15 Benefits of a Vacation Rental

by jessicaturner on May 23, 2012

Our vacation to Hilton Head was our first time vacationing in a vacation rental. We stayed in this three-bedroom, two-bath condo and it was magnificent.

After reflecting on the week, I thought it would be helpful to share these 15 benefits of a vacation rental.

1. Laundry: This is such a huge benefit! Most vacation rentals have a washer/dryer in them. This means you can pack less and save on baggage fees if you are flying. You can also do laundry mid-week, or if you are like me, do all of your laundry while on vacation, so you come home with two big suitcases full of clean clothes! (Don’t forget to bring laundry detergent with you.)

2. Ability to cook at home: Having a refrigerator and oven can really help you save money on eating out, especially for breakfast or lunch. We had breakfast at “home” every day and most days ate lunch or dinner there as well. Eating out is SO expensive and we often find that we feel better when we eat our own, usually healthier cooking! Now of course, it is fun to try some local restaurants when you are on vacation, but eating out too much can really impact your budget. (One reader recommended to menu plan before you go so you know what foods/spices to bring from home and what to buy at the grocery store when you arrive to your destination!)

3. Extra space: This is a HUGE benefit. Our condo was truly a “home away from home”. It was so nice to have extra room to lounge,  relax and unwind, instead of being cooped up in one room. We were able to really enjoy our family down time and were much more comfortable in a living room rather than in a hotel room. The kids were able to spread out and play, and nap in separate rooms, which was a blessing.

4. Cost effective: We were surprised by how cost effective our spacious condo was. The price was definitely comparable to a hotel. Because many vacation rentals are large, oftentimes families rent them together, making them even cheaper than a hotel. ResortQuest offers an easy to use calculator to figure out rental costs on their website.

5. Community: Our condo was in an area in Hilton Head called Sea Pines. This built in community within the beach town translated to exclusive beaches, yummy restaurants and a community of other people all enjoying the area together. If you travel with family or friends, a vacation rental condo can also offer the perfect space to experience with your loved ones.

6. Variety: every vacation rental is different – different décor, different view, different amenities, etc. You can choose your own vacation rental and preferences based on your budget, whether small or large and how you want to define your vacation –near the beach, near the golf course, or somewhere in between.

7. Comforts of home: Vacation rentals offer all the comforts of home (and maybe some your home doesn’t have). You have space to sprawl out, comfortable living rooms, multiple bedrooms, etc. It truly felt like “home” for the week. We found ourselves saying, “Elias, it’s time to go home.” This translated to easy transitions for us, long naps for the kids and an overall more relaxing vacation.

8. Lots of Privacy: In a vacation rental, usually you have private balconies and private entrances. This means you have no need to walk through the lobby every time you return to your unit. Moreover, depending on the unit, sometimes private pools and BBQ grills (mostly found in private single family rental homes) are included too!

9. Everywhere: Vacation rentals are available virtually everywhere you want to visit!

10. Safety: From exclusive codes on the locks to being located in gated communities with guards, vacation rentals are very safe. As a family, this is so important.

11. Technology: Our condo had WiFi, televisions throughout with cable and DVD players. So if you want technology while you vacation, you can definitely have it.

12.Customer service: When renting through a property management company like ResortQuest, you are provided with excellent customer service both before and during your stay. They can help you make the right decision about your rental choice, advise on activities while on vacation and more.

13. Entertainment options: Vacation rentals often offer a lot to do. We had access to a private pool, the beach, tons of restaurants, bike paths, free movie rentals and more. We could have never left Sea Pines and had a perfect vacation.

14. Less crowded: Because we were in a condo and not a hotel, there were obviously less people.

15. Memories: The memories we created during our vacation will last a lifetime!

If you think this post may be a good reference to you in the future, please pin it!

Disclosure: ResortQuest® by Wyndham Vacation Rentals generously provided the accommodations at our amazing Sea Pines condo and inspired this Hilton Head vacation series. All beach adventures and opinions are my own!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann May 23, 2012 at 6:36 am

Please pack me in your suitcase next time! 😉

Great list, Jessica!


jessicaturner May 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

You can go in my suitcase anytime dear friend. xo


Kim May 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

I highly second your suggestion to rent a home. It just offers so much more than a sterile and small hotel room.

We used to run a family friendly inn that could hold up to 50 people. We quickly realized folks needed such a place as you describe so their entire families could stay together without having to worry about bothering other folks. We were witness to such wonderful and joyful gatherings. Folks had space and time to relax and just enjoy one another, to pick up a thread from the last time they had gotten together. It truly was magical, and we were so humbled and happy to be a part of that.


jessicaturner May 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing.


