Hotel vs. Airbnb When Visiting Flagstaff

Flagstaff hotels vs. AirbnbFeatured Properties: Left: Little America Hotel | Right: Mountain Star Vacation Home

A nice pillow for your head to rest on, a mountain view, and clean linens – what else do you look for when choosing where to book your overnight stay away from home?

There's a wide variety of accommodations when traveling in today's world. The two most popular choices are hotels and Airbnb homes. So, when you are traveling to Flagstaff, Arizona what's the right option for you? We decided to sort through the pros and cons to see which is a better fit between today's two largest competitors. In the end, we realized, it's up to you – your preferences and what you want out of your trip. Just remember that your overnight experience can make or break your trip. Luckily, Flagstaff has such a wide selection of places to rest your head that you can't go wrong – and you will most likely leave Flagstaff happy and rested.

Whether you want a luxury hotel with a mountain view, a cabin in the woods or a tiny-home downtown, Flagstaff accommodations will not only provide a warm place to rest your feet but great people to interact with. You will find that most of the Airbnb's in Flagstaff are run by their owners, not a separate vacation company, and they take pride in their homes and town. And if you stay at a hotel, you'll likely be speaking to one of Northern Arizona University's hotel management students and be treated with respect. So, is it the people or the bed that make that overnight experience memorable?

Hotels provide comfort and ease every time. They make you feel like you are on that relaxing vacation you wanted. Although in Flagstaff, compared to Airbnb, hotels are more expensive. We averaged out over a dozen hotels and Airbnb prices and it showed that hotels can be twice as expensive as an Airbnb. Even though hotels average $102/night and you can easily find an Airbnb for $52/night, we admit that money isn't everything. Maybe the extra splurge is worth it; or maybe the local vibes and inspiring experience you receive with an Airbnb home is worth any hesitation you have at sleeping in someone else's space.

Here's a list of questions that will help you choose the best place to stay:

  • What is the size of your group?
    This will impact how many hotel rooms you need versus one big house.
  • How many days/nights are you staying in Flagstaff?
    If you're staying for a long period of time Airbnb may be more affordable and home-like.
  • What are you traveling to Flagstaff for?
    Look at a map and choose the best area for your desired activities and then see what accommodations are in that location. This will help you get started on your search.
  • Are you okay with a shared bathroom?
    If not, look into hotels, or entire home rentals on Airbnb. If you are okay with a shared bathroom then you can save a lot of money with Airbnb spaces.
  • What type of vibe do you want?
    Vacation Vibes: stay at a hotel // Local Vibes: Stay at an Airbnb
  • Do you want a kitchen to cook in?
    Airbnb or Hotel. You could find a more affordable Airbnb with a kitchen but if you are traveling with a small group, booking entire homes on Airbnb can get expensive, so compare those to hotel prices.
  • Do you have a pet?
    Airbnb with a yard. Better yet, grab an Airbnb with trails right outside the door.
  • Do you want to swim?
    Hotel
  • Do you want to be able to walk downtown?
    Either one, but there are more Airbnb options in the heart of downtown. But if you want a hotel with character, then downtown is where you should book.
  • Do you want a yard/patio to enjoy privately?
    Airbnb
  • Do you want to connect with the local community?
    Airbnb
  • Do you want to join tour groups for organized trips?
    Hotels
  • How much do you want to spend per night?
    Less than $100: Airbnb (or check for hotel discounts)
    Over $100: Hotels (or rent a large home on Airbnb)
  • Amenities – Do you want easy to find and easy to park?
    Hotels. There are many hotels right when you enter Flagstaff from the south. So, if you want to get off the interstate, find your hotel in less than 5 minutes and easily park, then check out the hotels near and on Beulah Blvd.
  • Accessibility - Do you need a wheelchair or stroller accessibility?
    Though there Airbnbs that are suitable for wheelchair access and other accessibility needs, Flagstaff's terrain can be tricky with unlevel entries, roads, and winter weather obstacles.
    Hotels
  • What it comes down to: If you want comfort, ease and familiarity stay at a hotel. If you want a unique, extra-ordinary visit stay at an Airbnb. Either way, whichever route you choose, you'll have fun and a great experience wherever you rest your head.


