Pros and Cons of Staying at a Sonder* – Summer Vacation Stays
By Sophia Lee – America Daily Youth Reporter
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Sonder. It’s a new, hip place to stay while on vacation and it’s changing the hotel industry. Imagine staying in a hotel that feels like a home. It’s the perfect marriage–the feel and amenities of a hotel with the spaciousness of an Airbnb. That’s a Sonder!
Sonder’s aren’t just your typical (very) tiny hotel room consisting of a bed, desk, and chair. Sonder’s have a living room, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, and a washer/dryer all for a very reasonable price. That sounds a lot like a home, which is why we’re going to break down if a Sonder is worth staying at while you’re on vacation.
Living Space ~ Living space is so limited in hotels which is why when you step into your Sonder, it is a SHOCK to see so much space everywhere. It’s like a really nice furnished apartment. It’s great to have a living room area to just hang out when you’ve walked around the city for way too long. When it’s time to sleep, it’s in a bedroom with a separate closet (or in the master, there is a walk-in closet). Imagine that, more than enough closet space to hang all your clothes and more. The point is that a Sonder is huge compared to a regular two queen bed hotel room.
Price ~ Sonder’s are fairly priced for everything you’re getting. It’s basically a larger suite, which at hotels are super expensive. Sonder’s typically are about less than $200 to around $500 a night based on the number of rooms, location, and if there is a discount.
The building where we stayed at (in the outskirts of downtown Philadelphia) was a two bedroom apartment that was clean, bright and modern looking with high ceilings, brick walls, and huge windows. The beds and furniture were in good condition and comfortable. Extra towels, toilet papers, kleenex and toiletries were fully stocked for the duration of our stay. The building also had a small fitness room and a cute rooftop to hang out.
No Cleaning ~ There is absolutely no need to clean your Sonder like it’s an airbnb. Just pack up your things and drop off your key fob at the front desk just like it’s a hotel. But wait…it’s not that easy.
There are 3 ground rules to know before deciding to party it up in your Sonder.
First, no parties, no late night raves, nada nothing especially since quiet hours are between 10 pm and 8 am (respect quiet hours).
Secondly, no pets even if they are really cute.
Lastly, no smoking because that is gross and bad for your body and the place you’re staying at. So be sure to remember this before you think it’s okay to make a complete mess in your Sonder.
Location ~ The location of the Philadelphia Sonder wasn’t the greatest. It was across from a highway (but loud noise was not an issue) and the view of the window was a little park with several tents. While the building was very nice inside, that couldn’t be said for the outside. There was litter across the street where the homeless had set up their tents.
At night, the location may feel a bit too quiet to being walking by yourself because there aren’t a lot of street lights like downtown, not a lot of cars pass by, and there aren’t a lot of people out and about. Parking was very inconvenient as it wasn’t included as an amenity. You had to pay for on-street parking every three hours, or do the hourly or the whole day at a parking lot.
Distance ~ Another con of staying in the Philadelphia Sonder was the distance from the tourist attractions we wanted to visit. It’s okay if you’re just planning to stay in the city all day and just walk since it’s hard to find parking and it’s expensive to Uber everywhere. Downtown is about a 15-20 minutes walk from the Sonder, so you have to drive if you want to go further into the city. Luckily, there are a couple of convenience stores and restaurants near the Sonder, so you don’t have to walk or Uber to downtown every night.
Overall, staying in a Sonder was a great experience because it allowed me to see the outskirts of downtown rather than just being in the middle of the city.
It was a bummer that I couldn’t go to all the sites that I wanted to visit since it was in the opposite direction of where we were located, but that’s ok. I also loved how they decorated the Sonder because it was really modern and super big for a hotel room. I hope that this article helped inform you about what a Sonder is really like.
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*Based on Philadelphia Sonder