London Vacation Apartments

Vacation rentals (or vacation apartments) are the renting out of a furnished apartment or house on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to a hotel. The term vacation rentals is mainly used in the USA. In Europe apartment rentals is preferred for short term rentals of apartments. Other terms used are self-catering rentals, holiday apartments and holiday lets (in the United Kingdom).

Vacation rentals have long been a popular travel option in Europe (especially in the UK and London) and are becoming increasingly popular across the world. Vacation rentals are available in most states of the US and are prevalent in major European tourist areas.

London vacation rentals usually occur in privately owned properties, so the variety of accommodation is broad. The property is always a fully furnished apartment in a condominium, townhome or single-family-style home. Clients/travellers arrange to rent the vacation apartment in London for a designated period of time. Most London vacation apartments are rented on nightly basis similar to hotel rooms, although sometimes the vacation rentals in London’s practice is weekly rentals.

London vacation apartments can range from budget studio apartments to lavish, expensive, luxury apartments in the city's most desirable locations, some with prices of hundreds pounds per night and all the amenities you would find in any luxury accommodation to cater to the guests. Some London vacation rentals, particularly condominiums or apartments, offer many of the same services hotels offer to their guests, e.g., front desk check-in, 24-hour maintenance, in-house housekeeping, concierge service.

Vacation rentals in London are generally appealing for many reasons, some of the foremost being cost savings, more space, and no tips or service charges that are associated with hotel rooms. London vacation apartments have kitchens for cooking, living rooms for gathering together and offer the appeal of living in a real neighborhood and soaking up the rhythm of the locals. Rental properties are usually privately owned vacation properties with the facilities that owners need for their own enjoyment such as DVD, Hi-Fi, libraries and books. Hotels often enjoy the advantages of brand recognition, familiar reservation processes, and on-site staff for problem resolution. For a guest, booking a vacation rental in London may mean stepping out of that comfort zone in order to garner some of the advantages they offer. Perceived cons of vacation rentals in London can include being unfamiliar with the property, lack of on-site staff, and concerns about quality or cleanliness - however, these are most often mitigated by dealing with a reliable vacation rental agency, that can address such concerns and provide references.

The benefits generally outweigh the potential negatives, with many vacation apartments in London offering more space (multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, separate living areas), more amenities (fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, private hot tubs), convenient locations (city centers in real neighborhoods) and greater privacy than a hotel, including the fact that many vacation rentals in London give travelers the option of inhabiting real neighborhoods in their destination and living like the locals.