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4 Tips for Finding the Ideal Serviced Apartment for You

Hotels aren‘t really suitable for a long-term stay. On the other hand, you don‘t want to spend your free time cleaning up after a long and exhausting working day. Individual living solutions with high living comfort are the happy medium.

Serviced Apartments are the “golden mean” between the freedom and comfort of a furnished apartment as well as the security and service of a hotel. They fulfil these needs and are becoming increasingly popular for business trips. They solve the conflict between strict travel guidelines and cutbacks and fulfil the high expectations of business travelers.

With cosy and functional furnishing, they offer a much higher living comfort and are up to 40% cheaper than a hotel room. They also offer a higher added value with lower costs – good arguments to choose a Serviced Apartment!

However, the more detailed the offer and selection criteria, the more difficult it is to find suitable accommodation and make a decision. Consider the following tips when selecting the right Serviced Apartment.

  1. Location
    The location is a crucial factor in the choice of accommodation and should be well considered wherever you are traveling to. To save costs, many travelers choose accommodation far from the city center, meaning the extra travel costs can quickly exceed the travel budget. Because of this, it is important to consider where it is really worth saving. To do so, ask yourself:
    • How far away is the workplace?
    • How good is the access to public transport?
    • Does the accommodation have a good local supply (supermarkets, restaurants, bars, etc.)?
    • If you travel by car, is a parking place or garage available?
    • If you don‘t want to stop playing sports on your trip, is there a fitness studio/swimming pool/park for jogging nearby?
    • If you are traveling as a family, are there any educational facilities, playgrounds, or leisure activities nearby?
  2. Apartment/apartment equipment
    Serviced Apartments are designed like private apartments. They have a kitchen/kitchenette as well as a separate living area, mostly including a desk and free WIFI. But they can differ widely in size and furniture. The following points should be considered:
    • How much space do you need? How many people will be accommodated?
    • If you want to have guests visit, is there sufficient sleeping space?
    • If you are a business traveler, is there a suitable workspace?
    • To work from home without restrictions, does the accommodation have a good internet connection?
    • If you travel abroad, is there a TV with international programs?
    • Which kitchen appliances (dishwasher/coffee machine/toaster) are available?
    • If you want to take your pet with you, are animals allowed in the accommodation?
    • If you’re moving with children, does the apartment have child-friendly furniture (e. g. child’s bed)?
  3. Service
    Serviced Apartments offer a wide range of services that vary widely in scope. Many facilities offer additional services such as sports, beauty and wellness services, interpreters, chauffeur services, and car rental, which can be booked by the guest and are – in some cases – even included in the price. Check beforehand:
    • What services (e. g. laundry, cleaning service, etc.) are included?
    • Is it possible to book additional services?
    • How is cleaning handled or is there only a cleaning service on check-out?
  4. Finances
    Serviced Apartments are characterized by long-term rates and declining prices the longer you are staying. So, it’s especially worthwhile for project and business travelers who are looking for accommodation for a longer period of time. Nevertheless, you should think about the following points in advance:
    • What costs are included in the monthly rental?
    • Is a deposit required?
    • What are the costs for extra services?

Traditional hotels serve their purpose but if you’re looking for comfort and home-like living combined with the benefits of a hotel – serviced apartments are the way to go.

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