A rental is completely different from a hotel because you rent a home or apartment. The home comes completely furnished with everything you need, including multiple rooms. You can easily find a rental home that comes with multiple bedrooms, which lets you travel with friends or kids and still give everyone privacy. Short term rentals typically rent for several days or weeks. Depending on how long you want to stay, you might negotiate for one or more months. Most rentals charge a nightly fee, though if you rent for a longer term, you can typically negotiate a smaller price per night.
The biggest advantage to a rental is that you have all the comforts and amenities that you have at home, but you get those comforts while travelling. When you rent a hotel, you must eat out at restaurants every night of the week and for every meal because you do not have any room for storing or cooking. With short term rentals, you have access to a fully stocked kitchen. The kitchen comes with larger and smaller appliances, including a stove, oven, refrigerator, toaster, and coffeemaker. Most rentals are within walking distance or driving distance to grocery stores. With prices comparable to hotels, there is no reason why you should not pick a rental.
No matter what city you visit, you can find dozens of short term rentals in that area. Most rentals are conveniently located near major sporting venues, restaurants, museums, and local attractions. The rentals give you more privacy than a hotel because you have your own space and you do not need to share any areas with other travellers. Some rentals even come with a private garage or parking spot for storing your vehicle. A one room rental is perfect for a couple, while rentals with several bedrooms are great for families and friends that love travelling together.