In an increasingly global world, travelling for business is an almost unavoidable part of many people’s careers, whether it’s a short trip to another office or a full relocation. And, unfortunately, corporate travel is known to be less than favourable for the vast majority of us, unless you’re working for a mega successful company. However, there are some ways to make corporate travel that bit more bearable, including looking at different types of accommodation. While most of us will automatically book the nearest hotel, there are much more convenient and pleasant options available, such as serviced apartments.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at serviced apartments and why they’re a great choice for business travellers.
What is a serviced apartment?
Although the use of serviced apartments is steadily on the rise, there are still lots of people who haven’t heard of them, so it’s probably a good idea to take a look at what they are first of all.
Serviced apartments are very similar to hotels, except you get a fully-furnished apartment as opposed to the one-bedroom, one-bathroom setup of a hotel. You’ll have access to multiple rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and a living room, as well as a range of amenities you would usually find in your standard hotel accommodation, such as housekeeping, concierges, maintenance teams and Wi-Fi.
Now that we’ve covered what a serviced apartment is, why should you choose one for your next business trip?
It goes without saying that with more rooms, you get more space, which is what makes serviced apartments really great for corporate travel. This post by Johansens suggests you get around 30% extra space with a serviced apartment compared to a hotel, which means you can entertain clients and colleagues with ease. You’ll have use of a living room and all the amenities needed to keep your guests comfortable, which means your networking doesn’t have to end when you leave your meeting, and it can also prevent the onset of cabin fever which usually occurs when you’re cramped into a hotel room for a long period of time.
With a fully-furnished apartment, you also get all of the amenities you would enjoy in your own house, giving your accommodation a home-from-home feel. According to SilverDoor Apartments, a serviced apartment provider specialising in business travel in the city: “The thing our clients love the most is the homely feel they get from staying in one of our apartments. “Rather than an impersonal hotel room, you get a bespoke interior providing a warm atmosphere, full of all the amenities you’re used to. You can catch up with your favourite show on the TV, browse the internet on free Wi-Fi and just unwind after a day of work.”
Finally, flexibility is extremely important when travelling for business and serviced apartments allow you as much flexibility as you need. Rather than having set meal times or curfew hours like hotels, you can cook your own meals whenever it suits you and enjoy 24-hour access to your building, meaning you can arrange your meetings and networking around your own schedule. Unsociable hours aren’t a problem when it comes to serviced apartments, and they also offer long and short term accommodation, providing you with more options than a hotel.
So, we hope this has convinced you to try a serviced apartment for your next corporate travel trip and, if it hasn’t, check out this post by the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers to discover more benefits!