Since our wedding in mid-March, I've been asked about our honeymoon constantly. What we actually decided to do right after the wedding was to spend time with friends and family that flew in from out of state and out of the country. We spent a lot of time in the Carlsbad, California area with the family immediately following the wedding, and later in the week went to Vegas for a 3 day trip with my closest friends since college.. which brings me to this post today!
I've been to Vegas countless times, and I have to say this was by far the best time I've had in Vegas! We stayed at an off-the-strip Airbnb (Secret Garden Ruby) that one of my friends found online. In addition to a meticulously maintained and decorated house, it had a really nice pool, pool-side grill station, a nicely equipped kitchen fully stocked with appliances and enough bedrooms and bathrooms for the 12 of us.
Here are 3 reasons why nowadays I much prefer an Airbnb place over a hotel on the strip in Vegas:
1) More Economical
For a 2-night stay for the 12 of us, the cost averaged out to be about $200 per person. Take the same amount, you can hardly find a half decent hotel on the strip. If you're thinking about staying at a place like the Wynn, Bellagio, or Palazzo, good luck finding a 2-night stay for under $300.
2) More Intimate
For almost an entire day, we cooked together in the kitchen, chilled and sipped champagne together by the pool, played board games together in the living room, and laughed and talked and laughed some more. It was such a quality time spent with a large group. This wouldn't have been possible if we stayed in hotel rooms. Not only would the rooms not be big enough, when we all gathered in one room, the other rooms would be wasted.
3) More Freedom and Flexibility
Lastly, which is the most important factor, is the freedom & flexibility the Airbnb gave us. We could blast out own music with our own portable speaker, we could lay out drinks by the pool, we could have any kind of food we wanted to as long as we could make it, and we stayed up late until 2 AM and woke up to homemade brunch at 9 AM. We had such a no strings attached, open agenda, and we-do-what-we-want kind of quality time together. I would not have done it any other way!
Are you planning a Spring break trip somewhere? Don't forget a cute pool side towel, straw hat, and a white one-piece swimsuit!
Disclaimer: We received a nominal discount to our booking fee in exchange of writing this review. All opinions are mine.