Serviced Apartments v/s Private Homes & Hotels

We get asked a lot why London serviced apartments are the best accommodation option in the city. With so many options out there, what sets serviced apartments apart from the rest? Serviced apartments have come a long way in the past few years and now the options and range of facilities are really impressive. From smart aparthotels to traditional townhouses to luxury penthouses, you can find a serviced apartment to suit any type of stay, whatever your reason for visiting London may be.

Take a look at the chart below where we detail how serviced apartments can be more reliable and economical than any other option out there on the market.

We have compared three options: Serviced apartments versus Private Home Rentals and Hotels and detailed the benefits of same.

Private Home Rentals

Serviced Apartments

Hotels

Private landlords and home owners list their apartments on websites like Airbnb and Homeaway Hotel brands or professional companies manage multiple fully furnished apartments in the same building or across various locations in the city. Hotels only offer rooms without any apartment style comforts or self-catering facilities
Suitable for short stays or long term rentals Suitable for short stays or long term rentals More suited for short stays
Not always fully equipped or furnished Self-contained, fully equipped and fully furnished with living space, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms Fully furnished but lacking self-catering facilities
More space on offer than standard hotel rooms More space on offer than standard hotel rooms Not very spacious
Personal belongings or uninvited guests may affect your stay You have more privacy and freedom Not very private as rooms may be located very close to one another
Housekeeping and cleaning is rarely provided Housekeeping and cleaning services vary from once a day to once a week Housekeeping and cleaning is usually once a day
There is usually no security staff or safety features available. Safety and security features are always in place like video entry systems, CCTV or security staff Safety and security features are always available in the building.
No on-site staff or emergency contact details available On-site staff is sometimes available. Emergency numbers are always available Receptions or maintenance teams are usually available to assist
Self catering with kitchens and dining space is sometimes available Self catering with kitchens and dining space is always available Self catering with kitchens and dining space is never available. However tea and coffee is mostly provided
Laundry facilities like washing machines are not always available Laundry facilities like washing machines are always available in the apartment or within the building Laundry facilities like washing machines are never available and usually mean expensive dry cleaning bills or dirty laundry
Rates may or may not include utility bills and local taxes Rates always include utility bills and local taxes Rates always include utility bills and local taxes
Not always reliable in terms of accommodation availability and facilities Very reliable accommodation and should there be any issues, the management company will always help provide suitable alternative accommodation Very reliable accommodation
Mostly not suitable for business stays or coworkers sharing Great for business stays and colleagues staying together as there is more space, dining and laundry facilities which helps reduce costs Great for business stays but not suitable for sharing or longer stays due to lack of self-catering facilities
Home from home environment Home from home environment with hotel style conveniences Lacking the home from home feel
Receptions, gym access, restaurants, concierge, lifts are not always available Receptions, gym access, restaurants, concierge, lifts are sometimes available Receptions, gym access, restaurants, concierge, lifts are always available
     

 

 

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As you can see from the above table, serviced apartments are a "best of both" solution with greater freedom and space as well as the best rates available. We make sure to get to know what your specific needs are and find you the best serviced apartment offers available.

Yes, hotels are the more well known of the three and often the first option that customers research online but serviced apartments offer more space, self-catering facilities and much more space that standard hotels.

Airbnb on the other hand is owner/landlord operated while serviced apartments are professionally managed, which means that they are more consistent with services and facilities and each unit has consistent decor.

With landlord-operated apartments, they can vary quite a lot in decor, size and consistency. Hotels offer a lot to the visitor in terms of services etc but can be quite basic if you are on a budget with no kitchens/kitchenettes or space to stretch out.

Each has their advantages depending on your requirements but serviced apartments appeal across the board offering everything from budget rentals to luxury penthouses and everything in between.

 







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