Private Holiday Accommodation
Private holiday accommodation in Elche is ideal for families or groups of friends. Some of Elche's hotels do offer family rooms and suites, but the choice is rather limited. Alternately, the city is home to some charming hostals. These are not to be confused with the English term hostel which in most cases refers to shared backpacker dorm rooms. Spanish hostals are usually small family run establishments with private rooms and basic amenities. A bit further afield visitors will find a few countryside bed & breakfast establishments, perfect for the more discerning traveller.
Private Holiday Accommodation Choice
The majority of private holiday accommodation in the city is in the form of apartments. Most of these are offered by private owners who either rent them out all year round or during the peak summer season. Single travellers and couples can find great value studio and one bedroom apartments. For families and small groups a two or three bedroom apartment may be more suitable. Should you be in a large group, then a penthouse, townhouse, bungalow or villa would be the best choice for multiple rooms. Regardless of your private holiday accommodation choice, all will come fully furnished and equipped with all cutlery, utensils, bed linen and bath towels.
The vast majority of townhouses, bungalows and villas are located in the surrounding residential areas. Some of the larger detached properties boast extensive gardens and swimming pools. An extremely popular accommodation choice throughout the Costa Blanca is properties located in gated communities. These are perfect for families with young children as they have strict speed limits and often locked access. Another superb aspect of gated communities is the shared leisure facilities. Many will have a swimming pool, and some of the larger ones, numerous pools. These quite often have lifeguards, and other facilities include tennis courts, parks and playgrounds.
Sourcing Private Holiday Accommodation
There are two options when sourcing private holiday accommodation. For peace of mind but at a cost, you can use the services of a letting or estate agent. These guys usually have loads of accommodation options on their books. They are also responsible for making sure everything in the accommodation is working and up to standard. Should there be a problem with anything, it is their responsibility to contact the owner and get it sorted. The majority of agents will also be in charge of before and after property cleaning. Some may even offer airport pick ups. However, all of these services comes at a price. This is the agents commission which can vary accordingly.
The other option is to source the appropriate accommodation yourself. This is easily done via holiday magazines, websites and social media such as Facebook buy & sell or social groups. By choosing this method you can get directly in touch with the property owner. This saves on paying an agent's commission but can also have its cons. Some property owners do not live close by or even in the same country. In this case, make sure they have someone locally to act as key holder and to take care of any problems that may arise. Also make sure they have 24 hour emergency contact numbers for appropriate tradesmen, and that they're willing to pay the cost of this service. Lastly, if renting in a gated community with shared leisure facilities, make sure the community fees have been paid. If not, you may be refused entry to the swimming pool etc.