It still surprises me how few people realize that they can rent a gorgeous timeshare for vacation rather than a privately owned vacation rental or a hotel room. Not only are they nicer but less expensive. I think it’s as simple as they just don’t know that timeshare rentals is an option. The advantages of timeshare rentals over a hotel room are more space and more amenities and less expensive. The advantages over privately owned vacation rentals is the location of the resort is superior and there’s no risk for renter or owner; it’s a professionally managed. I honestly feel that given the option between the three, a prudent consumer would choose timeshare rentals.
Timeshare Rentals are bigger. They clearly have more space to offer than a hotel room. If you could choose between the “studio” size room of a hotel or a one, two, or three bedroom villa from a timeshare, what would you choose? That space comes in handy whether you travel as a couple or with kids. You can always use more space on vacation.
You get so much more with timeshare rentals. The hotel room offers you that pitiful little fridge that most of the time doesn’t even keep anything cool. I used to put ice in the bathroom sink to keep my drinks cold – how sad! The timeshare rental has a full-size “real” fridge to go with a full kitchen with all the utensils to cook meals and prepare frozen drinks to enjoy on your balcony. That’s right, a balcony. For example, check out timeshare resorts from a company like Marriott Vacation Club. They are amazing. Depending on your location, you can overlook the beach, the lake, the mountains or snow-capped mountains. Another common amenity is a hot tub or Jacuzzi tub inside the unit. A hotel room with a hot tub is like $1,500 per night and Lady Gaga gets those.
No Annoying “Surprise Fees”. The hotel room is advertised at $129 per night. That’s reasonable. Then you get the bill and it’s $154 per night with all the taxes and “fees” (I tell you, sometimes they just sound made up, don’t they?).
You don’t have to worry about those scary security issues with timeshare rentals. I don’t want to overstate the Airbnb issue (#ransackgate), but it brings to light a real risk that vacation renters and vacation owners have. Vacation owner risks include the vacation renter vandalizing your property. The vacation renter takes the risk that they arrive and there is no place to stay – they were duped. Or they arrive on the door step with their wife and 3 kids and the place is not as described and no one wants to stay there. Not a great way to start off the family trip. You don’t have those issues with timeshares.
Timeshare rentals are always in the primo spots in every vacation destination. They can do that because major resort chains invest heavily in knowing where the top spots are. Timeshare resorts occupy the most prime vacation real estate in the world. They are on the beach, you can walk out and ski, and on or very near the amusement parks. Private vacation rentals could be anywhere. And how secure is the neighborhood you are staying in. You could end up anywhere. Timeshare resorts have a professional security team patrolling the property.
Major cities like Chicago, NY, and the island of Maui are banning private vacation rentals. No, not for any of the reasons I stated above. It’s more about tax revenue and playing nice with big business. Cities like NY, Chicago, and then there’s Maui that are shutting the door on private rentals. Personally I don’t agree with it. It’s a misappropriation of government power and a reflection of the oversized influence of Corporate America on government officials (don’t get me started) but it is what it is. These new laws do not affect timeshare rentals but do affect private vacation rentals on sites like Airbnb and Homeaway.
Word is getting out. Timeshare rentals is a growing segment in the vacation rental space. Not only are they larger and include more amenities but they are less expensive overall. They also go without the inherent risks of renting private homes from people. Consumers are realizing what a great bargain timehare rentals are for their next vacation.