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Rentals vs hotels

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Rentals vs hotels

I am looking at rentals and hotels. Want to know what others that have done this think the advantages are over the other.

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1. Re: Rentals vs hotels

Hi! We were a group of 4 (2 couples) and found it most economical to rent. We rented 2 different condos, one in Luquillo, and one in Guanica, each for a week. I would definitely do it this way again.

I suppose it depends if budget and/or luxury is a huge issue. I found eating out for 4 people 3 times a day for 2 weeks would have been ridiculous. We made some suppers ourselves, taking advantage of the nearby grocery stores and kitchen in our condos. Every day we were always out and about, so we also packed lunches. We ate out about 1/2 the time so we could relax and enjoy local food.

Renting definitely made the vacation less luxurious in the sense that you were not being waited on hand and foot, and there was really no need to get all dressed up (except the few nights we went out for dinner or clubbing in OSJ).

I think the key to renting successfully is to be sure to rent from a person who communicates well with you, answers your questions promptly, and has some positive reviews in their favour. Sites like http://www.vrbo.com/ http://www.homeaway.com/ http://www.a1vacationproperties.com/ and http://www.cyberrentals.com/ were great places to scout out the offerings.

Have a Merry Christmas :)

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We used to vacation at resorts, but after finding vacation rentals, we decided they were more our type of thing.

We like the room (usually a house or apartment, with multiple rooms). Almost always with kitchens. We enjoy the separate spaces (so one can watch TV and another can sleep etc) without bothering the other. I hate having to get out of my PJ's to eat breakfast and I enjoy Happy Hour on a porch. Having the kitchen allows us to eat/drink cheaply from our house and then pack lunch for our day trips. We usually go out for dinner.

Hotels are most usually one room. For the same or less money, we get a lot more space and private amenities.

And when we want to "resort" it, we can go to any resort and use their restaurant or casino/bar/nightclub.

But if you want these types of amenities within walking distance, you would have to stay at the resort/hotel, or at least at a VR on the hotel property.

But it all depends on you and your vacation style.

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I would look into rentals. You save so much money just having breakfast at the Apartment.

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I did some research were I draw the conclution that renting is more cost effective. I checked websites such as VRBO and noticed that some of this rentals units are a bargain. If you looking for a cost effective vacation I would rent.

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We are going to new york (from Ireland) for a family christening in April but while there would like to take a trip to the Carribean. We are travelling with our two kids aged 9 and 11. They are pretty good travellers and so we are not particularly looking for a huge hotel with a kids club. Puerto Rico sounds very interesting and I see that you are a local expert. Would ideally like to stay in a two bedroomed apartment, perhaps connected to a resort. But would like to travel around a bit. All suggestions would be very welcome.

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Carey-

PR is very large (as Caribbean islands go). So traveling around a bit sounds like a plan.

There are a number of places you can go to see the sights.

For apartments, check VRBO.com or even right here on Trip Advisor for Vacation Rentals or Specialty Lodging.

For locations, it all depends on what you want to do or see.

1st I would suggest you rent a car so you can really see the island.

Then decide what you want to see and then you can figure out a better area to stay.

Let us know your desires.. what do you like to do and see. Are you more into high rises on the beach, or nothing but nature etc. On the beach or off? Are you ok with driving to dinner, or do you want to be ale to walk? Hiking or art museums, surfing or history? Adventure activities or lessactive beach sitting? etc

You will probably want to stay in 2-3 different locations to get the "feel" of the island. But where and for how long depends on your desires.

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Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I guess we would like some time the beach, some time looking around San Juan, a trip into the rain forest would be good, but not a massive hike. Tonight I saw a boat trip to a bioluminous? bay which loooked amazing. Good food would be great, and if possible it would be great to hear local music with the kids. I'd prefer not to have to drive to dinner! Like a bit of luxury, preferably with a pool. I'm not sure how safe it is to swim in the sea?

I would hope to go for a week/10 days with 3 stops max.

Looking forward to all suggestions.

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Check out the beach and golf villas at Wyndham Rio Mar for a start. The golf villas are not on the beach, but many come with golf carts. A webiste for a realtor is www.resortvillarentals.com. We have rental thru them in the past and are visiting again this Feb. You can also go to sites such as wwwvrbo.com.

Very rarely do we get hotel rooms when traveling as a family. Condos are so much better with lots more room (plus a washer/dryer if needed), kitchen, etc.

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We are staying there in May...We have rented an ocean villa. Will they stock the shelves with food and stuff before we get there if we request it?

Any suggestions you can give me will me greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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We just returned from Puerto Rico and spent 8 nights at ESJ Towers in Isla Verde. I rented directly from this place and am glad that I did. We received free breakfast each morning, free drinks at night (rarely used the coupons), and daily maid service. We are definately staying at ESJ Towers on our next visit.