Serviced apartments have long been used for convenient business trip accommodation in big cities but are quickly becoming an affordable choice for a whole range of travellers.
They offer many benefits and are a great alternative to hotels, particularly for those in need of extra space and for families who want to be together.
Officially, ‘Serviced Apartment’ is the umbrella term for a type of furnished apartment available for short-term or long-term stays, which provides amenities, housekeeping and a range of facilities for guests which are included within the price of the stay. Many serviced apartments come in the form of individual apartments in stunning buildings or larger Aparthotels.
Serviced apartments offer the luxury feel of a hotel, but with the self-catering elements, convenience and privacy of a home. This can make you feel more relaxed when booking some time away and can help to give a more authentic local experience.
These apartments will have private cooking facilities, a dishwasher and washing machine/on site launderette. Plus, they offer larger living/sleeping areas than standard hotel rooms, making your stay a bit more comfortable and work/play friendly!
‘Serviced Apartment’ as an expression has been relatively little used outside the corporate relocation and business travel markets. Most online booking sites have long offered them as booking options, but with no separate category – most are just labelled ‘apartment’ and offered as another option alongside regular hotel rooms.
But the sector is increasingly having an impact on leisure travel as people find serviced apartments are available all over the world as a credible and cost-effective alternative. They are especially economical for longer stays, group travel or family parties, allowing savings on dining out and offering in-house entertainment as well as allowing you to live like a local.
What you can expect from a serviced apartment:
• A fully equipped kitchen, usually with both dishwasher and washer/dryer
• One or more separate bedrooms, or in studio apartments, a designated sleeping area
• A living area
• A bathroom
• TV, Wi-Fi and the latest in-room technology
• All utilities included i.e. water & electricity
• A weekly housekeeping service (many operators offer a more frequent service if required)
Gone are the days of service apartments being for purely corporate use, they are now becoming more popular with leisure travel as people find serviced apartments in major cities as a credible and cost-effective alternative to hotel stays. They are especially cost-effective for longer stays, group travel or family gatherings.