Believe it or not, Airbnb has been around for over 10 years. It was started to allow homeowners and tenants to make extra money by renting a room or a whole apartment when they were away. It still fits well with some types of leisure travel like renting a cottage or a large city apartment for a family. Airbnb has also attempted to enter the corporate travel market in recent years. But here are 6 reasons why a hotel is a better choice for business travel.
1.Check-In Is Easy with a Hotel
Simply walk into the hotel, anytime; walk up the front desk and get your room key. With Airbnb, you may have to meet someone (at a specific time) away from the property or get into a lockbox.
2. Hotel Rooms Are Predictable
Hoteliers run a full-time business to sell hotel room inventory and to earn repeat business. Everything about a hotel and its rooms needs to be consistent and predictable. Airbnb can be unpredictable with descriptions and pictures that are not accurate.
3. Hotels Have Concierges and Other Amenities
You get what you pay for holds true here. Many hotels have concierges to provide up to date advice, dining reservations and/or hold onto your bags if you arrive early. They are also the point person for any room issues. Your Airbnb Host may or may not address issues right away or provide any help. Hotels normally have a range of amenities, some included with your stay; some at an extra cost. Airbnb amenities will vary widely.
4. Hotel and Airbnb Can Be Close in Cost
When you add together the Airbnb rental cost, occupancy tax, guest service fee and/or cleaning fee, you get very close to the cost of a hotel room. The actual savings for a regular room can be minimal.
5. Hotel Reservations Are More Reliable
Airbnb Hosts can cancel and sometimes without notice. In addition, the platform’s cancellation policies for guests aren’t particularly flexible. Hotel reservation policies vary by hotel and rate type, but the hotel won’t cancel, and most reservations can be easily changed.
6. Hotels Are Safer
The most important point from a company perspective is safety. Hotels are required to exercise a reasonable degree of care to ensure the safety and privacy of their guests. Airbnb is not held to the same standard. Every organization/employer is obligated to exercise a reasonable standard of care to protect the health, safety and security of employees while on company business. Hotels are the better choice.