Yes, I know I can get weekly or monthly rentals on Airbnb, but at the prices they want to charge, it’s a better deal for me to live in a hotel. I get standardized white bedsheets that can be bleached so I know it’s clean. Most Airbnb places use colored bedsheets, and I don’t really know if it’s clean.
It takes me 10 minutes to pack. I travel light. Yes, you can explore other areas even if you aren’t staying in them, but you waste round trip time and money. So you save on the packing, check-in, check-out time, but you lose on the round trip commute.
I work at night from 10pm to 7am, so my social life is pretty much shot, except on the weekends. That’s ok though I’ve partied enough to last 3 lifetimes. As for building relationships, if there’s somebody I find interesting in or near a particular hotel, I could choose to stay at that hotel more often.
It’s a shift in mindset though. Instead of thinking of living in a specific part of town, I view the ENTIRE city as my home, so for example in Ho Chi Minh City, in any given day there are about 70 hotels that are within my budget. So it’s like having 70 homes spread throughout the city and I can choose to spend the night in any one of them. This provides for maximum flexibility.