These days a growing number of travelers are choosing serviced apartments (also referred to as corporate housing) for their vacation stays over the more traditional hotel accommodation. And there are a number of reasons why. While hotels may offer more in the way of services, eg, room service and concierge, they remain a little impersonal and imposing. Serviced apartments on the other hand give travelers a freedom and independence that can add to their travel experience. Not only that, but in allowing a traveler to cook and shop for himself, a serviced apartment stay can help keep travel expenses under control which could mean an extended vacation, or perhaps travel to a destination once only dreamed about.
Business travelers have taken advantage of the benefits provided by serviced apartments for a number of years now. Notwithstanding the potential costs that can be saved using this type of accommodation, if away from home for a reasonable period of time, many travelers prefer to have a base they can think of as home. This means that instead of returning to an impersonal hotel room at the end of the day, they want to come back to an apartment that can offer them a little more. Serviced apartments are typically equipped with a kitchen, thereby enabling a traveler to prepare and cook all meals. There are laundry facilities on hand, either in the apartment itself or in the apartment complex. And while no one relishes the prospect of doing laundry while on vacation, it can prove useful to have these facilities on hand especially if you're making a number of stops on your travels and do not want to have to transport your entire wardrobe with you.
Using a serviced apartment as a base during a vacation means that a traveler is more likely to shop for provisions in the local stores and markets and experience such as this is one that can really enhance a vacation. Shopping at a local food market can be about so much more than a perfunctory transaction; it can be a true treat for all the senses! It also gives the traveler the chance to see how the locals live and sometimes to experience something they've never had the chance to before. And while it's true that anyone, regardless of which type of accommodation they use, can check out the local stores, there's less inclination to do so when staying in a hotel. Furthermore, with a hotel stay, the experience becomes a matter of merely browsing rather than shopping: The latter may well involve having to negotiate in the local language, another first for many travelers, and again, something that could prove enjoyably memorable.
The freedom that serviced apartments offer can be a real bonus for travelers not having to worry about any rigid schedule a hotel imposes means a traveler is free to plan his day in exactly the way he wants. For example, he could check out public transport routes and schedules one evening and then pack a bag and head off to somewhere miles away the following morning and see a part of the region that sounds appealing. And there's no need to rush back to dress for dinner, either; simply pick up a bottle of the local wine on the back way to enjoy while planning the following day's itinerary.
Facilities such as high-speed Internet access, flat-screen TV (complete with DVD player and stereo system) are included as standard in many serviced apartments In addition, these apartments are usually positioned in prime spots making traveling in and around the region easy and convenient, and there's more living space. Typically a serviced apartment provides more space than a hotel room of the same rating.
While there will always be a number of vacationers who want nothing more than 24-hour room service and a bed to sleep in, it seems that an increasing number of travelers do want something a little more. And while it may not be home, a serviced apartment can go some way to helping these people enjoy their vacation in exactly the way they want to.