Last Updated on 2 years ago by Nicky Johnson
Hotels, B&Bs, resorts, vacation rentals- at the moment, travelers have their hands full of accommodation choices. Amongst all these options, hotels and vacation rentals emerge as the most convenient options. Inconvenience shoots when the travelers face a tough time deciding between these two options.
If you are currently facing a similar dilemma, perhaps you can pick the right option based on these variables. Have a look.
The first thing to consider while selecting between a hotel and vacation rental is your budget. If budget is not a restriction, a hotel will be the right option for you. You can relish all the customer-oriented services and derive the worth of every penny spent on the room. A 24-hour front desk, concierge, housekeeping service, in-room dining facility, etc., make your stay luxurious.
If you are on a tight budget, a vacation rental will be apt. Apart from being budget-friendly, the biggest benefit of staying at a vacation rental is that you get to keep the entire property, whether a villa or an apartment, to yourself. So, you can enjoy privacy and luxury.
Purpose of your visit
Is it a business trip or a leisure trip? An answer to this question will lead you to the right option.
Hotels are ideal for business travelers because apart from offering the basic amenities, they extend specific business amenities. You might get a work desk, multiple gadget-charging sockets, and high-speed Wi-Fi in a vacation rental as well, but finding a conference room, translation and interpretation services, grab-and-go dining options, and personal butler service will be next to impossible. That being said, vacation rentals like Kasa Living have business centers too.
As you won’t need the latter services on a leisure trip, you can go ahead with a vacation rental. With a lot of space available to you and in-unit amenities, they are ideal for vacationing with friends and family. Moreover, a stay at a vacation rental gives the opportunity to live like a local and explore the culture. Of course, you would not want to miss it on your leisure trip.
The duration of your stay
If your stay is short, a hotel makes for a good option, but vacation rentals are better for longer stays.
Although hotels have a fixed rate per night (price hikes during peak seasons) and fall heavy on the pocket, settling into a short-term rental only to pack again in two days is not worth it. Moreover, some vacation rentals let you stay only if you fulfill their minimum days’ requirement. In that case, you can’t even book them for a shorter stay.
For a longer stay, vacation rentals are appropriate, as they are economical and give you the privacy and space needed to make your weeks or month-long stay comfortable.
When it comes to amenities, both hotels and vacation rentals go a step ahead in providing you everything you need to make your stay comfortable. However, the choice depends on what specific amenities you need.
A swimming pool, smart TV, high-speed internet connection, etc., are some basic amenities extended by every hotel and vacation rental property. But most hotels also offer 24X7 room service, personal concierge, on-call doctor, babysitting services, laundry services, multiple dining options, in-room spa, and more. Of course, these services come at a price.
Vacation rentals, on the other hand, are equipped with a washer and dryer, a well-equipped kitchen, regular household items, a fitness center, and even a private pool.
Your travel companions
Your company is a solid ground to decide the type of accommodation you need. While you can select any accommodation when staying with your family or friends, determinatives are the circumstances and the needs of your company.
If you are with one or two of your friends, staying at a hotel or a small rental apartment will do the job. But if you are with your family, renting a private home with lots of space for your kids to run around makes more sense. Plus, with multiple rooms, living room, and kitchen, the family gets the right balance of family time and privacy.
Now that you know the parameters, consider them and select the right accommodation option for you. We hope you have a great stay at your preferred accommodation option.