Hotels x Airbnb

Hotels x Airbnb, by Packing my Suitcase
Landromantik Wellness Hotel Oswald, Germany

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.Β 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 thisΒ infographic below with some general quick facts based on my experience:


Hotels x Airbnb Infographic

Hotels x Airbnb, by Packing my Suitcase

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?


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Hotels x Airbnb, by Packing my Suitcase

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

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    Such a great idea for a post, Allane! It is hard to say what is best, as both have positive and negative sides. I just stayed with airbnb one time at Easter Island, and that was because I read about it in your blog. Thanks! πŸ™‚ And I loved staying there… it saved us for a lot of money as well! And love the fact that you can get close to the locals.
    I wanted to do the same in Santiago de Chile, but then the hotels costed the same. We got a whole appartment with kitchen ect, for the same price as if staying in a small room in a house with airbnb.
    But I would like to stay with airbnb again πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Hanne <3
      Happy you liked reading it! I am happy that you experienced Airbnb after my recommendation, and especially that you liked it!!
      Yes, sometimes hotels cost just the same depending on the place. When that happens I end up staying in hotels.
      I also would love to stay again in an Airbnb! πŸ˜€

  • Love the comparison! I’ve stayed in airbnb once…and it was a room within the house, so that meant we co existed with our hosts (but we got there late and woke up after they left for work so only seen them once). Price wise I am a bit annoyed that some airbnb rentals need an extra amount of money for more than 2 guests (I’ve seen also some that say after one guest) and I’m like why? You get the cleaning fee, it’s not like 3 people are going to make an enormous mess! That being said…I even got my mum to book her first airbnb in Stockholm for September as hotels were pricey!!

    • Yess Anna, I agree with you about the extra cleaning fee… I actually wouldn’t mind cleaning it myself, because as you sad, 2 or 3 people aren’t enough to make a whole mess! Sometimes these cleaning fees are non sense and makes the price go up, so in the end staying in a hotel costs just the same!

  • That’s awesome Vlad, so soon you will have your first Airbnb experience! I do hope you like it!
    hahaha you are right, it’s hard to share a bathroom when it’s a group of people, especially if there are women involved hahahah
    I also book with, but never tried only apartments, I have to take a look at it! I am in the impossible mission of finding a cheap/nice place to stay in London, so I keep remembering about when what you said in your confessions the expression “shit hole” hahaha

  • Thank you dear πŸ˜€
    I hope you enjoy your experience with Airbnb, it is a great experience πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you dear!! Happy that you liked the comparison. hahhaa yes, have done this comparison since April when I stayed in an Airbnb for the first time, only now I decided to write it down. I thought it might be useful for some people πŸ˜€
    How awesome that you stayed on a boat in CPH, I would have loved to do that!!!

  • Great comparison chart Allane! I have never stayed at Airbnb though have heard a lot about them – we’ve always stayed in hotels or self catering apartments. I think it sounds a good idea in theory – am just a bit worried about how they check out the profiles on Airbnb. Since it has become so popular it must work well though there must be stories when things don’t work out too! I think I still need convincing! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and looking forward to reading some more links on your Monday Escapes (have just linked another post about Innsbruck this time – not too far really from you!) πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Rosemary πŸ˜€
      Airbnb is a pretty cool idea. If you like self catering apartments will like it too.
      The way they verify the profile is very serious. They ask for passport and all that, so I find it harder for people to lie, but who knows right? To stay on the safe side is better to stay in a place with lots of reviews. πŸ˜€

      I wish you a great week!

  • I never tried Homeaway, it’s another one to consider trying!! I like this idea of renting a place to stay, especially for a group as it is normally cheaper than a hotel.
    Yes, I hope you try Airbnb, it’s also a great option!! It’s an interesting experience πŸ˜€

    Thank you dear! I hope you had a great weekend yourself!

