Hotels, Hostels, and Airbnb. Which is Best?

I have always been blessed with the advantage of being a guest in the homes of family and friends. Now that my husband is traveling with me, options are limited and hotel costs can add up.
So I decided to try some new things. I experienced my first ever hostel and Airbnb in 2015 and here are the results.

Jazz Hostel hallway image | Jazz on the Park | New York City | Source: ©Nayyar Photography

Jazz Hostel hallway image | Jazz on the Park | New York City | Source: ©Nayyar Photography

My first hostel experience was in New York City during the summer of 2015 called Jazz Hostels. They are located in New York City, Miami, and Australia. Hostels are typically good for the young and open minded travelers. While there, I met people from all over the world who were in town for a visit. I packed my own toiletries, towel, and shoes to wear when exiting the shower from the shared bathroom.

Packed Two Carry On Bags for my 5 day trip | Source ©Nayyar Photography

Packed Two Carry On Bags for my 5 day trip | Source ©Nayyar Photography

I was in a bunk bed style room and shared a room with a lady visiting from Paris. It was in close proximity to Central Park, local stores, train, and bus. There was free WiFi in the lounge area, where lots of people were working, which also happened to be the mingling space. It’s an ideal place for basic travel necessities-sleep, eat, relax. Despite going solo on this one, there are hostels for couples as well.

The Entrance to Jazz on the Park | Source ©Nayyar Photography

The Entrance to Jazz on the Park | Source ©Nayyar Photography

I heard about Airbnb years before it was popular. I too felt a little finicky at first about staying in the homes of strangers, but the more rave reviews I read from my fellow travelers, the more intrigued I became. I did not look more into it until my husband and I took a trip together.

Me Outside the Tiny House in Nashville Area

Me Outside the Tiny House in Nashville Area

Our first Airbnb experience was in the Nashville area winter 2015. It was a natural environment away from the hustle and bustle of the city of Nashville; safe, quiet, and warm with all natural everything.

Inside Tiny House: Showing Bathroom, Kitchen, Living Area

Inside Tiny House: Showing Bathroom, Kitchen, Living Area

There is a toilet that you have to hand flush, a fridge full of organic and gluten free snacks and condiments along with a stove and microwave. The fact that it was indeed a tiny house that we stayed in, it was smartly done; the bed pulled out of what looked like a closet at first with plenty of places to sit surrounding it.

There's a Bed in There!

There's a Bed in There!

Bed Pulled Out from Closet | Source ©Nayyar Photography

Bed Pulled Out from Closet | Source ©Nayyar Photography

Closet Area and Sitting Area | Source ©Nayyar Photography

Closet Area and Sitting Area | Source ©Nayyar Photography

The host was sweet. The lady redid her farm home that comfortably accommodates at least 5 people and was always around even if we were not. There was another couple staying the same weekend, but we only saw them once. That experience set the tone for saving money and still being in an at home environment when traveling. It was similar to an extended stay hotel but much better! If you would like to stay here, let her know that I sent you.
Our next Airbnb experience together is in Miami for a week. We will be staying in South Beach

The last time I really enjoyed being in a hotel that was different from the rest was the Beacon Hotel in Washington D.C. It was boutique style and with antique interior decorations. The one time I treated myself to a hotel room, no other hotel experience has compared since. The bed was so nice! This was four years ago and I still remember that experience to this day!

So as you can see, there are lots of options for travel accommodations.
Each one to its own as they all have different options. Now that I’ve presented you with them, it’s your choice to choose which one. Don’t get me wrong, staying at hotels, you can still get lots of perks too, but my favorite by far has been Airbnb. Travel to any country, with yourself or with a group and 9/10 you will have a phenomenal experience while interacting with other interesting people!

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