Throughout my travels, I have always stayed in hostels and hotels, friends’ house or a rented house. The first time I ever heard of Airbnb was only after I began writing Packing my Suitcase in April 2014. The idea of it was appealing from the start, but I didn’t really know how it worked, until I experienced it myself for the first time this year in Copenhagen. I was a little bit afraid of how it would be, but it turns out it was a wonderful experience, one that I would love to have again.
The other day I read an article discussing how much Airbnb is becoming popular and how it is overtaking budget hotels in many cities around the world. Some hotel owners are getting worried about this fact, and admit that in many years of growth, their numbers are now decreasing. I also read in another article, that as travellers are staying more and more at an Airbnb, it might force hotels to lower their prices. This doesn’t really surprise me, the idea is really good and it is working, besides we travellers can only benefit from this.
At the same time I believe that the decision between staying in a hotel or in an Airbnb, it is still a hard one for many travellers. I still stay in hotels, and I still love them. I even think that depending on the trip or on the city, they are still the best option. I don’t really have a favourite, hotel or Airbnb, but after experiencing both it is impossible not to compare them. After all, both have their pros and cons, as well as things in common.
So, I recently had the idea of writing down what each of them offer, and don’t offer, what’s good and not so good about each, but above all, I compared them, and the result was this infographic below with some general quick facts based on my experience:
Hotels x Airbnb Infographic
After this comparison, I came to a very simple conclusion: both are great options, and I don’t believe that Airbnb will replace hotels. There will always be hotels, but from now on, they will have to coexist. Meanwhile, we enjoy the benefits of both.
Therefore, deciding on which one to stay, really depends on what you like, your priorities, the trip you want and expect to make, where you are going, and on the available options. By comparing both, my intention was not to show you which one is the best ou choose my favourite, it was to help you know what to expect from both, leaving the decision to you.
What do you think about this competition?