I love hotels. But sometimes I particularly like renting an apartment or house – even the occasional grand villa for a special occasion. When I rent a home, small or otherwise, I have a completely different experience than I do when I stay in a traditional hotel.
I’m picky about what I rent, of course. I’ve used the website One Fine Stay to book in London and their style and service is unmatched. You feel completely cared for and there is no need to wonder if what you saw online is what you’re going to get. Their prices are higher than some of the lesser services, but you get outstanding service and peace on mind.
I’ve used VRBO.com to rent apartments in a number of US state, and to rent a historic castle in Italy for my husband’s birthday week with friends. With these types of sites, its important to look closely at the photos, correspond with the owners and, of course, to go through a reputable site.
At the moment I’m using Airbnb (which I previously used to rent a flat in Barcelona).
The small studio we’ve rented in Washington, DC is stylish and well-located. The building itself is a timeless masterpiece, surrounded by the greenery of Rock Creek Park, with restaurants, bars, shops and services all within a block of the impressive front door. The apartment is timeless as well, filled with an array of personal artifacts, art and antique treasures that make me feel comfortable and at home.
We’ve spent four days here in the Nation’s capital, enjoying the sites and tastes as we continue our progressive road trip. Tomorrow, its off to Monticello, the elegant and timeless home of Thomas Jefferson and a stay at a grand country estate…