Renting an Airbnb rather than staying in a hotel has plenty of advantages, from the lower price tag to the increased space. However, many travelers overlook how much more authentic an Airbnb stay is than staying in a large, national (or international) hotel chain.
When we travel, we hope to connect with ourselves and our families/friends. But we also want to connect with the destination and its culture in a genuine way. You just won't get that at a hotel. You might get room service, but you won't get culture. Here's why Airbnbs can deliver that authentic travel experience.
Airbnbs Are Not Corporate
They don't have to fit style guides. They don't buy artwork and furniture in bulk. True, one of the advantages of staying in a hotel chain is that you can expect the same experience regardless of the location. But is that really what you want?
It's like a Big Mac from McDonald's. Yes, you can feel confident that it will be the same burger no matter what part of the country you buy it in. But eating at McDonald's doesn't tell you anything about the city you're visiting.
If you're coming to Nashville, you don't want your lodging to feel like it was transplanted from some hotel room factory in New York. The corporate structure of most hotel chains makes it nearly impossible to provide that kind of customized experience.
Every Airbnb Is Unique
One of the joys of the sharing economy is that every Airbnb host brings their own personality to the location. Their choices provide character and charm in a way that is not really possible in a hotel.
This means that you know your stay is unique as well. When you stay at an Airbnb, you can rest assured that no one else has had the same travel experience as you, and that makes it more meaningful.
Airbnbs Allow You to Experience the Varied Cultures of a Location
Very few cities have a single, monolithic culture. Even in Nashville, where we're known as "Music City," you will get a different experience depending on which part of the city you stay in. And you'll get a different experience depending on the people you spend time with.
Staying at an Airbnb opens up more of these different cultures to you instead of trying to put you firmly in a cookie cutter vacation box. You can have the music experience in Nashville. But you can also focus on food, or art, or architecture. There are so many stories to tell in one city, and an Airbnb experience helps you understand what it is really like to live in the location, not just be a tourist.
At Host Extraordinaires, we value authenticity, and we can help you find an authentic experience as a visitor or a host. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.