Every year I go on holiday either to the Costa Brava or to somewhere I’ve never been before. Every time I go away I look at the range of hotels that are available and the range of costa brava villas to rent, for example.
Now, I know what type of accommodation I prefer to stay in but, not everyone is happy to switch from staying in a hotel to a villa. So why should you think about staying in this type of accomodation, and are they really any better than a hotel? Let’s weigh out the good and bad aspects of staying in a villa:
The Positives of Staying in a Villa
– Villas can be nicer than hotels
A villa really can be so much nicer than staying in a hotel. This is because they are usually decorated with luxury in mind. This ultimately means that if you want a touch of luxury while you’re on your holiday, a villa could be right for you.
– Guests are usually treated a little nicer
This is not to say that you won’t be treated well if you stay in a hotel, it’s just that in my experience you’re treated slightly better. Perhaps this is because you’re not one of 200+ guests who is staying in the same accommodation, you are one of perhaps 10-15. This means the villa owners and their team are likely to have a lot more time to cater to your every need.
– Villas can be a lot more private
One of the best things about staying in a villa is you have a lot more privacy. There isn’t likely to be anyone you don’t know in the next room, and you won’t have to worry about disturbing the other guests. If your idea of a good vacation involves spending time alone with your partner and your family, you are going to love staying in a villa.
– Villas can offer you more
Villas can offer you so much more than a hotel can. For instance, you may have a pool that only you and your family can use, and you may even be situated on the beach front, which only you and your family have access to. What’s more is if you have hired a car you will be able to park it right outside the villa.
– Villas tend to be quiet
If you do not wish to be disturbed while you sleep, or you simply do not wish to hear what the other guests are doing, you will love staying in a villa in the Costa Brava. This is because they tend to be a lot quieter than hotels, and you’re unlikely to hear drunken parties walk passed your room at 3 am.
– Villas are bigger than hotel rooms
When you book a hotel you know you’re likely to have access to your own private bedroom and bathroom. When you book into a villa you will have so much more: You’ll have a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area, and you may even have a garden, a pool, and more!
– They are ideal for large groups
If you love to take a family holiday and you want to spend as much time together as you can then you could find a villa ideal. This is because you won’t all be dotted around different parts of the hotel, you will instead be staying in the same place. Many hotels tend to put guests where they can, meaning you could be on the other side of the building from each other. Staying in a villa means you’re all going to be in close proximity, making it more convenient for all of you.
– Offering better value for money
Not everyone is aware that staying in a villa offers better value for money when compared with staying in a hotel. This is generally because you have access to a kitchen and you can cook there rather than going out for a meal every night. You usually find that staying in a villa works out cheaper per person if there are a lot of you staying there. This means you can enjoy a two week holiday for less than you would if you each had your own hotel room.
The Downside to Staying in a Villa
– You may be quite isolated
Occasionally, villas can be quite isolating as they tend to be away from the centre of towns and cities. If you would like to be close to the areas that have the best nightlife, you may want to think about staying in a hotel instead.
– There’s no room service
While hotels tend to offer room service along with places to dine and even a casino, a villa is very unlikely to have any of these features. This may well mean that you’ll have to cook your own meals at 1 am, and you may even have to plan your meals ahead of time too.
– There isn’t always a maid service
While in hotels you’re likely to have someone come in and clean your room every day, villas don’t tend to offer this. Maids may come in now and again, but for the most part, you will be left to clean up after yourself.
While there are some downsides to staying in a villa, there are clearly a lot of positives. It’s therefore clear that booking a villa as opposed to a hotel can be beneficial in terms of cost, amenities, and privacy. Need I say more?