Last week I discussed my experience using Vrbo to locate a vacation rental on Kauai’s North Shore. Many of you commented with helpful tips of your own which I appreciate. Here’s a sampling of your ideas:
- Check MLS listings to make sure the rental is not for sale. (Dodge and Sharon)
- Descriptions that have rules regarding noise, parking and outdoor activities could be the sign of an illegal rental. (Soozie)
- Use an owner who will accept credit cards so you have some protection if the rental goes awry. (Ukalady)
- Obtain the address and use Google maps to view a picture of the rental and location. (me)
After writing about the VRBO site, I decided to tell you about the rental I ended up with:
Unit 105 at Princeville’s Pali Ke Kua, Vrbo #149655.
When I don’t want to leave I know I’m having a good time. Their property description on Vrbo was 100 percent accurate and so were the photos. Owner was friendly and prompt in communication. The best features for me were the kitchen and oceanfront views. This one bedroom rental was well equipped, nicely furnished and quiet. Three ceiling fans cooled the unit. There was no central air which could be an issue for some during the summer months. I give this rental an A- and would stay there again.
Short Stays Are Not The Best Value: As with any vacation rental, the longer you stay the lower your daily charge. My nightly rate for example, increased by $75 when adding cleaning and reservation fee, state and county tax and Visa surcharge to the three night stay.
Consider Trip Insurance. We’ve written about this before and it’s always a good idea when booking a vacation rental. The reason is that cancellations need to be made early to avoid substantial fees. If you have to cancel 30 days or less before arrival, you may be billed the entire amount of your stay. Always read the cancellation policy before booking.
(FTC Statement: We paid the published rate and received no compensation for this review).
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