According to a Work Styles study published in 2012, which polled more than 550 business travelers about their life on the road and the value it has on their business, it suggested that frequent business travelers want room to relax and spread out in. They also want the ability to maintain a sense of routine. The study found that in 47% of cases business travelers reported that they work less effectively when away from the office and home because their accommodation requirements are not being met.
Business travelers expressed their need for comforts, amenities and a routine of home. Corporate travelers are reportedly looking at ways to maximise value for their travel expenditures and their productivity while traveling. With all these needs being expressed what are the alternatives? There is the availability of serviced apartments in many towns and cities across the UK and many European destinations. Serviced apartments offer spacious living, all the comforts of home and a means to extend travel budgets while meeting your business needs.
What does a serviced apartment offer?
Serviced apartments help improve employee productivity by offering a place to relax, a separate room to sleep, a table to work at and the option to prepare meals as and when required – all meeting the need to maintain a home-away-from-home’ routine. There is space to relax and spread out. Some providers even include a complimentary pair of slippers so you really can ‘kick-off’ your shoes and relax.
- Reliable WiFi connection – working away from the office means you need to stay connected and feel free to search the web. A poor or unreliable WiFi connection adds to the stress of travel. Serviced apartments not only offer a dedicated connection, but it is also inclusive in the nightly room rate – so there is no unexpected additional charge. When you make your booking you pay for your stay with no surprises when you hand back the keys!
- More space – there is space to relax on a comfortable sofa with feet-up watching an interesting documentary, sport channel, a favourite movie or catching up on a Kindle read. There is space to work either at a work station provided or at the dining-room table and there is space to entertain colleagues or clients. The space gives a sense of home comforts and routine all working towards establishing better productivity.
- Central locations – many serviced apartment providers have established themselves in convenient central locations close to road, rail and even air travel links.
With the key features offered, serviced apartments continually strive to meet the demands of the business traveler to help energise productivity while away from home for a night, a week or more. Not sure what to expect when you book a serviced apartment? A Quality Assessment Programme (QAP) has recently been established to ensure consistency across the industry in basic health and safety requirements, as well as robust operator business practices.
Cotels Serviced Apartment providers recognise the need to keep up with the pace of change in the business and hospitality industries by maintaining focus on guest and client satisfaction. To this end, our apartments are stylishly furnished, clean and well maintained. Guests are greeted with a complimentary welcoming pack and pair of slippers on their arrival. Additional requirements such as bicycle storage are catered for as best as possible and experienced staff are at the ready to answer questions related to your stay and the local area. We also recognise the need for an easy, quick booking system which we have achieved with the launch our new website – a responsive design site with lots of imagery, video tours and an intuitive navigation.