Deciding where to stay is one of the most important decisions to make when going on vacation. Should you choose a vacation rental or stay in a top-notch hotel? Let’s examine the benefits of each choice.
Because they offer the convenience of a kitchen, vacation rentals are often the leading choice among people traveling with children or those with special dietary needs. Dining out multiple times each day on vacation is sometimes inconvenient and usually expensive. Being able to purchase food, stock the refrigerator and cupboards, and prepare meals and snacks at your family’s convenience makes vacation rentals very attractive. There is no need to worry about food allergies or picky eaters. You also have the added benefit of saving money because eating in at your vacation rental is less expensive than dining out at the local restaurants.
Vacation rentals are generally located among the locals. You can enjoy the true feeling of what it’s like to live there. If you choose to stay in a hotel, you’ll be surrounded by mostly other tourists making it difficult to experience authentic native-style living.
Residing in a vacation rental could save you 50% or more on lodging over the course of your stay. In other words, the average daily rate of a hotel is often twice that of a vacation rental. Hotels charge a host of extra fees such as surtaxes, internet access, tips, telephone service, microwave oven and crib usage fees. You won’t have to worry about being caught off guard at check-out time with an unexpectedly high bill. You’ll know the exact cost of your vacation rental from the start.
When staying in a hotel, you can rest assured that you’ll experience quality and professional service. You can also be confident that your reservation is secured by selecting a well-known, reputable hotel. If you have any needs or an emergency arises, there is a full hotel staff ready to offer assistance. This is not the case with a vacation rental.
Maybe you don’t want to eat out or be bothered with cooking while vacationing. No worries, you can have full course meals delivered to your room at your convenience. From the time you wake up until you’re ready to sleep you’ll find something tasty available to order from the room service menu.
Isn’t it nice to return to a clean room after a day of sightseeing? Every evening when you come back to your hotel room or suite you can expect fresh towels, nicely made-up beds, a vacuumed carpet and a sparkling bathroom. One of the great joys of residing in a hotel during vacation is the convenience of daily maid service. It is your chance to be treated like royalty.
Is it better to stay in a hotel or vacation rental? It all depends on your personal preferences, needs, finances, and travel companions.