Taking a vacation is a great way to unwind, but it can be hard to figure out whether you should book a hotel room or an Airbnb. Since I travel a lot, I wanted to share some of the pros and cons of each. Hopefully, they can help you when you book your next trip!
- You know what to expect. Most hotel experiences are pretty similar (especially if you’re staying at a chain), so there won’t be too many surprises.
- The staff can turn your trip into a true getaway. If you run into issues or want recommendations, the front desk staff are only a call away. Maid services also provide a break from cleaning.
- Since hotels sometimes partner with tourist attractions, they may offer discounts.
- If something is wrong with your room, you aren’t stuck with it—they can move you somewhere else.
- There are lots of websites that can help you track down discounts.
- Hotels can be expensive (especially when you factor in tips for the staff). Plus, since nightly rates vary so much, you’ll never be sure that you’re getting the best price.
- Since hotels want to keep guests comfortable, they’re usually touristy and do not fully showcase local culture.
- Walls can be thin. If you have noisy neighbors, they might keep you up.
- Airbnb is full of unique locations, so it’s much easier to avoid that bland hotel feel. Instead, most listings will better approximate what it’s like to live in your destination.
- Your Airbnb is less likely to be surrounded by international chains that cater to hotel guests, so it’s easier to explore local culture.
- Although prices vary by location, Airbnb listings are generally more affordable than hotels.
- If you’re traveling with friends, you can rent a multi-bedroom property and split costs to save money, simplify logistics, and have a built-in place to relax.
- Airbnb hosts are more likely than hotels to cancel at the last minute.
- You’ll be responsible for cleaning on your own. Plus, since you’re dealing with someone’s home instead of a big hotel, you’ll feel more responsible for leaving the space tidy.
- If there’s an issue with the property, it might not be fixed until after you leave.
- Depending on local attitudes towards short-term rental properties, neighbors might not be too happy that you’re staying in an Airbnb.
Since they both have their strengths and weaknesses, choosing whether you’d like to rent out an Airbnb or stay in a hotel can have a big impact on your trip. At the end of the day though, they’re both great options and can help you get away from everyday life.