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What is Corporate Lodging – Glossary Included

While it may seem like a simple thing to travel for work, the world of corporate travel is constantly evolving, leaving many wondering, “What is corporate lodging?” Most readers will gather that it is lodging geared toward business executives, but some of the corporate lodging lingo can sometimes be confusing with unique terms such as “extended stay furnished apartments, luxury community amenities, and limited grocery service.” To help you better navigate the world of corporate lodging we have put together a glossary of common terms.

Glossary of Terms for Corporate Lodging

Amenities: The amenities of a corporate apartment are conveniences and services offered to make guests feel right at home. Luxury amenities tend to be special conveniences with a more upscale feel such as a state-of-the-art fitness center or a resort style pool.

Bedroom: The master bedroom of a corporate apartment is designed to be a guest’s relaxing oasis from the grueling pace of a hectic day. In general, these spaces include a dresser or chest of drawers, at least one nightstand, optional bed sizes complete with a classic headboard, and a high definition flat screen television. In addition, guests can expect to find an alarm clock, fine linens, blanket, coat hangers, and even a laundry basket.

Client: When it comes to corporate lodging, a client is defined as an individual staying in a fully furnished corporate apartment. Lodging companies host business clients from dozens of industries each year with the end goal being to provide them with the most pleasant worry-free experience possible.

Corporate Apartment: The most common type of property offered by corporate lodging companies is the corporate apartment. This multi-room living space is geared to provide business professionals with the comforts of home while they are away for work.

Corporate Housing: The term corporate housing generally refers to lodging in the form of a fully furnished corporate apartment available to a traveling business executive.

Dining Area: The dining space of corporate apartments is designed to create a welcoming gathering area for guests to linger comfortably during mealtime. The dining room typically features a standalone dinner table complete with multiple chairs or barstools. Although the space is designed primarily for dining, it can also double as an impromptu workspace where clients can spread out with a computer and important documents.

Executive Furnishings: Each corporate apartment is designed with the businessperson in mind, which is why they feature tasteful and functional furnishings that executives are accustomed to.

Extended Stay Furnished Apartments: These are fully furnished corporate apartments that offer long term temporary housing solutions (such as stays that last for weeks or months) for guests.

Fitness Center: The fitness center of a corporate apartment generally features state of the art exercise equipment to help guests stay in shape while working off stress from the office.

Flexible Lease Terms: Business is a fluid operation with some deals taking longer than others to close, which is why most corporate lodging companies offer flexible lease terms, or flexibility for guests’ short- and long-term stays.

Fully Furnished Apartment: Corporate apartments feature premium furnishings that evoke feelings of luxury and comfort for guests. A fully furnished apartment should come with basic furniture, special touches, and artwork that all contribute to making a guest feel right at home.

Furnished Monthly Rental: The term furnished monthly rental refers to a corporate apartment that is fully furnished and can be rented out for a month or more at a time.

Guest Services: Corporate lodging companies typically have clients arriving from all over the world at different times, which is one of the reasons they offer customer service for guests twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Housekeeping: This service refers to the cleaning services provided by a corporate lodging company. When it comes to corporate apartments this service can be bi-weekly and generally includes housekeeping chores such as loading the dishwasher, wiping down commonly used kitchen surfaces, cleaning bathrooms, replacing bath towels, replacing bed linens, making beds, vacuuming, and collecting the trash.

Kitchen: Corporate apartments are designed with the consummate business executive in mind which is why they feature a fully equipped kitchen. Some of the features of these well outfitted kitchens include cookware, tableware, glassware, utensils, knife block, appliances (toaster, coffee maker, full size refrigerator, stove with oven), hot pads, salt and pepper shakers, and more.

Linens: The term linens generally refer to fabrics that are highly used within the apartment space such as bath towels and sheet sets.

Living Room: The main living area in a corporate apartment is designed with the client’s comfort in mind. To create a home-like environment, this space typically features a cozy sofa, relaxing chair, classic cocktail table or ottoman, modern end tables and lamps, and is completed with a high definition flat screen television.

Long Term Rental: Depending on the project at hand, business can be a long term affair that requires a stay of several weeks or months. Corporate lodging features long term rentals or fully furnished corporate apartments that can be rented for longer periods of time. This can often be a more cost-effective solution than other long-term rental options within the hospitality industry.

Luxury Community Amenities: One of the things that sets corporate apartments apart from other lodging options within the hospitality industry is luxury community amenities. These can include swimming pools and state of the art fitness centers to name a few.

Move-In Provisions: Upon move-in to a corporate apartment, guests are also provided with basic provisions such as initial dishwasher detergent, initial laundry detergent, initial dishwashing liquid, initial coffee with filter, a roll of paper towels, bottled water, as well as travel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

Multi-Room Living Space: Corporate apartments are multi-room living spaces that generally include one or more bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and dining area.

Pet Policy: Corporate lodging properties generally have a pet policy in place, with many of them being pet friendly. If you wish to travel with your pet, be sure to communicate this to your lodging company in advance.

