Airbnb vs Hotel - What Do You Prefer?

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Hey yo - when going on vacations, what do you prefer? I know people who are huge fans of Airbnb because of its price and flexibility and know some folks who just resorts to staying in hotels. What are the pros and cons for each? I'm planning on a vacation to Miami soon and just trying to decide on Airbnb vs Hotel.

Thanks in advance!

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Feb 2, 2018

I guess everyone just stays at their homes then. Bump. Lol.

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Feb 2, 2018

If its longer than a 1 or 2 nights, AirBnb, particularly in Europe. Its much much cheaper, and you can get really nice places.

Feb 2, 2018

No more than $30/night motel. If you spend anymore, you've made a poor investment.

Feb 2, 2018
Neutrino_CFO:

No more than $30/night motel. If you spend anymore, you've made a poor investment.

$30 is pretty rough, man lol. I kind of need a fridge/microwave at least.

I'd rather stay in a $30 hostel than a $30 motel.

But, next weekend I'm competing in a boardercross snowboarding regional qualifier for nationals and had to book three nights near the mountain.

I found a deal for $54/night on Priceline at a comfort inn. Pretty happy about that as race fees just seem to add up. I bought it without knowing the name of the hotel to save some shekels.

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Feb 8, 2018

What is wrong with you?

Feb 2, 2018

I think it depends on a few things. When are you flying in..?. if i'm going to get into a new city after 8/9pm ill probably just do a hotel as it will be easier to coordinate. I made the mistake of trying to check in with an airbnb when I was in Munich at 10PM and it was jacked. No cell service and its much harder to tell your taxi driver to go to a specific address, in a city you know nothing about, rather than the downtown (insert hotel name).

Also, who are you travelling with? A big group, easy, airbnb. You can rent out a villa or big ass condo and everyone can stay together. Travlling solo or with the gf/wife, probably hotel.

Budget is probably the last factor, obviously hotels are going to be more expensive.

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Feb 2, 2018

as for Miami, I've done airbnb there before. You can rent out a nice condo on Collins ave for pretty cheap if you have a solid group (4-6 ppl)

Feb 2, 2018
Marti Kahn:

as for Miami, I've done airbnb there before. You can rent out a nice condo on Collins ave for pretty cheap if you have a solid group (4-6 ppl)

I've hit up the Jazz Hostel in Miami a couple times on Collins.

Kind of a party hostel - they have group trips to the club every night. A good amount of young Euro chicks.

Equinox is in walking distance as well.

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Feb 2, 2018

Generally airbnb in larger groups, hotel if going with my spouse. I've had some pretty shitty experiences with smaller/cheaper airbnb flats so I only opt for that when there are enough people going to rent out a higher end place.

There are exceptions though depending on the city. For example, the airbnb scene seemed to be pretty crappy when I was organizing a larger group trip to Amsterdam, so we opted for a hotel instead because it was just better value in that instance.

Feb 2, 2018

Agree with much of the above. If you're traveling with 3+ people, then Airbnb is definitely the way to go. Or when you're staying for more than a few days, I'd recommend spending at least some of the trip in an Airbnb.

A lot of times it will depend whether I have have a car with me as well. Airbnb's typically have better/cheaper parking situations, which can save you another $40 - $75 dollars a night depending on the hotel alternative.

I have yet to regret an Airbnb stay, and use them fairly often. At this point, I would consider it my default choice. That said, I understand the appeal and reliability of staying in a brand name hotel, particularly if you are enrolled in one of their loyalty/rewards program.

Feb 2, 2018

out of all the places in the world, you go to miami?.. miami is a cesspool

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Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Feb 2, 2018
GoldenCinderblock:

out of all the places in the world, you go to miami?.. miami is a cesspool

Come on, it's not that bad. Especially if you are only visiting. Living there is another story especially if you are single. Then good luck meeting anyone faithful or that knows how to build a relationship. The majority of single people there are only in it to live out their sexual fantasies...lots of one-nighters and "open relationships".

Feb 2, 2018

Really depends where you are going. Went to Milan recently and all the nice hotels were like 200-250/night or so but got a very nice studio in central Milan for $50 per night and my host (who I never actually met) left a fantastic bottle of wine for me when I arrived.

If you're someone who needs a fitness center, a concierge and the other typical hotel amenities then I guess a hotel is your best bet but many if not all of those things are pretty unnecessary to me.

If I'm traveling somewhere on my company's dime, I would definitely prefer a hotel though.

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Feb 2, 2018
DeepLearning:

Really depends where you are going. Went to Milan recently and all the nice hotels were like 200-250/night or so but got a very nice studio in central Milan for $50 per night and my host (who I never actually met) left a fantastic bottle of wine for me when I arrived.

If you're someone who needs a fitness center, a concierge and the other typical hotel amenities then I guess a hotel is your best bet but many if not all of those things are pretty unnecessary to me.

If I'm traveling somewhere on my company's dime, I would definitely prefer a hotel though.

Yeah Milan is great

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Feb 2, 2018

I spent roughly 280 days abroad in 2017 (traveling + trading remotely).

In my experience, AirBnb is the better option if you're basing yourself in a place for a few weeks- any booking 28 days or more gives you a (often generous) monthly discount. A great way to immerse yourself in a city/culture and establish a good routine. Live like a real local.

On the other hand, for shorter stays (a week or less), I almost always use hotels. More efficient, easier check in/outs, etc.

Feb 3, 2018

Out of curiosity, why does a HF trader travel so much?

When I read your story I assumed you were a consultant.

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong

Feb 3, 2018

Hotel if it's just me and my SO, AirBnb for bigger groups

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Feb 4, 2018

I'm a hotel person if it's just me + my partner for 1-3 nights. Larger groups I do AirBnb, but I just don't really like them that much when traveling alone or jumping into a new destination for a short time, especially if I have to arrive or leave at odd hours. In small groups, I want to be able to check in whenever I want, know my basic needs are covered, and to have 1-2 meals of the day already accounted for in case I don't feel like getting up early. I also racked up enough points from a past life in consulting to have lifetime status, so a brand hotel usually is a better experience for me overall.

Doing two group trips this year and doing the AirBnB for both, which makes sense because I'm usually not the first person there so there is no check in/out which makes it more convenient.

The consensus in the thread seems to be:

  • Hotel: 1-2 people, arriving at strange times, or not staying long;
  • AirBnB: Larger groups, longer stays

Nothing short of everything will really do.

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Feb 8, 2018

I think it also depends on how much you travel throughout the year. A big pro for hotels is being able to sign up for loyalty programs and racking up points that can later be redeemed for free rooms. I do personally like to use Airbnb for large groups though.

Feb 8, 2018

Airbnb for large groups and when in Europe for sure.

Feb 8, 2018

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