Here are those windows I was talking about. We have three in the main living area and one in each of the sleeping areas.
Maybe the best part, though, is that this bit of Alsatian paradise is ours for a week for €320. Yes, that's roughly €46 per night or €23 per person. It would be impossible to find a decent hotel for this price, and I think it would be impossible to find even a backpacker's hostel for €23.
The price, though, is only one reason why I'm such an advocate of apartment rentals. Here we have the room to truly relax with my "office" set up on one end of the kitchen table, our brochures and bus schedules arranged on the buffet in the living room, and David, who's developed a nasty cold, still asleep in the bedroom. None of that would be possible in a cramped hotel room.
So, if you have never thought of apartment rentals for a vacation, you may want to reconsider before your next trip to Europe.
Finding a luxurious yet inexpensive apartment can be as difficult as choosing a well-priced hotel room. I wish I could give you all the tips you need for finding the right place for you, but there's not enough space in a blog piece. Please get a copy of my book, Europe on a Dime: Five-Star Travel on a One-Star Budget, if you want to know how to identify the best apartment rentals, how to write the query letter, how to pay the deposit, and how to avoid being ripped off.