If you are on the fence with whether or not to book a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental over a hotel, there are questions you can ask yourself to determine an answer. After all, both present perks although we find that vacation rentals in South Lake Tahoe generally give a better overall experience. With that being said, we are in the business of Lake Tahoe vacation rentals, so perhaps we are a bit biased. In order to help you with your decision, we put together a few questions you can ponder that may help you come to a final decision.
Would You Prefer To Be By The Beaches or the Casinos?
You have all heard the saying “Location, Location, Location!”. It matters. If you chose beach, your best bet would be either one of our lake front vacation rentals or one located within close biking or walking distance. There are a few hotels in South Lake Tahoe, like the Culdearn House that will give you quick access to a beach, however the beaches are smaller and therefore less room to roam. If you also want to be near trails for hiking and biking than you will definitely find a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe to be a better fit. Several of ours have miles of forest to explore either by bike or on foot right outside the back door. If the purpose of your trip is specifically casino’s and nothing more, you will likely find that a stay at one of the five casino’s to be your best bet. However, if you need a break from all the lights and noises, then a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental may be a better pick.
Are you traveling in a large group?
One of the greatest joys of vacations with family and friends is having the least amount of restrictions as possible. When choosing between a hotel and a Lake Tahoe vacation rental, this category may be a toss up. South Lake Tahoe vacation rentals are required to follow local noise ordinances so if you choose to use outdoor facilities (hot tub, fire pit, bbq, etc.) late at night, you will have to keep it down. Hotels are similar and most of them close the pools and hot tubs after 10pm anyway. One suggestion if you are traveling with a large group is asking for a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental that is a little more secluded and has less neighbors. This way you get privacy and a little more leniency if there are a few people in the group who cannot use their “inside voices”.
Any light sleepers in the group?
Whether you have an adult who wakes up at the littlest sound or a fussy baby, hotels are likely not going to be your best option. The walls are thin and all the outside activity (whether in the halls or on the streets) is likely to wake someone in the group up.
What is your budget?
In almost all scenarios, a South Lake Tahoe vacation rental is likely going to come out comparable to a hotel. In fact, in some scenarios, it may end up being the cheaper option when you factor in being able to cook your own meals, not having to tip the valet, not having to pay extra for laundry, internet, special TV programs and more. While a vacation rental in Lake Tahoe may seem more expensive, we offer homes within every budget from the quintessential cozy Tahoe Cabin to the large luxury accommodations big enough to host a family reunion.
Are you only staying for a night OR a week or more?
If you are only staying for a night and a local hotel is running an offer you can’t refuse, than that could end up being the cheaper option. Especially since most vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe usually have a couple night minimum stay. If you plan on staying more than just one night, a Lake Tahoe vacation rental will likely be a more enjoyable, and affordable, experience. You can unpack, get settled and live like a local during your stay.
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