Hotel or Airbnb?

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With the rise of home rental services like Airbnb, most travelers find themselves choosing between a home rental or a traditional hotel while on vacation. There are pros and cons to both options. Let’s take a look at some things to consider when choosing between a hotel or Airbnb for your next beach vacation.

Hotels Are Often Closer to Attractions
If you’re visiting a beach town for a couple days, you may be looking to do some sightseeing apart from the beach itself. Most Airbnbs will be either beachside or in residential areas, because they are actually owned by locals. This means you’ll probably end up needing to drive or bike to a beach town’s city attractions. On the other hand, hotels are often located in a city’s downtown area, and are walking distance from a lot of the city’s museums and aquariums. For example, in Galveston, Texas, the Moody Gardens has a hotel attached directly to the aquarium and waterpark.

Airbnbs Are More Secluded
Airbnbs have much more privacy than hotels, even if your Airbnb happens to be a loft or apartment. Hotel lobbies are constantly full of foot traffic. Cleaning service comes knocking at least once a day. There’s something about hotel hallways that makes young children want to yell as loud as possible. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and have a slower paced vacation, Airbnbs are the way to go. Some Airbnbs are private beachfront properties, so you can have a piece of the ocean all to yourself. If you’re traveling with kids or pets, they’ll have more freedom to run around and be loud if they have a house and backyard at their disposal.

Hotels Have Amenities
Airbnbs are being rented predominantly by millennials that want to “live like a local” where they visit. If you want to spend your time exploring the city for local eateries and a city’s hidden gems, Airbnbs provide simple lodging that you’re looking for. Conversely, many hotels offer amenities and luxury services for their guests in-house. If you’re looking to escape from your daily life and be pampered, hotels may be your best option. Many beach resorts have spas, 18-hole golf courses, pools, and in-house restaurants. Plus, all hotels offer more basic travel amenities such as free toothbrushes, soaps, and concierge services.

Airbnbs Are More Comfortable for Pets
Airbnbs make it easier to care for pets while traveling because they have all of the basic things you need at home. If you’re staying at a beach house, you can use the house’s outdoor hose or shower to clean sand off the dogs. If your Airbnb is secluded, no one is going to complain if your dog begins to bark. Both hotels and Airbnbs are likely to charge for any damage your pet does.

Price Comparison Depends on the City
Average hotel prices are cheaper than Airbnbs in some cities, and vice versa in other cities. In Galveston, there are both hotels and Airbnbs available for under $120 per night. If price is one of your biggest concerns, we recommend doing some research on TripAdvisor for the best deals in the area.

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