  • Hi Lisa!! I am glad you liked the infographic and that you found it useful. Yes, there are downsides, so it really depends on what you are looking for. It’s good that you can cook there, so you end up saving a lot with food, and if you are in a group or family it’s probably going to cost less than a hotel.
    Good luck if your decision πŸ˜€

  • How cool!! Yes, there are many awesome places to stay, from only a room to a complete huge house. I liked the idea πŸ˜€

  • Thank you dear! Glad you liked it.
    Yes, I believe if you are in a family or group Airbnb is a great option. I have to say that I enjoyed my first experience and I would totally do it again πŸ˜€

  • Allane, what a fantastic post. You are right – I love both and even though we go for airbnb as it is more suitable for families and the budget conscious – hotels are still great for us dependent on which country we are going to and what type of holiday we are after. For instance, I tend to go with airbnb in cities, but hotels when I am going for a beach/sun holiday.

    • Thank you so much Ting πŸ˜€ happy that you liked it!
      I also love both, and it always depends on the trip. And yes, for families it is certainly more practical!
      As most of the time I only travel with W staying in hotels still seem to be cheaper for us in most cities. πŸ˜€

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    I have always stayed at 3 or 4 star hotels and the last 2 years, I have begun to stay at guesthouses/b&b. Then this year I have tried Airbnb in HK & Penang – it is really value for money. Having said that, there have been not-so-positive reviews/stories about Airbnb and some were very unfortunate experiences – so my advice to travellers is to read the reviews and check out the profile carefully. Maybe Airbnb might not be a great idea for certain countries or cities, but it’s definitely one of the budget options to consider…Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ #MondayEscapes

    • I couldn’t agree more with you Kat!
      I have also heard of bad experiences, and I think the same way as you… it’s better to read the reviews and pay attention to the details too, like location, the extra fees, etc. It is also a good idea to keep in touch with the host and ask any question. πŸ˜€

  • That’s pretty cool! I have never done this before and I am sure it was a great experience. Nowadays I find it hard to do that, the world is changing so fast πŸ™

  • That’s pretty cool that you rent your guest room too! I still haven’t done that!
    Happy to know that you’ve had great experiences with Airbnb. I hope my next one will also be successful πŸ˜€

  • Hi Nicola! Airbnb is a great option when traveling with kids, I think it is an alternative to saving money with hotels, and having more freedom with the kids. πŸ˜€
    I hope you try it sometime.

  • Hi Jess!! I hope you guys have fun in your first Airbnb experience. With 6 people it certainly will be cheaper than staying in a hotel.
    As for the hotels, I think they might have to lower the prices and offer some differentials, which is pretty good for us travellers πŸ˜€

  • Hi Katja! I can imagine how practical an Airbnb must be for your family, it’s the best way in terms of saving money and spending time with the family. πŸ˜€

  • Yes, for city travel it’s something you probably will love. But you know, there are also awesome places for rent even outside town, like in Tuscany there are many houses for rent on Airbnb, it’s pretty cool too.

  • Hi Chloe! πŸ˜€
    Yes, take a look at it, I am sure you will like it, especially when travelling with little ones Airbnb can be very practical πŸ˜€
    Thank you, I’m happy that you liked the comparison.

  • Hi Tracey! Yes, take a look at it, I am sure you will find great options in Barcelona πŸ˜€
    The way it works is very interesting, I hope you try it πŸ˜€

  • Thank you! Happy that you liked the comparison πŸ˜€
    After hearing so much about it I had to try it, and it certainly did not disappoint!
    Yes, the good thing about this competition is that we always win… hotels might need to lower down their prices and all that πŸ˜€ good for us!

  • That’s pretty cool!! Yes, it certainly gives you more the feeling of the local culture πŸ˜€
    About going with your children I don’t find a problem, you have the option of renting an entire place for you, not only a shared place. I rented an entire place for me and my friends and we had it all to us πŸ˜€

  • Hi Merlinda. Yes, it is always nice to have another option, depending on the city, hotels can be very expensive. I hope you try Airbnb sometime. πŸ˜€

  • Hi Becky!! Yes, the idea is pretty cool, and it certainly is worrying hotels… they will probably need to lower the prices πŸ˜€
    I hope you get to try it sometime!

