No question that Airbnb and the likes have altered the way we book travel. However, it seems that these so called travel disruptors have now crossed over to the business travel as well.
According to the AirBnB website, ‘listings under the For work trips filter must be classified as an entire home or as a private room with an en-suite or private bath and meet several quality standards in order to be included’.
These requirements include that the listing must offer several amenities like 24/7 check-in service, Wi-Fi, a laptop-friendly work space and shampoo. (No one wants to turn up at meetings with greasy hair, right? )
They also must have a rating of 4.8 or higher and a flexible or moderate cancellation policy.
In this blog post we’re comparing the pros and cons of staying at a hotel and shared accommodation when travelling for business.
Hotels win. When staying at a hotel you know what you’re going to get. They usually provide toiletries, towels, hair dryers, etc. and offer a house keeping service to tidy up your room every day. You know when you can check-in and when you’re required
to check-out and there’s someone at reception to help you do this. When staying at an AirBnB this might be the case for some, but definitely not all. Checking in can range from a meet and greet with the host to rummaging around in a dark backyard
trying to find the keys to your temporary home. In terms of housekeeping services, this is more often than not something that falls into the guests' lap too.
AirBnB wins. Especially when you look at the value for money ratio. You might not be saving your own pennies, but your boss will love you for cutting travel costs.
Hotels win. This could depend on what you want, but personally when I travel for business, I like to stay near the conference centre or the airport for ease of getting to where I need to be. AirBnBs tend to be located in residential areas and not so much
in business areas. Having said that, for bleisure travellers (travellers who combine leisure with business) staying in an area that makes them feel like a local is probably favoured over staying near business parks which tend to be pretty dead outside of working hours.
AirBnB wins. While hotel rooms can be small, not to mention boxy or cubey, when you book business travel through AirbnB you can hire an entire apartment equipped with a fully kitted out kitchen, bathroom and living room. It will feel a lot more homey
and things like preparing your own food, sofa hanging and watching TV will be comfier than in a hotel room.
Conclusion: there is something to say for both types of accommodation when travelling for work. But let's see who the winner will be a few years from now. Watch this space.