Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone has ever used a vacation rental website like FlipKey, Home Away, or VRBO before? I’ve read reviews but you never know if they are real travelers doing the reviews. Hearing some feedback from you bees would really be helpful.
My fiance and I REALLLLLY love the Sandal’s resorts and how private/all-inclusive it all is. The problem is that we just cannot justify the cost!!! For less than that we could fly to Europe and rent a private house/apartment and really soak in the culture. We got engaged in France, and we absolutely loved the french countryside, so to do this for our honeymoon would be nice. We also quickly saw the italian countryside and loved that too, so it could be nice to get to really soak in that atmosphere as well.
Has anyone specifically used these locations in Europe? Please let me know!!! We are dying to take this trip, but are so scared to take a risk right now!
Post # 3
@indecisivebride89: We rented an AMAZING apartment from Flipkey in Florence with friends in May 2011 and my parents rented the same place in September 2012! Here it is: http://www.flipkey.com/florence-condo-rentals/p212739/ It was perfect and the owners were absolutely lovely. The apt is a little outside the main tourist areas, but a great, safe neighborhood totally walkable to everything. We took the bus to see Chianti during the day. We took a trip to Vernazza in Cinque Terre and stayed here for 2 nights: http://www.booking.com/hotel/it/affittacamere-tonino-basso.en.html Also great, but a little expensive. The hiking in Cinque Terre was truly incredible.
I’ve also used Airbnb to rent in the states and we’re renting a cabin for our honeymoon from Airbnb as well!
Post # 4
We’ve used VRBO and Airbnb, but only in the US. My friend moved to Europe last year and actually rented an apartment for the past year that she originally found as a VRBO listing.
For at least one of the websites (maybe both, it was my dad who had done the bookings and left reviews), you have to definitely have stayed (ie, booked through their system) in order to leave a review, so I think you can trust them. I’d research carefully if it’s a person vs. a company (I’ve done both, and they were both fine) so you know what to expect.
It saved us *so* much money, so I definitely think they’re a great way of doing things. I’d look for something on VRBO/Airbnb before booking a hotel for any future travel.