The popular booking site has incredible deals, even in pricey cities like London and Paris.
AirBnb can get you more bang for your buck.
Research has shown that the popular travel site, which allows you to rent rooms or homes from “hosts” around the world, can save you money. Indeed, data released last year found that renting an entire house was about $3 cheaper per day on AirBnb than booking a single hotel room in America’s top 20 largest markets (about $160 for a house, versus $163 for a hotel room).
That’s not the case, everywhere, though — in some markets, it makes more financial sense to book a hotel over an AirBnb. For instance, in Barcelona, Spain, last year’s average hotel price was just $172 per night, compared to nearly double, $312, for an AirBnb. And most AirBnB’s don’t come with the same amenities, like daily housekeeping and room service, that hotels do.
Still, AirBnBs can save you money — even in trendy big cities and exclusive islands. Here’s what $200 can get you on AirBnb in 10 of the world’s hottest destinations.
1. London: In the British capital, you can score this one-bedroom apartment featuring sweeping city views for about $200 a night. It features everything from a high-tech Sonos audio system to an iPad to regulate the sound. Plus, it’s close to major landmarks like the Tower of London, the London Eye, and Westminster Abbey. Note that prices go up to $224 on weekends, according to the listing.
2. Paris: One block from the well-heeled Champs-Elysées, this one-bedroom apartment goes for about $200 per night, and is over 900 square feet; a much smaller hotel room will cost you more than that, on average. It features a luminous ambiance, charming fireplace, and proximity to top sites like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. Weekend prices go up to $237 a night.
3. New York City: Big Apple hotels, at $245 per night, can break the bank, so, instead, you can spread out in this one-bedroom apartment‘s 1,200 square feet of space in midtown for about $206 a night. It features herringbone wood floors, a long galley kitchen, an elegant wall of bookshelves, and a location that’s a short distance from Times Square.
4. Fiji: You’ve seen those breathtaking pictures of Fijian island huts on magazine covers, and probably reminded yourself how impossibly expensive they must be. But this three-bedroom resort-style home will make your island dreams come true for $203 a night, and it’s teeming with features like a poolside bar you can swim up to without getting out of the water, and those otherworldly Pacific island sunsets. One problem though — good luck finding available dates. They’re booked solid through next year.
5. Mykonos: Stay in exclusive Mykonos, Greece’s famed party island, at the hillside Villa Chantal for $173 a night. The sweeping ocean views should be enough to take your stress away — but if they’re not enough, the turquoise, crystalline pools and Greek architecture should do the trick. One reviewer cautioned that the house is on a steep hillside, however, so it might not be ideal for those who have children or older family members.
6. Hong Kong: In China’s buzzing southern metropolis, you can take refuge at this hotel-style apartment for about $205 per night. It features marble bathrooms, complimentary housekeeping twice a week, and a location close to attractions like Victoria Peak, the International Finance Centre, and bustling Central district.
7. Tokyo: This budget-friendly crash pad in Tokyo goes for about $188 per night, and houses an impressive four beds. They’re all in one single room, though, but the location is a virtue: This airy one-bedroom apartment is in Roppongi, a short distance from the Mori Tower — home to dramatic vistas at the 54th-floor Tokyo City View observation deck.
8. Dubai: The Middle Eastern emirate of Dubai, famed for its upscale hotels and malls, is a true oasis. So too is this spacious two-bedroom apartment, for the bargain price of roughly $180 per night. Design influences are modern and stylish, featuring a palatial pool area and service from a dedicated guest relations agent all throughout your stay.
9. Costa Rica: Costa Rica is renowned for its beautiful beaches, but you might not spend much time on the sand if you stay at this mountainous jungle resort. The Pura Vida Ecolodge will be your safehaven shrouded in nature along the country’s Pacific Coast. A suite here in this transportive paradise, which boasts cushy amenities like an infinity pool, will cost you about $206 a night.
10. Los Angeles: The city of angels is full of devilishly expensive Rodeo Drive hotels like the Montage and Peninsula, but this $180 one-bedroom apartment near the Staples Center will put you in the heart of the action. In a complex complete with an elevated pool deck, outdoor fire pits and barbecues, and access to major attractions, it’s a comfortable choice in the home of the stars.
*Average AirBnb prices were presented by Business Insider, using data tabulated in 2016.
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