Hotels trump Airbnbs for value, cleanliness and experience

British holidaymakers believe Hotels trump Airbnbs for value, cleanliness and experience

Ahead of this weekend’s bank holiday, new data reveals that the majority of British holidaymakers vote hotels over Airbnbs for all categories including value, cleanliness and authentic experience.

Surprisingly almost half believe hotels offer a more authentic experience vs only 24% for Airbnbs, while seven out of ten believe hotels offer the same or better value, according to the data from price comparison site,’s research revealed seven out of 10 holidaymakers (71%) do not believe Airbnbs provide better value for money compared to a traditional hotel. Although all Airbnb properties must abide by global hospitality standards, only three percent  believe them to be cleaner than hotels, and fewer than a quarter (23%) expect Airbnbs and hotels to offer the same level of cleanliness.

Despite Airbnb priding itself on offering authentic ‘home away from home’ experiences, fewer than a quarter of holidaymakers (24%) feel an Airbnb will provide them with a genuine experience of a city or country compared to staying at a hotel.

Fewer than one in 10 (9%) believe that Airbnbs offer better locations compared to 62 percent who would favour a traditional hotel stay. However when asked which type of accommodation they would prefer for a rural holiday, 41% would opt for a B&B or Airbnb.

Business or leisure? While a hotel stay comes out on top as the preference for all reasons for travel, below is the breakdown of the most popular reasons for booking each accommodation:


Most popular for

Least popular for


Business trips

Rural getaways


Trips for four or more people

Business trips


Solo holidays

Romantic breaks


Rural getaways

Ski holidays

 To view the complete breakdown of Finder’s Airbnb vs Hotel statistics, including gender, age and regional figures please visit:

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