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  • Writer's pictureGreg Roeder

Vacation homes turned into short-term rentals are still desired by modern-day travelers.

Vacation home and short term rental in Fort Collins, Colorado

Choosing short-term rentals and hotels has become a hot topic in the ever-evolving hospitality landscape, especially for potential STR investors. Today, I break down the insights and data from the AirDNA article "Hotels vs. Rentals: The New Frontier in Lodging" to explore why short-term rentals remain the preferred choice for many globetrotters.


Travelers Can Embrace the Local Culture:

One of the key reasons travelers opt for short-term rentals is the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture. As AirDNA points out, staying in a residential neighborhood rather than a traditional hotel district allows guests to fully experience a new city's authenticity. Short-term rentals provide a unique and personalized experience that hotels often struggle to replicate, from cozy apartments in bustling city centers to quaint cottages in serene landscapes.


Short-Term Rentals Meet Families, Large Groups, and Business Travelers Needs:

The comfort and convenience offered by short-term rentals create a more relaxed and intimate environment for travelers. With fully equipped kitchens, living spaces, and private bedrooms, short-term rentals afford guests the luxury of space and privacy, making them ideal for families, groups of friends, or anyone seeking a more homely ambiance. Often, practicality plays a role as well. Vacation homes offering items like washers and dryers or toiletries allow travelers to bring fewer items with them on their trip.  And some of these homes are dog-friendly which can save the traveler a lot of money on pet sitters and create a fun travel experience with their pet 😊.


Cost-Effective Options:

For the budget-conscious traveler, short-term rentals often prove to be a more economical choice. AirDNA highlights the cost-effectiveness of rentals, especially for more extended stays and larger groups. With the ability to cook meals in a fully equipped kitchen and the potential for lower nightly rates, guests can stretch their travel budget further without compromising on quality or comfort.


Flexible Living Spaces:

Flexibility is a key advantage of vacation homes turned into short-term rentals. Unlike hotels, which often offer standardized room sizes and layouts, short-term rentals come in various shapes and sizes, catering to diverse preferences and needs. This can also play a role for travelers who have specific accessibility needs. Whether you're seeking a trendy urban loft, a beachfront bungalow, or a charming countryside cottage, the world of short-term rentals has something to offer for every want and need.


Personalized Service from Local Hosts:

The personal touch that hosts bring to short-term rentals is one of the most obvious selling points of STRs, and this is a BIG differentiator.  If the property is managed directly by the owner, then the personalized service is often one of their favorite parts about owning short-term rentals. Many hosts go above and beyond to ensure their guests have a memorable stay, offering local tips, personalized recommendations, and a level of hospitality that can be lacking in larger hotel chains. If the property is professionally managed, there are still often times many of these personalized touches provided my local boutique STR property management companies.


If you are wondering if turning a vacation home into a STR is still a solid investment for the future, modern-day traveler preferences make it clear- it is. The local flavor, home-like atmosphere, cost-effectiveness, flexible living spaces, and personalized service offered by short-term rentals set them apart in travel lodging.


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