Airbnb VS. Hotel
To stay in an Airbnb or a hotel is one of the many important questions people ask when traveling. There are plenty of pros and cons to both, so which one do we chose? Airbnb came into play in 2008 and became popular among the younger crowd. Each has their own benefits so where you chose to stay really depends on your preference.
Pros of Airbnb:
Airbnb seems to get more popular as time goes on. Especially when it’s a group of people traveling together. They seem to fall more on the cheaper side depending on the location and the amount of people staying there. If you rent a house it’s probably cheaper than booking two or three hotel rooms. Also having a house offers a kitchen which can save you money on food and meals if you decide to cook. Going off of that, having a house can make you feel more at home while away. You have more space than just one room. Probably my favorite part is most of them have free WiFi. No more $12.99 for WiFi.
Pros of a Hotel:
Hotels are the easy way out. Hotels are simple you go online, book the room you’d like and you’re all set. You also know what you’re getting when you book it. You know what to expect based on their standards and or the chain you choose. I prefer to pick The Waldorf Astoria or The Ritz-Carlton chain but that’s just me and some people also feel safer in a hotel. Knowing there is a full staff and security at all times makes some feel better. While some of us like to feel at home while away, others like to be pampered and not have to lift a finger on vacation. Therefor a hotel with room service and everything in house is a must have. If you’re a frequent traveler, some hotels make it worth your while to stay by offering loyalty programs which can land you some things for free.
Cons of Airbnb:
While Airbnbs have plenty of pros, they also have a few cons. Booking one can be a little bit of a slow process. It’s not as easy as hitting book, you need to send a request to the owner and then get an approval and then book the home. The worst part of it all is the cancellation fact. If you’re really unlucky the owner of the property can cancel on you and then you’re stuck trying to find a place to stay. These properties also tend to be off the main street meaning they are a further away than the attractions and hustle bustle of the city. Some prefer it while others like to be in the center of it all in the hotel district.
Cons of a Hotel:
Hotels are the easy way out, but they can also cost you a pretty penny. Especially when you need to book more than one room. They also don’t offer much privacy besides the one room you book, that’s really the only privacy you have. Fellow guests can also be a downfall. If you stay at a hotel that is family friendly you risk the chance of having loud children running and screaming through the halls. If you go away during say spring break, you may be kept up all night by loud music from the college kids across the hall from you. Check in and check out can also be a hassle. If you arrive to the hotel too early, you may not be able to check in, given most hotels will hold your luggage for you until your room is ready, it can still be annoying if you want to shower or take a nap after your travels. Not to forget usually having to check out at an early time as well.
Airbnb and hotels each have their own unique features that make them a better choice. Before you book either, think of all the options and which will suit you and your fellow travelers the best.
Click on the images below to check out some of my current favorite hotels.