Should you stay in an Airbnb or Hotel for your next vacation?
What are the pros and cons of both?
It doesn’t even have to be a vacation. Maybe you’re traveling for business.
Either way, choosing accommodations to make sure you’re comfortable will make a big difference in the success of your trip. This choice is more important than just choosing a place to sleep.
While traveling, this will become your temporary home, and ending up in a spot that doesn’t cater to ALL your needs can complicate your whole experience abroad.
I’ve stayed in both Airbnbs and Hotels on several occasions
Here is what I do to decide if an Airbnb or Hotel will work best for each kind of trip, and why.
In the end, I will give you my ultimate travel hack to making this decision.
Airbnb vs Hotel Statistics
What are the main Deciding factors?
|Meeting real locals instead of other Tourists||Usually closer to the Airport||The more the people. the merrier. Resorts have almost unlimited Space|
|Less restrictive check-in and out times?||Closer to Capital Cities and Towns||Food Costs stay low because it’s all included|
|Some say Airbnb is Automatically Cheaper but I’ve found this to not be true at times.||Great for restaurant hopping and trying out everything the city has to offer||Facilities and Amenities are usually contemporary and clean|
Pros of Hotels vs Airbnb
Right before someone in your group jumps up and says “We can probably get an Airbnb,” Hotels are usually the first places that pop into your head when you start to think about where to stay on your upcoming Vacation.
Having private rooms with high-end services like excellent WiFi, Room Service, and Hotel Planned Activities to keep you busy is essential for most people traveling these days.
Hotels can range from budget to luxury and depending whose coming with you.
They can take care of your every need while away from home.
Hotels and Resorts take the edge when it comes to:
- Reliability: Hotels tend to be reliable and they have a reputation to keep so they will sometimes go above and beyond to make you happy.
- Activities: Hotels are usually close to popular activities and a city’s main point of interest.
- Services: Different services such as room, maid, or all-inclusive options are available to everyone most of the time.
- Human Connection: You can get quiet time with your travel partner or go out and make friends with others who happen to be traveling at the same time as you.
- Outgoing People: Potential new friends are usually eager to start up conversations.
- All-Inclusive: And of course, you’ll get some much-needed and money-saving features like pools, fitness centers, Wi-Fi, Airport Transportation (Which is a big one), on-site restaurants and bars, and 24-hour front desk service are usually available to answer any questions you have.
Cons of staying at Hotels
When it comes to the cons of Hotels and Resorts, these most talked-about drawbacks.
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Another con is Hotels can lack an authentic cultural experience.
This can be true if you are only socializing with other travelers and not getting out to see what else the City has to offer.
A lot of times, in my videos, I encourage people to take a city bus around town or ask their cab driver or shuttle service drivers where to go for a dope experience.
You really should get out and see this city you’ve spent so much time preparing to visit.
Plus you can look for tour operators that promise a cultural experience, so you’re not just sitting around the hotel getting drunk and fat all day.
Airbnb in 2022
Airbnb is a way for people who have beautiful vacation homes to make money on the side by renting them out to vacationers
Many Airbnb owners have taken this app and its the ability to find guests to the next level and turned their Airbnb into full-blown accommodation machines
The days of people with only 1 Airbnb to offer in the downstairs room of their duplex are quickly coming to an end.
Whether it’s an apartment, room, or house, Airbnbs are still a very popular lodging solution for many travelers.
Since they are not a part of a chain like most hotels, doing adequate research on your Airbnb choice is vital for a safe and enjoyable trip.
It’s also important to decide if you’ll be comfortable staying in an Airbnb where the host lives or if it’s one where you’ll be alone.
Staying at a large Airbnb with a group can be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Your chances of interacting with locals are a lot greater than if you would have stayed at a hotel or resort
Sometimes you’ll have to research the owner to know what kind of contact they will have with you during your stay, and whether you can accept their intrusions or not.
Knowing this beforehand will narrow down your search for the perfect Airbnb! To get started, All you have to do is download the Airbnb App or go to the Airbnb website, If you want a big discount on your first stay, use my code to create your login which is: http://www.airbnb.com/c/roklanl
Pros of an Airbnb
- A lot of the newer Airbnbs with smart owners will provide a lot of the amenities that resorts offer like personal cooks, cleaning crews, wifi, and entertainment.
