Small businesses / sales teams, presentation groups and small youth sports groups are largely choosing holiday homes rather than hotels / motels for various reasons. Among these is the price of meals.
$ 25 for a club sandwich?
Last year, TripAdvisor & # 39; s TripIndex report analyzed the top 10 ranked 4-star hotels in various US cities and compared the price of a club sandwich delivered through room service. The results were sobering to say the least, especially for first time users of room service meals. Turns out, the low club sandwich (basically, a turkey BLT) costs nearly $ 16 when ordered via room service. Multiply that by a dozen guests and you're talking $ 192 for just sandwiches – without a drink of any kind. Most hotels automatically add a 15% fee and a $ 5 to $ 12 "in-room" fee on the bill (usually these extra fees and charges are buried in the "mouse type" at the bottom of the menu). Add VAT and you are up to $ 25 per Sandwich – or a whopping $ 300 for 12 BLT's. Imagine the groceries you could buy and the number of meals you could cook with the money spent on meals at a hotel.
Mix Hotel Food Lacks local flavor
In his recent article The top five reasons to never eat at a hotel or resort restaurant https://www.mainstreet.com/article/the-top-five-reasons-to-never-eat-at-a-hotel- or resort-restaurant, Robert McGarvey notes that hotel restaurants usually stick to predictable, bland food that those who eat from home will consider safe – things like sandwiches, pizza, pasta with an occasional steak. The article goes on to say that many guests often complain about the poor service. McGarvey thinks it's better to eat what the locals eat to get a taste for the area. "You don't know New Orleans until you've had a muffaletta in Central Grocery," McGarvey says.
Free breakfast that is not enough to entice
At least in this regard, some hotels have taken steps to prevent guests from switching to holiday homes by offering a complimentary breakfast. But even that is not enough to offset the high prices they charge for lunch and dinner. All the more reason why vacation homes become popular with small businesses / sales teams and small youth sports groups. They offer what hotels / motels can & # 39; t – the opportunity to cook your own food in modern home-like kitchens.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner – just like home
Staying in a holiday home allows travelers to prepare and enjoy healthy, economic meals – three times a day. These well-equipped homes typically feature fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances (dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and double oven), granite countertops and large breakfast bars. The kitchen also has pots, pans, pastries, cooking utensils, dishes, cutlery, even kitchen towels and paper towels – just like home. So instead of expensive, soft meals, guests can prepare unique meals to suit their team & # 39; preferences for health and taste. This includes custom health drinks and desserts – items that would be very expensive in a hotel.
BBQ your steak at a hotel? – Now it's rare
Holiday homes let guests do something they usually can't do at a hotel or motel – prepare steaks, shrimp, burgers or hot dogs on a private outdoor grill. No one is waiting for barbecue areas to be available or sharing the courtyard with strange hotel / motel guests. Each home usually includes a large outdoor dining table and chairs plus a comfortable seating area.
It is not hard to see how spending two or three meals a day for even a small group would be very expensive. Vacation homes solve this problem – with meals that feel and cost like home.