Five options for cutting hotel costs on your Europe vacation - Page 3

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Rather than paying nightly rates for multiple hotel rooms, you can pay a flat fee for a multi-room home that will give your group more space and access to amenities like kitchens and laundry machines. You can save money by cooking your own meals and use the home as a base to explore the area.

To demonstrate how renting a vacation home can save a group of travelers money for an extended stay, we compared the cost of renting villas in Tuscany (with room for six people) with the cost of getting two hotel rooms near Siena, Tuscany, for a two week (13-day) stay:

Vacation Rental Rental rate Hotel Hotel rate
Villa in Molino del Piano $1,605 Best Western Hotel $2,146
Villa in Lucca $1,760 Hotel Moderno $4,472
Villa in Siena $2,132 Hotel Relais San Luigi $4,472

Prices do not include all taxes and fees. Rates were found for stays in October. Villa rates were found on, and hotel rates were found on Orbitz.

Many websites exist for locating vacation rentals in Europe. A few we'd recommend include,,, and

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