Save money in a rental property during Europe’s peak holiday season
There are lots of very good reasons to book a break for the family in a holiday rental instead of a hotel. Each property is unique, with its own quirks and amenities such as a private pool, tour guides or country club membership. Staying in rented accommodation is also more authentic; instead of being lumped with all the other travellers in a cliché tourist district, in a holiday apartment you get to experience a slice of local life.
But one of the best reasons to stay in holiday accommodation, especially for groups and families, is the added value. Rather than renting two rooms in a hotel that has ‘Barcelona’ in the title but is actually two towns over, for less money you get more space – and in a much better location. Mingle with the family in your very own kitchen, put your feet up in the lounge or visit a local food market then enjoy the sizzle and scent of a barbecue in the garden.
But if you’re planning on taking the family away during peak holiday season, this advantage is even greater. Let’s conduct a little experiment using a leading hotel bookings website and HouseTrip.com shall we? HouseTrip is one of the world’s leading holiday rental websites, with over 150,000 properties in Europe alone.
A city of amazing architecture, nooks and crannies aplenty to explore, central Barcelona from the base camp of a hotel is either dull vanilla, has an average review rate of 1.5 out of 5, or is incredibly costly. Budgeting £700 for a family of 4 for six nights, we found a few nice hotels in the neighbouring town of Granollers though!
For a similar price, a search of the HouseTrip website for the same dates gives the option of a penthouse in the funky Eixample area, and another in the central St. Antoni district – both with private roof terraces, all the amenities you can dream of and enough space to swing multiple cats.
If you want to find a hotel in central Paris that has any personality whatsoever, you’ll be hard pressed to do so in mid-August for anything less than £130 per room, per night. And even if you do find something quite nice, you’d be in separate bedrooms which can make family time really testing and cramped.
But for around £100 per night for an entire property, HouseTrip has many great properties including a huge, sunny and quiet flat near the Sacré Cœur, or a big & beautiful two bedroom apartment in Guy Môquet. Both very central and perfectly situated for getting as much out of the Parisian experience as possible.
Even more renowned for the high price of its hotels, London Town is another place in the world that’s much more easily enjoyed from within a holiday rental.
Hotels in London at an affordable price are generally around 3 stars, and located on the outskirts of town at near the airport – easily an hour’s journey from the centre by London Underground. The only time you’ll find a central hotel for an affordable, family price is when they name it ‘Central Hotel’, but it’s nowhere near actually being such.
So which would you pick?
From quaint family sized cottages on the outskirts to stylish city centre apartments, it seems that a lot more can be gained from booking a holiday rental. Choose a price range that suits you, and you can always get more from the experience than you would staying in a hotel that costs the same.