8 Great Airbnb Advantages Over Hotels
In general, a vacation rental—whether a home, apartment, condo, boat, yurt, shared space, or other property—represent tremendous value for flexible, more adventurous travel consumers (when compared to hotels).
While I have rented, and written about, vacation rentals for years, I am way overdue in discussing the biggest player in the game.
Airbnb is not only the biggest player in the vacation rental game but, at a $25 billion value, Airbnb would be the second largest worldwide hotel brand (between Hilton and Marriott). As a travel consumer and independent travel advocate, I appreciate better value and the following are what I consider some Airbnb advantages over hotels.
First, Airbnb properties usually provide more space. My favorite simple example is for a family of four (such as the McCool gang). To stay in a hotel suite, we have to book two rooms, but, at a lower price, I can find a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment. More space, less price. Brilliant. That might be all you need to know but read on for seven more Airbnb advantages.
Second, our temporary Airbnb homes have full kitchens so we have the option of preparing meals, thus slashing our dining expenses and eating healthier.
Third, Airbnb properties often offer better amenities than hotels. Rental properties often have amenities that are unavailable at hotels (or cost money)—such as bicycles, canoes or kayaks, views (oceanfront), convenient (and free) parking, better entertainment (TV, premium channels, sound system), private pool / spa, games (pool table, foosball), and more.
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