Property: When used in the context of corporate lodging, a property generally refers to a corporate apartment and sometimes the rest of the surrounding apartment complex.

Relocation Services: Individuals that are being transferred to a new city often prefer to take advantage of a corporate lodging company’s relocation services. This feature allows a client to stay at a fully furnished corporate apartment while they research and visit nearby neighborhoods to find a perfect location for permanent housing.

Short Term Rental: Whether a business executive requires a space for one night or a week, a short term rental with a corporate lodging company can be a good fit. Regardless of the short amount of time spent in a corporate apartment, they are furnished and decorated to create the ultimate home away from home experience for busy professionals.

Short Term Vacation Rentals: In some instances, guests may wish to utilize a fully furnished corporate apartment as a short term vacation rental. This allows guests to stay at a corporate lodging property for the duration of their vacation while experiencing the level of customer service and luxury that corporate apartments are known for.

Utilities: When it comes to corporate lodging, utilities should be all inclusive. This typically includes high-speed internet, cable, water, gas, electric, trash, and telephone.

Laundry Room: The laundry area of a corporate apartment is usually outfitted with a washer, dryer, iron, and ironing board. Initial laundry detergent is also typically provided. This amenity allows guests to do their laundry at the time of their choosing in the comfort of their own living space.

Welcome Snack Basket: One of the key indicators of a guest’s enjoyment of a corporate lodging space is the degree to which they feel welcome and comfortable, which is why guests usually receive a small welcome snack basket complete with a few goodies to make move-in a little extra special.

Wi-Fi: With business executives counting for the largest client population of corporate lodging, it goes without saying that each corporate apartment comes with wireless networking technology which allows guests to connect to the internet.

If you have additional questions about corporate lodging, please contact Murphy’s Corporate Lodging today.

Murphy’s Corporate Lodging Complimentary Cleaning Kit

As the world eases back into opening up again amidst a pandemic, our guests’ safety is at the forefront of our minds. Murphy’s Corporate Lodging is dedicated to providing guests with complimentary cleaning kits to enhance their levels of safety and comfort during their stay with us.

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Rain, Snow, Hurricane or Pandemic – Stronger Together With Murphy’s Corporate Lodging

They say that home is where the heart is. Murphy’s Corporate Lodging’s heart is with Texas and the world as we weather the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic together. We are Texas strong from having withstood hurricanes, floods and more alongside our community, and because of that we are confident in our ability to survive this event and come out on the other side better for it.

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The Top 7 Benefits of Choosing a Furnished Apartment for Space to Work

While having a place to step away to during the day can provide a welcome change of scenery and a feeling of routine, there are many benefits to choosing a corporate apartment for space to work. The top seven benefits to working from a corporate apartment during the coronavirus quarantine may include:

1. Quiet atmosphere

Between the dogs barking, the neighbor children screaming in backyard, and the music blaring from the other room, a quiet atmosphere can be hard to come by at home. A corporate apartment may provide individuals with more peace and quiet.

2. Time to yourself

For those with roommates or family at home, time to yourself can be hard to come by, even if it is just in the bathroom. Murphy’s corporate apartments have multi-room units that allow guests to have some peace and quiet so they can work and relax effectively.

3. More space to spread out and work.

At a corporate apartment, there is no need to safeguard your laptop from someone else spilling orange juice at the table. Guests have the freedom to work when and where they would like within the apartment without interference or mishaps.

4. High speed internet all to yourself.

Families of three or more that are all utilizing the internet at the same time for work and school can take a toll on the internet speed. Guests of Murphy’s can enjoy high speed internet designed for the business minded.

5. Not falling behind on work due to in-person interruptions from housemates and pets.

No more worries about your four-year-old wandering into your makeshift office while you’re on a video conference call with your boss or clients.

6. Re-establishing a daily routine.

It can feel empowering to get back into a normal daily routine in which you are going to a new location for the purpose of working.

7. Refreshed state of mental health.

Having a space of your own to diligently work without interruption or inconvenience may help contribute to a more refreshed state of mental health, for yourself and those waiting for you back at home.

Murphy’s Corporate Lodging caters to business executives and has a unique understanding of what it takes to help them feel comfortable and be successful away from home. By speaking with a company representative about your business preferences, we can place you at one of our many locations that is most convenient for you.

Be kind to yourself and those you live with by considering the advantages of working from a corporate apartment so you can continue being productive without the stresses home can bring during a quarantine.

What You Thought Working From Home Would Be Like vs. Reality

The coronavirus pandemic has changed what daily life looks like for many of us in the United States, most notably how we work. Many Americans work for businesses that are now asking their employees to work from home. Normally, working from home would sound like a dream, but with the added chaos of sheltering inside the home all day every day with roommates, family, children, and pets, having enough focus to effectively work from home can be challenging.

Murphy’s Corporate Lodging offers a plausible work solution via fully furnished apartments across many Texas cities. During the coronavirus quarantine, these upscale apartments can also function as a work office outside the home.

