When visiting a new place on vacation, most people stay in a hotel. But there are alternative accommodations -- one of which is vacation rental homes. If you've never stayed in a vacation rental before, you may not know what to expect. Be assured that most renters find it a very pleasant experience. You can look forward to these benefits, among others.
You can do laundry.
When you stay in a hotel, finding somewhere to do laundry is often a pain. Hauling everything to the laundromat -- or even down the hall to the hotel's laundry room -- is a hassle. When you stay in a rental home, you usually have a comfy, homey laundry room for your use. This may mean you can pack lighter and just wash some of your clothing to re-wear.
You can cook.
There are hotels that offer suites with little kitchenettes, but you'll pay an arm and a leg for them, and the kitchens can be small and hard to work in. Rent a full condo or apartment, and you'll have a full kitchen to prepare your meals. This will help you save on food since you won't have to dine out for every meal.
You'll have more flexible check-in plans.
This varies between properties, but in most cases, "checking in" to a vacation rental is a lot more flexible than checking into a hotel. At a hotel, there are certain hours you have to arrive before and a time you need to leave. With a vacation rental, you typically let the owner know your plans and they make sure the place is ready for your arrival and departure. They don't have 100 other guests to worry about, either, so they can be more accommodating to your needs.
There's more space.
Even hotel suites can feel a bit cramped after a few days. When you rent a whole condo or apartment, you have a lot more space. Everyone can have their own bedroom, and there are multiple gathering areas, like the living room and dining room, so you can have guests, eat meals, and relax at night without feeling cramped. Many properties even have a yard you can enjoy, which may have a nice view.
The next time you go on vacation, consider renting a condo or apartment, Such as at Gulf Shores, instead of staying in a hotel. You're sure to have a great experience with the larger, more accommodating place to stay.