5 practical reasons to pick Airbnb over hotels

Have you sometimes wished that your hotel had a bit more spunk? A personality? Would you rather be looking at something other than a brick wall through your hotel window when you are visiting an exotic country?

These reasons are exactly why I pick Airbnb over hotels now.

The view

Ok..so you can get amazing views from extremely pricey hotels but if you want a gorgeous view without breaking the bank…try Airbnb.

Airbnb Central Coast view

Last weekend we stayed in a studio apartment tucked away amongst trees with the view to the beach. One side of the whole studio was all glass doors. And yes the seat from the bathtub had the best view.

Some of the other views we have had on our trips:

Waiheke Island NZ Airbnb
Shame about the gloomy weather in New Zealand…


The price

All three places I’ve stayed in, where I have had the entire place to myself has been under $160 a night. This includes in peak season over Christmas and Summer.

The extras

When I stayed in NSW country side Alstonville the day after Christmas, the host had left us with plenty of breakfast supplies, and even some home-made Christmas treats.

The Central Coast host was amazing! She left wine, cheese platter, fruit platter. All these places had a coffee machine as a bonus!

Complimentary from my Airbnb host

All these places think about everything and leave spare umbrellas, blankets, towels and beach

And don’t even worry about paying crazy wi-fi prices. These guys are clued in and know wi-fi is the norm.

How often do you get these extras with your hotel room?

The hosts and their pets

I have a confession to make. I don’t like animals. Not one bit. But staying at some of these Airbnb has totally changed my mind on this. I told the rather thrilled husband the other day that I am becoming more open to the idea of us getting a dog when we get our own place.

The last 2 places I stayed at had incredibly friendly dogs!

As for the hosts they have all been amazing, like-minded, well-traveled individuals who have created beautiful places. Since they have traveled extensively themselves they know exactly what their visitors need and because they live in the area themselves, they are able to make excellent recommendations for meals, walks and other activities.

Most hosts will message you a day before and give you clear directions and ask if you have any concerns. Which hotels offer this service?

The last host I had was so lovely. She sent freshly baked cake up to our studio and we had a good old chat about Bali and home designing.

The decor and accommodation

Hardly and beige and white decor here. All these places have given me so much inspiration for my own home one day!

Airbnb accommodation usually has a personality of it’s own..and they radiate so much warmth it often makes you feel like home the minute you walk through the door.

Since I live out in the suburbs, its pretty nice to have a quaint little cottage in the country side:


Airbnb Cottage NSW

Or a beach themed studio on the cliff side overlooking water:

Waiheke Island Airbnb

Or a luxury studio by the beach:


with a bathroom to be OBSESSED with


If you have any trips or weekends away planned please give Airbnb a go!

If you haven’t used Airbnb before here are some of my best tips:

  • Read reviews thoroughly before booking.
  • If it’s your first time – perhaps book with a “Superhost”. They are recognized for being reliable and well experienced with hosting.
  • Check your location. Is there transport nearby?
  • Don’t expect any extras i.e breakfast supplies unless specified. Sometimes they are a nice little surprise.
  • Respect your hosts rules.
  • Make sure you understand the concept of sharing a place or having the entire place to yourself.
  • Your host leaves a review for you so other hosts will know whether you a good guest of not. So best behaviour please!

Have you stayed in any Airbnbs? Or do you prefer hotels?

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18 thoughts on “5 practical reasons to pick Airbnb over hotels

  1. I’m iffy about airbnb just simply because they’re people’s HOMES and they may not be professional hosts. But, I do really love actual B&Bs that are run by individuals as their business. It’s a subtle difference but I feel less intrusive and more assured of good service and cleanliness. 😛 We’ve stayed some amazing B&Bs that were so affordable.
    Aww, I love pets! One B&B we stayed in at 3 cats. They were supposed to leave us alone but we kept encouraging them to come into our suite lol.

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    1. Hiya Stashy! The places I have stayed in haven’t been peoples homes but a completely separate dwelling. You get to choose when searching for accommodation if you want to share someones home or if you want your own place with it’s own entry, privacy etc.
      I’m not sure if I could do an BnB…I’d hate the small talk over breakfast with the owners and other guests.


  2. I’ve always wanted to try Airbnb but I’ve been too apprehensive, I’ve got this irrational fear that something will go wrong – god knows why, because I’ve only ever heard/read good things, as with your post! Definitely will bite the bullet and book via Airbnb for my next holiday 🙂

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  3. Helpful article. I considered airbnb when I went to Fiji, but I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough to do compared with resorts. I may have to try one on my next vacation. I also thought the part about you not loving animals was funny, I feel the same and people treat me like a freak because I don’t enjoy dog slobber, or spontaneous peeing on a clean floor, or being hounded for food while I’m eating : ) I’m not a totally lacking emotion though, I do love kids : )

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  4. Thank you for writing this post! I was a little skeptical of trying Airbnb at first (the concept of staying in someone else’s home was a little odd to me)…but once I tried it I LOVED it! I am a huge fan of Airbnb (and have even blogged about it myself). Happy travels!


  5. 2 experiences in house sharing with the host left me with a poor impression of Airbnb. I think they’re great if you pick (a lot of time is spent scouring their website for a place) the right property that you can have all to yourself. The experience of booking a room in an upmarket townhouse without knowing the actual location of the room (we arrived to find it 10 steps from the block’s garbage collection area) was shocking. The other experience of having to put up with no actual wardrobe, a toilet door that does not close properly, microwave with limited crockery and cutlery being called a kitchenette in a downstair bedroom called a queen studio – unclean couches and swimming pool disguised by old, old photos of spanking cleanliness, was dissatisfactory. Airbnb room share’s good for people who’re looking for a short convenient stay not long enough to notice the inadequacies of a room. I’ve had friends who had great difficulty getting a refund for unsatisfactory stays with Airbnb. Airbnb is not a hospitality organisation. It is a platform for the meeting for homeowners with potential guests. It does not offer any hospitality protection to a guest unlike a hotel. I would choose a hotel any day!

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    1. Hi there,
      Sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with Airbnb.
      When I tend to book I read a lot of reviews and try and get a feel for the area by looking at Google Maps as well.
      I haven’t house-shared with the host before (have always booked an individual property), just because I’m not comfortable with that.
      I guess it’s not for everyone, but I’ve only had good experiences with Airbnb so far.


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