Home Rental vs. Hotel Stay for Your Vacation

It doesn’t matter if you are in the country or in the city, renting a house or apartment can be a cost effective and fun way to vacation. Short term vacation rentals are great when compared to staying in a hotel, especially when you plan to be staying in the area for more than a few nights. Prices will vary depending on the quality of the accommodation, location, size, and season, but for stays that last longer than 1 or 2 days, you can typically find a rental that is equal to or even cheaper in price than a hotel room that has similar amenities.

Home Rental vs. Hotel

Home Rental - vermont cabin

Space
On average, vacation homes will give you more square footage than a hotel room. Use this additional room to unwind, stretch out, and not be under each other’s feet. Hotel rooms tend to be virtually the size of a shoebox at an average of 325 square feet. Check out some of the roomy places you can find at YouRent.com.

Pet Friendly
If you are one of those people who can’t seem to leave home without your dog, a lot of the rental homes that are available are pet friendly. Yes, there are hotels that will accommodate your pet, it can be difficult to find them. Also, rooms that are available for pets tend to cost more and also tend to be in the not so good parts of the building. Additionally, these rooms tend to not be kept up as well as other rooms in the same hotel. Not so with rentals that are pet friendly.

Availability
According to ABC News, it is becoming easier to find vacation rentals in the US. There were nearly 8 million available when their article was written. They also talked about the cost factor. At the time their article was written, the typical savings for a family of 4 staying in Kissimmee, FL was close to $800 for a week and the same family going to Maui could save a whopping $2,030 for a weeklong stay.

In all actuality, vacation homes tend to nearly always be more affordable than staying at a hotel. Even when the outright price might be slightly higher, take into account the cost of eating 3 meals a day out, like you would at a hotel versus being able to cook all 3 meals a day like you could at a vacation home.

You Have the Run of the House
Think about the last time that you stayed in a hotel. You more than likely had to conform to their schedule as opposed to being on your own schedule. This meant for meals – if they served a free breakfast for example, housekeeping, and even if they had a fitness facility, it might only have been open at certain times. Things like that don’t come into play in a vacation home. You can stay in bed as long as you like without housekeeping bothering you by knocking on the door. You can use the treadmill or go swimming whenever the notion takes you. Eat your meals when you feel like it.

No Hidden Fees
Whenever you make a reservation to stay at a vacation home, you won’t have to worry about hidden fees like you do at a hotel. There won’t be a fee for parking, to use the internet, for towels at the pool, for drinks or phone calls, etc.

All of the Homey Comforts
Vacation homes are just what they seem to be… homes. They will typically include all of those little things that you take for granted until you don’t have them. Things like appliances that are full sized, games and books, a washer and dryer. These are the types of amenities that can be so important for a good vacation that is also a comfortable one. This can be especially true if you are traveling with your whole family or if you will be on vacation for extended periods of time.

Privacy
Most people enjoy having their own space, and a hotel room can be about the same size as a baggage claim area at your local airport. Add to that the fact that hotel maids will be coming and going on their schedule, the walls that are paper thin, noise from the HVAC system and elevator, pools that are crowded, and your vacation can quickly turn into a stress filled nightmare. Not so at a vacation home… where you have just the opposite.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring!
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