True, True, True… This is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, but being new to Airbnb, I couldn’t help but analyze.
There are two major cities in which I have visited both Airbnbs and hotels, so I am not at all claiming to be an expert. Nonetheless, here are some differences that I noted as well as when and why I would stay in each.
Let’s begin with the Airbnbs.
Now, I have to admit that both Airbnbs I visited were, well, amazing. In both instances, I was with fairly large groups, so we were able to really choose quite luxurious accommodations and have them all to ourselves. Which brings me to my first point. Airbnbs are hands down perfect for accommodating large groups of people while still allowing for personal space. They are perfect for family get togethers or for celebrating a special occasion. Second, parking can be easier. The Airbnbs that I have stayed in were most certainly in the city and within walking distance to everything but were nonetheless a bit off the beaten path, which allowed for easier and less expensive parking. Third, Airbnbs often come with access to laundry, and if you are traveling with children or are less than graceful like me, this is an amenity not to be taken for granted. Fourth, there is a kitchen. On our second stay at an Airbnb, the kitchen was gorgeous and huge and all 10 of us could easily fit around the island. Because we had such a large group and it was a holiday weekend, we ended up eating in quite a bit, which coincidentally, also helped to cut down on food expenses. Fifth, again in both cases of my stays at Airbnbs, the outside areas have been wonderful, one having breathtaking views of the city and Lake Michigan and another having a large rooftop deck complete with comfortable furniture for us all to relax on after a long day of walking.
Moving along to discuss hotel stays.
I love staying at hotels. Having someone else be on clean up duty for even just one day, feels like a rejuvenating vacation. Second, hotels are perfect for 2-4 people in one room or suites for larger nuclear families. Third, they tend to be closer to popular restaurants as well as site seeing recommendations; as in, you step out of the door and they are within blocks of the hotel. Fourth, you can call someone for anything. Have a question about what to do in the morning? There’s a guy for that. Want to try to get tickets to a sold out show? There’s a guy for that. Want to be greeted with a friendly smile as you leave the building? There’s a guy for that too. Fifth, exercise regimes are generally provided for you- either through fitness classes, hotel gyms, or mapped out running trails. Sixth, there is a lobby bar, so if you want to go out for a drink, you really don’t have to go out for a drink.
What do you think? Do you have a preference of accommodations when you travel? What am I missing on my lists? I honestly have enjoyed both- I think it just depends on the number of people in your party and the occasion for which are traveling. Can you guess where this photo for the Pinterest pin was taken (Airbnb versus Hotel)?
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