Hotels Imitating Vacation Rentals
Hotels and resorts are trying to jump on the vacation rental bandwagon by offering similar services and extended stays. Some have even built villas on their properties, particularly in resorts. However, despite their efforts these options can never emulate a stay at an authentic vacation villa.
There are a couple of different types of extended stay properties. The first is an extended stay hotel. These are essentially hotels, but with bigger and more equipped guest accommodation. Rooms usually include one bedroom, a living area, and a fairly well fitted out kitchen. They are good options for longer hotel stays because they usually work out cheaper than a regular hotel room over a longer period. However, they are still hotels. The rooms have the same generic feel and look pretty much the same no matter where you’re traveling. They lack any local character or charm. And while they are comfortable they don’t have that home away from home feel that you get in a true vacation rental. Also the kitchens they provide tend to be much more basic than you’d find in a vacation rental, which is often the owner’s second home. Sometimes they are even kitchenettes, so while functional they don’t suit cooking large family meals. And in most cases these types of rooms still don’t have washing machines like vacation villas do. These rooms have the same layout as a hotel, so there is a steady stream of strangers walking around and noise from people in the hall or room next door. You don’t get the personlized greeting and help from the staff like you get from vacation rentals.
The other type of extended stay is a little better at imitating a vacation rental. These are often condos or apartments in a popular tourist destination. The condos have more complete amenities than hotel extended stays, however they lack personal touches and local charm. They are usually owned by a company that has several, even hundreds of these types of properties that they manage. They can be spacious, but the décor is often bland and the same wherever you go. Also, since you are not dealing directly with an independent owner that personal touch is lost. Check-in and check-out is still much like staying at a hotel, with very little care about customizing your trip for you and ever changing staff members.
This type of accommodation is usually found at highly rated resorts in popular sun seeker or honeymoon destinations. They are part of a larger resort complex that includes standard hotel rooms, swimming pools, a spa, and other activities. These are the closest you’ll find to an authentic vacation rental without actually staying in one. The villas are usually very well fitted out with full kitchens and washing machines, some even have their own private pool and dedicated staff. However, you are still on resort property, so while the villa will be somewhat secluded, you still don’t have the same level of privacy found at a real vacation rental. Also, the same generic check-in and check-out process still applies when staying at these properties. They aren’t owned by an individual, who may even use the house as their vacation home. The individual owner will have more time to ensure your stay is special and comfortable. Their house will have a much more homey feel, meaning your stay is even more enjoyable. Finally, resort villas are usually very expensive to rent on a weekly basis, a vacation rental gives you much better value for money.