5 of the Worst Vacation Resorts

5 of the Worst Vacation Resorts

Budget hotels are not vacation resorts
Budget hotels are not vacation resorts

First, let’s clarify, that the properties we’ve written about really don’t qualify as vacation resorts. They are more like stopovers along the route. Yet many of these hotel or motel accommodations are located at vacation destinations and every year, people get drawn into the idea that they will save money on their vacation by down-scaling their choice of accommodations.

We didn’t come up with this list. It’s based on research from Consumer Reports , J.D. Power’s survey, TripAdvisor, and other sources. The full list includes 10 of the worst hotel or motel accommodations in America and can be found –along with photos – on The Fiscal Times website. In an article titled, “The 10 Worst Hotels and Motels in America,” you’ll even find photos, if you’re interested in looking at shots, of dirt, mold, and insect infestations.

Here’s our summary of the Top 5 Worst Vacation Resorts:

  • America’s Best Value Inn made the top of the list (or should we say, the bottom) based on receiving the lowest score in Consumer Reports and one of the lowest in J.D. Power’s survey.
  • Econo Lodge also received very low scores in upkeep, value, and below-satisfactory scores in comfort and service. Last year, Econo Lodge also made TripAdvisor’s “America’s Dirtiest Hotels” list. 
  • Motel 6 received bad reviews in the categories of upkeep and comfort.
  • Days Inn also got some of the worst scores in the review based on “value” which it seems is one category where the resort should excel.
  • And our own addition to the list, ANY hotel or motel where you and your family paid as much (or more) money for cramped accommodations as you could have paid to stay in a spacious timeshare resort.

Timeshare resorts are designed and built for vacation fun and relaxation. They were meant to offer you home away from home comforts like multiple bedrooms and baths,  multiple TVs (so you don’t have to watch what the kids are watching), kitchens, dining areas, washers and dryers … all those details that make your vacation easier to enjoy. And timeshare rentals, in most cases, are priced below comparable hotel accommodations, and certainly below the cost of renting multiple hotel rooms if you have a larger family.

For more insights on the differences, look at this information that compares the features and amenities of timeshare vacation resorts vs. those available in most hotels — even clean, well-maintained hotels and motels.

Announcement: ResortRentals.com Bringing Solutions to Secondary Timeshare Market

Announcement: ResortRentals.com Bringing Solutions to Secondary Timeshare Market

VacationOwnership.comVacationOwnership.com is launching a new product and a new website. Called ResortRentals.com, the site will provide a vacation rental service that can only be called: revolutionary.

Although it is still in the beta stages, we are close to full launch. Simply put, ResortRentals.com will provide timeshare rentals as a vacation product delivered at prices and at a level of service and surety that no other timeshare by-owner rental website or online travel agency can provide.

Will you be at GNEX 2013? I will be. I  hope you will ask me about ResortRentals.com, about what it means for the timeshare industry and the opportunity to bring timeshare to a whole new market of vacationers, and most importantly, about how you can get involved.

Read our media release provided below to find out more.

ResortRentals.com Bringing Solutions to Secondary Timeshare Market

VacationOwnership.com and SellMyTimeshareNOW.com, timeshare resale and vacation ownership innovators, in affiliation with ResortRentals.com, announces the soft launch of a new product the company describes as revolutionary in vacation booking and timeshare rental. Launching in February 2013 as a beta site, ResortRentals.com will offer the solutions the secondary market has been seeking.  ResortRentals.com will provide consumers a simple and reliable way to book affordable weeklong luxury vacations. For the timeshare industry, ResortRentals.com will provide a groundbreaking approach for individual owners, HOAs (Homeowner Associations), resale companies and management companies to both, effectively monetize timeshare and concurrently promote the timeshare product to a whole new market of vacationing consumers.

Developed to be more competitive than the OTAs, (online travel agencies), ResortRentals.com will feature vacation resort rentals at prices no other online travel service currently offers or can match and guarantee. ResortRentals.com will utilize the types of SEO (search engine optimization) technology proven effective by SellMyTimeshareNOW.com in aggregating an inventory of more available timeshare rentals and inquiries than any other known secondary market company. Partnering with leading timeshare exchange providers the inventory will be cleaned and scrubbed and the bookings secure. ResortRentals.com will deliver a new concept in booking vacation accommodations, while eliminating the consumer risk associated with renting from other by-owner websites.

VacationOwnership.com and SellMyTimeshareNOW.com founder Jason Tremblay says,

“We are tremendously excited about our new partners and being able to bring this technology to consumers and to the timeshare and vacation ownership industry. For vacationing families, ResortRentals.com will be the most affordable way to book a vacation—and not just any vacation but one that puts you and your family in the spacious, condo-style accommodations of timeshare with multiple bedrooms, kitchen and dining areas and other valued resort amenities.

For timeshare owners, ResortRentals.com will mean an easy, reliable way to rent out your timeshare any year you don’t plan to use it yourself, helping to offset the cost of annual timeshare maintenance fees; providing the guest the opportunity to choose later to become owners, turning the site into a marketing tool for by-owner and broker facilitated resales.”

