It’s an arrangement that makes sense to us.
- When you stay at a popular hotel chain, you can expect certain amenities and services.
- Although vacation rentals are more of a wild card, they are usually the best choice for my family.
- Cost, space, and pet-friendly amenities are some of the best features of vacation rentals.
My family loves to see different parts of the US and we have been known to take our fair share of road trips. Sometimes, in situations where we will be staying in a different city each night, it makes sense to book a series of hotel rooms. But when we plan to spend more significant time in a single destination, we will almost always book a private house rental in a hotel.
Going this route has some drawbacks. Hotels tend to have flexible cancellation policies. Sometimes, you can withdraw with just 48 hours notice and avoid your credit card being charged. Private rentals usually require you to cancel well in advance of your trip, and if you cancel just a few days before your stay, you could lose all your money.
Also, when you book a room at a popular hotel chain, you know what you’re getting. With a rental home, you run the risk of the property being less up-to-date or clean than you would like it to be.
Despite these drawbacks, rental homes are generally the preferred housing option for my family. That is why.
1. They can be cheaper
A private house will not always cost less than a hotel. But for us, it often happens.
Reason? We are a family of five and many hotels require you to upgrade to a suite or larger room once you have more than four people in your party. As such, the nightly rate for a house rental is, for us, often more competitive than what a hotel is willing to pay.
Plus, rental homes usually come with a fully equipped kitchen. Granted, I don’t always want to cook when I’m on vacation, but I do WILL you usually shop for breakfast to avoid having to go to a coffee shop or diner for a quick morning meal. The savings there can add up to a week’s stay.
2. They offer more space
Cramming two adults and three children into a single hotel room doesn’t usually make for a relaxing vacation. If we are on a road trip and just need a place to sleep for the night then it certainly works. But when we spend a week in the mountains or at the beach, we want a comfortable house where we can lie down.
Plus, my kids are pretty young, which means they should, in theory, go to bed an hour earlier than my husband and I go to bed (in practice, they often stay up much later than it should, but that’s a different story). When you’re all stuck in the same hotel room, you (meaning me) can’t stay up late to read or watch TV. In a rental with separate rooms, this is not a problem.
3. We can often bring our dog
Many private rental houses do not allow dogs. But we tend to try to book our accommodation early to prevent those houses that do.
Being able to bring our dog on vacation saves us the cost and hassle of trying to find a dog sitter. And, frankly, it saves me the mental burden of worrying if my dog is being well cared for.
Some hotels now allow dogs on the premises. But if you read the fine print, dog-friendly rooms are often limited to dogs of a certain size — say, 40 pounds or less. My 75 pound mutt is generally not allowed to stay with us in a hotel, even if it is a property that allows dogs in some of its rooms.
The right choice for us
Private rentals are usually the right choice for my family when we go on vacation. If you’re used to staying in hotels, you might want to try booking a rental and see if it saves you money or makes for a better experience.
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