When you’re looking to book a trip away, whether it’s for a family holiday, a weekend break, or a business occasion, it can be easy to fall into the trap of just booking your go-to hotel without much thought. And, with hundreds of hotels in each major city, it’s easy to understand why.
However, serviced apartments are a great alternative to hotels and can actually end up being a better choice for a trip away. And, because the majority of people haven’t heard of serviced apartments, these often slip under the radar when it comes to choosing accommodation for any occasion.
Here, we’ve found three reasons to swap your hotel for a serviced apartment for your next trip.
What is a serviced apartment?
Firstly, we need to explain what a serviced apartment actually is. Serviced apartments are very similar to hotels, except rather than receiving just one room and a bathroom, you get a fully-furnished apartment. They usually comprise of multiple bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a living room.
They also come with a range of amenities, including many of the usual hotel services such as cleaning, Wi-Fi, maintenance teams, and a 24-hour concierge. However, unlike hotels, serviced apartments can be rented on a short or long term basis, meaning they offer much more flexibility.
Read on for the reasons to choose one of these over your usual hotel.
According to Clarendon London, a serviced apartment provider in London, one of the main reasons people use serviced apartments is for the homely feel: “Many of our customers are drawn to serviced apartments because they offer a home-from-home, rather than a cut and paste hotel. With modern, bespoke, and personalised apartments, you don’t feel like you’re in a cold hotel room, you feel welcomed into a familiar and warm environment.”
Because it comes equipped with many home comforts that you’ll be used to, such as a TV, DVD player, a fully-furnished kitchen and free Wi-Fi, you can relax and feel at ease in a home-from-home serviced apartment, rather than in a basic hotel.
It also offers the flexibility that you would have at home. With most hotels having set breakfast times and curfew hours, you have more independence to work around your own schedule in a serviced apartment.
Unlike a hotel (unless you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a full suite!), a serviced apartment provides you with much more space to relax and unwind, keeping aspects of your life separate rather than having it all squashed into a single room.
With a kitchen, bedroom, and living area, you can cook and watch TV without tripping over the bed or walking into the wardrobe. This post by Condé Nast even suggests you get around 30% extra space.
This makes it especially useful for those on business trips, allowing you to entertain colleagues and socialise without having to invite them to your room!
Most people assume that because you get a full apartment, it’s bound to cost more than a hotel room. But that’s where they’re wrong.
In fact, serviced apartments are generally around 30% cheaper than hotels over a one-week period, increasing even more with a longer stay. This is largely down to a lack of some services like daily cleaning, room service, and on-site restaurants, which bumps up the price of hotels.
Similarly, because apartments are charged per apartment rather than per person, it usually works out cheaper if travelling in large groups. This post by ASAP, The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, can give you more information on the cost-effectiveness of serviced apartments.