After booking your Florida flights you will then need to arrange appropriate accommodation. Do you stay in a hotel or rent a private villa? Your choice will depend on the size of your family or the number of people travelling with you.
Most travellers from Europe are generally used to staying in hotel acommodation when they go on their usual European holiday however the option to rent a private villa is more common in Florida than anywhere else.
What could be the main differences between a private holiday villa as compared to a normal hotel in Florida?
When you stay in a hotel room generally all the family are in the one room and depending on how many are travelling you may need more than one room which will add to the costs. When you have a private holiday home you will have more than one bedroom and a couch that can be made into another bed. So if you need more than one bedroom a villa can offer you this and may work out cheaper than having to get three separate hotel rooms.
Villas are generally furnished to a very high standard and offer more space than any hotel room would. Most villas are privately owned and the owners use them at certain times of the year.
There is a if you have more than one hotel room you may not get them together. It is even possible that you might be on one floor and the other room could be on another. If the accommodation has more than one building you could have one room in one and the other room in another.
Hotels can be noisy as people come and go at all hours. Like you people are free to come and go as they please and this could result in you being wakened if someone returns to their room during the night and makes a noise.
In your villa you would expect cooking facilities and a fridge for you to fill up with your food and of course drinks. If you stayed in a hotel or a motel you would have to go looking for the ice machine and make sure you have enough change for the vending machine for any cold drinks.
Some of the villas you can rent come with their own swimming pool which are generally quite small however it will only be you and your friends and family using it. Hotels generally have large pools which are shared between all the guests.
Don’t forget if you are travelling in the quieter months you may need to pay extra to heat the swimming pool. Charges vary depending on the villa you rent however a charge of around $40 a day can be normal. This is an expense you would not incur if you were staying in a hotel.