Having never tried Airbnb, I was a little leery of the experience but circumstances made it sound like a good idea. Jack and I were traveling with our daughter so instead of the usual one hotel room, we were going to need more space. Money was definitely an object. She lives in Penzance in Cornwall in a small flat so we had to arrange accommodations for us there. Lodging is not inexpensive there and the exchange rate makes it worse.
Looking on the Airbnb web site, I found a listing for a room on a main shopping street. The listing was totally honest about the fact that it might be noisy but the price was really right and the location good. We had the upstairs room on the left and shared a bathroom with the flat owner who was a delightful young woman.
I loved the view out of the window and the only disconcerting street noise was when a truck unloaded at 4 a.m.