How to decide which vacation rental site to use

Talia Avakian

Whether you're looking for a small apartment or an entire island, vacation rentals are a great alternative to staying in hotels when traveling.

But with so many places to book a rental, it can be tough knowing where to look.

To make things easier, we've put together a list of some of the top vacation rental websites and broken down what you'll find in each one.

Airbnb

HomeAway.com

For a traditional private vacation home, head to HomeAway.com, where you’ll find close to a million listings internationally. A large majority of the listings are in the United States and in Europe, particularly in France and Spain.

Listings include everything from top tourist spots like Paris to more secluded destinations like Vicenza, Italy.

You can filter your search results by price range, date, or any amenities you’d like such as a pool or pet-friendly choices.

You can also save properties you like and post reviews to rate the accuracy of listings on a five-star scale. 

KidandCoe.com

This website caters to travelers with children, offering around 500 global listings that describe how many rooms there are that are suited for kids and whether the accommodation has items like toys, cribs, or strollers.

The website was created by mothers and fathers who have gone through the difficulty of traveling with children. So, every listing is hand-picked and reviewed by the staff to ensure it's a great choice for children. 

Amenities also typically include highchairs, nurseries, and even babysitter recommendations in the area. 

The one drawback is that their listings are quite limited, so you won’t always find a wide selection to choose from. 

OneFineStay

This website provides upscale home rentals across Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles. Each home includes complimentary Wi-Fi, an iPhone for data and local calls, a welcome by a staff member to the home when you arrive, toiletries, towels, linens, cleaning service, and a 24/7 phone support in case of any emergencies. A staff member will also provide recommendations on local activities.

Each home is hand-selected and reviewed by members of the staff, and listings state what amenities you'll find in the property, whether children and pets are allowed, what you'll find in the local neighborhood, and homes that are similar to your current listing. 

The website also includes helpful tabs like its "Last Minute London" section where you can find homes that are available for short-notice, or their weekly picks for New York properties. 

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