Collaborative Post | Whether you are heading off on a fun-filled city break or an important business trip, you are probably pondering your accommodation options and wondering which is best. From hotels and guest rooms to Airbnb, there are so many options available for travellers these days.
One of those options is serviced apartments, which offer a middle ground between hotel rooms and Airbnb. If you are not sure which accommodation to choose, and you are intrigued about the prospect of staying in a serviced apartment, read on to discover some of the benefits of this kind of accommodation
Room to relax
Unlike your standard hotel room, a serviced apartment provides plenty of space for weary travellers to relax in and recharge their batteries. Not only will you have comfortable sleeping quarters – usually of between one and three bedrooms - but you will also benefit from your own seating area, where you can work and take your meals, and, of course, a kitchen space where you can whip up whatever you fancy – from light bites to a hearty dinner.
Every must-have amenity
Like many Airbnb’s, serviced apartments feature a variety of amenities to give you more autonomy and provide comfort and convenience during your stay. These include facilities for cooking and storing food, such as culinary utensils, an oven, a refrigerator, and a microwave. They may also include laundry facilities, such as a washing machine and tumble dryer – although, depending on the serviced apartment you have chosen, a laundry service may also be available.
You will also benefit from daily housekeeping, just as in a hotel, so you won’t have to worry about your accommodation being kept neat and tidy while you’re busy exploring the sights or attending a business conference
Stylish and comfortable
If you like your accommodation to be designed and decorated with a certain degree of flair, then you won’t be disappointed by some of the more luxurious serviced apartments available. Serviced apartment providers will often have to take great pains to ensure that every detail of their décor is as thoughtful and appealing as possible.
As a result, many serviced apartments feature a pleasing range of attractive and functional finishing touches. These can range from lush houseplants, and eye-catching artworks on the walls, to cutting-edge technology. Even the lighting is carefully chosen, so you will probably find high-quality light fixtures, switches and sockets, such as Cortson’s interior clear light sockets, which don’t detract from the wallpaper or paint behind them
Another benefit of choosing serviced apartments is the extra services they can provide you with. While the precise nature of these services will vary from one provider to another, you can expect some pleasing extras during your serviced apartment stay, including free Wi-Fi so you won’t have to worry about keeping up to date with your online correspondence, various maintenance services, airport transfers, and, in some cases, a helpline that’s available 24 hours a day. This means that, whenever you encounter a problem, it can be sorted out as quickly as possible, so the issue doesn’t detract from your stay
Things to think about before choosing a serviced apartment
While there are undeniable advantages to staying in a serviced apartment, there are also some factors to take into consideration before you make a booking, to help you choose the right apartment for your circumstances.
If you will be making your own way to the location that you will be staying in, then you will have to check the parking facilities provided by your serviced apartments. Some may offer free on-site parking, but others may not, so if this is an important deciding factor for you, it’s best to be sure before you confirm a booking.
Location Is Key
If you’re not travelling in your own car, then you will probably want to stay in close proximity to local public transport, such as train stations and bus stops. These will generally be much cheaper and more convenient than ordering taxis to get you where you want to go. Make sure that the serviced apartments you are considering are within easy reach of transport networks.
Bringing Your Pets
If you have a dog or a cat that you can’t leave behind at home, then it’s vital that you check the pet policy of the different serviced apartment providers you are considering. Some may allow pets, and others may not, but even the ones who do will probably have some strict guidelines for you to follow.
They may also ask you to agree on a deposit, which will offer them protection in case of any damage to the property, and you may also have to pay for an end-of-stay deep cleaning of the apartment. This is for both hygiene and health and safety reasons, as future guests may be allergic to pet hair.
As you can see, if you are looking for accommodation that offers the best of both worlds, between a hotel and an Airbnb, then serviced apartments could be the perfect solution. Just make sure that you do your homework before booking, to make sure you choose the ideal apartment for your needs.
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.
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