Hotel stays in top resorts are now cheaper than Airbnbs, surprising figures reveal

A study found that HOTELS are “surprisingly” cheaper than Airbnbs.

Which? compared the cost of hotel rooms to 300,000 single listings on rental websites.

Hotel rooms on Santorini in Greece are cheaper than booking through Airbnb


Hotel rooms on Santorini in Greece are cheaper than booking through AirbnbPhoto credit: Getty

The study covered 13 destinations in the UK and 37 worldwide.

Rents are supposedly cheaper because guests don’t have to pay for on-site staff.

But a night’s stay in a hotel cost an average of £101, compared to £120 for Airbnb and Vrbo.

In Santorini, Greece, Airbnb and Vrbo listings are more expensive at £203 to £119 for hotels.

And rental prices for Amsterdam were £183 versus £116.

Hotel prices were also generally cheaper in Asia – in Hong Kong by up to 85 percent.

Staycationers could book a hotel in Southwold, Suffolk, for £155, with rent at £223.

According to the analysis, hotels in all four UK capitals are typically cheaper – based on average prices for the year to May.

Airbnb and Vrbo considered listings for entire properties.

When examining hotel prices, five-star sites were excluded.

Which? Rory Boland from Travel said: “Many holidaymakers will be surprised to find that hotels are cheaper.

“For larger groups who need more rooms and space, private rentals may still be an advantage in terms of price.”

Russell Falcon

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