5 Benefits to Renting an Apartment when Traveling
No stressing over noise level
If you haven’t ever noticed, kids are loud. They cry loud, they play loud, they laugh loud, they even run loud. My house is rarely quiet. If it is, that means my daughter is either asleep or getting into something she isn’t supposed to. Kids, especially really young ones, don’t yet understand hotel etiquette. For this reason, staying in a hotel with our toddler is miserable. When you rent an apartment, the noise level isn’t as much of a concern. Sure, you may still have to share a wall with someone, but chances are the wall isn’t paper thin, and there’s likely more space and even rooms between those walls to act as a noise barrier.
Apartments are more spacious than hotels
Apartments are often less expensive
This one might surprise you, but renting an apartment can actually be much cheaper than a hotel. This is especially the case if you are staying in a place longer than 3 days. When we were in Krakow, Poland last summer, we rented a luxury apartment for $60 US per day. It was nice, centrally located, and much less expensive than the surrounding hotels. Unlike most hotels, apartments also have a kitchen, which means you can cook meals instead of dining out all the time. That is another huge savings when you’re traveling!
Apartments make it easier to stick to a routine
Apartments offer traditional comforts of home
Apartment vs. Hotel? When a hotel is a better.
- When traveling solo or as a couple without your children, hotels can be a relaxing and pampering experience. Hotels that offer a continental breakfast can also save money on dining out and can be a lifesaver when you have an early flight and no time to run out and grab breakfast elsewhere.
- Some apartments do not provide cribs while most hotels universally do. If traveling with a baby or a toddler and staying in an apartment, you might have to bring your own if one is not provided. However, you can find some fairly compact cribs that aren’t too difficult to travel with.
- Another major factor when deciding between an apartment or hotel is location. If you are looking to be close to tourist attractions, you can always find hotels within walking distance. Apartments aren’t always as readily available, but in most major cities, you can still find them fairly close to popular sites.
- Finally, the check in process for a hotel is typically much easier than an apartment. While some apartment owners will leave a key for you to let yourself in, others will not. Particularly, when renting an apartment where a management company is involved, you will likely have to call ahead to meet someone at the apartment to let you in, and walk you through the studio, go over any rules and features, and answer questions.
AirBnB or Hotel: which is best for you?
While we typically prefer to rent an AirBnB vs. a hotel, determining which is best really depends on your travel style, the length and purpose of your visit, budget, and your destination.
Have you rented an apartment when traveling? If so, which do you prefer, an apartment or hotel?
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