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Vacation Rentals Are Better Than Hotels

04/06/2019 | by alpineedge | Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals Are the Answer to the Outdated Hotel Stay

In only the past few years, the vacation rental industry has seen rapid growth that has yet to steady off. With travel back on the rise, there’s been a heightened interest in comfortable, home-like vacations, giving way to high demand for short-term vacation rentals.Without wanting to compromise comfort, while still being financially feasible, travelers of a variety of age groups and sizes are finding vacation homes to be the perfect alternative to a hotel stay. Minimizing exposure to large numbers of people is important in the age of COVID. Here are just a few reasons why vacation rentals are better than the average hotel. Updated: February 5, 2021.

It saves the traveler money

Whether you’re sharing expenses with friends or family members, or you’re vacationing solo; renting a vacation property is almost always less expensive than renting a hotel room. The cost of hotel stays has risen over the years. It can be particularly costly if you’re looking to accommodate an entire group. Larger parties means renting costly suites, or even multiple rooms. If you’re looking to stay on a budget, renting one vacation home will in the majority of cases save you a considerable amount of money over time. Why spend thousands of dollars a week on hotel rooms and fees, if you could spend less than a third of that cost on one vacation rental?

More space and privacy

Many of us have felt the pain of trying to cram an entire family or group into a few small hotel rooms. There’s nothing worse than trying to relax in your room only to feel trapped and burdened by the small, and awkward space. Thankfully, with rentals, there is a wide range of housing options; from condos and townhomes to full-sized homes. This means no more fighting over who gets the bed closest to the window, or trying to house all of your belongings into one shallow hotel closet.

Renting with more space in mind means more time to spend with your family in comfortable living quarters. And when the time comes to put the little ones to bed, or if you’re looking to take a relaxing afternoon nap, there’s the option to withdraw to a private room. With that said, a vacation home provides far more privacy than that of the average hotel room. With time to unwind in separate bedrooms, private bathroom space, and living areas, the money you’ll save won’t be the only added bonus to renting a vacation property. Privacy is a vastly underrated concept during vacation downtime, but it’s an important part to make every bit of your vacation feel but every moment will feel like a vacation with that extra space to go about life as you please.

More amenities and the joy of convenience

Both hotels and vacation rentals have their individual lists of amenities. If you’re enjoying a longer stay vacation, but still have to watch your wallet, the amenities of a vacation rental may outweigh those of a hotel. Yes, you’ll have to do the housekeeping yourself, and there’s no room service, but what you do have access to is the freedom to spend the day as you please at your own pace. On top of that, a rental property more than likely offers all of the comforts of home that we often miss when we’re away from them, such as:

  • Private bedrooms.
  • Private bedrooms.
  • Separate living spaces.
  • Full kitchen with appliances.
  • Potentially pet friendly.
  • Laundry facilities.
  • Control over your domain.
  • Views of the neighborhood.

There’s nothing quite like getting up at your own speed, making meals in your own kitchen, leisuring around in your downtime, and spending the day as you see fit. It may be difficult, uncomfortable, or even impossible to do this in a hotel room.

Competition makes them better

Short-term vacation properties are competing to be the best for the renter! With such a high demand for vacation homes, the owner’s and property managers of these homes are vying to make your experience the best it can be. With gaming consoles, free Wi-Fi, hundreds of television channels, DVD’s, large entertainment screens, and full kitchens. Owners may even provide free local attraction tickets as an added incentive to rent with them.

Feel at home and part of the community

Maybe the most important and most difficult to discern part of choosing to rent a vacation home is the chance to live closer to and live like the locals. Instead of spending downtime in a hotel atmosphere that is stagnant and separated from the flavor of the local scene, renting a vacation home means being closer to the residential parts of town, away from tourism.

Reduced exposure to crowds

As social distancing is an important part of beating the Coronavirus, private or semi-private vacation lodging options such as a townhouse or home means reduced exposure to the large crowds found in hotels and motels.  Do you have any questions for us? Contact us. We’re happy to help.

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