Airbnb Vs Hotels - Whats your pick?

Why I prefer Airbnbs over the hotel during my vacation

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After moving to Poland, I got to know about the concept of Airbnb. And I really liked the wonderful idea and the entire concept of it. People rent out their spare properties or just a room or two in their home where they themselves reside and earn money. It is a win-win situation for both the hosts and the guests for many reasons, the foremost being the cost and comfort.

In my previous post, I have shared my preference for choosing Airbnb over the hotel. And in this post, I would be sharing the benefits and reason for picking Airbnb.

Customized Solution

You can search for your accommodation as per your requirement. Airbnb hosts list various kinds of properties on the Airbnb site like single rooms, a suite of rooms, an entire apartments, moored yachts, houseboats, entire houses etc. You can add filters to get the exact result for your needs. There are many amenities like kitchen, lift, garden, baby cot etc. You can filter out or add as per your requirement.


As most of the listing on the site has a clear and detailed description of the property, host information along with the pictures. You get to know where you would be staying and whom you would be meeting. There is no standard rate of these properties like the hotels. The hosts decide the price depending upon the facilities.


The search is very easy on the site and you can explore not only by the travel dates and location, but also by the type of property, price, facilities, and the language of the host.
Our Airbnb in Amsterdam


People fear that you may not get what you see on the internet and the host might have posted the wrong information about the place and pictures. In that case, you can rely upon the comments of other visitors experience and have an objective view of the property. The reviews of the previous guests are really helpful in choosing the right property. A few of them post their pics also which also help in deciding the accommodation.

Cost and Comfort

Airbnb is not only cheaper than the hotels but also comfortable too. You get privacy too. I have stayed in many properties so far and was amazed to see how beautifully many of them had met the standard of a five-star hotel. The best part of Airbnb is a functional kitchen. When you are traveling with kids, having an operating and full-fledged kitchen with all the amenities is a boon. Even you can cook Maggi or heat ready to eat meals, prepare tea coffee as and when needed.


Unlike hotels, Airbnb can be flexible in terms of check in and check out timings. Many times, we have checked in early as our flight landed early than the scheduled check-in time and check out late too. You can check the flexibility with the host before booking.
Airbnb in Budapest

Point to Remember

Many Airbnb has shared common area or bathrooms so you need to check the description before booking. Many students or office goers opt for such properties too as it meets their requirement. But if you want a private place, ensure checking with the host by directly messaging them through the site. This is one of the best features of this app.
So, these were the reasons why Airbnb is my new favorite. Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb property? Do share your experience.
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Shilpa Garg
April 25, 2019 6:51 pm

I like AirBnBs for comfort as that of home, flexibility, friendly hosts who are a great resource for local sight seeing, food etc.
One time, we found a stark difference in a homestay, between the online photos and the reality, but it wasnt booked through AirBnB.
AirBnBs are a good option when you are traveling with kids and if the duration of stay is long.

Roshan Radhakrishnan
April 26, 2019 2:59 am

Only got to use it a couple of times but I had extremely pleasant experiences with lovely hosts and excellent facilities.

I totally recommend it to friends.

Surbhi Prapanna
April 26, 2019 6:41 am

Wow loved the post…I had heard about airnubs before but did not know the exact way how it works. thanks a lot for explaining so well. will surely try this in our next vacation. wonderful series and each post is full with great info.

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Noor Anand Chawla
April 26, 2019 7:32 am

You know Vartika, I personally like staying in a hotel when we travel in India; because Indian hospitality really stretches itself to make you comfortable. However, internationally I prefer AirBnB’s or rental accommodations. Nice post, yet again!

April 26, 2019 11:07 am

It’s true the cost and comfort are really important. Poland is on my list, maybe this year end 🙂

April 26, 2019 11:32 am

Airbnb has certain advantage for sure. Unlike hotels, system and processes are not as rigid. But owner may have his idiosyncrasies. One can get home comfort to some extent. But those availing Airbnb has to be ready to be tough it out a bit. I like Airbnb.

vidhya Thakkar
April 26, 2019 11:47 am

woow! another apt post! You cleared all my doubts regarding Airbnb

Sonia Chatterjee
April 26, 2019 12:36 pm

Wow, this is such an informative post. I have always wondered what made people choose AirBNB over the luxury of a hotel accommodation. Just shared this with a few of my friends planning a trip abroad.

Alpana Deo
April 26, 2019 1:35 pm

We too rent out Airbnb for our trips. It’s comfortable. Also when you are traveling not just with kids but with parents, Airbnb works out better.

Preeti Chauhan
April 26, 2019 1:48 pm

I have not stayed in an AirBnb but I do like the concept as this also gives a closer experience of the local style of living .

April 26, 2019 2:09 pm

I am a big Airbnb fan too… My first international trip to France started my love for Airbnb solely for the reason that I could cook when I wanted to for my toddler. But the first experience was so good that we are hooked to Airbnb for all pour holidays out of the country.

April 26, 2019 4:02 pm

I totally agree with you dear, My experience with Airbnb has been that worthy as well. For our foreign trips now we prefer them.

Manas Mukul
April 26, 2019 4:27 pm

I agree when travelling abroad AirBnb gives some decent affodable options. If travelling alone then look out for hostel options as well. Nice post for travellers.
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Sanjota Purohit
April 26, 2019 5:23 pm

Agree totally! Airbnb is comfortable like home and also budget friendly. We also book Airbnb whenever we go on a trip. Sometimes we get a beautiful house located in the middle of farms.

April 26, 2019 6:23 pm

Nicely explained. Airbnb has score high. ?

DrAmrita Basu
April 26, 2019 7:25 pm

Airbnbs are great for traveling .Loved the tips about booking a property

Prerna Wahi
April 26, 2019 7:26 pm

I love your article and totally echo your sentiments! I love the Air bnb experience too especially in Europe. Good points Vartika!

Aditi Kapur
April 26, 2019 7:35 pm

Airbnb is a thorough comfort. I was looking for authentic review and then I read your piece.

April 27, 2019 1:31 am

It’s the same with me . White travelling with kid, I need a lot of flexibility and AIRBNB does great in that sense, along with cost factor.

Mayuri Nidigallu
April 27, 2019 7:49 am

I haven’t tried an AirBNB stay yet, as I love the pampering a hotel offers. Your informative and detailed post makes me think I should give this opton a shot though.

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