Staying in hotels no longer became an option for us when the kids got too long! We have stayed in many places where they would sleep three across a queen sized bed. We would be in a hotel room with two queen beds and they would happily? share. The downside of this situation was once they were asleep it was hard for Billy and I to talk, watch the TV, plan our next day or even have the light on as we didn’t want to wake them. Also there is no privacy at all in one room hotels. This is ok for an overnight stay but not anything longer.
This then led me to PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION and we have not looked back.
We have used Airbnb in many countries around the world. The most recent was a stay in Tokyo city. Tokyo hotels weren’t flexible in letting 5 people in one room. The cost for two separate rooms for one week was going to cost us well over $5000. This wasn’t an option for us. And with no kitchen in hotel rooms this also adds to the cost of eating breakfast out and about.
We ended up with the most perfect place to stay called ‘The Oak’. With a two minute walk to the metro train station, two separate bedrooms, a huge kitchen and bathroom. We slept on a western bed while the kids slept on futons, what a novelty for them! Our total cost for the week was just under $1500. Such a difference from my original hotel costs, a more unique local experience and breakfast could be eaten at home before leaving for the day. This accommodation also came with pocket Wi-Fi so we could be connected whilst out and about.
2. VRBO.com – Vacation Rentals By the Owners
This is a worldwide site but with heavy North America traffic and many more places available in the North American continent than elsewhere.
This is my go to site for the USA and where I found Disneyland accommodation and two different White Christmas locations.
3. MEETING THE OWNERS
For some reason, Billy and I, are not keen on meeting the owners of the properties. I think we want to feel like this is a hotel like situation but with the added benefits. Also when you meet the owners you feel like you are invading their privacy and sleeping in their beds! Luckily we have only met the owners once. A Russian man in San Francisco who just wouldn’t leave and was so happy to stay and chat. As lovely as he was we just wanted to relax and have a glass of wine without the landlord….
So the solution and this has been the case with the rest of our places, a CODE. Once you have paid your accommodation and about a week out of your rental time you will be sent a code. This may be the code to the front door or a padlock which holds the keys. Either way the CODE is a wonderful way to arrive when you need to and not hold up the owners while they wait for you and also no awkward chats with friendly Russians.