#TravelTuesday - AirBnb Vs Hotel : Which is better?12:00 AM
Being from the hospitality industry, I would like to start with saying I love hotels. I love luxury. I appreciate good service. I revel in opulence. Having said that, I have come to realize there is time and place for luxury and practicality. Over the last years, I have stayed in a number of hotels and do not regret that, however on a few occasions I chose Airbnb and would like to state my argument in the favor of both.
There is a certain familiarity in staying at a hotel. You know exactly what to expect in terms of cleanliness, room size, service and quality. There are seldom any (big) surprises, no matter what your geographic location. Each Airbnb is a unique experience. If you choose the later, you are choosing local experience over cookie-cutter format.
While most rentals ensure safely measures but with recent incidents (re: Kim K) you can never take enough caution. Most hotels, on the other hand, have security team, on-site surveillance, and connections with local law enforcement to help keep you safe.
Amenities vary from hotel to hotel, and also Airbnb to Airbnb. Typically hotels include housekeeping, WiFi, pools and fitness centers, restaurants and room service, laundry service and in-room toiletries. Airbnb on the other hand definitely means the luxury of space, on site laundry, kitchen.
While the kitchen in an Airbnb can be an amenity, however if you are looking for food on demand, Airbnb might not be for you. Hotels, often offer complimentary breakfast, room service and dining, which can make life easier when on the go.
Hotels are mostly in the city center or around the popular tourist spots, where all the action takes place, while 74% of Airbnb properties are outside of the main hotel districts, often in local neighborhoods far from the busy hustle-bustle of the city. This is a personal preference.
Last but not the least, Airbnb is a relatively unreliable option. The hosts have the right to cancel anytime, while hotels will find a way to accommodate every reservation, either via an upgrade or by making an alternative reservation.