Top 5 reasons why vacation rentals are better than hotels

To most people and organizations, vacations provide individuals with an opportunity to recollect and synergize. Since vacations are rare, we are required to make the most out of our vacation time. Vacation time needs to be as stress free as possible. To be able to achieve this, choosing an ideal place to stay is vital. Vacation rentals and hotels are some of the hugely contested areas.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are fully furbished apartments that can be rented out to tourists on a temporary basis. They are the next best alternative to staying in a 5 star hotel. Vacation rentals are normally available on a weekly rental basis but some are now being offered on a nightly basis.


Hotels are establishments that provide paid lodging facilities on a short time basis. In the past, most hotels only provided basic facilities. Today, this is not the case. In addition to the basic facilities, we now have hotels offering some really sophisticated services. Some of the additional guest facilities include; telephone, pillow menu, Jacuzzis, swimming pools, fitness centers, childcare centers, business centers and conference facilities.

Before making any reservations, there are several things that must be considered. Quality of the service being offered, convenience, price and freedom are just but a few of the things that must be considered before checking into any hotel.

Reasons Why Vacation Rentals are the Better Choice      

Starting with their lavish designs and their tasteful decorations, vacation rentals are without a doubt the better option. Here are five reasons why vacation homes should be your first choice:

Privacy – one of the main reasons why vacation rentals are preferred to hotels is that they offer utmost privacy. Privacy is one of the reasons why a majority of people go on vacations. Hotels are not private per se because at any one time there will be hundreds of other people vacationing in the same hotel. On the other hand, vacation rentals are strategically located and privately run to enhance the need for solitude.

Price, freedom and living space – vacation rentals are generally less expensive than hotels. Therefore, it makes more sense to rent a vacation home as opposed to booking a hotel room. If you have a large family, booking each one of them into a hotel room will prove to be too expensive. That is where vacation rentals come in handy. Once you rent a vacation home, you and your family can enjoy yourselves for a fraction of what it would have cost you had you chosen to book hotel rooms.

Vacation rentals are designed to give ample freedom to its occupants. If you are lucky, you can even get an amusement park or an outstanding private garden. The living space available is perfect for large gatherings such as weddings, parties and family unions.

Services – ordinarily, hotels may be seen as favorites when it comes to service delivery. This, however, is not the case. Vacation rentals are just as fantastic as hotels. Upon your request, you can get timely and quality services which are second to none. If you don’t like readymade food, you can cook your own meal in the well maintained kitchen. With vacation rentals, the additional services are either provided for free or at a nominal fee.

Location – most hotels are located along busy streets of some of the major cities. On the other hand, vacation rentals can be found in the countryside. Depending on your preference, you can choose your most preferred location. If you are in love with nature, you can choose a vacation rental located along the beach or in the countryside. Some of the vacation rentals are located in residential areas. As a tourist, this can be advantageous as it will help you interact with the locals hence giving you that “home away from home feeling.”  Their location also contributes to their perfect conditions. Since vacation rentals are located on privately owned property, they basically operate as homes.  They are perfectly maintained, and are much cleaner than conventional hotels.

Booking facilities – both the hotels and the vacation rentals have similar booking policies. What makes vacation rentals thrive in this sector is that they tend to have special discounts on special occasions. When making reservations for a hotel, you will not be required to remit any form of down payments.  In the case of vacation rentals, you may be required to make a down payment. Hotels are flexible in as far as bookings and cancellations are concerned.  The terms however change in case the cancellation is done 15 days prior to your arrival. In this case, you will not be refunded your money.

Author: Muzi Mohale

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