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.


    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.

    Rustic A-Frame - 4 Bdrms, Loft, Game Room, & Firepit. Just 10 minutes to NAU & Downtown!

    This house is newly listed for rental and is nestled in the Kachina Pines with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest & immediate access to trails. The house is newly updated including the kitchen & all amenities you might need, including alexa music throughout.

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    This house is newly listed for rental and is nestled in the Kachina Pines with breathtaking views of the surrounding forest & immediate access to trails. The house is newly updated including the kitchen & all amenities you might need, including alexa music throughout.

    This is the perfect base for all your adventures including the Grand Canyon, skiing Snowbowl, hiking, exploring Sedona, visiting Flagstaff/NAU. Its 4 bedrooms, 2 baths comfortably accommodates 12.


    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
    2871 reviews

    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.

    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

    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
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    2.5 Acres in the Pines w/ Game Room, Hot Tub, & Space for your family. Just 15 min from Downtown!

    Our home is nestled in 2.5 acres of Pondarosa Pines with breathtaking views of Doney Park East ridges & immediate access to hiking/mtn biking. The house is updated with a Gourmet kitchen & all the amenities you might need.

    This is the perfect base for all your adventures includi

    Our home is nestled in 2.5 acres of Pondarosa Pines with breathtaking views of Doney Park East ridges & immediate access to hiking/mtn biking. The house is updated with a Gourmet kitchen & all the amenities you might need.

    This is the perfect base for all your adventures including the Grand Canyon, skiing Snowbowl, hiking, exploring Sedona, visiting Flagstaff/NAU or exploring the attractions. Its 5 bedrooms, 3 baths comfortably accommodate 12 making this house perfect for large groups/families.


    DoubleTree By Hilton Flagstaff

    Set just off Old Route 66, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff offers a fantastic location near historic downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. Experience relaxed elegance, modern business and leisure amenities, spacious accommodations and a signature DoubleTree chocolate

    Set just off Old Route 66, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff offers a fantastic location near historic downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. Experience relaxed elegance, modern business and leisure amenities, spacious accommodations and a signature DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie upon arrival when you stay at this friendly Flagstaff, Arizona hotel. Enjoy easy access to leisure activities, such as hiking and fishing and popular Arizona attractions, including the Grand Canyon, Arizona Snowbowl and the Wupatki National Monument.

    Feel at home in a comfortable guest room at this welcoming hotel in Flagstaff, all of which offer modern amenities, including an HDTV, complimentary WiFi and a plush, Serta Perfect Sleeper bed. Upgrade to an executive guest room or suite for additional space and amenities.


    Super 8 NAU Conference Center Downtown

    Choose our Super 8 Conference Center NAU / Downtown hotel, with comfortable accommodations and convenience to downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University, for your Flagstaff visit. Located just off Interstate 40 on historic Route 66, our Flagstaff hotel location lets you explore dow
    Choose our Super 8 Conference Center NAU / Downtown hotel, with comfortable accommodations and convenience to downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University, for your Flagstaff visit. Located just off Interstate 40 on historic Route 66, our Flagstaff hotel location lets you explore downtown attractions like Heritage Square with ease. Our pet-friendly Flagstaff hotel features rooms with handy amenities to make your stay with us easy. Connect with family and friends on free high-speed Internet, then swim in our heated indoor pool or soak in our hot tub before calling it a night. Start each morning with free 8-item SuperStart breakfast bonanza while you plan your day. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult, and handicapped-accessible rooms are available. Find plenty of free parking for your bus, truck or RV as well as outdoor outlets to recharge it.

    Comfort Inn I 17 & I 40

    Nestled among the Ponderosa Pines at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona, the Flagstaff, Arizona Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40 is conveniently located less than one mile from Northern Arizona University. The Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is only four miles away. Grand Canyon Nati
    Nestled among the Ponderosa Pines at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona, the Flagstaff, Arizona Comfort Inn I-17 & I-40 is conveniently located less than one mile from Northern Arizona University. The Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is only four miles away. Grand Canyon National Park is 75 miles north and the red rocks of Sedona, including Slide Rock State Park, are just a short drive south. Free amenities include WiFi, coffee, fresh-baked cookies, an outdoor pool and heated hot tubs. We also offer a free hot breakfast. Take advantage of laundry facilities as well as free copy and fax services. All rooms include microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hairdryers, irons with boards and flat-screen televisions with free premium movie channels. One-room mini-suites provide additional space, an unstocked wet bar and small dining area.

    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.


    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.


    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

    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.


    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.
    8.1
    2450 reviews

    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

    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.


    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.


    La Quinta by Wyndham Flagstaff

    One of our top picks in Flagstaff. Offering an outdoor pool, this Flagstaff hotel is 16 mi from Arizona Snowbowl. A continental breakfast featuring waffles and fresh fruit is served daily. Free WiFi is included in all guest rooms.

    A flat-screen TV with cable is featured in al

    One of our top picks in Flagstaff. Offering an outdoor pool, this Flagstaff hotel is 16 mi from Arizona Snowbowl. A continental breakfast featuring waffles and fresh fruit is served daily. Free WiFi is included in all guest rooms.

    A flat-screen TV with cable is featured in all rooms at La Quinta Inn & Suites Flagstaff. Comfortably furnished, each air-conditioned room is equipped with coffee-making facilities.

    A business center and meeting facilities are available at Flagstaff La Quinta Inn & Suites. Guests can work out in the fitness center. Laundry facilities is conveniently located on site.


    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.


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