If you are thinking of booking a trip to Lake Tahoe, you will find no shortage of places to stay. From casinos to boutique hotels to vacation rentals of all shapes and sizes, you may find yourself overwhelmed by all the options. Really, you shouldn’t need a vacation after trying to book your vacation, but sometimes it may feel that way. If you are on the fence with whether to book a hotel room or vacation home in Lake Tahoe, read below for some of the perks that come with choosing a vacation rental.
More bang for your buck
When picking a vacation home over a hotel room in the United States, you are getting more square footage and typically at a cheaper rate than a night stay in a hotel or casino. After all, the average size of a hotel room is 400 sqft with an average cost of $118. A condo that sleeps 6 is on average 3 times the size of a hotel room and can be snagged for roughly $100 a night.
You save money on food
When you rent a vacation home, you have access to a full sized kitchen with all the tools and supplies to whip up a culinary delight. Of course while on vacation, you will want to eat out for a meal or two, but if you are feeding a large crew, especially after a busy day on the slopes or the hiking trail, that kitchen will save hundreds of dollars potentially spent on eating out. We read one report that states the average cost of eating out per person while on vacation in the U.S. is $30. We feel that after tax and tip, it is most likely a bit more than that for Lake Tahoe, but if you add up $30 for say 3 people-that is $90 a day just on food. After multiple days, you are looking at a big chunk of moola that could be otherwise saved or spent on lift tickets, boat cruises or souvenir shopping. Let us also factor in that if you have any food allergies in the group, you can rest assured when cooking at home that there will be no last minute trips to the emergency room or doctor’s office.
Laundry Services are free
Spills happen, and when you only have a limited amount of your wardrobe at your disposal, it is nice to be able to wash clothing in a timely manner and without extra cost to you. When staying at a home, you have access to a washer and dryer. When staying at a hotel, you have to pay extra for the laundry services or take time out of your vacation to go hang out at a laundry mat. When traveling with children, this feature alone is worth its weight in gold. Plus, how nice is it to pack clean clothes before you leave so you don’t have to worry about laundry when you get home?
Entertainment is free
Since most homes come with TV’s, DVD’s, game consoles and more, you can have a relaxing day watching a movie without having to add on an extra $10-$15 to your bill. In a hotel room, you are looking at an almost 200% markup for 90 minutes of that box office hit.
No Hidden fees
Before you rent a vacation home, the cost is laid out for you on a contract that you sign, including deposits and cleaning fees. In fact, most of these expenses can be found online before you even make the call to Pinnacle Lake Tahoe Getaways to book your Lake Tahoe vacation rental. At a hotel, you have the entertainment costs, internet costs, valet and room services (don’t forget about the tips in addition to the base price!) as well as other little additional costs that generally add up quickly and with little warning.
You get to live like a local
When renting a vacation home, you get the true Lake Tahoe experience by seeing how the locals live. You get access to the perks of whatever neighborhood you choose to stay in such as trails out your back door, a quick walk to the lake, first chair at Heavenly’s California lodge or first come, first serve at the popular brunch spot that is right next door. You may even strike up a conversation with neighbors that give you more local tips you wouldn’t find out from the hotel.
To get more information on vacation rentals in Lake Tahoe, visit www.laketahoegetaways.com or call us at 1-866-407-0245.