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Comparing Vacation Rentals with Hotels & Bed and Breakfasts



Where should you spend your next vacation? There are 3 main types of lodgings available in most destinations. Rentalo.com is the only travel website that offers travelers the ability to receive and compare offers from all types of lodging properties: vacation rentals, hotels & bed and breakfasts. Below is a table that defines these terms and outlines some of the key differences between these lodging alternatives. Browse our extensive inventory of Vacation Rentals | Hotels | Bed and Breakfasts. Or save time by sending your inquiry and comparing offers from Vacation Rentals | Hotels | Bed and Breakfasts

Vacation Rentals
Hotels
Bed and Breakfasts
What is Each Lodging Type? A Vacation Rental is a privately owned, furnished apartment or house which is rented as a whole unit on a short term basis (typically weekly or monthly) by the owner or a property management agency. There are several types of vacation rentals including studios, houses, apartments, cabins, villas, cottages, chalets, castles, etc. A Hotel is an establishment that provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis. Basic accommodation consists of a room with one or two beds, and an en-suite bathroom. Hotels typically have several common areas such as lobbies, restaurants, pools, meeting rooms, gyms, etc.

A Bed and Breakfast, also known as B&B, Guest House or Inn, is typically an owner occupied, private residence with a licence to rent one or more furnished bedrooms with private bathroom, and breakfasts included in the price. Generally, B&Bs are unique in style and appealing to couples for their romantic settings.

What are the Pros of Each Lodging Type?

There are some advantages when staying at a vacation rental as compared to a hotel or B&B:

- Most vacation rentals offer considerably more space (multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, separate living areas) than then typical hotel room.

- More amenities (fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, private hot tubs).

- Vacation rentals often offer greater privacy than hotels or bed and breakfasts.

- Vacation home owners and rental agents are often able to provide you with tips and hints that only the locals know. This can make a huge difference in the enjoyment of your trip.

- Specially when comparing the cost of 2 hotel rooms with the cost of a vacation rental (typically 2+ bedrooms, vacation rentals tend to be much cheaper.

- In general, renting a vacation home offers affordability, great value, and a more personal attention.

There are some advantages when staying in a hotel, as compared to a vacation rental or a bed and breakfast:

- Hotels usually provide daily maid service and room services to guests.

- In general, hotels often enjoy the advantages of brand recognition, familiar reservation processes, and on-site staff for problem resolution.

- Hotels tend to offer more mainstream amenities that vacationers may want in their accommodations. Some of the most common amenities offered by hotels are room service, maid service, internet access, gym, laundry rooms, jacuzzi, sauna, and tour groups.

- Location and availability are other key factors when selecting a hotel. Typically you can find a hotel anywhere and anytime you want to go.

- Typically reserving a hotel room takes less planning. They have availability up until the last-minute, greatly depending on the destination and the season, of course.

There are some advantages when staying in a Bed and Breakfast, as compared to a vacation rental or a hotel room:

- If you've never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the wonderful accommodations.  It is like staying in a good friend's home where meals are prepared for you, activities planned and every effort is made to make you feel at home, safe and comfortable.

- Most innkeepers are knowledgeable about the area and can usually give you tips and advice on where to go or what to do.

- Bed and breakfast places often have special amenities which one may not normally find in a hotel chain, such as a wine tasting session or complete breakfast included with their stay.

- Bed and breakfast establishments are more common amongst couples because a bed and breakfast is often more quaint and romantic.

- Each bed and breakfast offers a unique lodging experience!

What are Some of the Cons of Each Lodging Type?

Here are some disadvantages you may want to consider before staying at a vacation rental, as compared to hotels or B&Bs:

- Vacation rentals usually provide no maid service during your stay.

- Lack of on-site staff* and/or limited communication directly with the property owner or manager during your stay.

- Being unfamiliar with the property's actual condition or cleanness may be a concern to some travelers.

- There is usually a minimum stay of 3 nights.

- Reserving a vacation rentals requires at least 1-2 months of planning, mainly due to their limited availability and seasonality factors.

 

Here are some disadvantages you may want to consider when staying at a hotel, as compared to a vacation rental or B&B:

- Generally, you find less space in a hotel room as compared to a whole house or condo.

- You can also find less privacy and higher noise levels in common areas due to children, restaurants, clubs, business meeting rooms, etc.

- For families or groups of 4 or more, typically hotels are more costly. Also, checking out of some hotel rooms can give a you a serious case of sticker shock. With taxes, room service, phone charges and other fees, a $199 deal you booked online can turn into a $300 bill, literally overnight.

There may be some disadvantages you may want to consider before staying at a bed and breakfast:

- You must share all rooms with other guests, except your own bedroom (lacks privacy).

- Being unfamiliar with the property's actual condition or cleanness may be a concern to some travelers.

- Laundry facilities and private phone are not always available.

- Typically, there is usually a minimum stay of 2 nights.

- Typically these facilities do not accept children (generally kids under 12 year old) as guests.

- Pricing on B&Bs are typically very competitive to hotels in the area, but often offer greater value such as breakfasts.

Which Lodging is best for who? Vacation rentals are ideal for family vacations, family reunions, and wedding gatherings.
Hotels are the best choice for individuals or couples traveling for leisure or business.
Bed and breakfasts are ideal for couples searching for a unique lodging experience with a romantic setting or a special interest such as cooking or wine testing.
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* There are many vacation rental agencies that manage vacation properties for owners and they offer many of the same services hotels offer to their guests, e.g., front desk check-in, 24-hour maintenance, in-house housekeeping, concierge service.

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