Is Airbnb Better than a Hostel?

Choosing your accommodation can present a few problems, since it is not just the price you are concerned about. Though, to be fair, it is a huge factor in deciding where you want to stay. Students and backpackers are usually torn between two options: hostels and Airbnb. Since both of them have their advantages and disadvantages, we’re here to help you decide which of these is better suited for you.

Hostels

Sometimes, you just need to spend the night indoors before you grab a train to another city. Or, perhaps, you just need a place to set your luggage and take a nap after a long day of sightseeing. These are the reasons people opt for hostels instead of, say, hotels. Hostels come with a number of affordable options, like choosing between a room for 2 and a bed in a room of 12. The bathrooms have showers, there’s usually Wi-Fi, and there’s plenty of opportunity to meet travelers from everywhere.

It is a great place for meeting people, and they may point you to a few adventure hotspots you might have missed. Also, if you are traveling alone, or without a particular plan, it’ll be even easier to get to know them better.

Sometimes, though, people don’t appreciate the lack of privacy that comes with staying in a room for of people, and you might get unlucky and get a roommate that snores. Additionally, different travelers catch their transportation at different times, so you may be woken up repeatedly by people coming in and out of the room.

So, book a hostel if you:

  •         Need a cheap place to stay;
  •         Don’t want to stay the whole day and night; and
  •         Like meeting new people.

Airbnb

The app and service have taken the world by storm. Anyone with a decent private residence can open their house or room for business. What’s handy is that people rate their places on Airbnb, so you’ll know which places are great, and which places to stay away from.

Airbnb is a perfect option for those who want some privacy, along with the feeling of being in someone’s home. The owners may be ready to chat with you, and they may be ready to leave you alone. It all depends on your preference. They usually do charge more than hostels, though, and there aren’t many facilities and features you can enjoy, like a dance club/ bar in the basement, or sometimes even Wi-Fi.

Airbnb is for you if you:

  •         Value your privacy;
  •         Like peace and quiet; and
  •         Enjoy feeling at home.

Conclusion

As always, it depends on what you need and what your personal preferences are. If you are an adventurous person, who loves meeting new people, living fast, and can’t wait to see all of the sites your destination has to offer, with little care for food and sleep, go for a hostel. If, however, you prefer to take things slow, unwind, fill your belly and take a nap before deciding what to do next, then Airbnb is the logical choice.