If you have decided to take your first trip to Germany you made a great choice, Germany is a pretty amazing place to visit. It has a rich history and its capital Berlin is one of Europe’s most fascinating cities. As you make travel plans you might be asking yourself what type of accommodation you should be booking. It’s a great question, particularly if you’re traveling on a budget.
You have four main options for accommodation in Germany depending on budget
- Renting a room
- Booking a hotel
- Staying in a hostel
Now unless you are a backpacker and on a super tight budget, the last two options are going to be out for you. For everyone else, although your first thought may be to just book a hotel, but renting a room is a popular alternative to a booking a hotel in Germany. For example, you can find some incredible rooms for rent in Berlin by doing online research, just like you do when trying to book a hotel.
In this article, I’ll share with you a comparison between renting a room or staying at a hotel. Hopeful this should give you some insight into both options to help you choose.
1. Renting a Room is Often Cheaper than a Hotel
Almost always renting a room is less expensive than paying for a hotel. This is because most people renting out rooms are doing so to make a few extra bucks, so they don’t charge exorbitant prices. Just go on to Airbnb or any platform offering accommodation, and look at the prices for a room in Berlin. When you compare this to hotel rates per night you’ll be surprised to see how much you can save on your trip.
2. Hotels Will Offer More Comfort
Renting a room may be cheaper but there are some inconveniences that come with it. For example, you might have to share a bathroom with several other people and space may be small. At a hotel, you have your own bathroom and enough room for your comfort.
A hotel room will also be cleaned with towels and sheets changed daily. You will also get breakfast. With a rental, you can forget about having your room serviced unless you pay extra for that to be done. What you eat for breakfast will also be up to you.
3. You Can Make a New Friend When You Rent a Room
Renting a room while on holiday may give you an opportunity to hang out with a local. Some hosts are very welcoming and will happily socialize with you. If they have the time they can take you around the city, at no extra cost, just to get to know you and make your trip more memorable.
At a hotel, if you’re traveling alone the only interactions you might have is with the staff. And, they’ll be busy working to sit down and have a chat with you.
4. Hotels Have More Privacy
When you stay in somebody’s house privacy may be an issue. Your host may enter your room anyhow because your arrangement is very casual. At a hotel things are run in a more professional manner no one can enter your room arbitrarily.
Also at a hotel, you will generally have a bit more peace of mind that your belongings are going to be safe. At a rental, you just never know!
5. Rented Rooms Usually Have a Minimum Stay Requirement
Generally, most people renting out a room are going to have a minimum stay of between 3-7 days. With a hotel, this is not an issue. If they have rooms available you are welcome to pay for one of them. This could be a deal breaker for you if you only want to stay a night or two.
At the end of the day, the type of accommodation you choose depends on how much you’re willing to spend on it and the kind of trip you hope to have. I believe if you have limited funds renting a room is a better option. If money is not an issue am all for you staying at a hotel.