What is a Serviced Apartment?

by - 10 February

*This is a collaborative post.

What is a Serviced Apartment?

If you are of a certain age, when you hear about service apartments, you may confuse them with self-catering apartments – those slightly grim short-term lease flats that used to abound in British seaside towns, allowing families to enjoy their beach holiday without having to pay for expensive hotels. While the concept is similar, serviced apartments have had something of a facelift, transforming into a luxury offering to be found all over the UK, especially in the bigger cities, such as London and Manchester. 

What Do You Get in a Serviced Apartment?

Serviced luxury apartments are generally good quality, the equivalent of a four or five-star hotel, and offering many hotel-like amenities. These can include a designated parking spot, access to gyms, spas, swimming pools and other sporting facilities. You can often enjoy concierge service, house-keeping that varies from weekly to always available, and access to the best restaurants nearby: in short, all the benefits of a hotel, with the space and privacy of an apartment. 

Is There Room Service?

It depends entirely on the apartment you choose, and what the management has on offer. Some service apartments are more like short-term tenancies, with no additional extras, while others offer a full and comprehensive service, from any-time housekeeping and room service food deliveries made at any time of the night or day. When you are booking your service apartment, make sure to ask about room service, if there are any reciprocal agreements with nearby restaurants, or if you will need to dine out, pick up take-aways or cook for yourself. 

What Does Housekeeping Do?

In a service apartment, the housekeeping service varies from place to place and package to package. Some apartments have a maid service who will come in daily, clean up, freshen bedding and towels, and even place fresh flowers or fruit baskets in the apartment, while others will only come in weekly to spruce up the linens and tidy around, leaving the bulk of that work to you. 

Why Choose a Serviced Apartment?

There are many reasons that people prefer serviced apartments to opting for a hotel room. The first is that an apartment is usually considerably bigger than a hotel room, even the biggest suite. This makes the similar pricing vis a vis hotel rooms versus apartments a point in the favour of the apartment. Apartments are also excellent for privacy. Business tycoons, actors and other celebrities and a number of other people might not want to take rooms in a hotel where the lobby is freely accessible by the press or interested competitors. Apartment blocks of this sort usually have discreet entries, with reception desks to keep out anyone who does not belong. The final advantage of a serviced apartment is that usually, you can keep it for as long as you like, booking it from the minimum amount of days (often three) for anything up to six months, occasionally longer – perfect for the high-flying businessman on a short term contract. 

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