Meet Cassandre, an Airbnb hosts who welcome travelers as friends

Why did you choose to share your home?

I have always loved having friends to stay for a few days. I enjoy taking care of the space I live in. I like healthy spaces, purity, an abundance of plants, treasures from my travels, colours in a room and musical instruments gleaned from flea markets… Becoming a host was a continuation of my philosophy for life.

Why do you love sharing your home? 

For me, becoming a host is about welcoming people from all over the world and sharing my life for the duration of their stay. Sharing my life with strangers who leave as friends. This is also a point that we really emphasise in our ad: don’t expect a sterile and neutral environment. We live within these walls and you are invited to share our lives for the duration of your stay. So, when a guest congratulates us and compliments us on our apartment, and they say it feels like home, I am over the moon.

What local gems do you recommend to your guests?

I often suggest that my guests grab a bite to eat nearby, especially at Place Rouppe. They can stop there on their way back from the Grand Place and the Manneken-Pis statue, which are a must see, or they can just pop there from our building. I love this place: each spot is so different depending on the time of day. Happy hour at Ebrius is brilliant as well, it has the best white wine in the city and a plate of nachos. Kaffa Bar has excellent coffee that is elegantly served, café Bebo is great if you want to immerse yourself in the relaxed atmosphere of the area, and most importantly, if you are after a reasonably priced, healthy, delicious Belgian meal then you must try Houtsiplou.