Where to Stay in Europe: Hotel, Hostel, or Airbnb?

After checking flight details, most travelers start looking for accommodation options for their next trip. If you’re on a tight budget, you should go through all of your options carefully. Of course, there are a number of factors that can influence your decision.

Before you actually start looking at all of the available options, you should first determine what part of town you want to be located in. If you want to be within walking distance from the most popular tourist attractions in the city you’re staying at, then you should be prepared to either do a lot of research for the best bargain, or pay a bit more than you were hoping to. If location isn’t that important to you, you could find much more affordable deals.

Of course, you can also have a great holiday even if you don’t choose any of the three accommodation options listed in the title. For example, taking a backpacking holiday through the continent offer a unique way to see more than you would during a city break. There are many hiking trails that will take you at least several days to complete, such as the famous Camino Portugues or walking along the fjords in Norway, or even visiting Bavarian castles on foot.

However, if you do decide on the city break, then it’s important that you determine whether you’d prefer to save money or optimize comfort. Some of the other factors that can influence your decision include whether you’re traveling solo or with a group and whether you’re going on a vacation or a business trip.

Staying at a Hotel

As soon as you determine what your priorities for finding accommodation are, it’s time to start Googling. If you choose to go with a hotel, you’ll have quite a few amenities. First of all, you’ll have staff working to help you. You will also have a bar or a restaurant, as well as room service. Someone will come to your room to make your bed and bring you clean towels every day. On top of that, you will be staying at safe and secure premises. You can find some great deals for hotels on websites like HotelsCombined, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor.

You should also never dismiss finding a hotel and booking your stay through a travel agency. Last minute deals are always a great option to look into, and they are not available on the more general websites. If you have a very specific location in mind, a simple Google search can land you an agency offering a great deal.

Staying at a Hostel

Staying at a hostel is the best option for travelers that are on a tight budget. People who go for this option usually come to their room only when they want to sleep and spend almost all of their time exploring. Hostels are great places to meet other travelers, so you will surely find some company if you come alone. After all, almost every hostel has a common area where tourists can mingle. Although this is a cheap option, keep in mind that you will be sharing a bedroom with several strangers, and that the bathroom may also be shared. When it comes to finding a hostel, your best bet would be to use HostelWorld.

Staying at an Airbnb

When it comes to staying at an Airbnb, you can never really know what to expect. On this website, you will be able to find numerous rooms and places varying in size and available amenities. Depending on whether you’re planning your trip during the height of season or off season, you will see different prices. However, in most cases, you won’t spend as much as you would on a hotel, but you’ll spend more than you would on a hostel. By having a private apartment or home, you will have a more authentic experience as a tourist, which is definitely a big plus. Make sure you read the reviews and comments though!

Prices in Europe

When it comes to traveling across Europe, you will notice that the prices of accommodation significantly vary from city to city. For example, if you want to stay in Athens, you will encounter much lower prices than you would in Amsterdam. In some cities, like London and Amsterdam, you will see that Airbnb is the most affordable option, while in other places, such as Vienna and Prague, you’ll notice that a 3-star Hotel is pricier than an entire apartment found on Airbnb.

Choosing an entire apartment on Airbnb is always a great option if you’re in a group and planning on staying for at least one week. If you stay for only a day or two, you will have to pay a high cleaning fee for such a short stay. Nevertheless, the cleaning fees won’t be so bad if you spread them out over the course of a week or more. If you’re going somewhere for only a few days, but would still like a certain level of comfort, then hotels would be the best option. On the other hand, if you’re traveling alone, hostels are by far the most affordable option – if you are ready to share.

AUTHOR BIO: Rebecca Brown runs a  website called RoughDraft, where she writes about her travels and life. She works as a translator and gets to travel around the world.


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