Hotels vs. Airbnbs: Which Is the Cheaper Option for You?
When it comes to planning a trip, one question comes up again and again: Should I book a hotel or vacation rental? There are pros and cons to each option, and your choice ultimately depends on your destination, group size, and personal priorities. But at the end of the day, you're probably interested in whichever choice saves the most money.
When it comes to basic nightly rates, rentals are typically less expensive—but there are exceptions and a lot of caveats. Once you factor in hidden fees, amenities, local taxes, and hotel loyalty programs, the financial scales can really tip in any direction.
While the "best" accommodations really vary on a case-by-case basis (Jack might value extra space, while Jill values free amenities), here are some deciding factors to keep in mind when researching your next trip.