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Vacation rentals and hotels, which is better?

When you are planning a vacation, you can automatically consider taking your family (or just yourself) and entering a large hotel. It’s easy to fall into this trap because there are so many plane + hotel + car rental packages out there. And in the long run, you can get the best holiday offers by going this way often. Still, there are other living options you may want to explore.

Vacation rentals, for example, offer many facilities that most hotels do not provide. Generally owned by regular people (renting a vacation home means helping out “mom and pop” instead of a large corporate company), vacation rentals tend to give you a full kitchen and plenty of bedrooms. You want to stay where you want to be. Condominiums or homes (with private homes where you get the highest level of privacy for your vacation) can be found anywhere in the world.

If you choose to be surrounded by a hubbub, you can find places to rent in the middle of the campaign (maybe a condom on the Las Vegas Strip or a cabin with comfort in a ski tickle your imagination), but you can also find rentals that serve peace and quiet. Many of these homes are retreating from the crowded streets and avenues dominated by hotels (instead of a condom adjacent to Vegas casinos, you would probably choose a house with a fenced yard and private pool a few blocks away).

What about families traveling with pets? Are you more likely to accommodate them in a hotel or vacation rental? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen many hotels (even one) that even value polite dogs in their lobbies. Vacation rentals, on the other hand, are often the way to pet owners, as many will accept dogs and cats (with an additional deposit). Be sure to check the space’s pet policy in advance, as each owner sets their own rules.

The last thing I want to point out is the general atmosphere of holiday rentals against hotels. With hotels (especially large chains) no matter what part of the world you visit … you get the same thing. This may be good for those who don’t like the change, but if you want to stay in a place that embraces the culture of the local area, you’re more likely to find it on a holiday rental. Many homeowners stay on their property for several weeks a year, so homes often feel like homes. They are more comfortable and friendly than most hotel rooms.

In order for you to think that I have an agenda to promote rental homes over hotels (unfortunately I don’t have one), I have to admit that there are a few downsides to vacation rentals. First of all, just finding the right place can involve more internet research than ordering from a website that offers travel package offers. Second, holiday rentals are generally private business and can be hit or stolen by the service. Not all landlords have their own websites, and it can take some time for landlords to contact you if you do not use a management company. Third, most vacation rentals do not come with house cleaning. The buildings will be clean when you arrive (actually, a cleaning fee will often be charged), but don’t expect everyone to come in and change your sheets every day. Finally, rent is more expensive than hotels. In general, you get more square meters for your money (many bedrooms, full kitchen, separate living and dining rooms, etc.), but you pay for it. It is therefore popular among families and friends who can share the cost of rent.

As you can see, both hotels and holiday rentals have their pros and cons. I’m a rental fan myself (among the other reasons listed here, I love supporting “mom and pop” businesses instead of faceless hotel chains), but each has its advantages according to your preferences. Make sure you look around before you decide where to spend your vacation.