Are you wondering if you should choose a hotel or vacation rental for your next vacation?
Here are some questions to help you decide:
Is cost a factor at all?
Of course there are cheap hotels and higher-end vacation rentals. But when you evaluate hotels and vacation rentals of the same general class, you will always save money by staying in a vacation rental. The main factor? Food and drink! Even if you eat every meal out and only have drinks and snacks in your rental condo, you will save considerably, because the rental is like your home. Having breakfast at your new vacation home and packing sandwiches for a picnic out will add to your savings. Think of all the $2 bottles of water you have bought on vacation and all the hotel breakfasts your kids didn’t eat (at $14 per)! Save even more by cooking a few meals at your vacation home. Some nights you are tired and don’t really want to go to a restaurant, but in a hotel, your only alternative is budget busting room service!
Do you like to stretch out?
Dollar for dollar, you will get much more space in a vacation condo. Our Kauai Resort Condo has 1200 sq. ft for the price of a 300 sq. ft. room in a hotel with similar amenities. In a condo you can move around, take a nap in a bedroom, while others are playing music in the living room, or just feel that you are not cramped in your vacation space. If it rains or if someone is feeling sick and you all stay in, you will love having more room than just a room!
Do you want quality time with your family or friends?
In a vacation condo, you have the feeling of coming home in between activities or when you come back for the night. Grab a drink or snack from the fridge, play poker with your friends or puzzles with your kids. You’ll enjoy your time together, whether for a family vacation or friends traveling together.
Do you like to get a lot of freebies?
Most vacation rentals leave a lot of extra goodies for guests to enjoy. In our Kauai condo, for example, we provide guide books, Hawaiian history, language, and even cook books, Hawaiian music CDs, and DVDs of every movie made on Kauai. We also provide boogie boards, snorkel equipment, and many other extras. A vacation rental we stayed at once gave us the idea to have a Take one-Leave one book shelf so you can leave the book you finished and pick up one for the plane home. In a hotel you just get shampoo or a mint on the pillow! Another vacation rental we used once provided puzzles and board games for guests. We thought that was nice, but unnecessary, until a huge storm forced our party, eight family members between two years and 88 years old to stay inside for almost two days! The games came in very handy and the extra room of a vacation rental (see the second point above) kept us from going stir crazy! Now, we offer board games, also!
Try a vacation rental for your next getaway! Have a luxury vacation for less! It is the best vacation travel deal!