Short Term Rentals Emerge As Next Big Thing In European Travel Say Global Short Term Experts
Gone are the days of expensive hotels and character lacking accommodation. Today, short term holiday rentals have been pegged as the fastest growing trend in contemporary European travel according to the web’s leader in global short term rentals, Only-Apartments. The Barcelona-based accommodation hub is at the forefront of these evolving consumer preferences with its fantastic selection of rentals across the continent. From Berlin and Budapest to Prague and Paris, there is a fully equipped apartment to suite every traveller.
Arthur Frommer, editor of leading travel website Frommers explains, “The rental of short-term apartments or vacation homes in place of hotel rooms has surely become the fastest-growing trend in all of travel. Even two persons traveling together will find that apartments in most cities can be obtained for no more than a hotel room would cost, and they will be far more spacious (and with at least kitchenette facilities) as well.”
As expected, one of the major causes behind the shift in preferences is an increased concern with cost. While the global financial crisis hit wallets hard, holidays are one indulgence that haven’t been knocked off British priority lists. That said, the credit crunch has forced holidaymakers to find better deals and cut costs wherever possible. These trends are backed up in a recent Travel Supermarket consumer survey which revealed that 93% of Brits planned to take a holiday in 2013, with 43% citing price as a major influence. With short term rentals significantly cheaper than hotels, sites such as Only-Apartments have emerged as the accommodation option of choice for cash conscious travellers. For example, a fully equipped two bedroom apartment in the heart of Venice’s San Marco district starts at just £79 per night. In comparison, hotel quad rooms advertised on Expedia start at a minimum of £200.
Another major benefit of short stay apartments is their unmatched flexibility. For those on a budget, the savings made by cooking in-house meals could be used to fund activities and experiences. For families travelling with young children, the extra space is a great way to make the kids feel instantly at home. Apartments are also attractive to groups of friends wanting to socialise in a comfortable and accommodating space.
Alon Eldar, CEO of Only-apartments said, “Over the past few years there has been a noticeable shift in the accommodation preferences of UK holidaymakers. While hotels were previously the accommodation option of choice, the emergence of budget friendly short term apartments has since knocked them off the pedestal.”
Also contributing to the boom in short term apartment rentals is the ease of booking and increased focus on customer service. Only-Apartments offer browsers an instant booking process which lets them secure cost effective accommodation with just a few clicks of the mouse. A dedicated multilingual customer service team is also available around the clock. This ensures that regardless of time zone, the Only-Apartments short term rental experience is smooth, secure and stress free.
For more information about Only-Apartments and to start browsing the diverse collection of short term holiday rentals for families, couples, groups of friends and solo travellers, visit the website at: www.only-apartments.com
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About Only Apartments: Founded in 2003, Only-Apartments specialises in short and medium stays. The company currently lists over 20,000 apartments located in 106 countries across the globe. With comprehensive descriptions, competitive prices and an easy booking process, Only-Apartments has emerged as the accommodation agent of choice for an increasing number of holidaymakers.