I've been dreaming of taking the whole family for a nice extended vacation somewhere. I thought about taking the kids to Florida and maybe try the whole Disney World deal. As opposed to a hotel I'm considering just taking a vacation rental in Florida perhaps Ft. Lauderdale or maybe Orlando. In my opinion, vacation rentals seem to make a lot more sense than hotels and sometimes can be much more affordable. For starters you can have your own poolat a hotel that's generally not an option you'll have and this mean mixed swimming does not become an issue. I also find hotels to be a lot noisier and annoying than actually renting a vacation property where things tend be more quiet ( although that may depend on the area in question with a vacation rental )with less roudiness and no elevators to deal with. Rentals also tend to have more amenties for the money such as stove and refigerators. You can have a suite at a hotel but for the price you are probably better off with a vaction rental property. Have you ever tried a vacation rental? I'm curious to know what your experience might have been. Please share.