Home away from home

Home away from home

Home away from home

Renting a furnished apartment is not only cheaper than staying at a hotel; it also allows you to better experience a community and its culture. You can find great values through Twins Apartments. The two-bedroom apartment, in the city Brasov, Romaia, was just listed at €294,00 a week for June. This price include weekly maid service and towels.

— D. K.

Although famous for one particular resident—you know, sallow complexion, rather sharp teeth, loves the nightlife—Transylvania is more than just the home of Dracula. Separated from the rest of Romania by the Carpathian Mountains, the region makes up one-third of the country and counts Saxon citadels, Gothic cathedrals, and painted monasteries among its man-made treasures. The mountains that fired up Bram Stoker's imagination—and stood in for 1860's North Carolina in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain—are also an affordable alternative to the Alps, with as much untouched wilderness, at a more reasonable rate. THE CITY The Carpathian Mountains bisect Romania in a backward "L" shape; the southern interior section is known as the Transylvanian Alps. To access the region, hikers set out from the medieval city of Brasov, the first Transylvanian town on the road north from Bucharest (Brasov is near tourist-magnet Bran Castle, Dracula's homestead). Before heading for the hills, explore the largest Gothic cathedral between Vienna and Istanbul: Black Church, built in 1385, on Piata Sfatului, Brasov's main square. Also 5 min drive to the action in a quiet area of the city, near Tampa mountain is the Twins Apartments (9 Calcarului St.; 40-723/044-224; doubles from €59).

5 reasons to rent a vacation home for your next trip

Better value for money

A vacation home can cost 50% less than a hotel. You'll save on food and drink costs, there's no tipping, and you get lower nightly rates -- so you can stay longer!

Best for families

There's more room for everyone, the kids can have their own rooms, and there's space for all the things you need to bring from home.

More privacy

There's no hotel staff or other guests to disturb you and plenty of privacy inside and out as you spend time together.

Pets welcome

Look for the ‘pets welcome’ flag when you search so you can bring your favorite friend along on your next vacation.

Kitchen’s open 24x7

There's no need to pay high prices for food and drink. You get your own kitchen!