The Beginner’s Guide: Where To Stay - Hotel, AirBnB, or Hostel

August 9, 2019

Hotel vs. Air BNB

Where do you want to sleep, wake up, get ready, and have down time, and how much are you willing to spend? Hotel's will cost upwards to 50% more than an Air BNB which is why I always opt for the latter. Save money where ya can! I've listed a few reasons between the accommodation types to get you rolling in the right direction!

Top reasons to stay in a hotel vs Airbnb:

  • All amenities are at hand and there’s always someone to help you if you need anything else
  • Hotels are usually situated in the perfect locations for sightseeing, and of course the restaurants and bars
  • Hotels make sure that your comfort and entertainment are well taken care of
  • You know exactly what you’re going to get when you walk in and have full contentment knowing your room will be cleaned by the time you're back exploring the surrounding area

Top reasons to stay in an Airbnb vs Hotels

  • Airbnb gives you the opportunity to rent an entire home or even a room in a shared space and pay by the night, rather than per person
  • Having your own space, possibly even with fully-stocked kitchen, living room, etc. provides you with a lot more freedom to relax and of course save more money by cooking for yourself
  • With Airbnb you shouldn’t expect any amenities or services and you'll end with a cleaning fee added on of every booking, and you definitely don’t receive a turn down service!

Air BNB vs. Hostel

Air BNB and a good hostel are going to cost about the same. The only difference between the two is in a hostel you may meet other alike yourself and may make friends who love to travel, that sounds pretty cool right?! I agree. But the one thing for me is that the hostel may or may not be kind of sketchy depending on where you're going to be.

Hostels are the go-to option for travelers and backpackers who plan to spend very little of their time in their room and most of their time exploring. They’re also a great way to meet other travelers. Hostels are more communal in nature and that means you may end up sharing a room with strangers, unless you get a private room if you pay more!

What to Expect from Staying at a Hostel

  • There will usually be one or two staff members to help, but they often act more as a coordinator than a concierge
  • You’ll share a bedroom with multiple other people, unless you opt for a private room
  • Lockers are available for storage of personal items
  • Often there is a common area, sometimes even a bar, in which you can mingle with the other travelers
  • Sometimes there’s a computer room with internet you can use

Wherever you decide to sleep, If a hotel stay is more your vibe, boutique hotels tend to be a little cheaper so do some extra research on your next destination and always check Skyscanner’s hotel search to find the best vacation rental deal for your destination.

Be sure to read Airbnb’s reviews on location, quality and security (this is usually a more reliable source than the actual listing) and always book with a reputable host!

Check back next week for a new post on "Flights. How To Book Them Affordably"
XOXO Ashley


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