Do you ever book a trip and wonder if you should get a hotel or Airbnb? I've thought this many times and after a little mixture of using both, I finally know what I like. For awhile, I kept thinking, "Which is it Lo? What one do you like better?" Then, I realized I really like using both, but for different occasions. That being said, I'll break down under what conditions I'd chose a hotel and what conditions I'd chose an Airbnb. Let's dive in!
I've decided when I'm traveling alone, I'd much rather stay in a hotel. I like being surrounded by other people and I feel way more comfortable. I have one door to lock and I'm not worried about various windows being broken or doors I didn't know about.
The bathrooms are usually much bigger too and the extra space feels relaxing. At an Airbnb, you don't know the neighbors or area well enough to know it's safe. Lastly, the front desk is a phone call away and most hotels have security cameras!
Traveling with your boyfriend:
When Trey and I went to Juneau, we rented an Airbnb. It was a very cute and cozy loft! However, sometimes the app can be a little misleading. Even if you click "entire home," you can still end up with a place attached to the owner's house. It wasn't a huge deal, but we had to be pretty quiet and share the driveway.
In this case, if you KNOW you have the entire place to yourself and the owner lives at a different property, go for an Airbnb! They can make a trip way more affordable and fun, especially abroad. Plus, you can save more by making your own meals if you have a full kitchen. Though, before you go, make sure you know how you both want to spend your time. If sitting by the pool or getting a massage is a major want, then definitely opt for a hotel!
Traveling with your family:
When you're with your family, you might have different priorities. If you're visiting relatives, staying in a hotel might be more comfortable. You can come back and order room service or get a drink at the bar downstairs. This will also be a good idea for a beach vacation, if you don't know the area. Often, hotels have private beaches and restaurants within walking distance.
When we were in San Diego, there was a trolley tour that took us all around town. Keep this in mind, because tourist businesses like that, make pick up spots convenient to popular hotels. We didn't have a rental car either, but the hotel had enough amenities, that we really didn't need one!
If you're heading to a national park, I'd go for an Airbnb. These properties will be cheaper because they are outside of the park. This way, you can pack up lunches in your kitchen and ditch the crowds at the end of the day. Also, Airbnb is the PRIME place to find unique places to stay. Match your national park vibe with a rented cabin!
Traveling with friends (4+):
With a group of friends, I'd almost always choose an Airbnb. You can book these for dirt cheap, if y'all are splitting the price. Did I mention this is the prime time to check out their "Experience" tab? Visit the Bali Swing or take a local cooking class, with a huge group, there's always someone to tag along with you!
If you're looking to do a ski trip, I would definitely check out Airbnbs, before booking a suite at a ski lodge. There's plenty of places you could snag with a private hot tub and great view :)
It's crazy how long I've wanted to write this post. Maybe two years now? Anyway, I know God pushes me to write these when the idea has come full circle. I want the best content for y'all and planning trips can be so fun when you have great advice. I hope you found this helpful!
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