Airbnb or Hotel: Which should you consider for your year end holidays?
As the year is approaching to an end, everyone is looking forward to spending time with their family and loved ones, going on long vacations with their accumulated leaves or even spending the Christmas or new years over at a colder country to experience the winter and the celebratory events that would be happening all around the world.
After booking your flight tickets with the respective airlines, the next apparent thing to do is to head straight to look for an accomodation. A holiday should always be enjoyable and comfortable, you should not compromise any of those because you are paying for it. Getting a good deal does not hurt at all, because everyone is always on the hunt to get a bang for their buck.
Consider these three key aspects when you are looking for either an Airbnb or a hotel.
PRICE OF THE ACCOMMODATION
Price of the accommodation is crucial, this should be the first aspect that you should take into consideration. There should be a budget set aside for this whole holiday trip. Look around and cross reference between hotels and airbnb to see if the price fits the amount catered for lodging. If your budget for an accomodation can be compromised from other areas such as your shopping or entertainment budget, than you should have no difficulty perusing the list of hotels.
Prefer to live like the locals = AIRBNB
Prefer to live in luxury and comfort = HOTELS
Airbnb would definitely make more sense as they do not provide the level of service and prestige like a typical hotel would, hence their price would naturally be cheaper. Everyone has a budget whenever they were to travel and there should be a budget set aside for lodging as well. Look for one that fits your allocated budget, do not overspend unless you are willing to compromise on other aspects such as your expenses for a couple of days, or having to reduce your shopping budget.
LOCATION OF THE ACCOMMODATION
Would you want your accomodation to be in the heart of the bustling city for the sake of convenience? Or do you not mind staying at a more secluded or rural area that takes probably a longer time to travel around and return everyday? Most hotels would be strategically built around bustling crowded streets with plenty of foot traffic.
If you prefer to travel and experience the country = AIRBNB
If you prefer to have the shopping district or famous cafes near you = HOTELS
LENGTH OF STAY
Depending on how long the stay is, if you are going on a road trip moving from state to state or from country to country, you should look into Airbnb for short stays rather than hotels. Because of the short length of stay, you would eventually have to pack up and move to the next destination. If you were to just be staying at that specific country and not moving around from state to state, you should opt for hotels as there are receptionists, room services, amenities and guards that will add to the level of security where you can rest assure and go ahead to leave your belongings and souvenirs in the room when you are out the whole day.
Airbnb however can still be considered, unless if the whole apartment is being rented or if it is a unit you have heard good reviews and they have a high rating. Else it would be a safer alternative to stay in a hotel.
Short term stay = AIRBNB/TRANSIT HOTELS
Long term stay = HOTEL
- Flexibility to rent either a room
- or the entire apartment (Bigger space)
- Cheaper if booked with a large group
- Having the luxury of your own privacy and space
- Often cheaper in price as compared to hotels
- Allows you experience how the locals are living
- Safety may be an issue as you are not the only one
- who has the key to the room/apartment (Safety issue)
- No room service or amenities to use
Look out for the AIRBNB reviews and ratings to ensure the security and authenticity of the accommodation you are staying. Chat with the host and make sure that he/she does not give you the shady or suspicious vibe. Ensure that the host is responsive enough, in the event if you were to need assistance, he/she would be able to tend to you right away. If you are travelling with a bunch of friends, Airbnb rentals can be taken into consideration as it offers a lower costs, freeing up more budget for you to spend at other areas and it would generally be safe if you are seen in a big group.
- Complimentary breakfast provided every morning
- Room service or housekeeping can be arranged
- Safe box provided to store belongings
- Hotel location will be at prime locations with a view
- Set of toiletries provided with amenities and facilities to utilise
- Prices will typically be more expensive than most Airbnb
- Hotel staff will be there to assist and serve you if you need help
- Famous restaurants, bars and cafes will be nearby
- Comfort, luxury, and security guaranteed
Search up TripAdvisor, Skyscanner or other travel comparison sites to check on their reviews, ratings and prices. You are also able to make a booking through TripAdvisor platform. These platform’s comparison filters are comprehensive enough to allow you to filter your hotels based on the criterias that you is most important to you. If you are travelling on a business trip or with valuable belongings, never be ashamed to take the safer option; hotels. Because it is always better to be safe than sorry.
All factors considered, you should travel with ease, relax yourself and unwind. Your year end holiday trip should be filled with fun and happy memories instead of bagging home a bag full of negative experience to share and spoil the whole trip consequently. Revolve your decision around your loved ones if you are travelling with them, especially when it comes to safety. Security is paramount and should not be compromised if anything. It is alright to be spending a little more to sleep peacefully at night when you are abroad, at a country whom you are foreign to.