Hotels Vs. Vacation Rentals

While you’ve wasted memories and money on bland and forgettable hotel rooms, savvy tourists have relaxed by private pools, enjoyed spectacular unobstructed views of the ocean, mountains and cityscape, cooked in roomy kitchens, and slept in past noon on their departure dates! Maybe you're not even aware of the hotels vs vacation rentals debate, but if you're a traveler, you should be! If you plan to check into a hotel for your next vacation, stop right there! Although it’s easy to make hotel reservations, it’s not always the smartest and most cost-effective thing to do. Millions of people book hotel rooms each day because they don’t know of a better option. But a cozier and often cheaper one does exist. Travelers: say hello to vacation rentals, and goodbye to hotels!

Here are five reasons you should ditch the hotel and book a vacation home instead:

1. Choose wide, open spaces – not tiny, cramped hotel rooms

Many vacation rentals by owner comfortably accommodate a whole family or two. Shop around for your ideal square footage and number of bedrooms. A vacation rental guest is typically treated to full-sized kitchens and bathrooms, so if you’re traveling with the kids, or a big group, it makes good sense to stay in one sizable vacation home – not several small hotel rooms (with several big bills).

pet friendly vacation rentals

2. Pamper your pooch, too!

Not all property owners welcome pets, but many do. When is the last time you witnessed a dog or cat wandering around a hotel lobby? Pet-friendly vacation rentals are very common. Don’t pay the neighbor to feed Fluffy while you’re away; instead, bring your beloved four-legged family member along for the trip!

3. Lots of cherries on top

A vacation is customized by each vacationer, so why aren’t hotel rooms? Vacation rentals offer a slew of amenities that hotels simply do not. Personal swimming pools, country club memberships, and even bicycles to ride around town on – the extras always surprise and may even save you money. Avoid expensive restaurants and dine in a few nights out of the week with the help of your spacious kitchen; enjoy flexible check-in and check-out times; and stay in a choice location that puts you within walking distance of attractions. When you book vacation rentals, you have decisions to make. When you book hotel rooms, the decisions have already been made for you. With even the most all-inclusive hotel packages, you are still missing out!

4. See the sights, not the sightseers

While you may be a tourist, you probably don’t want to hang out with other tourists. Hotel resorts are overwhelmed by out-of-towners. Not only is a vacation rental quieter and more private than a hotel, but staying in one makes it easy to immerse yourself into the local character of the city or town you’re visiting… and isn’t that the point? For those who enjoy the resort experience, remember we feature many privately-owned units located at resorts, too.

5. Support a small business

By booking a vacation rental by owner, you’re helping finance a “Mom and Pop” operation, rather than a powerful, corporate hotel chain.

 

People all over the world have turned their second homes into your next home away from home. Luxury villas, chic apartments, comfy beach houses, mountaintop cabins, ski condos, lakeside cottages, and even boathouses welcome vacationers just like you year after year. Explore spots on the globe you never dreamed of visiting on a budget, and relax in the lap of luxury without emptying your bank account!

Discover what you’ve been missing and book a vacation rental by owner for your family getaway, first (or second) honeymoon, church retreat, wedding, or month-long sabbatical. Vacation rentals by owner are so many and so diverse that you will easily find one that suits your unique itinerary and the specific needs of your party, however large or small. The bottom line is a hotel is simply not where the heart is! Thanks to vacation rentals by owner, you can follow your heart and your wallet as you consider your choices for vacation accommodations.

From Orlando condo rentals to Telluride ski condos to vacation rentals in the Caribbean, we have it all!