If you are traveling alone or with others, vacation rental is a new concept makes you consider because you need to know about hotels and time-shares. You couldn't stop thinking about it, if wanting the vacation rental idea.
I've always wanted to vacation in Europe, haven't we all, but I could never really give the idea credence because, in the deep recesses of my brain, I knew hotel accommodations would be just too cost prohibitive. When I began to explore the vacation rental, I realized that a European vacation might be within my grasp after all!
Comparing hotel rates with vacation rental rates, it is apparent that I can get more for less with a vacation rental. If you're traveling with another couple or a group, the per person savings can be tremendous.
Check out this example for Paris:
I located a vacation apartment rental in the Latin Quarter for $1465.00 per week. It has two bedrooms, each with a private bath. There is a kitchenette, Internet access, and cable TV. It is a five minutes walk from Notre Dame.
For 4 people, that works out to $366.25 per person per week or $52.32 per day per person.
For comparison, I located a Mid Scale hotel called Adagio Paris Opéra, in roughly the same area. The rooms start at $302.25 per day, which is $2115.75 per week, roughly $75.00 per person per night, based upon 4 people.
There, you have one bedroom with two single beds and a sofa bed in the living room. It also has cable and Internet access, but only one bathroom.
From strictly a cost standpoint, the vacation rental is the better deal, but there is more to consider than just money.
So, what is the downside? You will not typically find support staff on premise, so if you have a problem, large or small, its resolution may take some time. Transportation may be an issue. Look into this before you finalize your plans. You probably won't have maid service. Be prepared to clean up after yourself. When you arrive, you may be disappointed. Hey! Even I look good in photos.
If you are diligent in your research, ask the right questions and are realistic in your expectations, you will likely find the vacation rental to be a more than satisfactory experience.