Alternatives to Hotels

MatthewA By MatthewA, 29th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Hotels are the largest of accommodation options and hotels can have hundreds of rooms. In terms of resources the higher starred hotels can also have pools, gyms, saunas, and a variety of dining options. As such, many book their holidays with hotels. However, hotels are not the only holiday accommodation option and there are in fact a variety of cheaper alternatives to them. These are a few of the alternative accommodation options to hotels.

The Bed-and-Breakfast

Bed-and-Breakfasts are considered to be one of the best accommodation options for holidays. Essentially, Bed and Breakfasts are more limited hotels. The main difference from hotels is that the only dining option they really provide is that of breakfasts. As such, dinners cannot be booked with Bed and Breakfasts. This aside, Bed-and-Breakfasts are smaller accommodation options but can still provide a variety of room sizes and beds,TVs, radio, en-suite rooms, and wi-fi. In addition to this, some Bed-and-Breakfasts may also include bars and lounges similar to hotels. Like hotels the Bed-and-Breakfasts are also rated on a scale of 1 – 5 by various tourist boards. Given this, Bed-and-Breakfast and Guest Houses are preferred by many as a budget hotel alternative.

Tents and Caravans

Tents and caravans provide the basis for camping holidays. Visit a camp-site or holiday resort and there will be many tents and caravans set-up in them. The caravan is the more up-market of the two and almost all are valued over $1000 while tents can be less than this. Caravans can include much of what you would expect to find in a hotel room such as beds, kitchen, sinks, and tables for dining as well as TV. As they can be carried tents are much more portable than caravans and need to be set-up first. Well designed tents are certainly waterproof even in the heaviest of storms, although can still be blown by extreme wind. Given that average hotel rooms may be $50 - $100 an evening economically tents and caravans can be a better alternative in the long run.


Self-catering is another of the big alternative accommodation options to hotels. Most holiday destinations usually have at least a few self-catering properties for rent. Essentially, self-catering requires that a vacation property such as a holiday villa or condo be rented for the duration of the holiday. There are some variety of holiday rental options, including fractional ownership, and they can vary in size and scope with some properties including lots of rooms, swimming pools, and balconies. Self-catering is a larger accommodation option, but unlike hotels no meals can be provided. Overall, self-catering weekly rates are more comparable to hotels, but like hotels can vary widely.

These are three of the main accommodation alternatives to hotels. The Bed and Breakfast, tents and caravans for camp-sites, and self-catering are all alternative accommodation options to hotels for holidays in a variety of locations.


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