When you're traveling with a group of four or more, cramming into a single hotel room or trying to arrange adjoining rooms can be a challenge. Most people don't realize that timeshare units are so much different than hotels.

With a standard hotel you get:

  • One room with a bed and a bathroom

This setup is particularly difficult for families with small children. When the kids go to sleep, mom and dad's options are limited, as the whole family is sharing one room.

But, with a timeshare, you typically get a full condominium unit. A typical timeshare offers:

  • One, two, or three bedrooms
  • A central living room (usually with a sofa bed)
  • Dining area
  • A complete kitchen with full-size stove, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, as well as dishes and utensils
  • Washer and dryer
  • One, two, and sometimes three full bathrooms

With a timeshare, mom and dad can put the kids to bed in one bedroom and continue to enjoy themselves in the spacious living areas.

Comparison graphic of typical hotel vs. typical timeshare resort

Many timeshare resorts offer complimentary children's activities, such as arts and crafts, pool games, t-shirt making, karaoke, and more, giving parents a chance to spend some quiet time together. But with swimming pools, water parks, miniature golf courses, bowling, family game shows, and movie nights, just to name a few, activities abound for the entire family.

In addition to the spatial differences and available activities, a timeshare can open up a host of options that are not available to families staying in a hotel. The full kitchen allows families to eat meals in their unit rather than in restaurants. Many timeshares offer movie rentals on-site and VCRs or DVD players in the units, so families can save money on entertainment as well.

It truly is the best way to go when traveling with groups. You get to spend time together while maintaining your privacy.

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Quick Tip:

When you see a number of bedrooms listed on a RedWeek.com member's offer, the bedrooms are almost always actual rooms off of the main living area. A studio or hotel-style accommodation would be listed as having zero bedrooms, for example. Because they're typically equipped with a sofa bed, a one-bedroom will usually sleep four people comfortably.