Vacation Rentals in Aspen, . Condos and homes offered direct by owner.
Five Star Destinations, 453 East Hopkins Ave, Phone: 970-925 6638, . Luxurious vacation rentals in Aspen.
Country Village Rentals, 1-888-621-2877, . Search for and view Aspen rental homes online.
Maj, I assume you put these here to pose the question as to whether they are appropriate. In my opinion, they are -- narrowly. Aspen, like several other ski towns in Colorado, has a lot of lodging that consists of "vacation rentals" not directly accessible to the public, for which these rental services are basically the only way of getting access. Some of these are great places to stay. (I haven't stayed in the ones in Aspen, but have experience with their equivalents in other towns, and speak from that experience.) As distasteful as keeping submissions from touts may be, the Wikitravel:The traveller comes first policy seems to trump this concern, IMO. There's room for discussion, and if someone can come up with a way of accessing these rentals without going through the shills, I'd reconsider. -- Bill-on-the-Hill 15:36, 5 August 2006 (EDT)
Lake Tahoe is another example of a place where rental services are the only way to rent cabins, and I agree that they are useful for travelers. It would be nice if Wikitravel:External links included specific language that rental services are generally not OK unless they offer lodging that cannot be rented directly from the owner, AND if the location is one where travelers frequently rent cabins/apartments, AND only if the lodging can be rented for a a week or less. That would eliminate apartment finder services while not eliminating useful sites for weekend getaway destinations. It might also be helpful to include these listings under their own sub-section of Sleep. -- Ryan 15:56, 5 August 2006 (EDT)
Oh, yeah, I totally think that there is a place for vacation rentals here-- I'm a big fan of them myself. I'm just trying to figure out a way to seperate the useful links from the spam. Unfortunately it seems to be one of those "I know it when I see it" type things. I've been waiting for some free time in which to try and frame an argument for allowing some and excluding others, but all I can come up with is a)there should be vacation rentals include where appropriate and b)we shouldn't open things up to each and every apartment finder/booking site. I guess Ryan's list is a good start. Maj 16:06, 5 August 2006 (EDT)