €99 if you sign up before December 31st. 



2. Coffee Machine/Maker

If your guests are arriving after a long flight, a good cup of coffee will ensure their stay with you starts in the best way possible. There are options available to suit every budget.

Bargain: Cafetiére 

The simplest and cheapest option can be picked up in most kitchen stores or Ikea. Costs around €10. Remember to get some nice ground coffee to go with it. 

Middle of the road: Aeropress

Perfect as a single cup brewer. Bonus for hosts/guests, it's extremely easy to clean. Costs around €30 and you can buy one in Dublin from Coffee Angel on South Anne Street or Joe's on Montague Street.

Splash the cash: Nespresso Machine

The king of convenience. Starts at €99 for the cheapest model and you need a supply of capsules. Replacement capsules can be purchased in Lidl for €1.60 for 10. Nespresso now has a store in Dublin located on Duke Street. 



3. Chromecast/Netflix

They fall into the category of 'nice-to-have' rather than an essential purchase. However, the more luxury options your listings has, the more appealing it will be to guests who intend using your property to chill and unwind. 

A Google Chromecast costs €39 and is available directly online. This is certainly the cheapest route into the Smart TV world. Simply plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and lets you display content you already own or access TV on demand from hundreds of providers. 

Netflix is available directly on Chromecast for €8.99 per month. 

4. Multi-USB Port Charger

One of the cheapest items you can purchase for your listing but your guests will love you for it. Purchase a multi-USB charger and a number of cables to fit both Android and Apple phones. This will come in very useful for your European and American guests who forgot their adaptors. Costs €18 and available from Lindy online. 

5. Mobile Broadband Hotspot    

If your Airbnb listing is purely a rental property, you may not wish to sign an 18-month contract for landline broadband. A mobile hotspot is a great option to provide Wifi for you guests. The huge bonus is that they can carry it with them as they travel around Dublin and avoid expensive roaming costs. All the major phone operators have hotspot options. For example,  Meteor will give you the hotspot for free, and you pay €23.99 per month for 30GB data allowance. A six-month contract applies.  

Expert tip, ask your provider to cap the data allowance at 30GB,  or you could get hit with a hefty bill if guests use streaming TV services or data heavy apps. 

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