With summer on the horizon, it’s time to start planning your vacation. One of the first things to consider after the destination is what kind of accommodations do you need?
“Should we stay on-site at one of the Theme Parks? Or stay off-site at a Hotel? OR, should we rent a vacation home?”
Which is why for the next month we will be focusing on a trip planning and what makes each type of resort stay unique. This week, we will be focusing on Off-Site Hotels
Off-Site hotels provide a lot of flexibility cost-wise. There are extremely luxurious hotels to choose from, like the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton, that holds nothing back in the magical getaway department. For passengers looking for more budget-friendly options, they will find cheaper rates staying off-property at recognizable favorites like Holiday Inn or Best Western. However, many times these hotels will usually be further away from the theme parks and other destinations. When making your choice always budget transportation costs before choosing.
Theme Park Proximity
Off-site hotels can be very diverse, with some being very close to Theme Parks and having partnerships that give them similar benefits to on-site hotels. For example, Disney Good Neighbor Hotels will also have the 60-day FastPass+ window and many times will offer transportation to the Disney parks. If you are still interested in staying close to specific parks, choosing good-neighbor or partner hotels is a great idea.
Ready to Shop?
If shopping is a priority, off-site hotels allow you to stay close to a mall or outlet of choice. This allows you to get the most bang for your buck. Some off-site hotels are even located inside the most highly trafficked shopping areas, like The Florida Hotel in The Florida Mall.
Renting a car?
If you are renting a car it is important to note which hotels offer complimentary self-parking and which ones have a fee when budgeting. If you are not renting a car, it is important to take location into consideration when budgeting for transportation costs.
While most on-site resorts do not have breakfast included, many off-site resorts offer breakfast already in their rates or for a set fee. Having a free or discounted meal included in your resort stay can really help you save money and allow your budget to stretch further.