Glamping vs Hotel vs Airbnb: Which one?

If You’re Wondering Which Holiday Option to Go For, Our Guide Can Help.


Image: Love2Stay Glamping Site Shrewsbury

Glamping, Hotel or Airbnb?

It’s amazing how many different holiday accommodation choices there are these days—the only problem lies in knowing which to pick!


Glamping is camping with some serious glam thrown in. Forget about a drafty tent with an uneven floor and no headroom! Glamping has loads to offer and you can choose from lots of different types of accommodation.

If you're looking for something different, try a shepherd’s hut, a boho tepee or a luxurious glamping lodge with its own hot tub. Now that glamping is so popular, the options are enormous, with the cost dependent on how many of you there are and the type of accommodation you choose.

Glamping Sites

Because glamping holidays are more luxurious than camping, you’ll never have to worry about a less-than-perfect toilet or shower scenario either! You'll be able to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings but with electricity, a comfy bed, and all the modern comforts of home thrown in. 

Glamping locations tend to be stunning as they’re in the countryside and lots of glamping sites are child and pet friendly so the whole family can join in with the fun. With so much to offer, glamping is great for families and groups as there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.


Hotels are having to compete with options like glamping and Airbnb now but there’s still a lot to be said for them in terms of convenience and comfort.

At the higher end, many hotels offer luxurious accommodation with lots of amenities. The lower the hotel grade, the fewer amenities it will offer but, of course, that will be reflected in a lower room rate.

Hotel Holidays

If you’re looking for 5-star heaven with an on-site spa, gym and more, you can expect to pay a premium because the cost will be commensurate with the facilities.

If you don’t need any of that and you’re just looking for somewhere safe, clean and comfortable to sleep in, you should be able to find a hotel in a good location at an excellent rate.

One area where hotels sometimes score higher than glamping or Airbnb is for convenience, especially if you want to holiday in or near the centre of a city. If you’re big into museums and art galleries, this might be better option for you than glamping.


Airbnb is a relative newcomer to the travel industry. Many years ago, the thought of letting out your home for money, would have seemed strange but now lots of people are doing it.

Airbnb can be more hit and miss than hotels so it’s important to check the reviews carefully before you book. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, contact the host to ask before making a reservation.

Airbnb Amenities

The level of comfort and facilities you’re offered at an Airbnb property is entirely dependent on the owner. Some Airbnb hosts go above and beyond, providing their guests with fantastic accommodation and everything they could possibly want. Others are much more basic. 

As with a hotel, the price will depend on how luxurious the property is, whether you have it all to yourself or are sharing, what sort of facilities it offers and where it’s located.

Things to Ponder

As you’ll see, all three options have something to offer. Which is best for you and your travelling companions will depend on what sort of amenities you’re looking for, how many of you there are, and when you intend to travel.

Airbnb is popular but you do have fewer options with it than you do with a hotel. For example, if you’re not happy with the room in a hotel, they’ll try to offer you an alternative. If you’re not happy with the accommodation in an Airbnb, you’re pretty much stuck with it.

Glamping has lots to offer but is less formal than a hotel so you need to be sure that the glamping site you’re interested in is in a suitabkle location and has everything you need before booking.

When to Book

If you’re booking well in advance, you should be able to take your pick of locations at a suitable price for a hotel, glamping or Airbnb.

If you want to leave it until nearer the date of travel, your options will be more limited as glamping sites are popular so can fill up fast. Whether you can book an Airbnb break at the last minute will depend on how popular the location is and whether they have any cancellations. 

Hotels might be your best option here as lots of them offer last-minute deals. 

And the Winner Is…

Well, we would say Glamping, but we would, wouldn’t we? -  It all depends on how many of you there are, your ages, your budget, and what sort of holiday you’d like.

Before you book your trip, make a list of the type of location you want and the amenities you’re looking for. Once you’ve done that, start your search for the perfect glamping

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