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Difference between Speciality Lodging & Vacation rental?

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Difference between Speciality Lodging & Vacation rental?

We am planning to stay in Waikoloa area. In TA there is Speciality Lodging & Vacation rental, what is the difference between them?

We are a couple and plan to stay in BI by end Feb for 5 nights.

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1. Re: Difference between Speciality Lodging & Vacation rental?

Under the. Hotel tab, there are hotels, B&B, and a Specialty Lodging, all lodgings that have a host or staff on premises. Vacation rentals have their own tab.

Specialty Lodgings are ones that don't fit neatly into the hotel/ B&B category, for example hostels and Retreats, the key being that something makes it a bit different.

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2. Re: Difference between Speciality Lodging & Vacation rental?

I wouldn't rely much on TA reviews to choose lodging, especially if you're looking at something other than a hotel, like a condo. Also is there a reason you're limiting yourself to Waikoloa (Beach, I assume)? While it might be just right for you there are a few other areas within a few miles that you may miss while doing lodging searches if you limit the search by Waikoloa, although some sites do combine all the South Kohala areas (inaccurately) under "Waikoloa". Also be careful you don't get confused by lodging within Waikoloa Village, where you probably don't want to be.

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3. Re: Difference between Speciality Lodging & Vacation rental?

Sometimes people hear the name Waikoloa and think that is the larger area, when they really want the South Kohala Coast. Waikoloa Beach is one resort area there out of three, the others being Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea resorts. It is the least expensive and most "California" of the three and the busiest. Some like that and others want quieter. The beach there is not as nice as the other two resorts, although it is quite long.

Many condos will ask for seven nights in high season, but five can work. Most people here use VRBO and Homeaway to search as TA lists far fewer rentals.

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