We often travel with our children, now teenagers, and prefer more room than a single hotel room. Two hotel rooms can get expensive. We have found short-term rental apartments to be a wonderful option. These are often apartments owned by people who travel often and have purchased an apartment in one of their favorite cities. But they may only live in this apartment for a few weeks out of the year, leaving it available for others to rent.Trip Adviser recently added the category “Vacation Rentals” to their website. I found this very useful in finding a wonderful apartment for our family visiting Shanghai a couple months ago. Rental apartments are available from studio size to multiple bedrooms, and often cost considerably less than a similarly-sized hotel room. These apartments usually include a kitchen and living room, with varying (but often wonderful) amenities. Shirley’s Temple 88 in Shanghai, for example, included granola, fresh bread, eggs, bacon, milk, juices, tea, bottled water, and even a local cell phone for our stay. The location was fantastic, very quiet and restful, yet conveniently located near many wonderful shops and 5 minutes from the subway.Other rental apartments we’ve stayed in include Prague, Paris, and Beijing. It is now our first choice for accommodations when we travel, even if traveling as just 1 or 2. Try your own Google search for Rental Apartments or use http://www.tripadvisor.com/VacationRentals
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