Typical Airbnb advantages over hotels include more space, better amenities, kitchens, lower cost, a washer & dryer, and much more.
A vacation rental—whether a home, apartment, condo, boat, yurt, shared space, or other property—represents tremendous value, compared to hotels, for flexible, adventurous travel consumers.
Here are some of my favorite reasons why Airbnb rentals are better than hotels.
1. Airbnb Properties Usually Have More Space
My favorite simple example why Airbnbs are better than hotels is for a family of four (such as the McCool gang). To stay in a hotel suite, we have to book two rooms, but I can find a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment for a lower price. More space, less price. Brilliant. That might be all you need to know but read on for seven more Airbnb advantages over hotels.
2. Airbnb Properties Have Kitchens
Most of our temporary Airbnb homes have full kitchens so we have the option of preparing meals, thus slashing our dining expenses and eating healthier.
3. Airbnb Amenities Are Better Than Hotels
Rental properties often have amenities that are unavailable at hotels (or cost money)—such as bicycles, canoes or kayaks, views (oceanfront), convenient (and free) parking, better entertainment (TV, premium channels, sound system), private pool / spa, games (pool table, foosball), and more.
4. Another Airbnb Advantage Is a Washer and Dryer
Our family can travel with only carryon baggage knowing that we can do laundry every 3-4 days in our rental properties. In fact, it is kind of fun trying to figure out appliances in Montreal, Rome, Venice, or wherever in the world we are.
5. Airbnb Properties are in Neighborhoods
Vacation rentals are typically located in local neighborhoods (rather than tourist areas, where hotels are) so they are more authentically fun, restaurants and shops charge less, and people are naturally friendlier.
6. Airbnb Owners Provide Better Info to Visitors
information provided by Airbnb property owners is more appropriate (to me) than what I extract from hotel staff. For instance, home owners recommend more down-to-earth (authentic, local favorite) restaurants than hotel concierges (trendy, touristy).
7. Airbnb Properties Cost Less than Hotels
Vacation rental prices are usually lower than hotel rooms of comparable quality. My Airbnb rental in Boston this past March had a plush king bed, amazing shower and bathroom, two levels, full kitchen, deck, private entrance, nearby street parking, and many custom touches; the rate was half the price of nearby Boston city hotels. Let me repeat that:
HALF the price of nearby hotels.
8. Airbnbs Have Free Wifi (and Faster Wifi, Too!)
Good, working wifi, too, not crappy pretend hotel wifi. A common hotel complaint is costly and ineffective wifi. Every vacation rental I have stayed at had strong and free wifi. Most also had extended cable, AppleTV, Netflix, and/or other fantastic entertainment options.
In these articles I compare a vacation house rental to hotel:
- Outer Banks Lodging: Luxury Resort or Home Rental
- St. John USVI Lodging: Vacation Home or Luxury Resort Hotel
What other Airbnb advantages have you experienced? If you are a hotel person, see my article about 8 Great Hotel Advantages (over Airbnb)
8 Great Airbnb Advantages Over Hotels was first published for McCool Travel on 10 Aug 2015.
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