A friend of mine recently went to LA with her family and rented a gorgeous home for a week in the Pacific Palisades. They swam in the pool, ate meals al fresco and hiked trails right outside the property. It got me thinking about my next vacation and if a hotel is the right option for my family. While I love staying at a hotel and spending time in the common areas and have access to a high-tech gym and spa, I can also feel cooped up if I am staying for more than a few days in a small hotel room. Plus, my kids would enjoy a backyard and a pool.
These days it’s easier than ever to find a home or apartment that suits your needs. Some come fully equipped with five-star hotel amenities, stunning grassy backyards, swimming pools, lush gardens and spectacular views. Plus, most short-term rentals can be more affordable than a good hotel in a big city. Here are some sites that make renting a home or apartment in a different city really easy:
What you get: This company has high-end spacious apartment and homes in cities such as London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. I like how they have the properties organized by categories such as families or work, and the properties are tastefully designed, bright and always stocked with amenities such as high-thread count linens.
What you get: Over 500 homes around the world that are geared towards families and come equipped with the kid gear you need—cribs, changing tables, sitter recommendations (genius) as well as toys, books and backyards. The site is beautiful and organized well making it easy to find the right place for your next family trip. I like how there is a last-minute option for those who want to book a trip in a little time (moi).
What you get: You can find luxury rentals in over 45 destinations such as Palm Springs, Tuscany and Thailand that offers a wide range of options for larger groups (extended family trips) and service like a five-star hotel such as your own personal concierge that can make dinner reservations to hard-to-get theatre tickets.
What you get: This site has extensive listing pretty much anywhere in the world you want to go, from affordable to expensive with helpful reviews from guests. I like how you can be in contact directly with the owner of the property you are interested in so you can ask lots of questions.
What you get: Airbnb has a ton of variety at any price point with homes and apartments in over 190 countries where you can rent an entire home, apartment or even a room share. I know friends who have found a great little cottage out in East Hampton and a place in upstate New York that was available by the night and clean and affordable.
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