Airbnb burst onto the scene in 2008 and has now become a legitimate rival to the hotel industry. Over 2 million listings are now on the site, worldwide and a growing number of people are starting to use this method instead of just relying on hotels. Personally, we are huge fans of Airbnb. But we’re going to compare which is better for you guys; hotels or Airbnb?
Health and Safety
This can vary with Airbnb.
Hotels have to abide by strict rules and guidelines regarding health and safety and usually provide very clean and pristine living environments for their guests.
Since Airbnb owners don’t have to follow any of these rules, it’s sometimes up in the air in terms of how clean your place will be.
Now, most of the time, the owner will have made the effort to clean the place and provide things like fresh towels, but it is more of a risk since you’re just having to trust and hope that you’re going to be staying in a clean and safe environment.
This is a big one.
As you know, prices of hotels can vary greatly. The same is true for Airbnb.
A five star, luxury hotel will obviously be a whole lot more expensive than a roadside motel. And with Airbnb, you are able to stay in huge houses with multiple rooms, full kitchens, and tons of extra accessories. On the flip side, you can find really simple one bedroom places for a fraction of the price.
However, if you’re looking at value for money, I would go with Airbnb. If you look around and do your research, you are likely to find a great deal on a really nice place!
Also, the thing with lots of Airbnb places is the fact that you often get your own kitchen, allowing you to cook for yourself and thus, save extra money on going out to eat.
Again this one is variable, both for Airbnb and hotels.
Just like before, hotels do have to follow certain rules when it comes to cleanliness and quality so it’s more of a safe bet here.
However, if you are careful and thorough with your research, you will no-doubt be able to find a more affordable option with Airbnb.
To me, this one is the most important.
The experience is what you will remember the most, not how fancy your accommodation was.
If you want to better experience the culture of the place you are going to, then Airbnb wins hands down. You are essentially living like one of the locals, as opposed to staying in a hotel which pretty much serves as a constant reminder that you do not belong in that area.
So, all in all, I’d go with Airbnb almost every time. That’s not to say that it’s a bad thing to stay in a fancy hotel. It largely just depends on your personal preference and what you prioritize.
If you’ve never tried Airbnb, definitely go and check it out!
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