Condo rentals have long been a popular way for vacationing families to find a nice home away from home when enjoying a relaxing week away from the real world. Much more inviting than even the nicest hotel rooms, condominiums offer a host of amenities and facilities that even a 5-star hotel would be unable to give their guests. Of course, with that extra level of service comes an extra layer of cost. Renting a space like this can be expensive, although many families find that the benefits are more than enough to justify the cost. Here are some things you should know, however, before you decide whether or not to sign up for a week’s stay.
Where to Sleep
A small issue, seemingly, that can suddenly turn into a major event if you don’t think about it ahead of time. Make sure you’ve accounted for the sleeping arrangements when looking at condo rentals. Many vacationers have a tendency to downplay minor problems when considering a place. Only one bed? Oh, five people can fit there comfortably. It’s just a week! “It’s just a week,” is probably the worst phrase you can utter when finding a place to stay. If any aspect of the place you’re considering causes you to say it aloud, you may want to reconsider.
Check the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen to find out what you’re working with. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to start looking through condo rentals that provide a full kitchen if you’re just going to order fast food and go out to restaurants the entire time you’re on vacation. While a condominium offers many benefits above and beyond your own kitchen, it’s still a big part of the experience. Make sure you know whether you’ll have the tools you need to prepare a meal or if you’ll need to bring your own supplies. Don’t make assumptions about what will be stocked and what won’t be.
In addition to making sure the kitchen is stocked with plates, pots, and pans, see what else is stocked or will be when you arrive. Is their toilet paper, for instance? Paper towels? Shampoo and soap for the shower? You may need to go on a grocery store excursion to buy enough of these things to last your family for the week. Even if the condo rentals you’re looking at have all of these things in stock, the owners may expect you to restock them before you leave to go back home.