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Airbnb vs Booking.com vs VRBO vs Hotel vs Renting Direct – When it comes to booking your next vacation, you’ll be faced with so many options. Sites such as Airbnb and VRBO are online travel agency (OTA) booking sites that allow you to book accommodations from home and property owners. Hotel booking or renting directly allows you to work with the hotel staff or property owners to book your next stay. Each option has its own pros and cons. Learn more below! Or, if you’re looking to stay in the Blue Mountains and want to book directly, contact us at Blue Mountain Lodges today!
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Airbnb vs Booking.com vs VRBO vs Hotel vs Renting Direct
Here’s a brief overview of the most popular vacation rental options. This information has been retrieved from review websites, such as Consumer Affairs. Your individual experiences may vary.
Vacation Rental Options Comparison
If you are still not sure which option is right for you, see below to get a more comprehensive look at each option.
Airbnb’s homepage – Image source: Airbnb.com
Description: Airbnb is a popular site that allows you to either rent out a property or look for vacation rentals. Airbnb began as a marketplace for bed and breakfasts but quickly evolved after it rebranded in 2009. Now, you can pick from a wide variety of rental properties including single rooms, condos, apartments, or even entire houses.
Pros: Many people choose Airbnb if they are looking for a homey experience away from home. Because rentals range from single rooms to entire houses, there are many different options across many different price points. Airbnb has millions of properties listed on their website and includes a comprehensive rating system of each one. This rating system is in place to help ensure renters feel confident when they book.
Cons: Because Airbnb is an OTA and does not control the conditions of each accommodation, many renters have had problems after booking. Some have found that rooms or accommodations were not as advertised, or that prices changed unexpectedly. Others have criticized Airbnb’s customer service and found it difficult to get in touch with someone to answer questions or help if something goes wrong. In order to book with Airbnb, you must create an account, link to your Facebook, and upload an image – something that some users may be uncomfortable with.
Booking.com’s homepage – Image source: Booking.com
Description: Booking.com offers a similar service to Airbnb; it is a website that allows users to book accommodations. However, unlike Airbnb, Booking.com includes hotels among the options listed on their site. It began offering only hotel options but has recently begun expanding. You can also use Booking.com to book restaurant reservations, taxis, rental cars, and more right from the website.
Pros: You can access more booking options than other related sites. You can sort results by a number of options including price and reviews, which helps you narrow down your choice to find just the right accommodation for you. Some users have had a good experience with customer service.
Cons: Although users generally had an easy time getting in touch with staff from Booking.com to speak about a complaint, many users who did get in touch with customer service often felt unsatisfied. Other renters found that certain properties were not exactly as shown online, or ended up being dirty or not properly maintained.
VRBO’s homepage – Image source: vrbo.com
Description: VRBO stands for Vacation Rental By Owner, and is an OTA website similar to Airbnb. VRBO has been around since the 90’s and is a more established service. Like Airbnb, you can book properties that homeowners have put for rental. There are many options including homes, rooms, apartments, and more.
Pros: VRBO does not require you to create an account to book with them, which makes the site very easy to use – even for those who may not be as internet-savvy. VRBO is not as ‘trendy’ as sites such as Airbnb. Because of that, it tends to attract more professional renters who rent properties as their profession, rather than new property owners looking to make a quick dollar. VRBO is also the often preferred booking platform when searching for properties that can accommodate large groups.
Cons: If you run into a problem with your rental, you will have to take it up directly with the property owner. Although VRBO does offer damage protection, you may find yourself doing extra work if you do have a problem with your accommodations. VRBO does have reviews for properties, but it cannot verify the accuracy of these reports as it doesn’t work directly with owners. Therefore, you may find more instances of inaccurate reviews in comparison to other options.
Hotel Marriott’s home page – Image source: marriott.com
Description: When you book directly with a hotel, you can go to the hotel’s website to book (for example, the Marriott). Or, you can call the front desk to speak directly with a staff member to book your hotel. Hotel bookings will generally look the same across all options, but keep in mind that it can vary depending on the hotel you choose to work with.
Pros: In general, hotel bookings are very simple and easy to set up. You already know the hotel you want to work with, so you just put in your information and you are good to go. If you are not internet-savvy, you can simply call the front desk and book by talking to a live person. With many hotels, there are also programs and memberships that reward repeat customers. For example, Marriott members have the benefit of staying up to 100 nights per year free (at the highest level). 3+ star rated hotels usually have favourable reviews.
Cons: Although there are a wide variety of hotels, your options are more limited if you choose to book with a hotel than with some other options. Hotels can also cost a lot more than room or condo rentals by owner. Hotels are generally well maintained and consistent, but if you’re looking for a trendy or unique experience in a new city, you may not be satisfied with staying in a traditional hotel.
Blue Mountain Lodges’ home page – Image source: bluemountainlodges.ca
Description: Renting directly is similar to hotel rentals. It allows you to rent directly from a vacation rental company, instead of renting through Airbnb or other options. Like booking with hotels, you can rent directly from the company’s website or by calling in to chat with a live person.
Pros: Like booking from a hotel, renting directly will vary based on the company. However, in general, the benefits are similar to a hotel service. Customer service is often top-notch, as staff are used to working directly with guests and can easily and quickly answer questions or help with booking. Since you are working directly with the company, you can find out more information all in one place – making it easier to find the best deals and packages. Unlike services such as VRBO, you won’t have to worry about not getting exactly what you expected. When you rent directly, there are no markup or service fees – so prices are often the very best possible. For example, when you book with Blue Mountain Lodges directly, you can save up to 10%.
Cons: Renting directly will greatly vary based on the company you choose to work with. Some companies are extremely professional, while others may be inexperienced or intentionally misleading. Unlike a huge site like Airbnb, it can be difficult to find reviews for smaller vacation rental companies – so you will have to do your due diligence and research as much as possible.
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One of Blue Mountain Lodges’ rental properties
“Our unit was very comfortable for me, my husband, and daughter. The location was close to the village. My daughter loved the pool and how close it was to the unit. The staff were friendly and welcoming. We liked having less than a five minute drive to the beach! We hope to go again next year!”
– Jordana Solomon
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If you are looking for the best deals on accommodations such as cottages in the Blue Mountain Resort, look no further. For the best selection of spacious, unique, and affordable accommodations in the Blue Mountain area, check out Blue Mountain Lodges. Blue Mountain Lodges offers you a wide variety of budget-friendly and fully furnished vacation rentals to suit your needs. Whether you are looking for a cozy space for you and your spouse or a larger chalet where you and all your close friends can be together, Blue Mountain Lodges has just the place for you. Choose from over 150 lovely and spacious lodging options in a wide selection of sizes and layouts, including:
Our chalets and condos offer you more square footage than similar lodgings in the Blue Mountain Village. If you are looking for the most space for your money, book one of our 3,000 to 7,000 square foot rentals. Many of our rentals are pet-friendly, so you can bring every member of your family with you. Contact us today to book your next memorable vacation.