Are you convinced that Airbnb is the best game in town? The home-sharing giant has certainly changed the way travelers book accommodations around the world. However, budget-conscious travelers may actually be better off looking at hotel listings before booking stays via Airbnb in some cities.

A rate-comparison company out of the United Kingdom recently analyzed hotel costs in 52 major cities around the world. It turns out that you can find hotel rooms for lower rates than what you'd get from Airbnb in 10 big cities. Here's a list of the 10 cities where hotel rooms are cheaper than Airbnb rentals:

  • Oakland, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Naples, Italy
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Jose, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Venice, Italy
  • Mallorca, Spain
  • Santa Cruz, California

Some cities actually see dramatic price differences when it comes to hotel rooms versus Airbnb rentals. Visitors in Santa Cruz can save around $200 per night by going with conventional hotel rooms. That said, Santa Cruz is definitely an outlier when it comes to cost savings.

Hotel guests will generally only save a couple of dollars per night when staying in the other cities that made the list. It is important to note the savings that can be enjoyed when skipping Airbnb bookings in the 10 cities shared above have been calculated based on rates for three-star hotels. Hotels begin to lose the advantage once you start looking at high-end options.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: