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With so many travel apps and travel sites offering access to thousands of hotels, hostels and holiday villas, it is now so much easier to find your home away from home.

You have to find the best deals because the money you save from accommodation can go towards more activities and shopping. But the question is: “Which type of accommodation is the best for me?” A hotel with a free breakfast buffet? A boutique hotel? A luxury resort hotel? A bed and breakfast? An apartment or condo in the city? A beachfront cottage? Or a log cabin in the mountain?

You can choose from hundreds of hotels in the city or suburb where you are planning to stay. Or consider an alternative accommodation –  short-term holiday rentals. There are many reasons to choose vacation rentals over hotels, depending on your requirements for a holiday accommodation.

Here, we will list the benefits of short-term holiday rentals versus hotels to help you decide which accommodation to choose for your next holiday adventure.

Short-term holiday rentals

These are furnished apartments, houses or professionally managed resort-condominium complexes that are rented out on a temporary basis to tourists. The types of properties that fall under this umbrella include:

  • holiday villas
  • apartments
  • cottages
  • condominiums
  • townhomes
  • single-family-style homes

Here are the things that you can expect when you stay in a short-term holiday rental:

Space

The average space of a holiday home is 2,000 sq ft. This means at least three bedrooms and most likely the same number of toilets/bathrooms. On the other hand, a hotel room averages 400 sq ft. That is just enough space for two people. If you are travelling with a large group or family, the obvious choice is vacation homes. When you choose a hotel, you have to book at least two rooms and you are not even sure if you’d be on the same floor. You can request the same floor with the receptionist, but that would depend on the vacancy during your stay.

Pricing

The wrong assumption that holiday rentals are much more expensive is the main reason why many people are not considering them.

A typical double-occupancy room costs $164 per night in Australia. In Brisbane, the average price of a hotel for a couple is $197. If you are looking for huge discounts, use hotel booking sites like Agoda, Expedia, Trivago, and more. But then there are still other factors to consider. Read on.

Meanwhile, you can book a short-term accommodation in Brisbane from just $145 per night. Short-term apartments and other alternative accommodation options offer discounts for weekly and monthly stays. You can find short-term rentals through online accommodation platforms like HomeAway, FlipKey and Airbnb. You can also find holiday lets through services like Air-rive, property management companies that advertise and manage the properties on their website.

Meals

Some hotels offer free breakfast, but that’s about it. You have to take care of your meals for lunch, dinner and in-between. Holiday rentals come with a full kitchen, which means you can cook your meals there if you want to. I mean, think about this:

If you have a minimum budget of $30 for meals each day per person, that is $120 per day for a travelling group of four. That totals nearly $1,000 for meals for an entire one-week stay. Cooking your own meals costs just a fraction of that amount. Besides, visiting the local market and picking up affordable ingredients for your meals can be an adventure in itself.

Laundry

You may need laundry services, depending on several factors such as the length of your stay and the age of your children. A typical holiday rental features a washer and dryer, and you can use them for free. On the other hand, the cost of laundry services is not included in hotel rates. And why would you set aside time to visit laundry facilities when you can spend more time lounging in the pool or exploring more of the city?

Where to find short-term holidays rentals online?

Most hotels are expensive because they are conveniently located within the city, top tourist destinations, public transportation and conveniences like restaurants, food outlets, bars, etc. If you prefer to have a 24-hour convenience store, or a train station, or a bus stop right at your fingertips, then a hotel is the right option for you.

However, there are also holiday rentals that are located right in the heart of a city. For example, this stunning resort in Brisbane, with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths and can accommodate six guests, offers an amazing skyline of Brisbane city. It is walking distances to a wide variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment, the perfect place to stay when visiting Brisbane.

If you are considering visiting Brisbane, this city has a lot to offer. With a climate that is near perfect throughout the year, there is no stopping you from visiting its various major tourist destinations. Here are just some of the adventures you can enjoy in Brisbane, or Brizzy as locals call it.

But because of the prime location of these holiday rentals, they can be snatched up pretty quickly. If you are interested in a holiday rental in a city, try to book early to get a good deal.

Clearly, the obvious choice is short-term holiday rentals when it comes to comfort, convenience and affordability. With plenty of space, low prices and various features and amenities, there are many compelling reasons why you should consider short-term holiday rentals over hotels for your next holiday break.