Here’s one of the best kept- secrets in the hospitality industry- if you’re a business traveler or a short/ long stay leisure traveler, you’ll spend less staying in a serviced apartment yet have more space, freedom and privacy than staying in a pricey hotel.
In Australia, they call it serviced apartment. In Europe, they call it by other names and they vary for these locations by language and services. Because of many other varieties and options, product descriptions and concepts get somewhat blurred about these establishments. Lack of clarity about the varied products and services provided leads to misconstrued expectations pertaining to the level of services offered by these sites.
Basically, what should you, as a customer, expect from a serviced apartelle?
Traditionally, the term “serviced apartment” refers to an apartment alternative to hotel accommodation. These are usually studios- single room units used as a sleeping area with a living area, a small kitchen and a separate bathroom. In urban locations, some apartments have 2 or 3 bedroom units ranging from standard, budget and deluxe. These are all fully- furnished apartments equipped with
En- suite bathroom
Lounge/ dining area with a pull- down or sofa bed
Work area with a desk, chair, internet and telephone line
Other services include
Regularly (or 24- hour) manned reception desk
Daily/ weekly housekeeping/laundry service
In Europe, serviced apartments are a rapidly growing industry. Customers prefer staying in these sites because of the price, space and the ability to self- cater. The main factors behind the popularity of serviced apartments (three years ago) used to be comfort, independence and the ability to gain friends. The sector has indeed matured along with the increased understanding of the financial and convenience benefits accrued by business travelers when staying in such places.
Hotel Accommodation and Serviced Apartment
Traditional hotels are also situated in superior locations in the city and you can easily search for your best option. Low deviation in standards, especially in chain hotels, breakfast is included, use of in- house sports and leisure facilities, room service and free parking. The downside is that hotel rates are pricier or you get locked in a lesser space room and dependent on the hotel’s staff and services.
Thanks to the internet, finding the best serviced apartments in Singapore is pretty easy. Look for the facilities and services before you start comparing prices. Also, the location of the apartment should be considered, besides overall renting terms and conditions.