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Try Highly Rated 2- and 3-Star Hotels
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Renting a Private Room

If you don't mind a little small talk with your host, renting a room in an Airbnb can mean major savings compared with staying in a hotel. Here are the 10 cities where you'll see the biggest savings over a hotel, based on the prices of a one-night stay for two people during the fall of 2021.


Related: Things You Need to Know Before Renting an Airbnb

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10. Pittsburgh

Heading to the Steel City? You'll save an average $144 by renting a private room in an Airbnb instead of a hotel room.


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9. Baltimore

Baltimore has plenty to offer, from the Inner Harbor to Camden Yards. Save an average $146 by picking a private room in an Airbnb instead of a hotel room.


Related: The Best Things To Do In Baltimore

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8. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Dig those toes in the sand for less at Virginia Beach: You can save an average $151 with a private room in an Airbnb versus a hotel room.


Related: Amazing East Coast Beach Houses to Rent

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7. Richmond, Virginia

Virginia's capital also has some savings in store — an average $152 if you choose a private room in an Airbnb instead of a hotel room.

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5. Chicago

Airbnb savings in the Windy City may blow you away: It's $166 cheaper, on average, to stay in a private room in an Airbnb than a hotel.

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4. Detroit

Rev your engines for some savings in the Motor City, where a private room in an Airbnb will cost an average $173 less than a night in a hotel.

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3. Milwaukee

Staying in a private room in an Airbnb in the Badger State's biggest city saves an average $180 versus a hotel.

Boston, Massachusetts
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2. Boston

Listen up, 'cause we're about to spill some tea. Staying in a private room in an Airbnb in Boston is a shocking $206 less, on average, than a night in a hotel.

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1. Las Vegas

Sure, those glitzy hotels on the Strip. But if you want to save a little more cash for the casinos, shows, and buffets of Sin City, consider a rental instead. You'll save an average $269 by booking a private room in an Airbnb instead of a hotel room.


Related: Must-See Vegas Attractions That Aren't on the Strip

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Cities With the Least Savings

Not every city presents quite as big of a price difference. In four of the cities Upgraded Points analyzed, travelers would save less than $50 nightly by opting for a private room in an Airbnb over a hotel:

  • Charlotte ($48 savings)

  • Memphis ($44)

  • San Jose ($21)

  • Orlando ($7)

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Renting the Whole Place

Many Airbnb users prefer renting a whole place, a popular choice for those who appreciate a little more privacy or legroom. But in most locations, this option flips the script and makes a hotel room the cheaper option. For instance, in Los Angeles, the city with the biggest price gap, you'll save a staggering $328 nightly by choosing a hotel; in New York, you'll save $160; in Washington, D.C., you'll see about $49 in savings. 


There are a handful of exceptions to the rule, however. Here are the four cities where you can still save by getting an entire Airbnb to yourself for the night instead of a hotel room:


  • Baltimore ($27 savings) 

  • Las Vegas ($22)

  • New Orleans ($22)

  • Detroit ($11)