Vacation rentals have a major role to play when it comes to the authenticity of a vacation. They have a relaxed atmosphere and guests are not asked to eat at a particular time or let the housekeeping staff come and clean up at a specific time, like hotels do.
Guests can bring back their own groceries from the local stores and shops and prepare their meals; invite locals over for a drink or two; have an enlightening chat with their neighbors; wash their own clothes without paying a hefty fee; and at the end of a tiring day of sightseeing, they can just tell the taxi driver to take them ‘home’.
A vacation rental owner contributes significantly in creating the authentic, local experience. The owner also can go out of his way to serve guests to make their stay memorable and get great reviews. This can, in turn, increase the popularity of vacation rental amongst travelers, who are looking for a home away from home.
Some owners offer housekeeping services, so that guests do not have to worry about cleanliness and hygiene, while others offer a la carte services, such as stocking the kitchen with pre-purchased groceries. Every single effort counts if a vacation rental owner is serious about delivering a great experience to guests. The question, however, is how far should a vacation rental owner be willing to go to serve his guests.