Your Choice, a Kitchen in Your Timeshare or a Plastic Water Bottle with Bling

Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

You can’t blame hotels for trying to compete with the comforts of timeshares. Most timeshare condos and larger timeshare units offer full kitchens with real home-style amenities including cookware, ovens, microwaves, full-size refrigerators, and even dishwashers. Just because you are traveling or on vacation doesn’t mean you have to do without the conveniences of home, like feeding the kids the cereal they prefer instead of hauling them downstairs to breakfast in the hotel dining room.

A kitchen in your timeshare rental or resale unit means you can eat what you want, when you want. You can raid the fridge in the middle of the night, stick to your diet, or get off your diet … the choice is yours.

Vacation in a hotel and your options are more limited. Hotel guests are lucky to have an ice bucket and clean cups for morning coffee. Too often, the little refrigerator (if there is one) in the corner of your hotel room is actually a mini bar, which means it won’t hold a can of your favorite soft drink because it is stocked with pricey snack food.

Timeshare Resort Comforts vs. Hotel Creativity?

Recently it seems that hotels are getting more creative with what they stock in the mini bar. Not only are hotels replacing that bag of overpriced chips with an even more expensive bag of organic herb crackers, but some are taking things to another level. How about water priced at $25 because the plastic bottle is decorated with Swarovski crystals? Or candy cigarettes, coconut water, and copies of classic books such as The Great Gatsby in your mini bar … does this really interest you?

If hotels are competing for your attention (and your dollars), they are only in competition with each other. A kitchen in your timeshare unit is handy and adds considerably to your vacation enjoyment, just as the multiple television sets, DVRs, electronic game units, washers and dryers, and other timeshare comforts make vacationing more pleasurable.

Perhaps timeshare resorts recognize that you value choice and convenience over water in sparkly bottles and that if you want to read a classic book during your vacation, you’ll probably download it at no cost on your ebook reader or notebook computer.

Do the comparison yourself. You and your family friends can share one double room and one bathroom, eating delivery pizza from a box on the bed. Or you can spread out and enjoy a resort that combines vacation amenities with the comforts you are accustomed to at home, all the while paying no more (and sometimes less) for the timeshare than you would for hotel accommodations.

Time to declare timeshares vacations the winner!