    Ultimate Forest Getaway

    Wake up every morning in beautiful pine trees and cool mountain air. Take a walk in the Coconino National Forest right outside your door. From mid-May to mid-October, enjoy the lush backyard and waterfall.

    You are renting the entire property for BOTH The Cabin and Art Studio spac

    Wake up every morning in beautiful pine trees and cool mountain air. Take a walk in the Coconino National Forest right outside your door. From mid-May to mid-October, enjoy the lush backyard and waterfall.

    You are renting the entire property for BOTH The Cabin and Art Studio space. This entire property is not suitable for children ages 3 and under.


    Little America Hotel Flagstaff

    Little America is truly one of the best Flagstaff hotels. From our 500-acre private forest to our friendly, knowledgeable concierge staff, Little America exemplifies the adventurous spirit and hospitality of Grand Canyon area Flagstaff hotels.
    9.3
    2330 reviews
    covid safety precautions taken

    Colorful Art Studio Cabin

    Originally an art studio, this colorful modern space is great for a quick getaway. There's a queen-sized bed, semi-comfortable sleeper sofa, 3/4 bathroom, and hotel-style kitchen space. The property also backs the Coconino National Forest, with direct foot access from the driveway.

    Originally an art studio, this colorful modern space is great for a quick getaway. There's a queen-sized bed, semi-comfortable sleeper sofa, 3/4 bathroom, and hotel-style kitchen space. The property also backs the Coconino National Forest, with direct foot access from the driveway.

    The Art Studio is a guest house on the property. The main CABIN is also available for rent separately. Both the ART STUDIO and CABIN share the driveway. The ART STUDIO does not have access to the backyard. 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds · 1 bath


    Arizona Mountain Inn & Cabins

    Our Tudor-style inn and 17 cabins are tucked away on 13 acres of secluded Ponderosa Pines. The grounds are bordered by the Coconino National Forest on three sides with breath-taking views of the San Francisco Peaks.

    Oak Creek Terrace Resort

    Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hamm
    Escape to Oak Creek Canyon among the red rocks and tranquility of Oak Creek. We are the perfect couple's getaway with in-room fireplaces and jetted Jacuzzis. Made to order for honeymoons and anniversaries, this Sedona, Arizona resort also offers great family fun by the creek in double hammocks, swings, barbecues, and picnic areas. Cabins, bungalows, and family units available. Come stay with us!
    8.6
    291 reviews

    Cozy Forest Cabin

    Wake up every morning in beautiful pine trees and cool mountain air. Take a walk in the Coconino National Forest right outside your door. We offer two separate rental options on one property.

    This listing is for the CABIN ONLY. The cabin has one queen-sized bedroom and a queen-s

    Wake up every morning in beautiful pine trees and cool mountain air. Take a walk in the Coconino National Forest right outside your door. We offer two separate rental options on one property.

    This listing is for the CABIN ONLY. The cabin has one queen-sized bedroom and a queen-sized futon in the living room. The property features a large kitchen, spacious dining area, 3/4 bathroom, and a cozy living room with a gas fireplace that overlooks the forest. 4 guests · 1 bedroom · 2 beds,· 1 bath. Additional separate guest house available for up to 4 people.


    Holiday Inn Express Flagstaff

    Escape to Flagstaff and enjoy the perfect weather, beauty and DEALS with our 2K BONUS POINTS EVERY 2 NIGHTS. Earn 2,000 Bonus Points every 2 nights from 1/20/21 through 3/31/21 at any IHG® Hotel & Resort. Plus, Bonus Points are Elite Qualifying.
    8.5
    346 reviews
    covid safety precautions taken

