Though Homeaway doesn’t have as many search options as Airbnb, I am still usually able to narrow down my search enough to find what I’m looking for. This is the main advantage that Homeaway has over its sister site VRBO – and the prices are usually better on the former.
As I mentioned in my comparison of the big three vacation rental websites, I find the listings on Homeaway to be a tad more expensive than Airbnb. This is probably due to the difference in structure between the two sites – Airbnb charges a service fee for completed bookings, but simply listing your place is free.
Homeaway often has minimum stay requirements, but if you’re close enough to the booking date, you may be able to request an exception. The rental agreement for teh apartment in Brugge insisted all visitors must stay at least three nights. We only needed two, and since the reservation was only a few weeks away, the owners acquiesced.
As always, I sent multiple emails to the owners, inquiring about all sorts of random details. Is there an elevator in the building? Is parking free? Plentiful? How long is the walk to the center of the city? I received prompt replies, and the answers turned out to be accurate. The owners were courteous and personable; the whole situation felt safe and comfortable.
My experience with Homeaway was so positive that I used the website to book our two-week Tuscany vacation in August. If each reservation is as smooth as our Brugge experience, Homeaway will continue to be my primary vacation rental website.
For those interested in a review of Brugge Homeaway property #854271 here goes!
Tom and An rent a neat and clean two bedroom apartment in Brugge, twenty minutes by foot from the city center. An welcomed us with a bottle of wine and personally showed us how to work everything in the apartment.
Light pours into the apartment, and the open plan of the living area makes the space seem large and bright. Though it’s obvious that the building is old, the rooms have been thoughtfully renovated.
The view from the flat is nothing to write home about which is a pity since Brugge is such a beautiful city. The front of the apartment looks onto the street; the back balconies face a sea of patchwork rooftops. But, no matter, this apartment is a fabulous budget choice.
We walked in to Brugge each day; we didn’t need to take a bus or car. At the property, on-street parking is free and plentiful. We experienced no street noise at any time of day or night.
Want to buy groceries and cook a meal at home instead of paying outrageous Brugge restaurant prices? A gigantic Carrefour is located just a few blocks away. The kitchen boasts a toaster and paper towels (not standard for most vacation rentals), but lacks dish soap.
A high chair and baby travel cot (pack & play) are available. An has also collected various children’s games, puzzles, and books that other renters have left behind. What a nice surprise to find new toys to hold the boys’ interest!
If forced to find a fault with this property, I’d mention that the table is a high top (not great for little kids), and the dining chairs are quite wobbly (dangerous for young ones who want to do everything themselves!).
Would I stay here again? Most likely, unless of course I could find something comparable in price and amenities located just a tad closer to the center. To sum it up – a fabulous find in a wonderful city!