vacation rental experiences?

  1. Hi,
    My bf and i are trying to plan a trip to vancouver next month. After looking at many hotels which were mostly not affordable for us (we r students)... i came across some "vacation rentals" on craigslist. Just wondering, has anyone had experiences with similar type rentals? most of them seem to be apts in high rises... They look nice online. but ive never done this before and dont want to be scammed....
    or does anyone have experiences with "bed and breakfast" or "guesthouse" type places?
    any input would be helpful!