Hotels vs. Vacation Rentals: Evolution Doesn’t Wait

Today, we have a case of a blog post leads to blog post leads to blog post. It’s one of the things I love about blogging: ideas expand and evolve… and FAST. Bloggers can’t sit and wait to post about a topic. They have to move on it as soon as the idea comes along or else it gets stale.  Keep this idea in mind.

In the original post Arthur Frommer speculated about whether hotels are a “dying breed” as a result of short-term apartment and vacation rentals, the second post on Hotel Chatter suggested that hotels won’t die;  they will simply evolve when someone has a great idea in response to the growing vacation rental market.

My two cents on the hotels vs. vacation rentals debate? Don’t wait for the next big idea. Evolve right now. Waiting to see what happens, and who has the next big idea, is what will be the death of your hotel. If you keep waiting, you’ll always be behind the curve struggling to keep up. (I don’t even have to tell you what lagging behind does to your hotel reputation, do I?) It’s worth considering what about apartment and house rentals makes them so appealing? Mr. Frommer suggests it’s the savings, especially when travelers are in groups (i.e., families traveling with families). But I believe there’s something else equally important to consider. Staying in a home or apartment is an entirely different experience, especially when traveling with other friends. There’s a sense of sharing time in an entirely different way. In a hotel, you might call one another to coordinate your morning. (Ring, ring… “You all ready for breakfast. No? Oh, well we’re already hungry and dressed so we’ll head down without you.” You’ve had this conversation, as well as the version where everyone sits around and gets hungry and cranky.)

In a house or apartment, you can have a leisurely breakfast in your p.j.s and then decide where everyone will go for the day. You can stay up and have cocktails on the patio after the kids go to bed. You can watch movies together. Cook dinner together. Share old times, make new times.

Of course, this isn’t what everyone wants when vacationing, but it’s a growing market, so consider whether or not it’s worth taking the time to explore and evolve.

Don’t get stale.

Tony Ciccarone

Tony Ciccarone is a web developer who is experienced in making high-quality professional websites, writing clean & reusable code, and creating data-driven web applications.

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