Travelling away on business is an everyday occurrence, however, the types of trips vary dramatically as do the costs.
For those companies who require their staff to travel regularly it can be a huge drain in financial outlay, and given today’s economic climate it is vitally important businesses are taking every measure possible to ensure the cost of each business trip is at the most feasible price.
Certainly for those companies who need to send their staff away on overseas trips, then by and large the largest outlay tends to be on the purchase of flight tickets, however, a close second is certainly the cost for accommodation, and many will automatically think to book a hotel without thinking of other more affordable and suitable alternatives.
This article is all about highlighting the benefits of serviced apartments, and whilst this post has solely focused on aligning this type of accommodation with business travellers, there’s absolutely no reason why this can’t be a fantastic alternative for those travelling for pleasure too, and in particular families, as serviced apartments are far more suitable for those travelling with children and would benefit from several rooms and bedrooms, rather than trying to shoehorn everyone into one room for a week’s holiday or longer.
Whilst serviced apartments are available to book in many of the world’s leading cities, this article is focusing on the UK and gives some fantastic insights to better understand the ins and outs of serviced apartments with some cracking examples of serviced apartments to let in the UK’s capital - London.
One site in particular worth bookmarking immediately is www.theasap.org.uk, which stands for ‘The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers’. This organisation is the leading industry body that represents the serviced apartment sector in the UK and Ireland. With nationwide coverage of 12,000+ properties this is certainly a great place to help you locate a serviced apartment in the location you need. It also gives you reassurance as all apartments featured on this site are fully vetted by an independent assessor to ensure the properties are meeting the quality and standards they are advertising and promising guests.
So what are the benefits in choosing a serviced apartment versus a hotel?
Cost – With prices starting from approximately £80-£100 per night in London and £60-£80 for the rest of the UK, serviced apartments are certainly great value for money. In addition, the longer the duration the cheaper the nightly rate to reflect the long stay booking (in most instances). Plus a huge added advantage for businesses is the ability for those staying in a serviced apartment to cook for themselves and not run up additional bills on meals, drinks, mini-bar usage, laundry and other services usually offered and charged by hotels. Another benefit is the ability to find apartments with varying numbers of bedrooms, handy when more than one person is travelling allowing colleagues to live under the same roof at a far cheaper price than booking individual hotel rooms.
Space – It’s certainly not uncommon to have more space in a serviced apartment, up to 30% more, which is considerable. Other key benefits is having a separate kitchen area as well as a living quarter to relax in as well as work with the same facilities you would find in a quality hotel, i.e. Satellite TV, DVD and Wi-Fi.
Flexibility – Staying in a serviced apartment gives you the option to eat in or eat out, which is great, particularly if a person is away for a long duration and wants to try and lead a life outside of work similar to when they’re back home.
Quality – Serviced apartments offer the same standard in accommodation as you will find in many good quality hotels, that’s what they’re competing against and so owners ensure the standard of furniture and furnishings are high. Bed linen and towels are provided, as well as a fully equipped kitchen, including dishwasher and washing machine in some instances (or one will be available centrally), TV, DVD and not forgetting broadband. Some serviced apartments will also be cleaned, but you would need to check the frequency with each property as it’s not always the same and can depend on your duration of stay.
Privacy – Serviced apartment buildings will typically be smaller than hotels so the number of people in the building will be far fewer and obviously there isn’t the same amount of public areas, so this also reflects a more home from home experience, so much so you could end up feeling like a local!
Serviced Apartments in London including 3 Example Properties
In the UK’s capital London, The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers currently features 133 apartment locations, collectively that represents over 5,000 serviced apartment properties across London alone.
The following example properties are all owned and managed by Supercity Aparthotels who are a member of The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers.
Templeton Place - Earls Court
This aparthotel sits on a quiet residential street with Earls Court underground station a 3 minute walk away providing direct access to central London as well as London Heathrow, which is only a 30 minute tube ride away. This property boasts 12 one bedroom suites and 18 studio suites; all are of a very high standard and come with fully fitted kitchens, luxury bathrooms, iPod docks, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as weekly maid service.
Nevern Place – Earls Court
Literally around the corner from Templeton Place is Nevern Place where you can book one of three two bedroom luxury apartments. Once again these spacious apartments come with fully fitted kitchens that include washing machine, dryer and dishwasher for super convenience as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod dock and weekly maid service.
The Rosebury – Clerkenwell
The Rosebury is Supercity’s latest aparthotel to be opened, centrally located in Clerkenwell, it is only a five minute walk to Farringdon and Chancery Lane. This property offers an impressive 58 luxury suites, there’s 29 studio suites, 26 one bedroom suites and 3 two bedroom suites to choose from. As with Supercity’s other two properties, all accommodation includes fully fitted kitchens, luxury bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi as well as weekly maid service.
Next time you’re planning a business trip I would highly recommend taking a look at what serviced apartments are available in the city or town being visited, as you will be presently surprised to find out what you can book, and save £’s in the process – a win-win all round I think you’ll find.
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