The one thing that travelers look for when they are away from home is exactly that, a home. It’s not enough that a hotel has a bed and shower. Travelers, whether on business or short vacation, look for other amenities so that they can make the most of their short term stay. They want the comforts and the familiarity of a home.
It is no surprise that lodging businesses such as Airbnb and Home Away are becoming very popular among travelers, expatriates, and transients. Even developing countries are riding the new wave in the lodging market. In Southeast Asia for example, the fastest-growing market for Airbnb is the Philippines, where both foreigners and locals are making the shift from hotels to home accommodation.
Residential Serviced apartments are among the most common lodging options available. Just like hotels, serviced apartments for rent are strategically located, fully-furnished, have world-class amenities, and secure. But unlike hotels, they give travelers an environment that is comfortable, homey, and warm. They give travelers that “personal touch”.
Still not convinced? Here are the benefits of short-term stays in a serviced apartment:
It’s like a box of chocolates
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With hotels, you know exactly what you’re going to get: a bed, a shower, and some amenities. But with a serviced apartment rental, you will be presented with a very diverse selection. It’s more like choosing your dream home. There are houses for rent perfect for solo travelers or an entire family. They also come in different interiors, from chic to rustic, and offer different perks. Travelers will surely appreciate the variety. Every accommodation is different and you can choose based on preferences.
You can do more
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For one, you can cook. Owners normally provide basic cooking tools. Dining out is really expensive and after you’ve tried the local delicacies, you would want the option to cook your own food and save money in the process. You can even have barbecue nights in the balcony.
You can even do your own laundry if you are staying for weeks or months. This means you can pack less and come home with two big suitcases full of clean clothes.
Serviced apartments also have amenities that you can enjoy. Among the common amenities is a pool, fitness gym, sports center, a playground, and sometimes even a commercial area with everything you need: convenience store, ATM, cafe, laundry service, etc.
Cheaper, bigger, more flexible
Houses for short-term rent are available in more locations. They are also typically cheaper. If you are traveling with a group of friends or with kids, you can choose apartments that have rooms for everyone. No more extra mattresses on the floor or kids fighting over which side of the bed they will sleep on. You will also have more places to hang out like the living room, dining table, or balcony. This will make the trip hassle-free and more enjoyable.
Another advantage of a short-term stay in a serviced apartment is the flexibility. You can negotiate on terms of the rent and other rules in the house. Most of them also allow you to bring your pet! You can also move from one vacation home to another depending on your itinerary.
Location is supreme
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You don’t have to worry about location. They are everywhere, near beaches, golf courses, malls, tourist spots, train, etc. Yes, most apartments for rent have easy access to public transportation. Most are located within the metropolis or business districts and you don’t have to worry about getting around the in the city. A lot of commercial establishments such as coffee shops, trendy bars, spas, and malls are also within a distance. So whatever mood you are in, there is something that will surely suit it.
Stay safe, stay connected
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Serviced apartments are often located in communities that are safe and secure. Much like hotels, surveillance cameras are everywhere and there are guards roving round the clock. The entry and exit points are secure.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, which is still the top amenity according to one survey, is also available in most serviced apartments. Owners turned landlords make sure that in leasing out their unit, they equip it with facilities and utilities that travelers require. The apartments are also furnished with television and DVD players, sometimes in every room. That means no more fighting over the remote.
Welcome to the community
Who doesn’t like stepping out your door and have a neighbor say “Hello”? Unlike hotels, where things seem to move so fast and everyone you meet seems to be in a hurry, living in a serviced apartment means you can slow down when you want to. It means living in a community and feeling like you are in a place where you belong.
A new research from American Express Travel found that an overwhelming 93% of travelers don’t believe that technology will replace the human touch in their travel experience. What better way to get that “personal touch” than living in a real home and being around real people?
Living close to locals, like locals
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When people travel, there is always the desire to experience “local”. Short-term vacation accommodation in a serviced apartment will enable you live close to the locals. You will have first-hand experience on how they go about their day. You will also have easy access to insider tips on the best restaurants and activities in the area. When you rent a home close to the locals, you will understand a country’s culture and history better.
How would you like traveling without having to say “Let’s go back to the hotel” and instead say “Let’s go home?” Sounds nice, doesn’t it? Serviced apartment offers everything that a regular hotel would: prime location, amenities, Wi-Fi, and a cozy room. But it also gives a little extra: more room, more space, more choices, and more flexibility. You get to live among locals within a real community. Now, that’s really a home away from home.
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