PROS of Booking a House
· For about the same price a night as a hotel room ($300), you get a beautiful house (that is, if you split the cost with two other couples like we did.) Ours was a converted Dutch farmhouse just minutes away from some great wineries.
· There was a gorgeous giant kitchen to make meals in, something we don't have at home.
· Huge property with plenty of space for the dog and kids to run around.
· Several rooms in the house to relax in from the front living room to the family den in the back.
· Private pool and hot tub.
· No nickel and diming anywhere.
· Free WiFi!
CONS of Booking a House
· There were no toiletries save for a few bars of soap.
· The towel supply was low. We had to do a couple of loads of laundry during our stay. We also had to run to the store to buy more paper towels.
· The personal photos of the family who own the house were a little off-putting.
· The bedding was not luxe nor new although it was clean.
· Obviously, we had to buy all our own groceries.
· Some of the plates were a little dirty so we had to give them a quick wash before using.
· We had to clean up before we checked out. Not just tidy up but strip the beds of the linens, gather the towels and drop them off in laundry room, run the dishwasher, put away dishes, and take out the trash, all before 11am. Yup, no late check-out allowed.
This is not to say that we won't ever rent a house again for the weekend. With the kids and all the stuff they need, booking a house is just way more convenient than a hotel room, especially if you have another family to split the costs with. But if we had all the money in the world, we might just book a giant suite at a hotel instead.
What would you rather--a hotel or a house? Let us know in comments below!
[Photo of Santa Ynez rental: HotelChatter]