Europe ski holidays: vacation rentals cheaper than hotels

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According to a comparative study published by Tripadvisor on Tuesday, holidaymakers can save up to 71 percent in Europe's most expensive ski resorts by choosing a vacation rental rather than a hotel.

In Meribel (Savoie), a vacation rental costs about €731 for one week compared to €2492 in a hotel. By opting for this accommodation which offers more of the conveniences of home, tourists can therefore save 71 percent.

The same is true in Courchevel (Savoie) where there is a 67 percent difference (€785 compared to €2,405). In Tignes (Savoie), another French resort, skiers will only pay €674 on average for a week's rental compared to €1,705 in a hotel.

In Gstaad, a prestigious Swiss resort, holidaymakers can save up to 61 percent as vacation rentals cost an average of €763 a week compared to €1,975 for a week in a hotel. 

Zermatt in Switzerland was the only resort where there was very little difference. Renting would cost €1773 compared to €1848 for a hotel.

Costs of vacation rentals and hotels in some of Europe's most expensive resorts (average for December 15, 2012 to April 15, 2013 period)

Destination

Average cost of a one bedroom holiday rental for one week

Average cost for a hotel room for one week

Vacation rental saving

Meribel

€731

€2,492

71%

Courchevel

€785

€2,405

67%

Ischgl

€604

€1,700

64%

Gstaad

€763

€1,975

61%

Tignes

€674

€1,705

60%

Verbier

€1,383

€2,106

34%

Zermatt

€1,773

€1,848

4%

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