“Hotels are definitely better for some situations. I’ve stayed in a few Airbnbs that weren’t as good as a hotel in many ways."
True, true – hotels are better for some situations…and for some people (like me). In my experience, a few of the AirBnbs (using the name collectively) weren’t as good as hotels either.
I generally chose vacation rental properties for longer stays because they had more perks over many hotels - a view, larger space, pleasing décor, A/C, internet/printer, King bed, W/D, parking, kitchen, nearby eateries…all must-haves. The properties would have fit the bill over hotels, provided they matched with their advertisement - and that was the problem I experienced.
Also, when renting from the owner, a level of trust is required which is stressful because of unknown factors and the risk of monetary loss - less so when dealing with a corporate hotel entity. When I have invested so much time and energy in selecting the right Air property to stay, expectations and disappointments seem to be greater than when choosing a hotel.
Everyone has their preferences, requirements and tolerances. I’m not throwing shade at anyone because I’m a firm believer of to-each-his-own. As for me, my choice is the less stressful alternative for future travels.