What are the costs of staying at an Airbnb vs. a Hotel in Washington, D.C.?
We spent over 40 hours digging into Airbnb listings in Washington, DC that compare the hotels near the Metro listed on this site. Our priority was to examine reliable Airbnb’s with a strong track record that are also in close proximity to the Metro that ARE AVAILABLE as a while house or whole apartment
Airbnb’s in and around Washington, D.C. come at a high cost relative to the value of hotels. When we looked at common weekends tourist visit Arlington, VA Airbnbs that compare closet with hotels are more expensive. Below are the average cost of Airbnbs when you have the whole place to yourself, meaning that the host is not staying with you. These averages also don’t include cleaning fees, and other fees that Airbnb charges.
The trouble with Airbnb is the fees, particularly the cleaning fees. When you stay at a hotel you don’t pay a cleaning fee, and outside of taxes the price shown is what you end up paying. This can make shopping Airbnb difficult because most of the time you won’t understand all the fees until you are ready to book and have decided on a particular place. The extra work deciphering fees makes comparing Airbnb to a hotel in Washington, DC more difficult. Below are the fees to be aware of with Airbnb.