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Why I Prefer Vacation Rentals Over Hotels

by Mika

 

It has always been something about hotels that just didn’t sit well with me.

When I was in middle school and went on my first (and I believe only) family vacation, my dad opted for us to stay in a time share in Florida near Universal Studios instead of a hotel. From that day on, I’ve always preferred the home-like feel of a timeshare/vacation rental rather than a hotel.

Vacation rental websites, such as Airbnb, Home Away and Vrbo allow you to essentially find a temporary home away from home. With amenities such as full kitchens with appliances+dishes, washer & dryer etc you get a level of comfortability that you don’t quite get with a hotel.

Here are some of the vacation rentals I’ve stayed in in the past.

http://the-mercury-hotel.com/unit-220.html

Los Angeles, California (no longer available on AirBnB; this one was my favorite)

 

I’ve stayed in vacation rentals for my last 4 vacations and here’s why I prefer them over hotels.

Coins$$$

Point blank period, a vacation rental will definitely save you some money. Also, in my own opinion, you get much more for your money than you would with a hotel.

Space

And lots of it! Unless you swing for a luxury suite, you’ll defintely get more space with a vacation rental. A full bathroom (maybe 2), full kitchen, extra closet space and maybe even free parking are things that you can look forward to being included in your vacation rental.

Comfort

The home-y feel of a vacation rental is EVERYTHING for me. I’m not too fond of the vibe that hotels give me (not all but most). Vacation rentals literally feel like a home away from home and gives the vacation a whole other level of greatness.

No hidden fees

When it comes to the pricing of vacation rentals, what you see is what you get. No extra hidden taxes or fees (unless of course you trash the place or something along those lines). You never have to wonder if your credit card will randlomly be charged something after you’re long gone.

 

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Options to fit your personal style

Nowadays, there are all sorts of vacation rentals for you to book from Condo’s to Castles. You can basically tailor your living space for your vacation to your own personal style. My personal favorite, Condo’s (until I purchase my own of course).

Hotel Accommodations

My best advice for booking a hotel room is…don’t book a hotel room. Unless you’re cool with staying in a janky motel or a drop-in sex spot, you’ll easily be paying $500+ for the hotel alone.

Instead, use a vacation rental site. I’ve used vacation rentals for a couple of my past trips and I have yet to be disappointed. I did get locked in the bathroom of my last AirBnB but that’s a story for another day.

Sometimes you just need to get away without having to break the bank. Some of the best vacations I’ve had have been relatively cheap in price but rich in experience.

What are your thoughts on vacation rentals? Let me know below. Also, drop a comment below if you want tips on booking a vacation rental that you won’t regret in the end.

 

2 comments

Max Jones April 14, 2017 - 3:58 pm

I love traveling, but its nice to know where to stay to be able to save some money. I like that you pointed out that you get more for you money, as well as being able to spend less. I’ll have to look at rentals when I’m looking for where I should stay on my next trip! Thanks for the tips!

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Mika April 15, 2017 - 11:45 am

Definitely. It really is a GREAT way to vacation. Happy Travels 🙂

-Mika

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