Why bunk down in a generic hotel room when you could take up residence in a mid-century modern home in Palm Springs or try Metabolist living, an organic-inspired architectural style from the 1960s and '70s, in Tokyo? Vacation rentals at their best combine truly unique accommodations and a lower price tag than most hotels. But with great reward comes some risk as well. Travel + Leisure evaluates rental properties (and the companies behind them) based on ease of use, renters’ protections, and safety, as well as aesthetic appeal, location, and value.
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