From the Miami Herald....
Published Sunday, August 15,
1999, in the Miami Herald
rentals offer more space, lower cost than hotels
By EVERETT POTTER
Special to the
It might be
a Spanish villa with a swimming pool, a cottage in the English
Lake District or a beachfront home in Hawaii. But from Paris
apartments to Caribbean villas, rentals make a great deal of
often cheaper than a comparable hotel room, and they provide far
more space -- as well as a kitchen. Even studio-apartment rentals
in Europe come with kitchenettes, so that dining out is an
option, not a requirement.
apartments also offer vacationers a Paris or London neighborhood
to call their own.
similar advantages to renting in the country. While European
hotel rooms -- even in rural places -- can be quite small, most
rental houses come with at least two bedrooms, ideal for a family
or two couples traveling together.
properties, with three or more bedrooms, are suitable for
families or groups of friends vacationing together.
As a rule
of thumb, a one-week rental of even a studio apartment or a small
house can save you as much as 35 percent over the cost of a
comparable hotel stay. But if two or three couples travel
together, their combined economic clout can be substantial. Their
joint buying power can command an Italian villa or a luxurious
Hawaiian waterfront house, complete with maid service.
To find a
rental, contact an agency by phone or visit their Web site.
choosing a property, note that location is crucial. For a city
apartment, a quiet residential neighborhood can be a bonus,
especially for the noise-conscious, who may not want a rental on
a main city street. In the Caribbean or Hawaii, beach access and
views are paramount.
rental agent should provide a checklist of amenities that are
included with the rental, from linens to access to a washer and
important to know how frequently the unit will be cleaned and
whether a deposit is required for the telephone. It's essential
to have a nearby contact in case a pipe bursts or the stove won't
work, preferably someone who speaks some English.
country property, make sure the agent can supply accurate
directions. If they can suggest dining options, activities for
kids or sightseeing possibilities, so much the better.
rental period is usually one week. High season means higher
prices, but shoulder season or even low season can offer great
value, depending on the weather, of course.