Hotels are Cheaper Than Airbnb Flats: New Study

by | Jan 28, 2024

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  • Warsaw leads the list of cities where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats averaging at $46.00, including breakfast.
  • The difference between the cheapest and the most expensive hotels in Warsaw and Geneva is about 73%.
  • Amsterdam claims the top spot with the most expensive average cost of room and breakfast at $188.83.

Warsaw leads the list of cities where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats offering hotel stays at the lowest average price of $46.00.

Experts at Deluxe Holiday Homes analyzed 23 most searched European capitals on Google to uncover cities where hotel stays including breakfast are cheaper than renting a flat or a room. Data from Airbnb and local tourism&travel websites was used to calculate average room rates and hotel rates including breakfast. The objective was to highlight and rank the cities where staying at hotels is cheaper than renting a room or flat.

Warsaw leads the list of cities where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats offering hotel stays at the lowest average price of $46.00, including breakfast. This rate is significantly cheaper than the combined costs of room rentals and breakfast, which is 65% more expensive. Moreover, Warsaw’s average hotel price is appx. 64.89% less than Amsterdam’s and Dublin’s – the most expensive ones’.

 
 

2nd on the list of cities where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats is Bucharest, offering hotel stays at an average price of $48.00, inclusive of breakfast. Although the difference with Warsaw is only $2, it still affects the ranking.  

Budapest and Prague offer hotel accommodations at an identical average rate of $63.00 claiming 3rd spot. Budapest’s average cost for room rental at $72 makes this rate a great deal. However, in Prague, the average cost for room and breakfast is the second-highest, just behind Amsterdam and Dublin.

Berlin’s hotel accommodations rank 4th on the list of cities where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats. At an average of $82.00 inclusive of breakfast, Berlin provides more value when compared to room rentals which are a bit more expensive (see the table below). 

 
 

Vienna ranks 5th with hotel stays averaging at $90.00, including breakfast. In contrast, the combined costs of room rentals and breakfast are almost twice as high. Vienna’s hotel prices are approximately 10% more affordable than those in Brussels.

Full list of findings summed up

CitiesRoom + breakfastHotel room price (including breakfast)
Warsaw$76$46
Bucharest$57$48
Riga$49$58
Budapest$72$63
Prague$148.50$63
Athens$60.26$69
Stockholm$77$78
Madrid$77$80
Berlin$94.98$82
Vienna$160.85$90
Brussels$102$91
Rome$122.91$99
Helsinki$77$99
Copenhagen$137$101
Luxembourg$81$107
Lisbon$96.79$109
Oslo$110$114
Barcelona$97.72$125
Paris$110.17$126
London$98.01$126
Amsterdam$188.83$131
Dublin$152$131
Geneva$103$173


 
 

Brussels offers hotel stays at an average of $91.00 and ranks 6th city where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats. This is more economical than room rentals which cost $102.00. Brussels’ hotel rates are close to those in Rome, with a difference of just $8.00.

Rome offers 7th cheapest hotel accommodations on the list at $99.00, inclusive of breakfast. This offers savings compared to room rentals at $122.91. Among the cities listed, Rome’s hotel prices sit right in the middle, offering a balance of cost and comfort.

Copenhagen’s hotel accommodations are 8th on the list of cities where hotels cost less than Airbnb flats with an average of $101.00. This rate is significantly cheaper than room rentals. Copenhagen’s average hotel rate is just $2.00 more than Rome’s, showcasing its competitive pricing.

Dublin and Amsterdam round off the ranking with hotel stays at an identical average of $131.00, including breakfast. Both are cheaper than the costs of room rentals, meanwhile, Amsterdam stands out with the room rentals at $188.83, making it the highest among the cities listed.

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