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Hotel vs Condo

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
For those of you that travel with family do you prefer Hotel or Condo?

If you take the Condo route what is the best source of rentals?

I've found a few websites that make it easy to find condo owners (for example: http://www.vrbo.com/). Sounds great on paper but how do you know you aren't getting scammed?
post #2 of 20
I've been using VRBO for several years now, & have never encountered a problem.
In fact, if you call, you can often get them to waive the cleaning fee.
post #3 of 20
I have never heard of anyone having a problem with vrbo and I plan on using them this year.
post #4 of 20
Traveled with family for last 10 years. Condo is easy choice.It's nice to have the comforts of home when you get back from skiing. I have used VRBO many times and almost never had a problem. If possible, I like to talk to owner on phone. I have had 2 experiences with owners who were not scammers, but total flakes. The first time was in SLC and not thru VRBO. Experience was not total disaster, but close. Second time, I figured out that owner was flake due to their not being able to take care of any of the stuff they were supposed to do. I manged to get out of it before too late. Generally tho, I've had good experiences.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
How do you confirm the 'owner' owns the stated property before you send the deposit check?
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Max_501 View Post
How do you confirm the 'owner' owns the stated property before you send the deposit check?
There is a bit of a leap-of-faith here. I went through the same concerns when I first rented that way. I have gone through vrbo about 8 times, and have had all good results. I've convinced friends to do the same, and they have been happy with the experience. Sometimes the place is smaller than the pictures would lead you to believe, but keep in mind it is a place to sleep on a trip, not a place to live.
post #7 of 20
why not both? we always stay in a condo hotel. kitchen, more room, daily housekeeping, friendlier staff, pool, spa.
post #8 of 20
oh, BTW - have used Vrbo - many times - never got scammed.
post #9 of 20
Max- Good question. I've used VRBO several times with no problems. Each time I have spoken directly with the owner and that has given me some comfort that they are who they say they are. But there still is a leap of faith, as there is with all purchases.
post #10 of 20
I have used VRBO, resort quest and Craigslist. With VRBO I have always spoken to the owner and ended up renting from them directly with a slightly better price then was on the site. Resort Quest has been great, usually have lift ticket deals and offer a discount when you use them more then once (last time was a 15% discount). My CL deal in Utah was great, the owner was actually local where I live, so getting the deal done was easy and no problems what-so-ever.

I always opted for the condo set-up because you had more of a home and I found it easier to relax. Hotels just do not have enough room for me.
post #11 of 20
I've used vrbo and cyberrentals.com. I've always just gotten the contact info from the listing and talked to the owners directly and paid them in hand at the place upon receiving keys.
post #12 of 20
A friend of ours owns a timeshare/condo at the Eastern Slopes Inn in NH. I have done both that and hotel, and although either will suffice, costwise and comfortwise I rather do a condo if you have a lot of people.
post #13 of 20
If you are really skeptical/cautious when renting a private condo, as am I, you can check the online property public records of the locality. A few years ago I found a place in the Park City Area that seemed too good, but after speaking to the supposed owner, I checked the property appraiser’s office and at least a person by that name was listed as the owner. I then verified the phone number and name matched.
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by num View Post
I've used vrbo and cyberrentals.com. I've always just gotten the contact info from the listing and talked to the owners directly and paid them in hand at the place upon receiving keys.
Now that's what I'd like to do. But the few owners I've been in touch with want 50% up front sent to them. That just makes me nervous.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by num View Post
I've used vrbo and cyberrentals.com. I've always just gotten the contact info from the listing and talked to the owners directly and paid them in hand at the place upon receiving keys.
I've rented on vrbo about 7 or 8 times, and never had anyone let me wait until arrival to pay. I've also never had any problems up to this point <knocks on wood>.
post #16 of 20
They want deposit so they don't end up with an empty condo when you change your mind and not show up.
post #17 of 20
On a few occasions I have cut loose with the checkbook and splurged on a ski out condo when I had the whole fan damily with me.

I must say, it was worth every penny and if I could have afforded that kind of lifestyle all of the time .... damn!

No packing up the car or waiting for a bus lugging gear .... lunch ... ski back and pop out .... walk in and make a good sandwich ... no lines or trying to find space ...

Not only a condo .... a ski out ... is the way to go!
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by jaobrien6 View Post
I've rented on vrbo about 7 or 8 times, and never had anyone let me wait until arrival to pay.
It might vary by region? I've only used them for middle of nowhere Midwestern small towns. I've usually gotten the impression that the properties get a handful of renters a month if that, so it might be due to low demand.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
On a few occasions I have cut loose with the checkbook and splurged on a ski out condo when I had the whole fan damily with me.

I must say, it was worth every penny and if I could have afforded that kind of lifestyle all of the time .... damn!

No packing up the car or waiting for a bus lugging gear .... lunch ... ski back and pop out .... walk in and make a good sandwich ... no lines or trying to find space ...

Not only a condo .... a ski out ... is the way to go!

I concur with the extreme convenience of slopeside for families. I also recently had a good first experience with VRBO.
However, on my lowly family budget and with my tendency to hit more then one ski area while on a trip I often stay in motels which can save money and have some pluses. They are much less desirable then a multi-room, multi-bath condo, but you do what you have to for slope time. Motels can be a good deal in a town where summer tourism is bigger than winter sports, for example South Lake Tahoe CA, Jackson WY, or North Conway NH. Elsewhere during prime ski season a motel along an interstate 10 or 20 miles from a popular ski resort can be MUCH cheaper than something slopeside or within a mile. Motel "suites" with kitchen appliances are good and I especially like the many motels/hotels that now offer a free breakfast bar and indoor pool/hot tub. Starting kids with a full belly and finishing them with a good soak is a winning combo. There are thousands of good examples of this type, off the top of my head a few I had good experiences at are the Quality Suites Evergreen and the Boulder Outlook Hotel in CO and Comfort Inn/Suites North Conway, NH. I have also done many no-frills, mom&pop motels over the years, but usually saved those for "guys only" trips. Have also done the sleeping in car/truck/trailer thing, although it's been awhile.
post #20 of 20
Family of 4, we always rent slopeside condos - very convenient for everyone to come and go as they please, some $ savings making meals in, and spacious. Have used ownerdirect.com (once) and alluradirect.com (B.C. resorts) several times and never had a problem. Properties as shown in pictures and details as described. After initial contact, I have always dealt with the owner or designated property manager, and paid 25% deposit, balance 30-45 days out - reasonable since they have to be assured they won't be left with an empty condo.

Always,there have been significant savings over booking directly with the resort.
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