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Hotel or Airbnb?

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Hotel vs Airbnb

That thump you hear is my jaw hitting the floor when people tell me they don’t know what Airbnb is. Even more shocking, when millennials nod their heads sideways and look at me with those glossily young eyes of innocence. For those of you living under the metaphoric rock, Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging and with over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries and has taken the vacation lodging industry by storm as the #1 hotel alternative solution for your lodging needs.

As a points and miles enthusiast and someone who has hacked his way to having elite status with 3 of the largest hotel brands in the world, I still have a tough decision to make when deciding on whether to stay at a hotel when traveling and reap all the extra perks (free breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, free amenities) because of my status or staying at an Airbnb property (hint hint Airbnb, start a rewards earning program).

What appeals to me the most about Airbnb is their large footprint all over the world and the fact that you can rent a 1 bedroom in Pacific Heights, an affluent and historically beautiful neighborhood in San Francisco and have your own kitchen and refrigerator, thus feel like a local. For the same cost in San Francisco, you’d get a tiny hotel room with nothing but a bed and bathroom. For family travel, Airbnb is significantly more comfortable due to the extra amenities that are included in home rentals. In some markets like Orlando, a family of 8 can rent a modern 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with a private pool and within 5 miles of Disney for $200 a night. A 4 star hotel room with less amenities, much smaller and less comfort would be at best, $150/night and you would have to book 3-4 of those rooms so the entire family could stay together at the hotel. The cost would certainly be more than renting an entire home on Airbnb and definitely not as enjoyable. You can buy your own food, barbecue in the backyard and watch the kids frolicking in the neighborhood playground.

Tweet by Airbnb’s CEO

I’ll always compare hotels vs. Airbnb options when planning a vacation but more times than not, I’ll roll with Airbnb over hotels because I value the ‘local’ feel and comfort over the touristy feel and discomfort.

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