- Airbnbs are generally more affordable than other options regarding your accommodation’s size for the price you pay.
- If the host doesn’t live in, Airbnb can offer a private experience.
- Airbnbs tend to be homey and comfortable, allowing you to explore your travel destination naturally.
- The different Airbnb options are unique and practically endless. You could search for hours in the app looking for the perfect spot.
Cons of Airbnb vs Hotels
- Airbnbs often have fewer amenities than other lodging options.
- With Airbnbs, you run a greater risk of not getting what was advertised.
- Some Airbnb hosts my slide-in hidden extra charges like cleaning fees.
- being in a dangerous area is something you seriously have to consider.
Every time I stayed at an Airbnb, I’ve had a great time.
However, I have heard horror stories from others.
They’ve complained about bait and switch, where the location looks nothing like what was advertised
I’ve heard of times where the fees made the Airbnb cost ten times the price of an all-inclusive resort.
Most heinous of all I’ve heard of down-right, overt racism.
Do you prefer to use all-inclusive resorts when you travel or are you more of an Airbnb type of person?
Type your preference in the comments section below and tell me why your choice makes more sense to you.
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Airbnb Vs Hotel Covid
Since the pandemic has hit, many people have been hesitant about staying in either.
Hotels and Resorts that I’ve been to have been going to great lengths to ensure their customers that everything possible is being done to stop the spread of Covid 19 in their facilities.
Smart Airbnb owners have also been making a big deal about how they are doing their job of protecting you from Covid.
Unfortunately, different variants can’t always be contained.
Covid is Novel.
That means that new info is coming out daily and things we thought we knew change daily.
Honestly, there is a risk whether you decide to stay in a Hotel or Resort doing this worldwide Pandemic.
I will say though, that I’m quicker to trust that Resort workers are more thorough about following safety guidelines.
I could be VERY wrong because no one really knows what people they hire to do a job are capable and not capable of.
Other people have turned to Airbnb as a way to make extra money.
Many people are using both forms of transportation depending on what is most comfortable for them.
Airbnb vs Hotel Prices
Many people are under the impression that Airbnb is automatically cheaper than fancy Resorts and Hotels.
This is not always true.
In most cases, you are going to get what you pay for no matter if you choose a Hotel or Airbnb for your getaway abroad.
When I get a CHEAP Airbnb, it is usually because all I want is to not spend the night out on the street.
Honestly, there are also Hotels that can serve this same bare minimums purpose.
If you want a fancy Airbnb, you are going to have to pay Fancy Accommodation prices just like you will at a Hotel or All-Inclusive Resort.
How to travel Hack Airbnb vs Hotels
My ultimate solution that you may want to try, is booking your resort for the first days and the last days of your trip.
Then book your Airbnb for the middle days.
For example, If you are staying in Ca
bo from Thursday/Week 1 to Saturday/Week 2, You can stay in Dreams Los Cabos from Thursday until Monday.
Then stay at an Airbnb from Monday to Wednesday, Then go back to the Dreams Resort from Thursday Morning to Sunday Check Out.
This way you can get the pampering you’ll need after and before long flights.
You will be able to party like a rockstar on the weekends which will be included in your resort fees you’ll most likely get a shuttle to and from the airport and you may even be able to get a shuttle to your Weekday Airbnb.
Then, on your Airbnb days, you can get a more authentic experience of the area you’re staying in. There will probably not be much going on in the resorts on those days anyway. You can mingle with locals while they are just living their everyday lives which will make every interaction with them more authentic.
Just don’t forget to use my link when you sign up.
Right now they are giving $50 off your first qualifying booking, which is an incredible deal. But they are also including another $15 off your first Airbnb Experience. Doing an Airbnb Experience is exactly what you will need to really feel a new area out.
You will get a lot more if you sign up to host your space as an Airbnb.
Either way, staying at hotels or Airbnbs has its nuances.
Weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what will fit your accommodation needs best.
Then while you’re lodging on your business trip or vacation, you will get treated like a King…