If you’re responsible for organising hotel accommodation for your company’s presence at one of the many business exhibitions held in London each year, here’s a revolutionary thought. Save yourself the hassle and cost of trying to find hotel rooms in the city. Instead, book your team into one or more short-stay apartments in Luton, and let them commute each day.
That may sound illogical, but think about it. If you’re lucky enough to find hotel accommodation close to Olympia, Earls Court, Excel or the Barbican, you’ll probably end up paying a high price for the privilege. And you’ll be lucky to get the mix of rooms you need – suites for the senior management and low cost twins for the regular staff. In practice you’ll probably end up with staff in three or four hotels.
After spending the whole day at an exhibition, they will be tired and the last thing they need is to having to bunk up with someone else in a pokey hotel room. Much better if you can find a solution that will bring them back the next day, refreshed and ready to go.
Cotels, the short and long-stay serviced apartment specialists, have two-bedroom apartments in Luton, which are minutes from the railway station and just a half hour train ride into London. And they cost a fraction of the price you’d pay for a hotel room in London.
But it’s not just the price. Each apartment, that may cost less than the price of a small single room in London, is the size of a large, luxury hotel suite. Two separate double bedrooms, most with their own bathroom, a spacious lounge, a dining area which can double as board room, a fully fitted modern kitchen, satellite TVs (with Sky Sports) and full laundry facilities.
Not only will your staff be more comfortable, but it’s going to help drive down your costs too. There will be no need for laundry bills as the serviced apartments have washer/dryers, irons and ironing boards. There’ll be no minibar, room service or hotel laundry bills, and no extras for a broadband connection – it comes as standard. There’s a free, secure parking space with each serviced apartment, so no parking bills. If they choose to eat out, meals will be much less expensive in Luton (but equally good) or you could encourage them to eat in – they’ll have all the facilities they need for the most elaborate meals.
Distance might seem to be the main problem, but it really is not. It’s only a short walk from the apartment to Luton’s main station, then a half hour ride on the direct train into Kings Cross/St Pancras. There’s one every few minutes at peak times and they even run right through the night…so no excuses for missing the train.