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As summer is in full swing and the Santa Claritians hit the road, many are left with the choice of staying in a hotel over a house rental on this trip.
While this is an ongoing debate among travelers, most tend to side with one side or the other when it comes to preferences.
Those who choose hotels prefer the many amenities available to them throughout their stay, such as room service, housekeeping, and fitness centers or spas, while those who choose to hire homes, using websites such as Airbnb or Vrbo, prefer privacy, competitive rates, and additional fees. space, especially when traveling with a group.
Regardless of preference, there are a number of pros and cons to each option, many of which have been compiled below with the help of travel professionals, such as Ted Bradpiece, owner of Explorer Travel. Services.
Historically, renting a home like Airbnb has been the most economical option, and while this is still the case in some areas, increased demand and rising fees have meant that renting a home is no longer the case. plus the guaranteed economic option.
If cost is a major concern for you, it’s a good idea to check out both types of rentals, as hotels can tend to fill up faster when an event is in town, which would likely give an advantage in terms of affordability and availability at a house – or room rental service
In a home rental, properties are typically cleaned before the stay, but not during, compared to the daily cleaning services offered at most hotels.
Some hotels, however, have moved away from the daily cleaning model during the pandemic due to staff shortages, although extensive cleanings are still carried out between guests.
If this is important to you, you can always check with reception for the hotel’s policy prior to your booking.
When it comes to reliability, renting a home has always been the riskier of the two options because anyone can offer their home.
“I was traveling in Europe the first time I got ripped off by an Airbnb ad,” said Quinten Zarah, a resident of Castaic. “And, we made it to the address on our reservation only to realize that it was a fake and that we had no place to stay – in a foreign country nonetheless.” This experience definitely taught me to be more careful when booking something which I later realized was too good to be true.
If you are booking a trip to an area you have never been to before, especially a foreign country, it is certainly a good idea to hire the services of a travel agent. Everything from changing regulations to fees can have a big impact on your trip.
“There is no better feeling than having drinks delivered, by the pool or on the beach,” said Tina Butler, a resident of Valencia, adding that she preferred hotels for this reason alone. .
On the other hand, others prefer the amenities available to tenants, like kitchens, which allows Canyon Country resident Ivan Cerrero to cook his own meals.
“Not only do I prefer to cook my own food, but it saves me a lot of money, especially on long journeys,” Cerrero said. “And, I can cook and eat whatever I want.”
However, some hotels have kitchens, including local hotels, like the Residence Inn, which is geared more towards extended stays, according to Lianne Riban, sales manager for the SpringHill Suites and the Residence Inn.
In fact, new hotels have entered the SCV market, with four newly built hotels on Wayne Mills Place near Magic Mountain, including SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Best Western.
Among their amenities are new features for the SCV, like SpringHill’s playroom, as well as other services, like a laundromat, which connects to an app that will notify you when it’s done, according to Riban. .
“It’s the level of service,” said Riban, referring to the hotel’s perks. “You have someone here 24/7 to greet you with everything you need. “
In hotels, there are more opportunities to socialize, network and meet new people, whether at the hotel bar, by the pool or in the outdoor areas.
However, a house rental allows you to travel in a group, which allows you and your companions the freedom to socialize in a private environment.
Most of the hotels are centrally located, allowing travelers easy access to many of the area’s attractions.
However, renting homes allows you to immerse yourself in the area and truly live like a local and explore some of the less touristy areas or feel like living in the heart of the city, depending on which area you are in. choose.
Regardless of the type of accommodation, travel professionals can guide you to the best option to meet your wants and needs within your price range.