Last week, a couple of my friends wanted to visit. They were coming from out of town and my current accommodations could not contain them all. The debate began; will they rent a hotel for the duration of their stay, or an Airbnb?

The confidence one has in Motels, Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Airbnb and other forms of accommodations lie in the comfort it brings. You have the assurance your belongings are safe, and you can get a good night’s rest in a conducive environment with modern facilities. 

The question, sometimes, is which type o accommodation best suits your needs. For situations like this, what aids your final decision is the duration and purpose of your stay.

 

What is the purpose of your visit?

My friends were visiting for leisure purposes which meant they didn’t really need to be confined to a specific area. Although it would be nice for me to easily access them, it wouldn’t have made a difference if I couldn’t.

For scenarios where you travel for work purposes, it is wise to pick accommodations close to locations your meeting is scheduled for, and most times that means a hotel. 

Hotels are easier to find than Airbnbs, and you have the option to pick from the numerous selection for one that has facilities and services that best suit your need. This service can include laundry which gives the avenue to launder your work outfits without having to leave your hotel; turndown services, etc.

 

What is the duration of your visit?

My friends intended to stay for about three weeks. When putting this into factor alongside their number -it was a situation that looked like my entire village was coming to visit- it was prudent to go for an Airbnb.

Airbnb gives the impression of being in your own home. They are fully furnished apartments you can rent for a period. Unlike Bed & Breakfasts, you can go the duration of your stay at an Airbnb without seeing the manager or any interference. This means you have to get groceries yourself.

Also, most Airbnbs do not have limitations on the number of people that can reside in them per time, unlike a hotel.

My friends went with the option of renting an Airbnb. Having considered the purpose of their visit and its duration, it was a smarter decision for each of them to pool funds they would have spent in a hotel to rent an Airbnb which they would share together. After all, the more the merrier.

 

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