Tremblay adds, “For the timeshare industry as a whole, there is simply no better way to showcase the roomy, amenity-rich vacation venues of timeshare than by getting families into the resorts first on a no-obligation, rental vacation. ResortRentals.com will deliver to the Resorts/Associations an opportunity to inspire the next generation of timeshare owners by introducing vacation ownership to a whole new market of internet-savvy consumers who are already accustomed to booking their travel online.”

Describing ResortRentals.com as disruptive and innovative, Tremblay explains that ResortRentals.com will utilize the SellMyTimeshareNOW.com and VacationOwnership.com position as leaders in organic-driven internet search to drive the discounted timeshare resort rental offerings to the forefront of online vacation booking. Our partners will provide the critical next step (known in the timeshare industry as “cleaning and pressing”) of ensuring the usability of the deposited timeshare weeks, delivering consumer confidence that each week’s availability will be there when booked and when they arrive.

Good News: You are Due a Well-Deserved Timeshare Rental Vacation

Good News: You are Due a Well-Deserved Timeshare Rental Vacation

Blue skies ahead: Plan a timeshare rental vacation.
Blue skies ahead: Plan a timeshare rental vacation.

New figures on unemployment are out; they show that the jobless rate in many parts of the country continues to fall, reaching the lowest levels in over three years. Although one should always take a cautionary view when it comes to fully understanding statistics, let’s take this information at face value. With this in mind, why don’t we choose to focus on the good news? It’s entirely possible that it has been so long since many in this country and elsewhere have turned on their televisions for the evening update and heard good news, we’ve perhaps forgotten how to receive it.

So instead of living with the worry that we are about to fall off a cliff, why don’t we all consider that it is time to live and act boldly. If we live in fear, then we become a fearful nation and we open the door for others to exploit our vulnerabilities. Instead of trepidation, let’s move forward with confidence. Consider the possibilities of what could happen if we all choose to expect 2013 to be a great year.

For 2013, let’s start new companies, invent new products, and launch new brands. Let’s carve out more time in our lives to exercise regularly and take those well-deserved vacations. In short, why don’t we all start living as if we are confident of our success, the success of our businesses, and the success of our country?  It can’t hurt, and it might be just what this country and this economy needs most.

Why a Timeshare Rental Vacation is Part of the Plan

When you book a timeshare rental vacation, you haven’t committed to the annual maintenance fees that go with timeshare ownership, but you have committed to yourself and your family to enjoy a great vacation now in spacious accommodations, at an amenity-pack resort, and a sought-after destination–all at a value-shopper’s smart price. Booking a timeshare rental vacation means that you are acknowledging you will spend time on your own health, well-being and relaxation because you’ve earned it, and because it is part of your plan for claiming success in 2013.

Why It’s So Important You Understand Timeshare Rentals

Why It’s So Important You Understand Timeshare Rentals

Sell My Timeshare NOW Last Minute Rentals
Sell My Timeshare NOW Last Minute Rentals

A recent television commercial sponsored by Energy.gov shows a couple who back a van up to a cliff and begins throwing the objects from inside the vehicle over the edge, into a ravine. You watch as a big screen television, a child’s bicycle, clothing, and even an aquarium are tossed over the side, with the breakable items shattering into pieces. The point of the commercial is simple: throwing away money on wasted electricity is like throwing away all the items you could have bought with that money. In a quirky way, the same premise could have been used to create a commercial about timeshare rentals.

If you could go back and add up the money you have paid over the years for accommodations at hotels and motels, well, you probably don’t want to do that. The number would likely be scary and you can’t change the past.

But you can change the way you spend money in the future. When you vacation in a timeshare rental, you are staying in a vacation condo or timeshare unit that the current owner can’t vacation in himself this year. Yet instead of the rental going unused, you’ll get great vacation accommodations while the timeshare owner makes money that will offset the owner’s annual maintenance fees or other related costs of timeshare ownership.

And what you may not understand is just how really good the values are on timeshare rentals. If you are still paying to vacation in a hotel, do yourself a big favor and visit these two links. The first one takes you to the page on the Sell My Timeshare NOW website from which you can search for timeshare rentals. Just type in the price you  are willing to pay or the destination where you want to vacation, or almost any other variables by which you want to search. Then see for yourself, how many timeshare rentals are available and how excellent the prices are.

The second link you want to visit will take you to our Last Minute Timeshare Rental Deals. This page includes timeshare rentals that are coming up quickly on their use date. The owners may be highly negotiable when it comes to pricing.

Yes, timeshare rentals will save you thousands and thousands of dollars over the years when compared to hotel accommodations. They will almost always be more spacious and have more amenities than do comparable hotels. And best of all, timeshare rentals are a safe, easy transaction when you work a company you can trust.

Sell My Timeshare NOW and VacationOwnership.com, we are those companies. You can count on us.