7 Reasons to Stay at Airbnb or HomeAway (or Anything Other than a Hotel)

by Evil HR Lady on January 12, 2019

While I wouldn’t call myself a road warrior, I do travel a bit more than the average person. In 2018 I slept in 9 different countries, sometimes in hotels and sometimes in vacation rentals–usually through Airbnb. While I do love the housekeeping services that come with hotels, apartment rentals usually win out for me. So, when I saw 7 reasons I’d choose a hotel over Airbnb any day, by Laura McCamy, I thought it deserved a response. So, here it goes.

1. Traveling with kids? Airbnb gives you space and beds.

Most of my travel is with the offspring, and while they are old enough to not be watched every second of the day, they are also young enough that they still bicker with each other over ridiculous things. Most hotel rooms (especially in Europe) won’t sleep four, even with a roll-away bed, so you have to get two rooms. But, with an apartment rental, I can pick a place with enough beds, a couch, and a kitchen. That way, when everyone’s done for the day there is space to hang out, you can eat breakfast in the kitchen, and I don’t have to beg for extra blankets.

To keep reading, click here: 7 Reasons to Stay at AirBnB or HomeAway (or Anything Other than a Hotel)

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

MariaRose January 12, 2019 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for giving a positive spin on Airbnb that isn’t as well known as the horror stories and the push to eliminate them in certain areas. Yes, having a kitchen you can use and access to local stores to get supplies for eating, plus enough bed space so no one has to share beds helps a lot for vacationing/traveling families. The only thing, I am still leery of in Airbnb is the standard of cleanup by the hosts after each rental as they are not required to be inspected like the hotels are. Some hosts are as bad as the bad users/abusers of Airbnb.

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MtnLaurel January 12, 2019 at 10:34 pm

I have to travel a lot for work. My preference is work-hotel, pleasure-BNB or AirBNB. When I am working, my focus needs to be on the work, so I need as much predictability as possible. Even more so when I am traveling internationally. I love traveling internationally for work, and I love experiencing the culture and feel of the area, but at the end of the day, I need something familiar to be able to let my mind focus on the work. When I”m interested in the experience for vacation, I am more likely to choose a novel location like an Air BNB.

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Becky Mcintyre January 13, 2019 at 3:55 am

Ditto. I almost always stay at Vrbo/homeaway/airbnb’s and have rented them all over the U. S. and in Europe. In addition to amenities, you usually get a kitchen. No more 3-meals-a-day out. A 2 bedroom apartment beats a cramped hotel room any day.

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BethRA January 13, 2019 at 7:16 pm

8) Having access to a kitchen makes getting up and getting going easier, faster and cheaper than if we have to eat out or in the hotel’s breakfast area, especially if you’re in a group.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like taking a holiday from having to cook, but sometimes it’s just easier to feed ourselves.

Cool list (and honestly, we’ve never had a problem checking into places we’ve rented through HomeAway and VRBO – can’t imagine AirBnB is that much different)

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P January 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I’ve stayed at Air bnb’s for personal travel for some of the reasons above (space, kitchen, being in a neighborhood vs. hotel area), but then I realized that if I stayed at a hotel I was guaranteed of the amenities, I wouldn’t have to clean the space or go grocery shopping, and my extended family could have the privacy and separation of our own rooms and not be up in one another’s business as we were when we shared a house. Also, it is sometimes cheaper. And living in a metropolitan area where AirBnb’s are exacerbating an already tough rental market, I sleep a little sounder knowing I’m not part of the problem.

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