8 Reasons to Kick the Hotel Habit
Most people view hotels as their only option for lodging, but the reality is that hotels have become a nasty habit of travelers. The following are the eight biggest reasons why people should kick the hotel habit, and find alternate lodging (such as a vacation rental) for their next trip.
1. Hotels Are Expensive
Even the options such as vacation rental homes and B&Bs that are near in price to hotels offer many perks that hotels don’t, making them a better value. Vacationers can use that savings to see more attractions, buy more souvenirs, or even better; stay an extra day.
2. Hotels Offer Limited Amenities
Things like washing machines, kitchens, and a refrigerator large enough to hold at least TWO Styrofoam leftover containers, all are standard in vacation rental condos or homes, but are considered high-end in the hotel industry. Travelers who prefer coin-operated televisions are best suited for hotels; the rest of us are better off exploring alternatives.
3. Hotels Are Impersonal
Vacation rentals are often owned by the families who run them, guaranteeing a personal and inviting touch that cannot be offered by their hotel counterparts. Until Paris Hilton gets a job delivering room service and making beds, hotels will remain impersonal and uninviting.
4. Hotels Are Crowded
Hotels are crowded, have thin walls, and are usually filled to the brim with tired guests. Choosing to stay at a private house, villa or condo instead of a hotel guarantees a much more private experience, and that your private memories don’t become the memories of Jerry from Cleveland as well.
5. Hotels Are Dirty
While condos, cabins, and bed and breakfasts may be subjected to the same sort of messy activities as hotels, they have a significantly higher cleaning power-per-room ratio, ensuring that each room spends more time under the scrub brush, and less time under the black light.
6. Hotels Shuffle People to Tourist Traps
7. Hotels Are Tiny
8. Hotels Are Forgettable
Hotels are designed to look the same, offer the same, and fit within the same floor plan. They are, by definition, cookie cutter and bland. For those looking for a memorable experience, staying in a hotel alternative guarantees that vacations (and lodging) are remembered for a long time.