A popular reason for using Airbnb is that it’s a better deal than a hotel. But is it? Priceonomics has put together an interesting map that compares average Airbnb rates to hotel room equivalents in every major US city. The results?
“We discovered that Airbnb apartment rentals cost 21.2% less than staying at a hotel. And if you’re on a budget, you can save 49.5% if you decide to stay in a private room at a host’s house instead of staying in a hotel.”
There’s a lot more to this interesting study, which you can read here.
Stockholm’s Hotel Skeppsholmen stocks each room with underwear and socks, while the international Ace Hotel chain crams a Heineken mini-keg into every fridge. And that’s just the beginning.
Birchbox has listed eight awesome mini bars and their incredible contents, from a sliver cocktail shaker to canned oxygen.
And I get excited if there are peanut M&M’s.
Wow. A New York judge has ruled that Airbnb is illegal in his city. The basis for his decision is a 2011 law that makes it illegal to rent an entire apartment for less than 29 days. The travel service is lobbying to have the law changed.
Airbnb is shaking up the hotel industry not just in New York, but all over the US. I hope this gets worked out. As of this writing, listings for NYC still appear on the site.