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Old 02-23-2016, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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Depending on your situation, you can save money by using room rental sites like that over hotels.....my mother went with my husband and I on our last trip to Europe, so we rented apartments instead of hotels. We probably saved $75-150 per night for three weeks by doing this, and we were all in the same place with kitchens and washer/dryers. It wouldn't have been a huge savings, if any, for just my husband and I, but it worked out very well in that situation.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:48 AM
 
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It is definitely cheaper when traveling with 3-4-5-6 people, because you can get a whole house or apartment and have a real kitchen and more space than in hotel rooms, also save money by not having to eat in restaurant every meal.

What I like about air bnb for internationl travel, especially when i am traveling in an area that I have not been before or where i do not speak the language, is that I can write the people ahead of time and ask them all sorts of practical questions such as walking distance to various sites, terrain, weather, shops, and they are happy to provide information.
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Been Hospitality Guest Home staying for nearly 30 yrs. $ 10 - $20 / night worldwide, We've stayed in hundreds of excellent, safe, friendly, beautiful places. In another one tonight 12,000 miles from home. Traveling 100% of the time this yr. Only 5 nights in hotel this year to burn some award points. Over age 40? Hundreds of guesthomes. (often is free).
And thats your choice. I prefer not to see a stranger in their boxers in the morning or have them sitting next to me on the couch at night when I watch TV in my jammies. Will I exchange my home with them? Sure - if it's a suitable home in a locale that works for us. (And we've exchanged cars and pets, too.)

But maybe it's me. I refused to have room mates when I was single, never lived in a dorm or went to summer camp, and didn't get married or have a live in partner until I was 39.

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Old 04-19-2016, 11:57 AM
 
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I booked my first Airbnb for next month.

There are rooms that are over $100, but the one I found was only $21, plus cleaning fee. For 4 nights, I'm at $96, right at the heart of downtown. I can basically walk to my appointment, in downtown.

Hotels in that area about $100/night.

My room looks quaint, has a balcony over viewing the streets and a cafe. All I'll be doing there is to change/get ready and sleep. So ya, all I need is a simple room, which makes my stay a whole lot cheaper.

I actually tried it out because I have a friend who used Airbnb for her travel, took pictures, the place looked like a fancy hotel...and she said she paid a total of what she would have paid for one night at a hotel.

There are fancy and expensive sites, but you can also find amazing deals on it.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:21 PM
 
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well, it is still cheaper than Hotels.


This winter I stayed at an air bnb for 40 euros a night in Aix-en-Province, versus at least twice the price at hotels. In Amsterdam, I paid 80 a night downtown, in a nice house, own bedroom, versus 150+ at hotels. The most crappy hostel (with a score under 2.2/5) charges more.


Of course if you want the whole place just to yourself, it might not be cheaper.
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:01 PM
 
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Two nights in a convenient location in Brooklyn for $135 for both nights, yeah, I'd say cheaper than a hotel.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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well, it is still cheaper than Hotels.


This winter I stayed at an air bnb for 40 euros a night in Aix-en-Province, versus at least twice the price at hotels. In Amsterdam, I paid 80 a night downtown, in a nice house, own bedroom, versus 150+ at hotels. The most crappy hostel (with a score under 2.2/5) charges more.
I pulled a couple of random dates next February for Aix, and found rooms in that area at (shared bathroom) F1 hotels from $30 USD, and (private bathroom) Ibis Budget hotels from $51 USD.
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Old 04-21-2016, 06:46 AM
 
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I pulled a couple of random dates next February for Aix, and found rooms in that area at (shared bathroom) F1 hotels from $30 USD, and (private bathroom) Ibis Budget hotels from $51 USD.
You need to be location-specific. When I travel, I always stay in hotels within walking distance to the oldtown/touristy areas, not some random residential area on the fringe of the city involving buses every day. This may make a difference in terms of price you quoted.
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Old 04-27-2016, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I was under thst impression but it really isn't cheap. I found my apartment in Chile on airbnb but later realize I was being charged more than double what I should have been paid. When I started seeing the prices of other houses in the area I told him I'm going to move out if he doesn't lower my rent. It was cut in half the next month.

What I think is cool about airbnb is the uniqueness you can find like renting a tree house or lighthouse.

Hotels are typically a better price
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