Temporary rental, hotel or Airbnb: where to stay?

hôtel ou airbnb

Choose where to stay

When the time comes to find accommodation, it is normal for you to hesitate between different accommodation options. We all want to make the best decision when it comes to the price and comfort of our stay.

It is therefore important to take several factors into consideration: price, location, inclusions and comfort. The 3 most popular accommodation options are hotels, Airbnb and temporary rentals. We will therefore analyze each situation for which you may need accommodation, but first of all, let's define the 3 types of accommodation.  

The different types of accommodation


Hotels are generally well located and offer various free (gym, swimming pool, Internet) or paid services (laundry room, movie rental, room service). From entry-level to very luxurious, hotels come in different price and room categories. Of course, if you want a sequel, you will have to put your hand in your pocket!

femme à l'hôtel à la réception


Popular for a few years now, Airbnb is a platform for renting private accommodation. Through the application or the website, it is possible to rent a room in a residence, an apartment or even an entire house. The inclusions vary according to the properties, and the prices fluctuate according to the location, the type of rental and the busy periods.   

Temporary rental

This type of rental property is by far the most misunderstood of the three. Temporary rental consists of the rental of a property (condo, house) for a period over 31 days. Unlike long-term rental, short-term rental offers you a turnkey product, i.e. furnished accommodation, fully equipped, heated, lit and with Internet.

Some short-term rental companies, such as Arrow Location, even suggest quality new units in housing stock offering a ton of inclusions. Gym, swimming pool, billiard room and virtual golf are just a few of them!

The price of a temporary rental varies according to the size and quality of the units as well as the duration of the rental. The longer the stay, the lower the price.

couple à côté de leur boîtes de déménagement sur leur ordinateur

Hotel, Airbnb or temporary rental, which is the best option?

The best accommodation option depends on why you need to stay. Here are the best options depending on the reason for your stay.

Tourist trip

It all depends on the kind of vacation you want. If you want to stay downtown, close to restaurants and entertainment venues, thehôtel is often the easiest solution. The large number of rooms distributed across the various hotels in a city center offers greater availability than Airbnbs in the heart of the city.

However, if you wish to experience an authentic immersion during your trip, a Airbnb is the preferred option. Living in a private residence will allow you to live like a local resident for the duration of your trip. If your rental is further from the city center, you will have the opportunity to discover restaurants and shops aimed more at the local population and not at tourists.

If you are planning a tourist stay lasting almost a month, we invite you to do the calculations to check if a temporary rental is the most advantageous option for you. Don't forget that you can have your meals there, which is impossible in a hotel! For a period of more than 31 days, temporary rental becomes the ideal option.

belle cuisine éclairée dans un condo meublé

Short-term business trip

The best accommodation option for a short business trip is very similar to that of a tourist trip. Most of the time, during a short-term business stay, it is normal that you want to stay as close as possible to the reason for your visit. You might therefore be interested in the hotel or Airbnb for the same reasons given above.

However, do not rule out the temporary rental so fast. Take the time to calculate the accommodation and food budgets according to the number of days of your trip and the number of people who will need to be accommodated.

Long term business trip

When talking about a longer business trip, it is necessary to do more calculations in order to choose the best value for money option. If it is a business trip of more than 31 days, the temporary rental est sans équivoque le choix le plus logique.

Not only will you save money compared to other types of accommodation, but you will benefit from all the advantages offered by your unit (washer/dryer, full kitchen, inclusions, etc.). In addition, temporary rental units are entirely at your disposal. You will therefore feel more comfortable than in an Airbnb where some drawers / cabinets contain the possessions of the owners.

If the trip is less than 31 days, short-term rental may still be more advantageous. Louer une unité pour un mois pourrait revenir plus économique que de résider 3 semaines à l’hôtel ou dans un Airbnb, For example. You have to take into consideration that you can cook and do your washing in a temporary rental unit. This directly impacts the total cost of your stopover.

grand salon et cuisine dans un airbnb


Whether you need to relocate due to the rapid sale of your home, renovations, water or fire damage, a new job, separation or other special situation , it is important to find a quick and easy hosting solution.

There is nothing worse when an unforeseen situation deprives us of our home than breaking our heads trying to relocate. Most of the time, these situations take a while to resolve. The hotel can therefore be a good option for the first night, but quickly becomes uncomfortable. From a monetary point of view, the hotel and the Airbnb are also unsuitable for this kind of event Temporary rental therefore becomes the only possible option.

A temporary rental allows you to benefit from all the advantages of a long-term rental, without the lease! Plus, this type of accommodation is all-inclusive, so you won't need to pack and organize a move. Appliances, furniture, dishes, bedding… everything is present and well thought out! You just need to bring your personal belongings to enjoy your stay. No landscaping or snow removal, no electricity or cable bills, temporary rentals offer peace of mind.

Some companies, like Arrow Location, even offer you the option of taking care of the housekeeping! All you have to do is bring your personal belongings, and you're done!

In conclusion, the choice is yours!

Choosing where to stay when traveling or relocating may seem complicated, but it is actually a personal choice. Admittedly, the pecuniary side is often the one that weighs the most in the balance, but don't neglect your comfort! Also, don’t forget to calculate the savings you get from being able to do your meals.

Anyway, we invite you to get out your calculator and consider the inclusions of each type of accommodation.


Arrow Location

Arrow Location is the number 1 temporary rental solution in Quebec. Whether it is for a relocation following a disaster, a new job or a separation, Arrow is your solution. Thanks to our turnkey service, you will quickly feel at home.

Take a look at our selection of units fully furnished rooms and choose your temporary place of residence. We also offer adapted services for people in convalescence or with reduced mobility.

For expert advice on temporary rentals, contact an Arrow advisor with confidence now!

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