Vacation Rentals vs. Hotels & Resorts

Weighing the Pros and Cons

Nothing can impact a holiday like your accommodations. 

But while hotels and resorts have been the leading choice for years, the surging popularity of vacation rentals has given holidaymakers an alternative to the traditional model.

But which is really better? Rentals or resorts?

Today, we're breaking down each and providing some insider tips to help you make the best choice for your next holiday.

Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rental
Over the last decade, companies like Airbnb and Vrbo have grown from tiny start-ups to major players in the industry. So, what are the pros and cons of renting a vacation home instead of more traditional options? 

Pros of Vacation Rentals

  1. A vacation rental often has more space and privacy than traditional accommodations.
  2. Rentals might be cheaper if traveling with a large group or planning an extended stay. 
  3. Accommodation options are more varied, such as unique stays at a beachfront cottage or treehouse.
  4. Staying in a rental space can be comfortable because it feels like home.

Cons of Vacation Rentals

  1. With rentals, quality and consistency aren't guaranteed and can ruin a vacation before it begins.
  2. You get no on-site support, such as room service, housekeeping, or concierge, to help if something comes up.
  3. Guests may have additional responsibilities like cooking, laundry, or cleaning up.
  4. When vacationing in someone else's home, there are privacy concerns to be aware of. 

Hotels and Resorts 

Hotel Pool
Hotels and resorts are a mainstay when it comes to finding vacation accommodations. Let's look at why they continue to dominate the industry and where the advantage goes to rentals: 

Pros of Hotels & Resorts

  1. Between pools, spas, dining options, and room service, the top-notch amenities at all-inclusive getaways actually make a vacation feel like a vacation. 
  2. With a reputable establishment, you can trust you'll stay in high-quality accommodations.
  3. For some hotels and resorts, you can even bundle vacation packages with airfare for better overall deals and more convenient transit. 
  4. With hotels and resorts, you can also save on last minute vacation packages.
  5. Finally, a hotel or resort provides better, round-the-clock security for peace of mind.  

Cons of Hotels & Resorts

  1. Stays at hotels and resorts can be more expensive than rentals.
  2. You'll stay in a smaller space compared to a home.
  3. In some destinations, staying in a hotel or resort can isolate you from the local scene or culture. 

Insider Tips on How to Make the Right Choice

  • Figure out the basics first: Your dates, durations, locations, the people going, and what you want to get from your trip all factor into your choice of accommodations.
  • Read recent reviews: Always check out the most recent reviews to ensure there aren't any red flags about a rental property you're considering. 
  • Calculate the total cost: Airport transfers and other hidden fees can add up, so if your package isn't all-inclusive, be sure to calculate the full cost of your trip. 
  • Look into location logistics: These include transportation, sightseeing, and proximity to shopping, pharmacies, etc. 
  • Review the cancellation policy: Last-minute circumstances can always arise, so be clear about the exact date and specifics of your cancellation policy. 

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