Leisure and business travellers alike enjoy the uniqueness of staying in hotel alternatives. For business travellers, accommodation shouldn’t just be a place to sleep, but a place to live, work and feel at home.
Serviced apartments are a fast-growing industry, largely due to employees needing long-term accommodation for corporate assignment work, and the popularity of Airbnb. The home-from-home experience is appealing to more business travellers than ever.
What is a serviced apartment?
There is no single definition for “Serviced Apartments”, but accommodation varieties that fall into this category may include boarding houses, apart-hotels, long-stay hotels and many more. Serviced apartments offer an added perk of hotel-like comforts during your long-term stay, and are becoming increasingly popular among travellers for this very reason.
What are the benefits of a serviced apartment versus a hotel?
The longer the duration the cheaper the nightly rate to reflect the long stay booking (in most instances). A huge added advantage for businesses is the ability for those staying in a serviced apartment to cook for themselves and not run up additional bills on meals, drinks, mini-bar usage, laundry and other services usually offered and charged by hotels.
Another benefit is the ability to find apartments with varying numbers of bedrooms, handy when more than one person is travelling allowing colleagues to live under the same roof at a far cheaper price than booking individual hotel rooms.
Serviced apartment buildings will typically be smaller than hotels so the number of people in the building will be far fewer and obviously there isn’t the same amount of public areas, so this also reflects a more home from home experience, so much so you could end up feeling like a local!
It’s certainly not uncommon to have more space in a serviced apartment, up to 30% more, which is considerable. Other key benefits are having a separate kitchen area as well as a living quarter to relax in as well as work with the same facilities you would find in a quality hotel, i.e. Satellite TV, DVD and Wi-Fi.
Staying in a serviced apartment gives you the option to eat in or eat out, which is great, particularly if a person is away for a long duration and wants to try and lead a life outside of work similar to when they’re back home.
Serviced apartments offer the same standard in accommodation as you will find in many good quality hotels, that’s what they’re competing against and so owners ensure the standard of furniture and furnishings are high. Bed linen and towels are provided, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, including dishwasher and washing machine in some instances (or one will be available centrally), TV, DVD and not forgetting broadband.
As business travel has evolved to include more global assignments and extended stays, the needs of business travellers have evolved too. Serviced apartments will continue to thrive and be an integral accommodation solution as travellers seek more space, amenities and a home-like environment.