Katrina May 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

I couldn’t agree more. Last year we stayed in a hotel because I had won a trip free through my work. We made it work, but we were so cramped and I hated not having the kitchen. We said we will most likely never do that again with the kids! Especially for a beach vacation.


jessicaturner May 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

Yes, yes, yes to being cramped. I don’t think we could have done it.


Kristen Strong May 23, 2012 at 7:44 am

Super fab list here friend! I’ll be sharing it with my man, too. Love you and your generous heart, Jess. You always share the good stuff with us Mom Creative readers! xo


jessicaturner May 23, 2012 at 10:05 am



Dawn @ My Home Sweet Home May 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

I loved the sweet pictures of your family. It looks like you had a fun and relaxing week!


jessicaturner May 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

Coming from a great photographer like you Dawn, that means a lot!


Jessica Kelley May 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Amen to all that–it’s so great to have a real “home” on vacation. And great idea about washing your clothes there so they all come home clean! I did about five loads of laundry this past weekend when we got home. Our condo had a washer and dryer but we forgot to bring detergent, so we just used it to rinse out bibs and burp rags and stuff!


jessicaturner May 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

I forgot a lot of stuff – can’t believe I remembered detergent!


emily freeman May 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

Yes and yes! So great with kids to have that extra elbow room. And Hilton Head is our favorite place to go as a family.


MainlineMom aka Sarah May 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Great post!! I wholeheartedly agree with all these points. My mom owns a beach condo in Bethany Beach, DE and she rents it out through ResortQuest. We love love love it. We spend a few days there each summer…used to be lots more when we lived in Philadelphia.


Arianne May 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Our family has always done this, and oh how you make me long for Hilton Head!


Debbie May 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I’m seriously thinking of going there for a next vacation…..It really looks peaceful and relaxing !!


Christy May 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Love this post Jessica! Going to pin it! I was wondering if you had a favorite restaurant in Hilton Head? We won’t eat out much because of the leisure you mentioned in a condo, but we always love to hear of others favorite restaurants when they go to Hilton Head!


jessicaturner May 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I’m planning on doing a post next week on all our favorite spots. One we especially liked was Roastfish and Cornbread. http://www.roastfishandcornbread.com/


Cara May 28, 2012 at 12:59 am

I was reading your vacation posts while we were on vacation at the same time — we were in San Diego for a week and rented a house, because it wasn’t much more than a hotel, we saved on meals since we had a full kitchen and grill, and our daughter had her own sofa bed, so our evening didn’t have to end when she went to sleep like it would in a hotel room. It was awesome!
We have also rented a larger condo with family — a 3 bedroom, so my family of 3, my brother and his fiancée and my parents all fit comfortably. Such a great way to do a family vacation, especially with a 3 year old — when we did a hotel before, I had to be back in the room once she went to bed, and I felt like I missed out on so much. With a condo, she could go to bed in our room and then we could all still be hanging out in the living room.
We did the same in Italy this past summer when we were there with my in-laws — cheaper to rent an apartment than 2 hotel rooms, and it was great to all be together and have breakfast there and not need to eat out every single meal.
Love it as a new way to travel:)


Stephanie May 30, 2012 at 12:14 am

I agree so much! Vacation homes definitely beat out hotels for convenience + comfort for families.

For our next trip, we hope to book a house WITH another family – to save on costs and add to the fun! 😉


Ryan September 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

From your post, i can understand that you have lived like a local in Hilton Head :) I always prefer vacation rental homes instead of hotels. Privacy is the main matter every people cant compromise when it comes to vacation. I would like to suggest you to check out hometeltravel.com for your next vacation. One of my friend had used this service and he suggested me to check out


Britanny July 20, 2016 at 2:41 am

I was perusing your get-away posts while we were out of town in the meantime — we were in San Diego for a week and leased a house, since it wasn’t a great deal more than an inn, we saved money on dinners since we had a full kitchen and barbecue, and our little girl had her own couch bed, so our night didn’t need to end when she went to rest like it would in a lodging room. It was wonderful!


Lillian Schaeffer August 11, 2016 at 1:27 pm

This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that vacation rentals allow you to cook at home. My husband and I are going with my siblings and their spouses on a trip, and we’re trying to get the details sorted out for that. It would be nice to be able to cook at home so we can save money on food throughout the trip, so I’ll definitely suggestion a vacation rental to the rest of the group. Thanks for the great post!


jessicaturner August 12, 2016 at 9:40 am

Yes! You will love it!


Caden Dahl January 11, 2017 at 9:52 am

Thanks for bringing to my attention the value of having extra space by using a vacation rental. I’m going to be going on a trip with a lot of my siblings and their significant others, and I imagine we’ll be doing a lot of just hanging out. Perhaps it would be a good idea to get a vacation rental so we have plenty of space.


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