Traveling with kids? Opt for a family vacation rental

4 reasons to choose a vacation home vs. a hotel

Published December 2020


For many, family vacations are a rite of passage. Whether your crew prefers an annual beach vacation, fishing trip, ski adventure, or something else, the memories you make on family vacations will last a lifetime. But when it comes to traveling with little ones, even the savviest of travelers will need to spend more on food, activities, and the like. But that doesn’t have to apply to your lodging.

One of our biggest money-saving tips for traveling with kids is to book a vacation rental vs. a hotel. Sure, we might be biased, but hear us out. With a kid-friendly vacation rental you’ll have more space for everyone, plus many of the same amenities you love about hotels—all with a lower price tag. If saving money on lodging isn’t enough to convince you, here are some of our favorite reasons to opt for a vacation rental.

We repeat: there’s more room.

Plain and simple, family vacation rentals just offer more space than a traditional hotel. That means more square footage, more bathrooms, multiple TVs—you name it. You’ll have space for all your extra luggage, bikes, games, and anything else you’ll need to keep the little ones entertained. Best of all, you have the ability to give everyone their own private bedroom. (Trust us: when no one’s screaming at 2 a.m. about who’s stealing the covers, you’ll be grateful.) Not only is the same amount of space difficult to come by in hotels—it costs a lot more, too.

You can still enjoy great amenities—minus the crowds.

Picture it: a sparkling pool where you can watch the kids swim, and you’ve got it all to yourself. No fighting for a picnic table or pool chair, and the kids can splash and play as much as they want. Or maybe you prefer a relaxing hot tub—or even both, all with the added bonus of privacy. You can even find vacation homes with bonus kid-friendly amenities like arcade games, home theaters, ping-pong tables, foosball tables, and more.

family and their dog hanging out on a dock over a lake

You can save on meals with a full kitchen.

Traveling with kids means more mouths to feed. With a hotel, the money you spend on food can start to stack up, between a lack of cooking space and the ever-so-alluring (but pricey) room service.

With a family vacation rental, you can have access to stovetops and ovens, outdoor grills, a full refrigerator, and dishwashers to make cleanup a breeze. So whether you’re making some quick sandwiches for a beach day, or cooking up a special three-course meal in a luxury chef’s kitchen, it’s much more possible in a vacation rental kitchen vs. in a hotel room. Plus, with all the money you save, you can splurge on a special meal out to celebrate your vacation.

Vacation rentals are more unique.

When you think back on your most memorable lodging, you probably aren’t thinking of a cookie-cutter hotel room. A vacation home is just that: a home. And it shows. You can choose from beach cottages, riverfront cabins, cozy ski chalets, luxury estates, and more. Many of our kid-friendly vacation rentals are decorated specially by their private owners—or even Vacasa’s team of interior designers—for something a little more memorable than a wildflower painting bolted to the wall.

Each vacation home brings something unique to the table, and a way to make great memories together. The possibilities are near-endless: a large yard to play lawn games, a dock over the lake for stargazing, or a firepit to toast marshmallows and tell stories.

Some of our family favorites

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No matter where you want to go, we have a family-friendly vacation rental ready for you.

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