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Why you should rent a serviced apartment when you travel

May 10 2016 08:32


Have you heard of the worst and best kept secret of experienced travellers? Rapidly growing in popularity, serviced apartments are the new buzz word in travel convenience, offering personal service and space to families and solo travellers alike. 

Essentially serviced apartments are furnished apartments that give you the best of both worlds – the comfort of a home-like environment with the services of a top class hotel, for long-term or short-term stays. They provide space, privacy and freedom that staying in a standard hotel room can’t compete with, plus unlike private home rentals they offer a cleaning service. You also have the assurance of booking through am apartment or Hotel Company and not with a private individual.

Still not convinced to give up your hotel comforts? Take a look at our top reasons you should book a serviced apartment on your next trip.

1. Spread out

Space is the biggest dilemma when staying in a hotel with a family. When one member of the family wants to have a lie-in or a teenager wants their privacy, the limited space of a hotel room is immediately evident. Serviced apartments, however, offer a solution to this with options such as bigger living spaces and more than one bedroom and bathroom.

For families this means having their own separate rooms while still enjoying a communal living room where they can spend time together. Plus there’s the added securities that while the kids have their own rooms, they are still in the same apartment and not the hotel room down the hall. Even for those business trips, the extra space that serviced apartments provide can be welcome. Instead of going stir crazy in a one bedroom that hotels provide, you will have enough space to separate your working life and your down time. You will also be able to hold business meetings in your lounge instead of having to rent out a separate conference room

2. Dining choices

If the in-house restaurant at the hotel doesn’t roast the lamb just how you like it, or cater for your specific dietary requirements, make your own meals in your private kitchen, hire a personal chef, or order in from a favourite restaurant and refrigerate the leftovers for a midnight snack. Instead of mornings spent hurriedly getting the children and / or yourself dressed and rushing to make the hotel breakfast times, wouldn't you rather amble to the kitchen in your bathrobe and enjoy a coffee and toasted bagel at your leisure? And let the kids grab themselves a sandwich while you get ready for the day? Do we even need to ask?

3. Pampered pooches

Not willing to leave Fido or Fluffy at home on your next holiday? Well, there aren’t many luxury hotels that appreciate even well-mannered dogs sniffing around their lobbies. Serviced apartments are often the better option to choose for pet owners, because many will accept dogs and cats.

4. Amenities and more

Serviced apartments often come with the luxuries of hotel living such as housekeeping, laundry, security, even business centres, gyms and swimming pools– so you don’t have to sacrifice any amenities. Many also offer concierge services that are able to assist you with travel and social arrangements.  Serviced apartments are ideal for extended periods of travel, but even if you are just taking your family on a short holiday the home-style comforts like television sets, music systems, WiFi and phones to keep everyone happy.

Considering their many advantages serviced apartments rates are still competitive and are usually adjusted according to how long you choose to stay and quoted per apartment and not per person like in hotels.

And let’s be honest, after a long day of sightseeing, is there anything better than being able to put your feet up on the coffee table, enjoy a well deserved drink from your own kitchen or wine bar, while the kids play in their own rooms? We thought not.

We hope you enjoy your next holiday in a serviced apartment!

Are you a World MasterCard cardholder?  Use your card to feel at home with discounts of up to 15% on your stay at prime luxury serviced apartments including over 1,200 onefinestay properties across London, New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, plus 25 Oakwood properties across Asia Pacific.  Ask your bank for a World MasterCard for access to these and other great offers, or visit here to find out more.

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