The key to happiness when traveling with teens is having enough room to give everyone a little space, but not so much that you never spend any time together. The solution? Renting a house, condo or apartment. But how can you be sure that the place you rent will truly offer all the comforts of home? Or offer any support if there’s a problem?
Renting through a reputable company that is a member of the Vacation Rental Managers Association is one way.
The association requires members to agree to a 15-point platform that says, among other things, that:
- VRMA members should endeavor to set a positive example for the industry by scrupulously abiding by all state and local laws and professional standards governing vacation rentals and the conduct of the vacation rental industry.
- VRMA members should not seek unfair advantage over competitors and should conduct their businesses so as to avoid controversies with others in the vacation rental industry.
- VRMA members should protect and promote the interests of their owners/clients by treating their tenants/customers honestly and fairly.
- VRMA members should not exaggerate, misrepresent, or conceal pertinent facts relating to a specific property to all affected parties, including actual or potential owner/client and tenant/customers.
Live Luxe in Los Angeles
Live Luxe rents privately owned units, including the three-bedroom, three-bath beauty where I stayed as a guest during a girlfriend’s getaway in southern California.
Our unit, the Sapphire, was located in a mid-rise building across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center and a few blocks from the Staples Center. The building is an apartment rental property that seems to cater to young professionals. That means staying there includes amenities such as a landscaped courtyard swimming pool, a lounge for larger gatherings and a media room with an oversized flat screen TV.
And, because it is more than a hotel room, the Sapphire comes with all the comforts of home: a full kitchen stocked with pots, pans, dishes, and blender; a washer and dryer; two parking spaces included in the price; separate bedrooms to give everyone a little peace and quiet, and a living room for those times when everyone wants to come together.
The kitchen and washer and dryer make life easier for traveling moms. The kitchen means you can save money on food by making and eating at least a few meals in the apartment. The washer dryer means you can pack less and travel lighter–saving those checked baggage fees as well as your back.
There is one way Live Luxe is hotel-like: service. While the check-in hours are limited to 2-7pm (“unique” check-ins at other hours incur a fee from $50-100 extra), there is someone available at all hours something should go wrong. Just call the support number and someone will answer your questions, fix problems and otherwise make sure you get your money’s worth.