When planning a vacation, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Where are we going to stay?” Of course, the most obvious answer is a hotel. Unfortunately, hotels can be expensive, not ideal for long stays, and can feel cramped when traveling with a family. The good news? There are some excellent family-style alternatives.

I recently had the pleasure of staying with Stay Alfred, a Nationwide Urban Vacation Rental Company. My family and I wanted a simple and affordable weekend getaway in Chicago, a place where we could spend time together as a family. From houses, to condos and apartments, Stay Alfred offers many different vacation rental home options, whether you’re looking for an overnight stay or a week-long vacation. Here are just a few of the great amenities we experienced while staying with Stay Alfred in Chicago.


It’s Your Vacation Home Away From Home –  We had the pleasure of staying in an apartment that felt like it was our own. With a kitchen, bathroom, several bedrooms, and a living area, it felt like we were guests in the home a friend. Because all the vacation rentals are managed by Stay Alfred, however, you don’t have to worry about intruding on anyone’s personal space, as no personal artifacts are left in the apartment, only furnishings and necessities. We had the luxuries of a hotel, with a beautiful rooftop pool, complete with a stunning view of the city, while also feeling like we could relax and spread out like we would in our own house (without the everyday stresses of housework, of course!).

Fun and Games for the Kids – While parents often like to take their vacation time to relax, we all know kids like to go-go-go! In addition to the rooftop pool, our apartment offered an on-location game room that the kids loved. With a pool table, television, and tables for game-playing, kids, teens, and adults alike will find plenty of entertainment without even leaving the premises.

Independently Together – One potential issue with staying in a traditional hotel, is finding a common location to spend time together as a family. By renting a home, condo, or apartment through Stay Alfred, not only will you have the option to have your own bedrooms, but you’ll also be able to spread out in a spacious living area. This gives your family a chance to bond by playing games, talking, or watching a movie together, but also allows each person their own space and privacy in the comfort of their own room.

Eating Inexpensively and Conveniently – Eating out can quickly become a big expense when traveling, especially with a family. One of the great things about renting a home is that you don’t have to go out to enjoy a delicious meal. With a complete kitchen, you’re able to cook a meal as a family, and enjoy fresh, home-cooked food in a cozy atmosphere without having to leave a tip!

Our apartment was conveniently located across the street from Eataly, and right next door to a Jewel-Osco, both grocery stores offering fresh, unique food– something for everyone to enjoy. After a quick trip to the store, we headed back to our apartment and enjoyed each other’s company as my husband cooked hot dogs and hamburgers out on the grill downstairs, while the kids swam in the pool just feet away.

We then had our delicious meal outside, which was not only a less expensive alternative to a restaurant, but also a fun and much more relaxing experience. Plus, you couldn’t ask for a better view!

Great Location in the Heart of the City – After our overnight stay, I took the girls to see some of Chicago’s best attractions. We explored some history at the Field Museum, and stopped over at the Shedd Aquarium to check out the beautiful aquatic animals and, of course, the dolphin show. These were two of the many attractions located right near our apartment, along with Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and tons of restaurants and shops along the Magnificent Mile.

With locations all over the country, from Nashville to New Orleans, Stay Alfred offers plenty choices of accommodations for wherever you’re heading to next. It’s hard to find a better way to experience your next destination with your family than in a Stay Alfred Vacation Rental, where you can make your vacation a true home away from home.

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