Miami, FL (PRWEB) April 2, 2009
Despite the economic uncertainty in the U.S., prices to and in Europe are so attractive, that it seems a shame not to take advantage. Even major -- read expensive -- cities are affordable this year, especially if travelers rent an apartment through Rentalo.com, the leading online vacation rental directory. Rentalo's easy-to-use web site provides a slide show, a full description of the apartment's amenities and information on proximity to shopping, restaurants, transportation and attractions, not to mention a "Worry Free" Lodging Guarantee. Renting an apartment means more space and a lower price than traditional lodging alternatives, and having a kitchen means even more savings since travelers can make breakfast, pack a lunch and even cook (or reheat takeout) dinners. Rentalo offers apartments of varying size and price -- all over the Continent -- including the following:
CANALSIDE APARTMENT, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS--$125 PER NIGHT
This modernized one-bedroom apartment in a 16th-century canal house is in the very center of picturesque Amsterdam. It is close to the Anne Frank House, Dam Square, the Royal Palace and the Central Station. The nicely-furnished apartment has a full kitchen (with microwave and coffee maker), free broadband Internet, cable TV and DVD player. A complimentary bottle of wine welcomes guests. Supermarkets, night shops, cafés, lunchrooms, restaurants, galleries and a DVD rental shop are all within easy walking distance, as are several historic churches and the over-the-top nightlife area. The nightly rate is $125 for two people, $200 for four, until January 1, with a one-night minimum. For information: http://rentalo.com/84037/canalamsterdam.html.
ACROPOLIS VIEW APARTMENT, ATHENS, GREECE--$109 PER NIGHT
Located on a high hill and only seven minutes walk from the beach, this one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment boasts a view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. It was recently renovated, with air conditioning, a brand new kitchen, satellite TV and a washing machine. (There's even a garage.) A double bed in the living room makes it a second bedroom, which adds up to comfortable sleeping for four people. There's a supermarket on the same block and Greek, Italian and Chinese restaurants are close by. The Acropolis, Plaka and Syntagma Square are only 15 minutes away by bus or subway, and the Athenian Riviera--aka the coastline--is a short walk away. The nightly rate is $109 until December 31, with a four-night minimum. For information: http://rentalo.com/99143/acropolisview.html.
GARDEN APARTMENT, VENICE, ITALY--$187 PER NIGHT
A small private garden and terrace makes this apartment in the center of Venice very special. It has two bedrooms, each with two beds, a bath (with shower) and a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washer and deep freezer. The apartment is on the first floor of a four-storey building in the Canareggio quarter that dates from the 16th century. It is very close to shops and a restaurant and not far from the Grand Canal, vaporettos and the Santa Lucia train station. It is within walking distance of the Rialto, the fabulous fish market and even--for energetic types--St. Marks Square. The nightly rate is $187 until November 27, with a five-night minimum. For information: http://rentalo.com/290480/cannaregio1082.html.
BAREBONES APARTMENT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA--$71 PER NIGHT
Here's a modernized, minimalist apartment near central Vienna with a 10% discount until June 1. It has one bedroom, but also a sofabed and a single bed, as well as a kitchen, washing machine, shower and cable TV, and it was renovated in 2008. The apartment is on the third floor of a five-storey walkup, close to a subway stop, bus stop, shops, a restaurant and a supermarket. The nearby subway line takes guests directly to the city center, the Belvedere Palaces, Hofburg and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The nightly rate until June 1 is only $71, with a three-night minimum. For information: http://rentalo.com/304069/viennaholiday.html.
LITTLE VENICE APARTMENT, LONDON, ENGLAND--$350 PER NIGHT
One of London's prettiest tree-lined residential neighborhoods, Little Venice, is the location of this bright and airy luxury apartment. It is one block from Regent's Canal and its boat rides and 12 minutes from Piccadilly by tube. There are two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, as well as generous closet space, elevator, security entrance, cable TV, washer/dryer, dishwasher and garbage disposal. All necessities are in the immediate surroundings: supermarket, bakery, dry cleaner, wine shop, cafés, pubs and restaurants, as well as the hills and lawns of Regent's Park. The nightly rate until January 1 is $350, with a five-night minimum. For information: http://rentalo.com/2134/englandapartment.html.
KURFÜRSTENDAMM APARTMENT, BERLIN, GERMANY--$171 PER NIGHT
This two-bedroom, two-bath magnificent apartment is in an early 20th-century building in an elegant West Berlin neighborhood that's convenient to the main train station. Two living rooms (with TV in each), a real dining room, a full-equipped kitchen, a balcony, elevator, DVD player and high-speed Internet are just some of its features. It is close to shops, restaurants, theaters, a fitness center, public transportation and the KaDeWe department store (and its wonderful food hall). The nightly rate is $171 until 2010, with a seven-night minimum. For information: http://rentalo.com/6174/kurfuerstendammapartment.html.
"In the current economic downturn," says Rentalo president Alfredo Purriños, "vacation rental apartments make even more sense. They are a budget-friendly and affordable alternative to traditional lodging." Rentalo's inventory of some 200,000 properties in the U.S., Europe, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada and around the world includes hotels, inns, lodges and bed and breakfasts in addition to vacation rental villas, condos and apartments. To book an apartment in Europe or anywhere else, log onto http://www.rentalo.com.