    GreenTree Inn Flagstaff

    Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, and only three miles from Downtown Flagstaff, recently renovated GreenTree Inn offers guests a comfortable stay in a convenient location. There are 90 rooms available, each equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hig
    Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, and only three miles from Downtown Flagstaff, recently renovated GreenTree Inn offers guests a comfortable stay in a convenient location. There are 90 rooms available, each equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, high-speed Wi-Fi, telephone with local phone calls included, and air conditioning. In addition, you can expect a hot breakfast buffet, computer and printer access, large vehicle parking, designated pet-friendly rooms and more.
    8.4
    1267 reviews
    covid safety precautions taken

    Arizona Vacation Home Rentals

    3 different homes in Flagstaff to choose from! Enjoy friendly wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a rustic setting from the comforts of your own vacation home in a quality mountain town. Each home is specially selected for its uniqueness, views, comfort and enhancement of your vacation expe
    3 different homes in Flagstaff to choose from! Enjoy friendly wildlife, breathtaking scenery and a rustic setting from the comforts of your own vacation home in a quality mountain town. Each home is specially selected for its uniqueness, views, comfort and enhancement of your vacation experience. You'll find each one comfortably furnished - especially the beds, for your ultimate rejuvenation.

    The Downtown Crown Flagstaff Home - Walk to NAU!

    Located in Flagstaff, 2.5 mi from The North Pole Experience, The Downtown Crown Flagstaff Home - Walk to NAU! features a living room with a flat-screen TV. The air-conditioned accommodations is 1.3 mi from Northern Arizona University, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and priva

    Located in Flagstaff, 2.5 mi from The North Pole Experience, The Downtown Crown Flagstaff Home - Walk to NAU! features a living room with a flat-screen TV. The air-conditioned accommodations is 1.3 mi from Northern Arizona University, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

    The holiday home features 2 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine and 1 bathroom with free toiletries.


    Modern Flagstaff Home with BBQ, Walk Downtown!

    Modern Flagstaff Home with BBQ, Walk Downtown! in Flagstaff provides accommodations with free WiFi, 2 mi from Northern Arizona University, 5.6 mi from The North Pole Experience and 3.1 mi from Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center. This holiday home is 2.5 mi from Walkup Skydome and 3.1 mi fr

    Modern Flagstaff Home with BBQ, Walk Downtown! in Flagstaff provides accommodations with free WiFi, 2 mi from Northern Arizona University, 5.6 mi from The North Pole Experience and 3.1 mi from Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center. This holiday home is 2.5 mi from Walkup Skydome and 3.1 mi from Flagstaff Medical Center.

    The holiday home features 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a shower.

    A children's playground is available on site and skiing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the holiday home.


    Spacious Family Home Surrounded by Mtn Views!

    Spacious Family Home Surrounded by Mtn Views! is located in Flagstaff, 11 mi from The North Pole Experience and 12 mi from Northern Arizona University, in an area where skiing can be enjoyed. This holiday home features accommodations with a patio and free WiFi.

    The holiday home

    Spacious Family Home Surrounded by Mtn Views! is located in Flagstaff, 11 mi from The North Pole Experience and 12 mi from Northern Arizona University, in an area where skiing can be enjoyed. This holiday home features accommodations with a patio and free WiFi.

    The holiday home has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a bath or shower.


    Mountain View Lodge - Grand Canyon

    Mountain View Lodge is a detached holiday home located in Flagstaff in the Arizona Region and is 9.3 mi from Flagstaff. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.

    A dishwasher, an oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen. Towels and b

    Mountain View Lodge is a detached holiday home located in Flagstaff in the Arizona Region and is 9.3 mi from Flagstaff. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property.

    A dishwasher, an oven and a microwave can be found in the kitchen. Towels and bed linen are provided in this self-catering accommodations. Other facilities at Mountain View Lodge include a hot tub, barbecue and fire pit.


    Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock

    A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcony
    A magical location, stunning landscape with sweeping vistas: Hilton Sedona at Bell Rock is your ideal home for adventure in red rock country. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation our refreshed resort features 221 modern guest rooms and suites, all with fireplace, patio or balcony, and mini kitchenette. Enjoy the full service spa, athletic club with fitness classes, two swimming pools and 18-hole championship golf course.
    8.2
    263 reviews

    Tranquil Hideaway - BBQ Deck, 2 Fireplaces & Garage home

    Set in Flagstaff in the Arizona region, Tranquil Hideaway - BBQ Deck, 2 Fireplaces & Garage home has a patio. The air-conditioned accommodations is 1.7 mi from Northern Arizona University, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

    The holi

    Set in Flagstaff in the Arizona region, Tranquil Hideaway - BBQ Deck, 2 Fireplaces & Garage home has a patio. The air-conditioned accommodations is 1.7 mi from Northern Arizona University, and guests benefit from complimentary WiFi and private parking available on site.

    The holiday home features 4 bedrooms, a TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower.

    Cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

    The North Pole Experience is 3.7 mi from the holiday home, while Coconino County Fairgrounds is 2.2 mi away. The nearest airport is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, 2.5 mi from Tranquil Hideaway - BBQ Deck, 2 Fireplaces & Garage home.


    Flagstaff Cabin with Fireplace and Fire Pit on 5 Acres!

    Set in Flagstaff, 1.6 mi from The North Pole Experience and 3.7 mi from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Cabin with Fireplace and Fire Pit on 5 Acres! offers free WiFi and air conditioning. This holiday home is 3.7 mi from Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and 4.3 mi from Flag

    Set in Flagstaff, 1.6 mi from The North Pole Experience and 3.7 mi from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Cabin with Fireplace and Fire Pit on 5 Acres! offers free WiFi and air conditioning. This holiday home is 3.7 mi from Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce and 4.3 mi from Flagstaff Medical Center.

    The holiday home has 4 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a bath or shower.

    A children's playground is available on site and skiing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the holiday home.


    Pinnacle Pines

    Set in Flagstaff, 2.2 mi from Northern Arizona University and 4.3 mi from The North Pole Experience, Pinnacle Pines offers free WiFi and air conditioning. It is located 3.7 mi from Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center and offers an ATM.

    The holiday home features 4 bedrooms, a TV with

    Set in Flagstaff, 2.2 mi from Northern Arizona University and 4.3 mi from The North Pole Experience, Pinnacle Pines offers free WiFi and air conditioning. It is located 3.7 mi from Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center and offers an ATM.

    The holiday home features 4 bedrooms, a TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 4 bathrooms with a shower.

    If you would like to discover the area, skiing and cycling are possible in the surroundings.


    Sedona Real Inn & Suites

    Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy
    Our family-owned and operated inn feels different from other Sedona hotels because it is. When you're here, you'll experience the comfort and convenience that you're used to in your own home. With our very own pet-friendly park, sparkling pool, and fitness center, many of our guests enjoy spending part of their Sedona vacation relaxing with us. With a country inn atmosphere, and bed and breakfast feel, each of the 42 traditional rooms and 47 spacious suites offer comfortable accommodations. All our rooms include complimentary WiFi and a hot breakfast bar to get your day started! Your four-legged family members will love our grassy outside play area with a barbeque and fire-pit. The concierge is on-site daily to share the best things to do in Sedona.
    8.9
    190 reviews
    covid safety precautions taken

    Serene Home Situated in Forest, 4Mi to NAU Campus

    Serene Home Located in Forest, 4Mi to NAU Campus! in Flagstaff provides accommodations with free WiFi, 4.3 mi from Northern Arizona University, 5.6 mi from The North Pole Experience and 4.3 mi from Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center. The property is 4.3 mi from Lowell Observatory and 5 mi

    Serene Home Located in Forest, 4Mi to NAU Campus! in Flagstaff provides accommodations with free WiFi, 4.3 mi from Northern Arizona University, 5.6 mi from The North Pole Experience and 4.3 mi from Flagstaff Plaza Shopping Center. The property is 4.3 mi from Lowell Observatory and 5 mi from Flagstaff Medical Center.

    This holiday home is equipped with 2 bedrooms, a living room and a fully equipped kitchen.

    A children's playground is available on site and skiing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the holiday home.


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