To those who may not be familiar, vacation rentals means renting out a fully furnished house or apartment for a prescribed period of time – a few days or weeks - to tourists who may wish not to stay in hotels. Vacation rentals are quirt commonplace in USA, certain parts of Europe including UK and Canada. Of course this facility is now becoming increasingly popular across the world.
Of course, there are some criticisms that the vocational rentals are becoming a threat to the hotel industry as most tourists – particularly the ones traveling with families – opt foe vacation rentals.
A vacation rental is of many kinds - a cottage, condominium, apartment, single-family-style home called as villas – but all of them well furnished. The tourist avails the property on rental basis for an agreed number of days or weeks. The owners usually charge on nightly basis like the way the hotel rooms are charged – though there are some who opt for weekly rentals.
Legally speaking, a vacation rental property is not for sale to the tourist or any other hirer and the owner of the vacation rental only lets the property on rent for a limited period of time.
The fact is vacation rentals are preferred by many over hotel accommodation for a variety of reasons like cost savings, bigger space compared to hotel rooms, greater privacy, no need to pay tips, taxes or service charges. The family members and kids, instead of being confined in a small congested space in hotels, may feel be more comfortable with lot of space to roam in a vacation rental. Most vacation villas are conveniently located - on the beachfront, city centers and close to shopping arcades and restaurants.
Furthermore, villa and many vacation rentals have kitchens for cooking so that you can avoid costly food in restaurants. There are spacious living rooms for family members to spend quality time together. In fact, many vacation rentals offer lot of floor space including multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens and separate dining area. Besides they also provide amenities like fireplaces, private hot tubs, television etc.
The perceived demerit of vacation rentals are lack of on-site service staff, standards of cleanliness etc. But vacation rentals are now becoming more and more occupant-friendly. There are agencies that manage vacation properties for the owners and they offer services similar to hotels - front desk check-in, 24-hour maintenance, house housekeeping, concierge service etc.
Of course, the traveler has to check on vacation rental terms before finalizing. Some vacation rentals may separately charge cleaning fee, parking fee, security deposit etc. Some vacation rentals may not allow pets, disallow smoking, impose harsh cancellation fees etc. In the final analysis, however, the advantages of vacation rentals far outweigh the couple of negatives and vacation rentals are increasingly fancied by tourists.
But, if you are traveling singly and you plan to stay only for a couple of days, you may as well opt for hotel rooms instead of a vacation rental. Again, you are a happy-go-lucky person the does not want to cook on your vacation, and leaving place in disorder, a vacation rental may not be an ideal choice for you.
Vacation rentals can range from simple apartments affordable by all to expensive luxurious private villas - some costing thousands of dollars per night.