Hotels vs Timeshares: Why Hotels Are the Cheaper Option

hotels are cheaper than timeshares
One of the main selling points that timeshare representatives emphasize is the fact that timeshares are less expensive than hotels. This is not exactly true. Timeshare representatives are salespeople, and that’s exactly what they’re trying to do – sell you something. When they make their presentations, they do it in such a way that they are not always providing the most accurate information on how much it really costs to own a timeshare. In order to have a true understanding of whether or not hotels are cheaper than timeshares, you must first understand what costs are associated with timeshares that you do not have with hotels.

Initial Costs

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6 Responses to Hotels vs Timeshares: Why Hotels Are the Cheaper Option

  1. Jeremy says:

    I’ve always heard that timeshares were a bad deal. I’ve never understood why people buy into them.
    Then again, maybe I am just a cheap vacationer and if you go on vacation to a 5 star hotel for over a week each year, it is more affordable to do the timeshare.

  2. Richard says:

    If you buy the right one at the right price then there will be no way that you could rent a hotel room, or even the same timeshare apartment for remotely close to the same money. The secret is to buy the right one from the right place (usually the resale market, where you can pick one up for 0-30% of the retail price). If you do this, then you will save money and have more psace than a hotel room

  3. John says:

    The resale market is definitely the way to go. Why pay $20,000 when you can get them for $2,000 or less. The author makes a good case for not buying from resorts, but doesn’t explain the bargains through resale. Factor in things like separate bedrooms, full kitchens, in-room washer/dryers, etc and no way you can get a hotel room with all that for less money than a timeshare.

  4. Lisa says:

    Staying at home is cheaper than renting a hotel room. If you’re only concerned with “cheaper” then you might not want the space and amenities that timeshares offer.

    In most cases, renting is cheaper than ownership…however ownership has benefits as well as responsibilities that renting doesn’t offer.

  5. Debbie says:

    I travel a lot and hotels are great for business trips of a day to two. However, for a week’s vacation….timeshares is the only way to go. A two bedroom apartment style room with a full kitchen and dishes saves me and my family upwards of $2,000 on eating out and rental fees. BUY RESALE…and you save thousands on the cost of the timeshare too.

  6. David says:

    My family started off staying in tents on vacation. We thought we really moved up when we stayed in a $100 a night hotel for a week! Then we went to a timeshare presentation and fell in love. Luckily we didn’t buy, but later we bought resale. We spent $1800 for our timeshare with $2000 per year maintenance fees and we have enough points to stay in one or two bedroom apartments for 20-25 nights a year. Do the math, that’s $80-$100 per night. Sometimes it can cost more, for instance, when we visit San Francisco next summer we will use about $1k worth of points for 4 nights. However, we are in downtown San Fran in a 1br apartment with a full kitchen and a washer/dryer in our unit. I don’t think I could ever go back to hotel rooms! If you know your going to vacation (the fees don’t disappear if you skip a vacation) do a little research, buy resale and you might just might love it as much as I do.

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