For a vacation should you rent a condo or pay for a hotel room? I hope I can help answer that question for you. This is part one of a large review. I have many photos to share with you and ideally I would put photos and post together but this is not my computer and so putting up all the pictures is going to take some time. But I really want to write about my stay in the condo so far!
I stayed at a condo from Global Resort Homes. Click the name to see photos of all their homes and condos – you will be shocked at how luxurious – and affordable – they are!
Back to the review.
I have stayed in many hotels – Hawaii, Italy and all across Kansas. No matter where I go they all end up the same – even the hotel suites are basically a hotel room with a mini fridge, sink and microwave. But when I entered the condo I felt like I could actually relax on my vacation.
David liked it too! He was so happy and relaxed when we got here – and he has so much room to crawl and explore!
It has such a home like atmosphere that I caught myself saying “I’m going to run home real quick and grab the camera,” when referring to the condo. You don’t have to worry about anything while you are staying here. Stain your clothes? Wash them for free in the washer/dryer! Hungry and on a budget? Walk to the Publix grocery store and make your meal! Wanna just relax and watch TV? There is one in every bedroom.
You can save so much money by renting a condo vs. paying for a hotel room. Make your own food – that saves a ton of money right there! Also, I love the peacefullness and solitude of the condo. I haven’t heard people running up and down the hall or noises from all around me.
I didn’t have to deal with my room not being booked or the service being awful – in fact Global Resort Homes has been fantastic to work with. I had a very difficult time finding the condo, thanks to mapquest and google maps telling us to turn on a road that doesn’t have a name. But I called the property manager and she was so helpful. I also love that the condos are in a gated community – talk about safety and security!
I just wanted to add that had I read the brochure they sent me I would have had directions to my condo from the airport. Very precise and clear directions. But I didn’t – so read your papers 🙂
This is not a timeshare thing – you pay for your condo just like a hotel. And for an extra fee you can have housekeeping service just like in the hotel. I chose not to have that since it is just my father in law, me and my baby boy on the trip.
Another benefit of renting a condo on vacation is how many more people you can comfortably sleep in one. Global Resort Homes also has up to 6 bedroom vacation houses to rent too! For the 3 bedroom condo I am in right now you could easily have 6 people stay. There is a master bedroom with private bathroom, a bedroom with 2 twin beds, the third room has a queen and there is a 2nd full bathroom. I am staying in the condo with my father in law right now and we only see each other at the breakfast table since I have the master bedroom and bathroom. I love that privacy!
PRICE! Price is very important when making a decision about where to stay. The three bedroom condo I am in right now is about $180 a night. For three bedrooms! The Ramada hotel for the same amount of adults as my condo fits comfortably – six – is $108 per night. (I priced Ramada hotel for 2 separate rooms to give the same privacy I have here). Ramada is one of the cheapest I could find and there are hotels running much higher without the same amount of privacy as this condo.
I have lots of photos to show of the condo, but I want to answer your questions too. Would you ever rent one on vacation? What questions do you have about renting a condo vs. paying for a hotel room? I’ll be back to answer your questions and show pictures!
I was given a free 3 night stay in the condo so I could review it. All the opinions are 100% mine