I know this may sound weird, but one of my favourite parts of travel is when I can put my head down where I am staying. Feeling at home after a long day of travel and clamouring around with luggage is a huge part of my travel experience. For the most part, it has been in a hotel room.
When I am not staying with loved ones, hotels and Airbnbs are the two options I choose to call home. For the longest time, hotels were the only option I would choose. After staying in an Airbnb for the first time, I was happy to have an alternative for future trips.
Hotel. Airbnb. Which one is better? Have a look below to see the difference and similarities I found from staying in each of these places while on vacation.
Hotel or Airbnb? Which One is Best?
Finding a room for both of these homes away from home is simple. I was able to do both online to learn about different features and pricing for the space you want to book.
With a hotel, room prices are based on the number of beds in a room, the size of the beds in a room, and the amenities in the room. Payment for your room our suite is finalized at the end of your stay.
For an Airbnb space, pricing can be based on number of beds and the number of people occupying this space for the duration of your stay. Payment for your space is done on the site once you book.
Hotels and Airbnbs offer so many different types of amenities for guests to use, both in their room or space, as well as on the premise. It all depends on what you are looking to enjoy during your stay.
Depending on the amount of stars a hotel has, they can provide any number of extras for guests to enjoy. Gyms, restaurants, spas, kitchenettes, and more could be available for guests to use.
Amenities can also vary greatly for Airbnb spaces. Some guests are also able to make use of gyms and pools that are on the premises (please ask questions of your Host which are available if not shared in their listing). Other items such as kitchens, dishwashers, and wash-dryer duos may also be a part of your space. You can also check out the area around the space you book for some fabulous extras you would be able to find at a higher-end hotel.
Arriving at your home away from home are two different experiences when checking in at a hotel verses an Airbnb. Let me give a picture of my experiences when arriving to both of these types of accommodations.
When arriving at a hotel, you check-in at the Front Desk. They collect certain details from you and get a credit card from guests for incidentals. Once all of this has been completed, you receive your room key and can go to your room.
For my first stay at an Airbnb, I coordinated a time with my Host over the app for checking in. I was staying in a condominium for this Airbnb experience and my Host met me to go over the unit. My Host reiterated the rules for staying in his space, gave me a tour of the space, showed me how to use certain appliances, and answered any questions I had about staying there.
For any additional questions I may have during my stay, I was to contact him via the Airbnb app and he was close by should I need him for anything. There was also 24-hour security available. I then received my key and had the unit to myself.
*** Note: There are other methods Hosts use to check-in their guests at Airbnbs. My host went the extra mile to make me feel at home. ***
Space and Comfort
For both spaces, this is all dependent on the size of the room you book.
For a hotel, there are various room sizes you can book. I have found, in most rooms I have booked, the bigger the space, the more comfortable I have been. Suites allowed me to spread out and relax more. The toiletries, daily fresh towels, and cleaning service is nice to escape to. I am also to call for room service great at a restaurant (if on site). It is great to feel like a guest while being away from home.
Just like a hotel room, the comfort level of your space depends on the space you book. You have your choice of booking a private room in a shared space or an entire apartment or home. I booked an entire apartment for myself. It was as though it was a home away from home because of the amenities within my unit. I will say that it was not as cushy or luxurious as a stay at a hotel was. It felt as though I was living in a loft of my own.
It was as though I was housesitting while on vacation. I was able to cook, clean, and fill the fridge with my favourite foods. It was really laid back and relaxing. I also did not think about people entering my room for cleaning and having things in their way.
So? Hotel or Airbnb? Which one is best?
For me, it is a tie. I know! You’re a bit upset with me, but it all comes down to the situation I am in and how much more convenience one would provide during my stay over the other.
If booking for total convenience to escape life from home, or for a function like a conference, I would definitely book with a hotel.
If it is for more of a relaxed, cozy getaway, I would book an Airbnb space.
Both types of accommodations are great choices to make when going away. I can’t wait to get away and stay in one of them for my next adventures!