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Three Reasons to Book a Serviced Apartment Over a Hotel

By on May 18, 2016

When booking a trip away, whether it’s a long holiday, a girly weekend break or a business meeting, most people will automatically book their go-to hotel.

And, with hundreds of hotel chains across the country, it’s easy to see why.


But what if we told you there was an alternative to hotels, that might actually end up saving you money?

The majority of people haven’t heard of serviced apartments, so these gems often slip under the radar.

We’re here to change that, and give you three reasons to swap your hotel for a serviced apartment for your next trip.


What is a serviced apartment?

Serviced apartments are very similar to hotels, except that rather than just getting one room, you enjoy a fully furnished apartment. It comes with a range of amenities, as well as the usual hotel services such as cleaning, Wi-Fi, maintenance teams and a 24-hour concierge.

Unlike hotels, serviced apartments can also be rented on a long or short term basis, meaning they offer more flexibility.


Home from home

We spoke to Clarendon Serviced Apartments, who provide locations across London, who said: “One of the main draws of serviced apartments over hotels is the more homely feel. Rather than a cut and paste hotel room, you get a modern, bespoke feel that feels like a proper home.”

Coming equipped with all amenities, including washing machines, dishwashers, a fully furnished kitchen, free Wi-Fi, TV and DVD players, you can relax in the comfort of an apartment that feels like home, rather than a cold hotel room. With many serviced apartment agents also providing a welcome pack, including food, toiletries, and washing tablets, you can get off to the right start.


It also offers the flexibility you would have at home. With most hotels operating set breakfast times and curfew hours, a stay in a serviced apartment means you have the independence to work around your own schedule.



As most hotels offer a room only basis, unless you’re lucky enough to be able to afford a suite, a serviced apartment is the perfect solution for those wanting more space.

With a kitchen, bedroom and living area, you can relax without having to perch awkwardly on a bed while trying to watch your favourite show.

It’s also especially handy for those entertaining friends or colleagues, with a space to dine, socialise and get ready for a night on the town, without having to invite them into your bedroom!

You can check out this post by BDaily for more information on serviced apartments.



So, this must come with a catch, right?

Wrong. Most people expect serviced apartments to be a lot more expensive than hotels but they actually offer a better deal.

Serviced apartments are generally around 30% cheaper than hotels over a one-week period, but this can increase with a longer stay. Due to the lack of services like daily cleaning, room service, and an on-site restaurant, the costs are cut dramatically.

And, because they’re an undiscovered gem, they are readily available across a wide range of locations, meaning you don’t have to panic about your accommodation getting booked up.


For more details on the cost-effectiveness of choosing a serviced apartment, check out this post.

So, we hope this has given you an insight into the world of serviced apartments and convinced you to consider them for your next trip!




We are António and Marina, a Portuguese couple passionate about traveling and exploring each new destination from a local perspective. Together we're embarking on a journey to unravel the secrets of the world's most unique, under-the-radar and beautiful places. We started 55 Secrets to provide a regular source of the best travel related tips including the best unknown locations, insight from travellers and a curated list of the best places to explore during your trips. With over 80 Top selling Travel Guides published we want to make sure you get to explore every single place with the best local tips!

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