As someone who has done their fair share of vacationing, I’ve decided to share my thoughts on Airbnb’s vs. Hotels. They both have pros and a few cons, but at the end of the day you can’t really go wrong with either choice. But I will say, if you’re ever somewhere that all-inclusive is an option vs. hotels or Airbnb’s – go with the all-inclusive (duh)!
The classic, “old-school” way to stay while traveling. Who doesn’t love a good hotel? While at a hotel, you have access to all the amenities: pools, the gym, front desk help, etc. There is usually someone downstairs at all times, so there’s always someone to call for help. Also, hotels are usually near the center of sightseeing areas. While they might be expensive the closer you are to popular areas, you know you’ll be near everything and won’t have to travel too far. You know what you get when booking a hotel. Before checking in, you’re aware of the amenities, the check-in and check-out times, if any food is included, and anything else. Hotels are always a reputable place to stay, especially the big-name ones. You can look up countless reviews to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want. Lastly, there are so many different types of rooms when staying in a hotel: studio, single room, room with two beds suites, several bedrooms, etc. You have a good amount of options with booking a hotel.
The new way to stay. Staying in an Airbnb is the same as staying over someone’s house (they’re just not home). I’ve come to the realization that Airbnb’s are usually cheaper than hotels. There’s more space in an Airbnb than there is in a hotel since you’re actually renting the whole house/apartment. You do also have the option of just renting a room in a house if that is something you’d be interested in. One big plus with Airbnb’s is that there is usually a kitchen. Cooking at your rented place can save money as opposed to going out to eat every night while traveling. You may not be as close to the sightseeing areas as you want, but you get to see how people actually live where you’re visiting. Sometimes you can meet the host of your rental and 90% of the time they’ll give you some insider information on the area. Even if you do not get to meet the host, there will usually be information available somewhere in the house. There are several different types of Airbnb’s and different size houses with a number of bedrooms. I’ve stayed in a one-bedroom apartment, and a 5-bedroom house. You can get anything.
When deciding where you want to stay, there are a few things you need to think about. If traveling in a group – do you want everyone in the same house, or do you want them in separate spaces? Do you want to be closer to the popular areas, or see how the locals live? How much money do you plan on spending? Are you interested in cooking, or are you planning to eat out more often? These can help figure out what’s best for you.
I personally would rather stay in an Airbnb than a hotel when it comes down to it. I can cook for myself, I can live like a local and I can just pretend I am in my own home. On a lot of trips I have taken lately, I stayed at an Airbnb and had zero problems. As I mentioned, I’ve stayed at place with all different amounts of rooms and think it is just so convenient. I’ve been looking at places for future vacations and Airbnb’s seem to be the way to go. Unless I am going somewhere that has an all-inclusive option – you can catch me at an Airbnb!