Ideal vacation: Book a hotel or rent a house?

Cost, convenience may be more important than privacy

Learn the New Luxury Playbook at Luxury Connect | October 18-19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Q: I'm thinking of renting a vacation place from an individual owner instead of staying in a hotel. What should I consider? A: Vacations should be a time to relax and enjoy some down time. Whether you choose to rent a private home, stay in a bed-and-breakfast or splurge on a fancy hotel depends on your personality, desires and pocketbook. For starters, some people crave privacy, while others prefer to schmooze with others and network about local shopping and attractions. Private homes offer the greatest degree of privacy since there are no other guests or staff to bump into while strolling indoors or out. For sunbathers or honeymooners, private homes can be a slice of heaven. On the other hand, there are some drawbacks to renting single-family residences. They are designed and built for private use. As a result, most private home rentals are not regulated by government agencies, including the health department. Some people prefer the peace of mind knowing the place has been inspected ...