I've been in Austin since 1995 and have owned my condo since 2006. It's my little landing pad as I LOVE to travel. I've always found that staying with people who live in the place you're visiting is the best way to experience a new city.
I'm guessing around 75% of my travels have been scenarios like this and is how I experienced Shanghai, London, Hawaii, Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador, Spain and numerous Caribbean islands (well, I actually lived on St. Thomas for a while so that was easy to island-hop!). Oh yeah, and I hiked the Great Wall of China in a rural mountain town where we stayed with a family...now that was amazing! Other places I've traveled include Costa Rica, Bali, Thailand, and most recently Paris. While making arrangements for a hotel or flat rental were required in some of these locations, I always look for off-the-beaten path places. I like the little random hotels where you can throw back a beer with the owner, ya know? I honestly can't remember the last time I stayed in a big hotel (maybe that wedding in Playa del Carmen a few years ago?).
Anyway, while my place is a rental where a guest would have the entire condo to themselves, I'm always available to make recommendations or do whatever it takes to make your visit to Austin fun. I've hosted several bands in my condo over the years (Telephunken from Madrid, The Jefferson from Australia, and Jumbo from Mexico to name a few) and take great pleasure in making my guest's stay comfortable and memorable.
...and airbnb is recommending I give you my life motto in this little bio, so I'm going to share a couple of my favorite quotes instead:
"People say I do things different like it's something wrong" - Bode Miller
"My only regret in life is that I did not drink more champagne" - John Meynard Keynes
"I believe everyone is interesting if you look hard enough" - Miranda July
"Life is the weirdest thing I've ever done" - William West
Ciao, cheers & besos.