Short Stay or Long Stay: Which Visitors Best Suit Serviced Apartments?
With approximately a 50% split between short-stay and long-stay visitors at our serviced apartments which visitor type do you imagine gets the most benefit from going into serviced accommodation as opposed to alternative possibilities: letting from a private landlord or booking a hotel?
Short-stay: serviced apartments versus hotels
When you book in to a hotel, your every need is catered for: bath linen, beds prepared, your morning meal ready and waiting for you. They work best for a couple of nights. If you’re staying for a few days more, on the other hand, you might long for a bit more room to breathe. You might also like the opportunity to prepare your own supper one evening, or get up to your favourite breakfast rather than the rich food that the restaurant lays on. You can also extend yourself out a little more:
- make the most of TV
- eat when you like
- put your stuff in the cupboards
The contrast grows increasingly interesting when you note that serviced accommodation is generally better value than a 4-star hotel, even with the additional space and high quality service available at all locations.
Long-stay: serviced accommodation vs. apartment rental or hotels
If staying anywhere more than seven nights, it’s not only living space that is critical: the right accommodation will deliver good storage space, something that a hotel generally cannot do. Occupying own apartment throughout your stay allows you to feel less penned in. There’s no cramp on your lifestyle time-wise, food-wise or space-wise. You are free to do as you please, enabling you to feel relaxed.
Compared to renting, serviced apartments uk give you that touch of luxury as well as letting you feel more ‘at home’ than a hotel as the weeks progress. E.g. as well as cooking for yourself you could also be happy to do your own washing in the washer-driers provided in the high spec kitchen.
The difficulties with renting a private apartment are that you normally have to take a property for at least 6 months, and you have to arrange all the services yourself (gas and electricity and sometimes broadband too). It is not in the least surprising that for stays of between one week and six months, serviced accommodation is now the most favoured option amongst business and leisure travellers.