Challenges of Working From Home During the Coronavirus Quarantine

Working from home has become a new normal for many in recent weeks. The switch to working at home instead of the office, especially for those without a home office, is often a significant adjustment that comes with a number of challenges, including but not limited to:

  • Finding a space inside the home that is free of human and pet interruptions
  • Obtaining privacy for conference and video calls
  • Establishing a designated work area that is not disturbed
  • Obtaining high speed internet capable of handling the entire household’s online activities
  • Feeling distracted
  • Experiencing feelings of frustration

Most of these challenges are rooted in the sudden change of environment from the office or field, to working from home. While the corporate setting is designed to help employees work effectively from office supplies to quiet workspaces to computer and internet capabilities, many homes are not.

Benefits of Furnished Corporate Apartments as a Quarantine Workspace

Individuals in search of a more businesslike atmosphere catering to executives may find that respite in a corporate apartment. While these apartments are typically designed for business executives working in a different city, during the COVID-19 quarantine, these spaces may also effectively double as a designated workspace.

By securing a corporate apartment for work, individuals can utilize this fully furnished space complete with a bedroom, bathroom, living area, washer/dryer, and kitchen for daily work hours, late night work hours, or even for entire days or weeks at a time. This change in environment may help employees to be more focused and productive without the constant distractions of home.

Contact us at info@corplodge or call us at 800.845.1574 for more space!

5 Things to Take Advantage of Right Now With So Many Things Down

Much of the world is under a stay-at-home or shelter in place order amidst the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. With schools and businesses closing in an effort to flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19, many of us find ourselves at a loss of just what to do inside the walls of our homes.

While initially our options may seem limited, there are still a number of ways to stay entertained. To effectively do this, consider a shift in your thinking from, “Where can I go and what can I do?” to “How can I make today beautiful?” This simple change in the way that we look at the hours in our day may help as we navigate our current climate.

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Why Hand Sanitizer and Wipes are Sold Out and How to DIY

Perhaps the only thing sweeping the globe faster than the coronavirus is the selling of sanitizing cleaning products that may help reduce the spread of COVID-19 germs. There has been such an overwhelming demand for these items that hand sanitizer and wipes are largely sold out at almost every brick and mortar and virtual store in the nation. If you are one of the thousands of people that is having difficulty finding hand sanitizer and wipes, what can you do?

Many Americans are focusing on proper hand washing and are attempting to make their own disinfectant products. While hand washing is something we are hopefully already familiar with, for it to keep us healthy it must be done correctly. And though there is no shortage of do it yourself (DIY) recipes for hand sanitizer, it is extremely important to exercise caution when working with chemicals. Continue reading “Why Hand Sanitizer and Wipes are Sold Out and How to DIY”

Corporate Housing May Provide Alternatives for Those Stranded by Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

The spread of the coronavirus is changing the world as we know it every single day, including travel restrictions being imposed that have left misplaced corporate executives looking for a long term rental for at least a few weeks, if not months. As the world collectively practices social distancing and outings are largely discouraged, the need to for a business traveler to be comfortable and at home in their place of lodging is more crucial than ever before, and Murphy’s Corporate Lodging stands ready to serve. Continue reading “Corporate Housing May Provide Alternatives for Those Stranded by Covid-19 Travel Restrictions”

Thank You Jennifer!

 

 

Thank You Jennifer 

In 2020, Female CEOs remain rare.

But at Murphy’s Corporate Lodging, it’s the way of the world. According to the BI Norwegian Business School women naturally rank higher in their abilities to innovate and lead with clarity and impact.

“If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

Meet our CEO, Jennifer Dillard.

Jennifer drives a customer-first approach through every detail of the Murphy’s Corporate Lodging experience. Her commitment to delivering apartments that guests want to call home has brought continued success to Murphy’s and its clients over her 20-year career with the company.

Since joining Murphy’s in 1995 to launch its first outside sales team, Jennifer has brought an unwavering focus on client care and employee development to the company. These factors have been instrumental in Murphy’s growth across Texas and in the company’s ability to support clients in other cities, both domestically and abroad.

Jennifer began her career studying fashion design and moved into retail sales, which allowed her to learn firsthand that quality is found in the details. Whether she’s personally testing new housewares in her home to ensure they meet Murphy’s standards, mentoring the sales team, or supporting clients, Jennifer is truly invested in Murphy’s success.

Congratulations to Jennifer for her 25 years of dedication to Murphy’s Corporate Lodging. Thank you Jennifer for creating such a harmonious culture in the work place that is filled with laughter, encouragement, positivity, and dogs. 

-Murphy’s Staff 

 

Spring Break And Fun Things To Do In Texas With Your Kids

Many people traveling to Texas for business may be trying to plan a family vacation for spring break at the same time. Whether your travels take you to Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio, bring the family with you and discover all the fun things to do in Texas with your kids. Let Murphy’s Corporate Lodging help with your accommodations so you can focus on balancing work and fun. Continue reading “Spring Break And Fun Things To Do In Texas With Your Kids”