Hotels vs. Airbnbs: Which Cities are the Best for Both?

With the emergence of alternative types of accommodations, there is bound to be a debate about whether hotels are actually more expensive than Airbnbs and vice versa.

But what is the truth of the matter?

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A new analysis finds that some destinations only offer hotels that are cheaper than Airbnbs, while travelers to other destinations can enjoy a little extra change in their wallets by choosing Airbnb.

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The 10 US destinations that offer hotel rates cheaper than Airbnb’s are as follows:

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Waikiki is $271. Compare that to the average hotel rate per night of $74 and you have a rate difference of 73 percent.
Grand Teton National Park: The average nightly Airbnb price in or near Grand Teton National Park is $847. Compare that to the average nightly hotel rate of $231 and you have another 73 percent price difference.
Yosemite, CA: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Yosemite is $646. Compare that to the average nightly hotel rate of $206 and you have a 68 percent price difference.
Nashville, TN: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Nashville is $612. Compare that to the average hotel rate per night of $202 and you have a rate difference of 67 percent.
Savannah, Georgia: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Savannah is $435. Compare that to the average nightly hotel rate of $199 and you have a 54 percent price difference.
– Las Vegas, Nevada: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Las Vegas is $567. Compare that to the average nightly hotel rate of $281 and you have a 50 percent price difference.
Yellowstone, Montana: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Yellowstone is $456. Compare that to the average nightly hotel rate of $229 and you have a 50 percent price difference.
Houston, Texas: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Houston is $277. Compare that to the average hotel rate per night of $143 and you have a 48 percent price difference.
Asheville, North Carolina: The average price per night on an Airbnb Asheville is $346. Compare that to the average hotel rate per night of $205 and you have a 41 percent price difference.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming: The average price per night on an Airbnb in Jackson Hole is $513. Compare that to the average nightly hotel rate of $336 and you have a 35 percent price difference.

Meanwhile, some destinations across the US offer cheaper average nightly Airbnb rates compared to hotel rates, although the differences are often more marginal than in cities where hotels are cheaper than Airbnb stays.

Boston, MA: The average price per night for a hotel in Boston is $397. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $172 and you have a 131 percent price difference.
Zion National Park, Utah: The average price per night for a hotel in Zion National Park is $456. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $284 and you have a 61 percent price difference.
Maui, Hawaii: The average price per night for a hotel in Maui is $625. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $426 and you have a 47 percent price difference.
Seattle, Washington: The average price per night for a hotel in Seattle is $263. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $229 and you have a 15 percent price difference.
– Kauai, Hawaii: The average price per night for a hotel on Kauai is $561. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $488 and you have a 15 percent price difference.
Washington, DC: The average price per night in a Washington, DC hotel is $277. Compare that to the average Airbnb nightly rate of $250 and you have an 11 percent price difference.
Miami, Florida: The average price per night for a hotel in Miami is $322. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $291 and you have an 11 percent price difference.
New York City: The average price per night for a hotel in New York City is $325. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $300 and you have an 8 percent price difference.
Grand Canyon, Arizona: The average nightly rate for a hotel near the Grand Canyon is $185. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $173 and you have a 7 percent price difference.
Honolulu, Hawaii: The average nightly hotel rate in Honolulu is $292. Compare that to the average Airbnb overnight price of $274 and you have a 6 percent price difference.

Takeaway? Search for your destination. It’s never a given that Airbnbs will be less expensive than staying in a hotel, just as it’s not always likely that a hotel stay will be more expensive than staying in an Airbnb.

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