Say goodbye to hotels & hello to serviced apartments

A serviced apartment is a type of furnished apartment that provides facilities for everyday use on a short or long-term basis. With the wealth of benefits these offer, from flexibility to affordability, it is no wonder serviced apartments are rapidly rising in popularity and are hot on the heels of hotels when it comes to finding a place to stay – but just what are their benefits?

More affordable

In the current economic climate, finding an affordable accommodation option is high on the priority list. Hotels in any city centre can be hugely expensive, especially in capital cities, so it is worth seeking out alternatives such as serviced apartments.

Serviced apartments provide excellent value for money when compared with similar specification hotels. The high quality furnishings and vast array of amenities come at rates that are typically lower than that of hotels. Since serviced apartments are fully furnished, they are equipped with a washing machine, eliminating hotel laundry costs, and a kitchen which results in significant savings compared to dining out every night.

Home away from home

Not only are serviced apartments fully furnished to an incredibly high standard, they also offer a more comprehensive range of amenities than hotels. With cooking facilities and all modern conveniences provided such as TVs, DVD players and internet access, guests will enter a home away from home.

Some serviced apartments even come with luxury features such as oversized bath tubs, generous wardrobe space and European-style gourmet kitchens.

Flexibility

Serviced apartments typically come with one or two bedrooms, although larger apartments with three or more bedrooms are available if you are travelling as a family or group. Cots, additional beds and high chairs can usually be provided if you are travelling with children.

Since they have nightly, weekly and monthly rates, serviced apartments are a great option for a huge range of people. From business travellers to tourists; employees on short-term assignments to UK families between homes, the possibilities are endless.

More space and privacy

Serviced apartments are a great way to book a stay at a location of your choosing and enjoy luxury accommodation that offers abundant space. Serviced apartments offer more facilities and more breathing space than hotels, including a comfortable living area complete with cosy sofas in front of the TV.

You have the luxury of your own space rather than sharing amenities with hotel guests but you can rest assured that 24-hour receptions often form part of the service and security is priority. This means all your needs will be catered for while you enjoy the privacy of a serviced apartment.

Some extended stay properties have been built as an annex to an existing four or five star hotel, allowing guests in the apartments to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities at no extra charge.

In summary, serviced apartments provide a practical and luxurious accommodation solution for business and leisure travellers alike with greater facilities, more privacy and better savings all helping to keep guest satisfaction high.

  • This article has been compiled by Simon Colley of Supercity Aparthotels in London. Having first-hand experience working for a high-end luxurious serviced apartment company allows Simon to share and boast about the great benefits this type of accommodation can provide both leisure and business travellers.

Author: Muzi Mohale

Hi there, am your host and I blog about the tourism industry in South Africa. You're also welcome to contribute your expert content on matters affecting the industry. You can reach me on muzi[at]tourismedition.com

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