8 Reasons Why It’s Better to Book Direct

Embarking on the epic journey to plan your vacation sparks one of the most crucial and exciting decisions – Where are you going to stay when visiting Steamboat Springs?

We live in an era where big box retailers and online travel agencies like Airbnb, Vrbo, HomeAway, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Booking.com are completely dominating the online travel space. There is no dispute that these websites/apps serve as excellent search platforms for vacation rentals and while the presence of these listing sites might suggest an easier path to securing the best deal, we ask that you resist the urge to click “book now” on Airbnb, Vrbo, or any other service, and instead opt to book direct. Here are 8 reasons why it’s better to book direct and immerse yourself in the authentic experience of staying with the locals!


1. Local Experts With Insider Tips

Opting for booking your rental on Airbnb, or any other OTA, will likely leave you navigating and planning your vacation itinerary solo. When you book direct with Steamboat Lodging Company, you’re choosing to trust your vacation to a team of local experts who have been immersed in the mountain resort and vacation rental industry for over 15 years. 

Our team’s extensive knowledge of Steamboat Springs elevates your stay and ensures you get personalized recommendations and insider tips to the best dining spots, must-visit attractions, hidden gems, and the best things to do in Steamboat Springs. We’ll also offer professional and personalized guidance on finding the right vacation rental to align with your group’s specific needs, preferences, and budget! Having a local host on your vacation offers the ultimate opportunity to truly “live like a local” in Steamboat. 


2. Book Direct Brings The Best Price

Contrary to common belief, the most competitive vacation rental pricing doesn’t reside on OTA’s. These third-party platforms impose service fees and commissions tacked onto the advertised rental rate for each booking. These fees and commissions contribute no additional value to your vacation and result in substantial added costs to your bottom line – often up to a staggering 20% more than booking direct with a local property manager

Booking your Steamboat vacation rental directly with Steamboat Lodging Company eliminates the middleman, ensuring the savings on booking fees are passed directly on to you and opening the door to future savings from our book direct loyalty programs and lodging specials.  


3. Exclusive Offers & Discounts 

When you book direct, you unlock exclusive offers, special packages, and discounts offered only to book direct guests, and our loyal return guests. Reserve a stay with Steamboat Lodging Company and you’re not just creating memories, you’re securing a 15% return guest discount for all future reservations!

Current Book Direct Deals 

10% Off Winter Vacations

Save 10% on your winter vacation from 11/1/23 – 4/30/24. Not applicable with any other discounts. Discount applied in cart or call 970-457-4785 to book.

Military Discount

To honor current and veteran military, we offer a 15% discount on any stay, year round. Proof of military affiliation will be required. Call 970-457-4785 to book.

15% Return Guest Discount

Stayed with us before? Save 15% on your next stay in Steamboat or Winter Park. Not applicable with any other discounts. Call 970-457-4785 to book.


4. Prompt & Personalized Communication

When it comes to planning your vacation, communication is paramount! Booking through OTAs often leaves you navigating automated systems, making it nearly impossible to connect with a human for personalized assistance. With Steamboat Lodging Company, you’ll receive clear communication prior to arrival with directions, check-in instructions, and details on the rental you’ve reserved. Our local team is here 24/7 to ensure your questions are answered promptly before, during, and after your stay, with a boots on the ground team to attend to any issues that may arise, promptly and efficiently.


5. Flexible Policies

Life is unpredictable, and we understand that plans can change. Booking directly with Steamboat Lodging Company provides you with more flexibility in terms of cancellations and modifications compared to online platforms like Airbnb or Vrbo. Opting for a third-party site, your booking comes with the requirement of full payment upon reservation, inflexible cancellation policies, and intricate booking restrictions tucked away in the fine print. In the event of an unforeseen circumstance impacting your travel plans, the likelihood of receiving personalized guest service is minimal. 

Our local team is on hand to facilitate early check-ins or late check-outs, provide guidance on appropriate travel insurance, and extend flexibility on cancellation policies should your plans take an unexpected turn.


6. Steamboat Local Deals & Partnerships 

At Steamboat Lodging Company, we take pride in our active involvement in supporting local business and organizations, including the Steamboat Springs Chamber, Steamboat Springs Lodging Committee, Vacation Rental Management Association, and Steamboat Resort. 

Savings extend beyond the rental rate! Our book direct guests benefit from our partnerships with local Steamboat companies receiving guest savings on Steamboat Ski Resort lift tickets, ski, snowboard, and ski bike rentals, airport transportation, tour guides and activities, local services, and so much more! Click HERE for a full list of local deals and discounts received when you book direct with Steamboat Lodging Company.  


7. An Elevated Guest Experience 

Booking direct with us is your passport to an elevated guest experience that transcends the ordinary! Beyond the flexibility and financial perks, our team of Guest Experience Curators are passionately committed to curating an exceptional stay for your travel group. From personalized recommendations tailored to your interests to thoughtful touches that make your vacation uniquely yours, every detail is crafted with care. We strive for five-star service every step of your journey. 


8. Trust & Reliability 

We’ve all encountered stories of arriving at a rental only to discover it bears little resemblance to the pictures, or worse, doesn’t exist at all! Regrettable, OTAs have become a breeding ground for scammers who post deceptive listings that can be challenging to identify. Booking direct acts as a safeguard, shielding you from falling prey to fraudulent listings, potential financial losses, or the compromise of your personal information. Book with the peace of mind that your vacation is both safe and secure. 

With over 15 years experience managing professional vacation rentals in Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Lodging Company has built a reputation for trust, reliability, five-star service, and the best rentals in the mountain resort area and downtown Steamboat. Rest assured that your vacation is in the hands of professionals dedicated to making your stay exceptional. 


About Steamboat Lodging Company

Steamboat Lodging Company is a local, full-service vacation rental management company that focuses on unforgettable guest experiences and hands-off property management for our homeowners. When you choose to rent your vacation home with Steamboat Lodging Company, you are choosing to work with the local experts. We hope to host you soon! 

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