Serviced apartments are becoming an increasingly popular choice of accommodation. But, why would anyone choose to book into a serviced apartment rather than a Hotel particularly when all you really need is a safe, secure, comfortable and clean place to bed-down? Firstly, it is about choice and therefore what preferences you have when looking to make a booking for a business or leisure trip. The length of stay, budget, location are probably also factors in the decision process. Read on to find out what choosing a serviced apartments has to offer.
You are pardoned for not knowing much about the serviced apartments industry as many of us automatically search the web for contact details of a familiar chain of hotels and never question whether this is the best or only option. Serviced apartments are relatively new to the travel accommodation industry and can now be found in most cities in many countries across the world.
What is a serviced apartment?
A serviced apartment is a type of furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stays, which provides amenities for daily use including a fully equipped kitchen. Serviced apartments can be less expensive than equivalent hotel rooms. Cotels Serviced Apartments located in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Luton offer a variety of apartment configurations to suit singles, couples, families and large groups from studio to three bedroom or the more luxurious Pent-house options.
Most serviced apartments offer separate living, dining and sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens and laundry facilities. An open floor plan allows everyone enough space to spread out. Many two and three bedroom options have two bathrooms for added flexibility and space.
Benefits of serviced apartments for business travel
Anyone who has done a lot of business travel will tell you that the confines of a Hotel room are not ideal particularly when having to stay away from home for a few nights to weeks or even months.
- Cost effective – Hotels charge per single or double occupancy where as a serviced apartment charges per apartment. A fully equipped kitchen means you can avoid pricey hotel breakfasts or room-service costs (plus a complimentary welcome pack means your first breakfast is often catered for) by preparing your own meals and beverages as required. Alcoholic or soft drinks bought at the local super market can be kept cold in your apartment fridge greatly reducing the costs paid on the mini bar in a Hotel room. Plus, some serviced apartments don’t charge for a WiFi connection – most Hotels do charge.
- More space to live and work – many serviced apartments have a work station in the open-plan lounge-dining area or there is the availability of a dining-room table to set-up a computer or laptop. The apartment configuration also offers a more home-from-home feeling of space with many having the added bonus of a balcony to sit out on.
- Housekeeping and other services – as with Hotels, there is a maid service that comes in to change the linen, sweep, vacuum and clean the apartment. However, this is often a weekly rather than daily service. If you require additional cleaning within the week there is a washing machine in the kitchen and other basic cleaning equipment plus iron and ironing board. As with Hotels, there is a security service either via a reception desk or CCTV cameras located at the entrance. Many also offer Gym facilities and a business centre.
Most serviced apartments have convenient town or city locations close to main travel links via train, bus, car or taxis. This makes it convenient for you to travel to places of interest or business appointments.
Serviced apartments are clean, affordable, and conveniently located. They offer flexibility, freedom and privacy. Furthermore, there are numerous features and personal services available to make you feel at home. So when you travel to your next destination, it might be worth booking into a serviced apartment instead.
Check out Cotels serviced apartments to see which best suits your requirements.