A hotel, an apartment, a B&B, or a house? There are so many options of where to stay when traveling. We have tried them all. Our all time favorite is an apartment or a house with friends.
We typically travel with friends, and when we do we like to stay together. It is possible to stay together in a hotel but then once it’s time for the kids to go to bed, many adults have to turn in because you can’t just leave the kids. So we like to find a house or an apartment big enough for all of us. Another benefit to staying in an apartment or rental house is the cost savings. We have spent as little as $300 for an entire week per family. No – that isn’t per night, that is for a week. Everyone had their own room and we even had extra space. We don’t always have that much success in cost savings but we always beat the price of the local hotels. That is another reason why hotels are our last choice.
When we went to Ireland, we stayed in this cute little house that had enough room 9 of us (six adults and three kids), with an entire room left over!! We missed these friends though!
We love staying in rental apartments or houses because we have the opportunity to spend even more time with the people we’re traveling with. Hotel lobbies can be an option for hanging out at the end of the day but we’ve found that once the kids are tired, we either have to go to someone’s room sitting on the bed or the floor or we call it a night. But when we stay in an apartment or a house, we can put the kids to bed and then enjoy the company of our friends in the living room or kitchen.
When we stay in a rental we also use the kitchen. During our last trip to Barcelona we spent a few nights having dinner in our apartment kitchen, even a few “first” breakfasts – of course we had to also partake of these lovely morning pastries and coffee at what became our favorite coffee shop – more on that later. But eating in saved us some money, and we didn’t eat typical American fare, we stopped by the local grocery and tried some local cuisine. It was super tasty and the boys LOVED it! We enjoyed it too.
There are lots of other benefits of houses and apartments. You might have washing machine helping you pack light. You don’t have to worry as much about noise – great for two-year-old’s. And you meet some great local people who will require a post or more of their own.
Where have we found these great places to stay? Well, I scour the internet. I love the hunt and planning a trip is half the fun – to me, not to Jeremy or a lot of people I know! We also have friends who also enjoy the hunt of the perfect place to stay. We have found success on the following sites: