I was recently planning a trip for a conference in Mobile, AL and was put in quite a predicament when all the rooms at the hosting hotel were sold out. With time running out, and not many other hotels nearby, the next option was to starting looking for an AirBnB to save the day. When traveling for work or leisure, there can be many pros and cons to staying in either a hotel or an AirBnB. Below are a few of my experiences and preferences for staying in and AirBnB vs. Hotel.
Hotels usually are the first place I look when I have to travel out of town. There are many options to choose from and websites to compare prices and customer ratings. AirBnB can give hotels a run for their money sometimes and offer really good deals depending on the location. Aside from the price, hotels offer several amenities like a swimming pool, gym, business center, and maybe even continental breakfast. At an AirBnB, these added perks would normally cost more if you are looking to have them all. There is also a difference with the amount of service you receive. At a hotel, there is usually someone on call 24/7 to answer questions and help if there is an emergency. You can also get fresh towels and have your bed made daily by the staff. However, at an AirBnB, you are more on your own to take care of your own laundry and dishes and hope that the homeowner is available if an issue arises. On the up side, AirBnB’s can offer more flexibility to your schedule and give more privacy if desired. They are great when traveling in larger groups, and give a home-away-from-home feeling.
Which do you prefer? Hotels or AirBnb? Make sure to leave a comment below!