  • Hi Sabrina! That’s awesome, nice that you guys enjoy staying in rental apartments, it certainly is a great idea!
    Yes, about the cleaning fees it really depends on the owner… I have seen some pretty expensive ones, I am guessing some people take advantage of this to earn some extra money. I always try to pick the one that charges less.

  • Completely agree with you Cathy. Hotels certainly gives you that feeling of being on holidays. Airbnb is great to feel like a local, that’s why choosing between them really depends on the kind of trip we want to make πŸ˜€

  • hahah really? Coincidence πŸ˜€
    It’s definitely an awesome option for a family, it saves lots of money with hotels!
    Interesting that you mention this about Paris in NY, I have never thought about it this way… it makes sense, but it’s certainly increasing the real estate prices, oh my!!

  • I hope an opportunity appears soon πŸ˜€
    I am sure you like it too. I definitely want to try again!

  • Thank you dear, happy that you liked it!
    Same for me here… I love both, it really depends on the trip we want to make πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha I hope you try it sometime πŸ˜€

  • That’s awesome, so you are already an Airbnb pro!!
    Oh really? I never thought about this tour part, I didn’t know about that. So does it mean you need to wait for them at a hotel or what?

  • Thank you Amber πŸ˜€
    Yess, the budget plays a very important role on where to stay. I always compare the prices then decide which one is best.

  • Hi Sarah, yess, it’s a great option! I hope you get to try it someday, it’s fun and different!

  • If you like doing that then I am sure you will love Airbnb πŸ˜€ I hope you try it sometime in one of your trips.

  • That’s awesome!! I’m glad you liked Airbnb in Rio!
    And you are right that having breakfast included is great. That’s one of the things I like about hotels/hostels too πŸ˜€

  • Phoebe Thomas

    The thing with Airbnb is that it can be anything from a room in someone’s house (very personal) to a cottage/apartment, to a hotel…yes even a hotel! I just stayed in a hotel in Dresden that I found and booked through Airbnb. With this in mind I think it’s hard to label “Airbnb” as any one particular type of accommodation. I run a vacation rental/holiday apartment and have had it listed with Airbnb since 2010 and have been staying in places all over Europe with them since 2010 too, so I’m a big fan….but they aren’t perfect and the commission has increased HUGELY over the 5 years I’ve been with them. As far as I’m concerned I look at all options when booking somewhere to stay which means sometimes I stay in hotels, sometimes hostels (even with my kids), sometimes apartments, sometimes traditional B&B (without the “air”!!!) and sometimes even camping as well as “Airbnb”.

    • As you I also consider all options Phoebe, I am very open to accommodations, my hubby too πŸ˜€
      And how interesting that there was a hotel room listed on Airbnb, never heard of this before!

  • So nice to hear that!! I still haven’t tried Roomorama, another one to consider πŸ˜€

  • Mabel Kwong

    I’ve never tried Airbnb before, but would be totally open to it. However, I always wonder if it’s safe to leave the passport in someone else’s house when you are outside traveling, and there is no safe there (sometimes there might be but you never really know until you get there). Of course people can be nice and it is always nice to have homecooked food and chatting with the locals πŸ˜€

    Then again, with a hotel, you can jump on the beds knowing that you will not offend the host of a house πŸ˜€

    • You have made some very interesting points!!
      The safe part is tricky, and the jumping on the bed might annoy the guests hahahah

      Both have their pros and cons, but I hope you get to experience Airbnb someday, it’s pretty interesting!

      • Mabel Kwong

        But…but…that’s the fun part about going on a trip – to have fun and try out new beds πŸ˜€ It’s definitely one thing I keep in mind when I’m looking for a place to sleep πŸ™‚

        Airbnb is certainly interesting, maybe you will write about it again soon πŸ™‚

        • hahahaha you are so funny Mabel πŸ˜€
          I hope you get to test out lots of other hotel beds πŸ˜€

  • Hi Amelia,

    You don’t have to stay in an apartment shared with the hosts, you can rent an entire apartment for your family. I think it gives us more privacy, so you don’t have to see the host all the time. I still haven’t shared an apartment with the hosts. πŸ˜€