Travel has become a staple for business in the twenty-first century which has many business executives in need of lodging when traveling for work. Increasingly, business travelers are turning to serviced apartments for a more personalized and comfortable experience. Whether you travel once a year or several times a month, staying at a serviced apartment may be a welcome change from other alternatives within the hospitality industry.
What Are Serviced Apartments?
A serviced apartment is essentially a fully furnished corporate apartment maintained by a corporate lodging company. These apartments are typically geared for traveling executives and the business community as flexible short-term and long-term stays are welcome.
These apartments are designed to feel roomy, luxurious, and comfortable for guests upon arrival. The fully furnished living areas allow guests to travel a bit lighter and avoid a costly and time-consuming effort to quickly furnish a temporary apartment.
Why Choose Serviced Apartments?
With so many options available to traveling business executives, those who have yet to stay in serviced apartments may wonder why they should choose them. In general, there are several key differences that set serviced apartments apart from options within the hotel industry:
Ready-Made Home Away From Home
The hassles of putting together the furnishings for a temporary apartment can be overwhelming when already juggling the pressures of work and life on the road. A serviced apartment from a corporate lodging company should come fully furnished with hand selected furniture and décor that is both comfortable and stylish in addition to the special touch of modern artwork. This ready-made apartment should save guests an abundance of time and money, not to mention headaches, that they could have incurred if trying to furnish an apartment from the ground up.
Increased Square Footage of Living Space
Instead of being restricted to one room in a hotel, serviced apartments feature multi room living spaces that allow guests to spread out and divide their time between rooms. This set up can also be advantageous if a guest is hosting co-workers for an impromptu brainstorming session.
Full Kitchen and Laundry Appliances
While some hotels offer guests a light breakfast or a small bar offering, serviced apartments allow guests to have access to their own in apartment personal kitchen outfitted with appliances, basic cookware, dinnerware and utensils. In addition, serviced apartments also provide guests with a washer and dryer in each unit for added convenience.
Hand Selected Luxury Furnishings
The environment and atmosphere of some hotels can have a cookie cutter feel to it with repetitive artwork and block furniture. Serviced apartments typically feature hand selected luxury furnishings that can make a guest feel like they are staying in an intimate space decorated by an interior designer.
Flexibility Regarding the Length of Stay
Because hotels typically host guests for business, vacations, and more on a rotating basis, they may have less flexibility if a guest requires an extended stay. Corporate lodging companies offer guests flexibility regarding their length of stay as they can accommodate an overnight, week, or multi-month-long stay.
Cost Effectiveness of Long Stays
Particularly for those guests requiring a longer stay, it may be more cost effective to stay in a serviced apartment than in a hotel.
Serviced apartments are designed with the consummate business professional in mind. Everything from the customer service to the design of the room to the amenities is crafted to better serve traveling business executives.
The amenities of a serviced apartment typically include those of a hotel and go beyond. Regardless of if it is free parking or a spa-like pool, corporate lodging companies typically go the extra mile to ensure a positive experience for their guests.
What Amenities Come With Serviced Apartments?
The amenities of serviced apartments are often what attracts the modern-day traveling business executive. With most of the amenities that hotels offer plus some additional perks, staying in a serviced apartment can almost feel like a mini vacation of sorts.
Some of the amenities guests of serviced apartments should expect are:
Around the Clock Customer Service
Business never stops and neither do you, which is why reputable serviced apartments offer excellent customer service twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you forgot a toiletry item or need recommendations for a good place to go out to eat, the staff should be knowledgeable and ready to help.
It is nice to feel wanted, and corporate lodging companies want their guests to feel appreciated, which is why each guest should expect a welcome basket of sorts filled with a few goodies to make them feel spoiled.
Even in some of the busiest business districts, serviced apartments typically feature free parking. It is a convenience in and of itself but may also save guests money if they are close enough to simply walk to the office each day instead of moving their car to a city lot that charges.
Fully furnished serviced apartments feature cozy and stylish furniture in every room. The bedroom features a bed, headboard, nightstands, lamps, a flat screen television, and tasteful artwork. The living room usually features a comfortable sofa, modern end tables, lamps, a coffee table or ottoman, and conversational artwork. The dining area features a table with chairs or barstools for enjoying meals.
A stay in a serviced apartment should already include the basic utilities of water, gas, trash, electric, and telephone service.
Work doesn’t always get done between the hours of nine and five which is why guests can expect excellent connectivity via cable and high speed WiFi in their apartment.
The kitchen is outfitted with modern appliances such as a toaster, coffee maker, oven, dishwasher and refrigerator, as well as basic cookware, tableware and glassware. Guests will also have access to hot pads, dish towels, a cutting board, and knife block.
Washer and Dryer
Instead of wasting hours on shared equipment at a laundromat, guests have the ability to do laundry at their convenience in the comfort of their own living space. Initial laundry detergent is provided, and guests also have access to an iron and ironing board.
Housekeeping comes standard for most serviced apartments and includes the usual tasks of cleaning bathrooms and replacing linens and towels, as well as loading the dishwasher and wiping down the kitchen.
Access to Fitness Center
Guests should have access to a state-of-the-art fitness center in the complex to help keep in shape or simply burn off some work-related stress.
Access to Swimming Pool
Guests craving some downtime and relaxation can also access the complex’s swimming pool.
Many serviced apartments accommodate pets. Be sure to let your corporate lodging specialist know ahead of time if you will be traveling with a pet.
Why Customer Service is Integral for a Good Temporary Housing Experience
From the time a potential guest contacts a corporate lodging company about staying in serviced apartments, they should experience high levels of customer service. The kind of interaction a guest has with a company in the initial stages of planning can be indicative of the remainder of their corporate lodging experience. Murphy’s Corporate Housing Associates strives to make a client’s experience pleasant and stress-free.