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VRBO and other vacation rentals - any experiences?

post #1 of 15
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I'm looking to rent a place in Breckenridge for 3 people at the beginning of February. Has anyone had any positive or negative experiences with renting a place opposed to a hotel room? We like the idea of a ski-in ski-out without a 300/night price. We're more in the $150 a night range.
post #2 of 15
I use VRBO all the time and have not had any bad experiences yet.  $150.00 for ski-in/out would be a great deal. 
post #3 of 15
Nothing but good results with VRBO. I recommend them on here all the time.
post #4 of 15
I have been using VRBO for a number of years now and never had a bad experience.
There were a couple of times that the description didn't quite depict the actual condo, but I've always been satisfied.

There's a couple of things that I look for now. First, I always inquire (by phone) about the the items listed that are important to me.
For instance, some list a washer and dryer, but it may not be in the unit.
Some list a hot tub, but fail to state that it's a hundred yards away.

We've also encountered a problem where the owner/renter was using a cleaning service other than the one used by the management group.
If the owners cleaning service cannot make it to your condo due to weather etc., you may be left with cleaning upon arrival.

Do your homework and ask questions.

Hope this helps.
post #5 of 15
Been using VRBO for over 7+ years with ski trips, vacations in Phoenix, NYC, Chicago, Florida, Hawaii.........0 problems. 
post #6 of 15
I used VRBO for 2 places in Breckenridge last season.  One at Trails End and the other in River Mtn. Lodge.  Both owners were right on their game and things went off w/o a hitch.  Both were at slow points in the season, and in the $ 150 / night price range.
post #7 of 15
I've used Twin Seasons Vacations in Silverthorne for many years.  Most of their units are in Silverthorne and Dillon and they seem to have the best prices for a rental agent - generally in line with VRBO.  I like the idea of having an office to go to if there are problems with the unit. 
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie View Post

I used VRBO for 2 places in Breckenridge last season.  One at Trails End and the other in River Mtn. Lodge.  Both owners were right on their game and things went off w/o a hitch.  Both were at slow points in the season, and in the $ 150 / night price range.


Was the River Mountain Lodge a ski-in/out place? I saw that one but read that it was a loud time share place near the street.
post #9 of 15
We have used VRBO several times and had good results.  Its really going to come down to the owner of the property at any given location.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by mikeg19_82 View Post

Was the River Mountain Lodge a ski-in/out place? I saw that one but read that it was a loud time share place near the street.
 


Anything in Breck can be loud at times depending on the time of year and who is in the unit next to you....College breaks in Jan and March would be examples and the last few weeks of April during Spring Massive.

We were on the town side of River Mtn. Lodge and it was fine (and I'm well past party years).  The mtn side would probably have a little more noise as it is right on the road.  The town side has a great view of the  Blue River and downtown Breck about a football field away.  It is ski in IF  4 O'Clock Run (see Brecks trail map) is open all the way to the bottom.  At the bottom you just take your skis off, walk accross the road and you are at the building.  It is not ski out.  There are 2 shuttle stops RIGHT in front of the building .....talking 50 feet here.  One takes you to Peak 9, the other to Peak 8. Of course center of (and rest of town) is easilly walkable.
post #11 of 15
Yup. Used VRBO a lot. Good Experience all the time. BUT - watch out for Real estate Management companies masquerading as Owners. If they have a 800 number - they are surely Mgmt companies. I don't like dealing with them - as their fees are exhorbitant. I can find a better deal by dealing with owners directly.
post #12 of 15
The problem with dealing with owners directly is that payment is often a hassle as they don't take credit cards.

I have had a couple situations where it just didn't work out because there wasn't a good way to pay.
post #13 of 15
Ever heard of Paypal.
post #14 of 15
Of course.

However plenty of owners don't due to the 2% renters fee and others don't have account limits removed in order to accept more then $500.
post #15 of 15
I used them two years ago for a rental in Bozeman MT in the summer, and last year for a house in the outer banks of NC for a beach vacation.  No issues.  As a dad of a family of four, the extra space, real living room and kitchen are key to keeping small monsters fed and entertained.

Just make sure you have an understanding withe the landlord, who usually is not in the hospitality business.
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