Vacation Rentals – European Holiday on the Cheap!

If you are anything like me, the vacation rental concept is brand new! I know enough about time-shares to be dangerous and we all know about hotels. When I blundered onto this vacation rental idea, I couldn’t stop thinking about it!

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. What about comfort? What about privacy? Certainly, the private bath is plus for the vacation rental as are two bedrooms rather than one. I like to have my own personal space in which to relax. The vacation rental seems more like “home” than the hotel atmosphere. There are other advantages worth mentioning. Families can be together as opposed to scattered about in different hotel rooms. This advantage is really great! Then there is the problem of tipping, taxes, schedules for meals and so on. You have more room in a vacation rental in which to relax. Plainly said, it is just more like home!

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.
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