Research: How do Brits rate different aspects of Airbnbs and hotels

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Research: How do Brits rate different aspects of Airbnbs and hotelsMajority of Brits believe hotels trump Airbnbs for value, cleanliness and experience

Despite Airbnb’s growing popularity, research by finder.com showed that 7 out of 10 holidaymakers (71%), who stayed in hotels and Airbnbs, believe Airbnbs don’t provide better value for money than hotels.

Furthermore, British travellers expect Airbnbs to be less clean than hotels. Less than a quarter (23%) think Airbnbs match the cleanliness of hotels, despite all properties listed on Airbnb having to abide by global hospitality standards.

A quarter (24%) of British travellers would rely on Airbnb to give them a genuine experience of a city or country, with the rest believing you could get a better or identical experience at a hotel.

Moreover, only 9% believe that Airbnbs are in better locations compared to 62% who think hotels are better situated. However, when asked which type of accommodation they would prefer for a rural holiday, 41% would choose an Airbnb or a B&B.

Generational differences

The platform's research also explored generational opinions on the differences in standards of Airbnbs and hotels for a variety of aspects such as value for money, most special place to stay, customer service and more. Only 28% of the silent generation thought Airbnbs offered the same value for money as hotels, this is significantly lower than the 46% of generation Z who thought they provided similar value. The silent generation agreed that staying in a hotel makes a trip more special, whereas only 49% of generation Z thought this.

What type of accommodation do Brits prefer to stay in?

Even though Brits rate hotels more highly for value for money, cleanliness, location and experience, the type of trip can influence what type of accommodation they choose. Hotels top the list for business trips, whereas Airbnbs were best for group holidays. Hostels came out on top for solo vacations and B&Bs were most popular for rural getaways.

Does where you live affect your accommodation preference?

The regional investigation found that, across the board, hotels are the most popular type of accommodation. However different types of accommodation are more popular in certain regions. Airbnbs are most popular in London, where 15% of residents said they prefer staying in Airbnbs compared with just 7% of those from the West Midlands, the region where Airbnbs are least popular.

In general, hostels were the least popular in all regions – although residents in London were most open to staying in them as 7% said this was their favourite type of accommodation.

Does age affect your accommodation preference?

Across all generations, the research found that hotels are the most popular type of accommodation, although different types of accommodation are popular with certain generations.

Airbnbs are most popular with millennials, with 20% saying this was their preferred type of accommodation, in comparison with just 6% of the silent generation who favoured Airbnbs. For all generations hostels were the least popular; apart from millennials who disliked B&Bs more.

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