A: Because it all adds up. You get more space for your family and friends, more rooms, a kitchen, privacy, easier parking and a lower cost per Guest. Why stay in a dinky little 300 square foot hotel room when you can have a much much larger home?
A: That's an easy one. Any lodging unit that has a full kitchen & bath, is fully outfitted with linens and towels and usually detached bedrooms is a Vacation Rental Home. These may be apartments, cabins, condos, chalets, houses or villas. In some countries they are called Holiday-lets, Holiday homes, Holiday Villas or Gites (France.) VortexMethod.com
A: Smart ones, that's what we think. Vacation Rentals continue to grow in popularity because of all the features and amenities you just can't get in a hotel. Families love the extra bedrooms, bath rooms living areas, kitchen, privacy and easy access. Business travelers like them for extended stays and corporate housing. Whether for golf trips, wine tasting expeditions or the ever popular holiday, vacation rentals are the best choice.
A: To the contrary. Some homes are smaller and very affordable. But even the largest villas prove to be a bargain when you calculate the per-person cost. Homes come in all shapes and sizes.
A: There is no better. Not all Operators are the same. There are great Managers and great Owner rented homes. Both types of oversight have advantages. Individual Owners may be able to tell you the slightest detail of their personal home. Managers can provide alternate lodging if the one you start with has a problem.
A: They will all tell you they do. But sites that utilize the VRMLS multiple-listing-service only include rentals from Managers and Owners who are members of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (www.VRIA.org). This is the only not-for-profit regulatory group in the industry. Members can take training to be come certified. They can submit their properties for inspection providing you an extra measure of verification. Look for the Blue Ribbon logo for inspected properties.
A: There are more types of vacation rentals then you can imagine. Cabins, condos, houses, lodges and villas of course. But you might find a castle or a cottage. Bungalows, chalets, estates, mansions, yurts and yachts also qualify - providing they have a kitchen and bathroom as well as a place to sleep. That is what makes they different than just a hotel room.
A: Our website is not a Manager, Owner or Agent. We don't arrange the actual bookings. We are an advertising listing service where members of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (www.VRIA.org) can list their homes. Those members take care of all the details and that is who you work with to reserve a home. All you have to do is use the inquiry form on the website or telephone the advertiser.
A: The only recommendation we give is to only rent homes from members of the Vacation Rental Industry Association (www.VRIA.org). These are the Managers and Owners who support the industry and can take training for certification and have their properties inspected by an expert. We can not tell you which of the listed properties is best for you. For that kind of information contact the Manager or Owner directly through our inquiry service or phone them.
A: Most of what you want to know should be on the website but if you have questions please feel free to call us. Please remember we don't give recommendations or take questions or handle problems you may have with advertisers.
A: Because our website is powered by the world's first Multiple-Listing-Service (MLS) for Vacation Rentals at www.VRMLS.org we are able to keep our rates low. Www.VRMLS.org is owned by the Vacation Rental Industry Association (www.VRIA.org) as a service to members and Guests. To learn more click here. Click to List
A: Just like dealing with anyone else, the best way to resolve problems is to contact the Manager or Owner directly. By phone is best or if you can't reach them, then an email might do. Keep all complaints civil. Follow the golden rule - treat others like you want to be treated. If that fails, you can file for arbitration or mediation through the Vacation Rental Industry Association. Go to www.VRIA.org for the details.
A: Specialization. You could get listed on the giant commercial sites which accept any and all kinds of vacation rentals and Holiday Let homes. But Guests usually know what they are looking for before they start. A mountain place, a lake front house, a home at the beach or even in the city. That is why they find us and why they value our listings a bit more and a bit more often.
A: There is no way to know for sure. This website is sponsored by the Vacation Rental Industry Association a not-for-profit trade association and members do pay a fee to join and participate. But like all online activities, it is important to check out the seller's credentials and ask for references.
A: All quotes, bookings and reservations are made directly with and from the Owner or Manager. They set all rates, confirm dates and handle the paperwork.
A: Each Manager or Owner may have different payment terms and dates on which payment must be made. You should contact them directly to hear their policies. Most managers accept credit cards and some Owners do.
A: Tips for housekeepers at lodging accommodations of all kinds have become the sign of considerate Guests and just plain good manners. Due to their square footage and amenities, housekeeping at Vacation Rentals is back-breaking work. Considerate Guests will leave a tip of five to ten percent of the total rent. Far less than at a restaurant, but housekeepers work far harder. VRIA.org
A: If you get emails unrelated to properties or unsolicited commercial email through our inquiry system or from someone who got your name from our site please notify us by email. Should you be approached with fraudulent activity or be a victim of fraud it is best to report it to your local police. For abuse or fraud, should it involve a member of our website please notify also.
A: You can purchase a Vacation Rental Insurance plan directly through your vacation rental company.
A: We recommend you pay for the insurance at the time of reservation, however you can purchase Vacation Rental Insurance anytime prior to or with your final trip payment.