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Villa versus Motel – you decide!
Orlando is full of many options - things to do, places to eat and places to stay.
There are a wide range of options just for accommodation , but many people end up choosing between a cheap motel or a Florida villa.
A cheap motel often appears the cheapest option. However it may end up costing you more that you think. For the ‘bargain’ price your family will often have to spend the week living into one room, sharing 1 bathroom and taking it in turns to choose the channel on the TV. You may find yourself eating out more often , or seeking extra entertainment just to escape from your hotel room. This may end up costing you more than a luxury villa, which can provide more enjoyment.
By renting a villa the right size for your group the per person per night cost can be very low. This is particularly true if you are a family/group of more than 4. There are plenty of bedrooms , bathrooms and living space, not to mention the outdoors areas. Most have their own private pools , which can be heated in winter , together with toys for the children , DVDs, numerous TVs, Playstation and even their own games room.
You may find you family enjoys chilling out by the pool. We certainly find the time just flies doing nothing in particular, and in the villa everyone can find something to suit them, rather than everyone having to do the same thing. Remember it is a holiday – not an endurance test!
Families with young children will enjoy a rest day every so often between theme park visits. It’s not only the children that get tired!. We always visit the parks early in the morning, come home to the villa for the afternoon (Yes – it really does feel like home after just a day or two!), and then return to the parks refreshed for the evening . With so much entertainment on your own doorstep , you will find you pay much less for entertainment elsewhere.
Just because you have a fully equipped kitchen , you don’t need to cook every night – or even any night. Most villas are located with easy access to the main tourist areas in Orlando, so you can visit a local restaurant, or eat in the parks. Alternatively you could dial a take-away, rustle up a very simple meal at home or enjoy a pool side barbecue . You can even prepare a packed lunch to take to the parks, saving on food bills there .At the very least you have take drinks and snacks straight from your refrigerator, or take them with you into the parks. Without having to pay to eat out all the time, or to pay for meals you just don’t fancy, you may find you have saved considerably on your overall holiday food bills.
So when you choose your type of accommodation , be sure to look at the overall cost your holiday – taking into account the food cost savings and the entertainment cost saving when staying in a villa.
Of course it doesn’t all come down to cost. A villa can feel like home, offer you a place of tranquillity away from the hubbub of the parks , a time to spend quality time as a family and the opportunity to truly relax.
The choice is yours so make it the right one for you – but there’s no going back for me !
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Page added on: 14 June 2005
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