Tired of Hotels?
Does your business require you to stay for more than a month in the same place? Are your hotel bills getting more and more expensive with every stay? Do hotel services fail to satisfy your needs? Do you get fed up with fighting through crowds of half-cut tourists to speak to the concierge? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are probably suffering from hotel burn-out. It’s time for you to start thinking about alternative accommodation that better suits your needs and makes travelling on business a more pleasurable experience. A serviced apartment could be just the solution to your travel woes.
Hotels can be very confining, limiting and costly. For these reasons, they are not ideal for longer stays. Serviced apartments offer all the best features of hotels (minus the tourists of course), and also offer privacy, security and a home from home environment.
Many people assume that serviced apartments are expensive and only suited for business travellers on hefty corporate budgets. In reality, serviced apartments can cater to different type of travellers, even to those who are travelling on a limited budget.
First things first, you need to determine if a serviced apartment is the right accommodation for you. Here are some things that you might need to consider:
1. Will you be cooking? The novelty of eating out and ordering takeaway food soon wears thin when travelling on business. Sometimes a home-cooked meal to remind you of home can be just the thing to recharge your batteries after a long day of work. Even very expensive hotel rooms do not have cooking facilities in the rooms, but serviced apartments have kitchens fully-equipped with the latest appliances, kitchenware and dinnerware. These facilities enable you to easily rustle up a home-cooked meal and even entertain guests.
2. Will you be doing your own laundry? In hotels, the only option for laundry is to send your clothes out for cleaning (which can get expensive), or to spend hours in the local laundrette. Apartment service have on site laundry facilities. Some apartment units even have a washing machine and dryer, which means you can do your laundry just as you would at home.
3. Will you be having company? Traditional hotel rooms can get cramped and uncomfortable, especially if you are planning to invite guests over. Apartment service are more spacious than hotel rooms and have living space for entertaining. They also often have extra bedrooms so that family and friends can stay with you for a few days, or even weeks.
4. Will you be on a budget? Serviced apartments are more cost effective than hotels for longer stays. If you stay in a serviced apartment, you are likely to spend less on food, laundry, and other miscellaneous expenses that you incur when you travel on business. With more rooms and larger spaces, serviced apartments can also double as office space, thus eliminating another significant expense. For the business traveller who is accompanied by family members, an apartment service can also significantly reduce costs. A final consideration is that serviced apartments often offer more flexible payment schemes than hotels do, thus making budgeting for business travel easier.