Americans are finally catching on to idea that has long been popular in Europe and especially the UK. Renting a privately owned house, apartment, furnished room or even a yacht is an exciting alternative to staying in a hotel. San Francisco vacation rentals offer the opportunity to enjoy facets of the city that most people rarely see.
Traditionally people have thought of staying in private homes or apartments as a way of saving money. This may be the case as there are no taxes or service charges or tips to be added to the final bill. However vacation rentals are not necessarily inexpensive.
What is more likely is that the renter will see the advantage in value per dollar. A private home rental offers more space and privacy than is normally available in a hotel. Often there are amenities such as a private swimming pool, sauna, work-out equipment. Many rental homes have lovely gardens and decks for relaxing and gazing.
People who have children often find that vacationing in a rental home reduces stress and makes everyone more comfortable. A house with a spacious private yard is safer and more fun than a public place where children are expected to be on their best behavior all the time.
People who are accustomed to staying in hotels have the advantage of a known commodity. Procedures are familiar. A name brand hotel will look and feel pretty much the same in one city or country as another. There is on-site staff to deal with problems at all hours.
It may be a little unnerving at first to think about being someplace where there is no desk clerk and no maid service. But owners generally make themselves available or provide a management service that can take the place of the desk clerk and the housekeeping department. Renters soon find that the privacy and freedom they enjoy far outweigh any disadvantages they might encounter.
The options in San Francisco are almost endless. It really comes down to which fabulous neighborhood you want to live in and which fabulous views do you want to enjoy. You should consider which amenities you prefer and how much you want to spend.
At the low end of the price range you can rent a room in someone’s home. You might get a futon in the corner or an elegantly furnished room with private bath. You might be in a loft with high ceilings in a renovated warehouse or you might find yourself in a room at the top of Nob Hill.
People who make a success of renting out rooms in their homes tend to be gregarious folks who love people and have great social skills. They can tell you everything you want to know about transportation, where to eat, and what to see. When people write reviews about them they praise not only their housekeeping and cooking but also the pleasure of their company.
At the other end of the scale of San Francisco vacation rentals you might take an entire house on Nob Hill with a fabulous view of the golden Gate Bridge in one direction and the lights of the city in the other. You might take a place in the Marina District just a brisk walk to the yacht club, Chrissie Field, the Exploratorium, and the Presidio. Whatever you choose a great vacation awaits.
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