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Photo: RightFramePhotoVideo (Shutterstock) Last summer, I booked a secluded, moody Airbnb in rural Washington and spent a relaxing few days in a land where everything looked and felt exactly like I was in a scene from Twilight . So when I needed a place to sleep in Portland, Maine last month, I turned to Airbnb in search of another satisfying experience. But after considering the costs of the available rentals about six weeks out from my trip, I started comparing prices to hotels–just in case. And much to my surprise, I wound up booking a hotel over an Airbnb for the first time in years. Airbnbs have gotten more expensive I’m nowhere near the first person to notice the costs of hotels and Airbnbs are a lot closer than they used to be. In 2020, TripSavvy found nine cities where a hotel would actually be cheaper than Airbnb , including Miami, Las Vegas, and Chicago. And according to a report from the bus and train booking website Wanderu , the pandemic has yet further shifted the pricing paradigm between hotels and Airbnbs. Even when the rate for a stay seems fair, the fees can really add up—at the sticker shock at checkout seems to be the most notable reason people have been abandoning Airbnbs for traditional accommodations. As the Washington Post reported this summer, Airbnb is taking a closer look at fees after backlash from a viral tweet with a screenshot of a $99/night listing that ended up totaling […]