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The Complete Guide to Serviced Apartments in London 2019

There are so many reasons why people stay in a serviced apartment in London but we think it's that added peace of mind when it comes to security, service standards, on-site facilities and better value that makes it such a popular choice over hotels or private rentals.

In this guide we cover:

  • Top 15 serviced apartments in London
  • Top 15 serviced apartment management companies
  • Different types of serviced apartments in London
  • What to check before you book a serviced apartment in London
  • Why stay in a serviced apartment in London
  • What to expect in a serviced apartment in London
  • Cost of a serviced apartment in London
  • What affects the prices of serviced apartments in London
  • Top tips for staying in a serviced apartment in London
  • What guests like (and don't) about staying in London serviced apartments
  • Why are they better than hotel rooms and private rentals

 



Top 15 Serviced Apartments London

  1. Arlington House
  2. 20 Hertford Street Apartments
  3. 130 Queengate Apartments
  4. Room2 Aparthotel
  5. 60 Marylebone Lane Apartments
  6. Monarch House
  7. The Rosebery
  8. Cheval Three Quays
  9. Citadines Kensington
  10. Mayfair House Apartments
  11. Point West Apartments
  12. Dolphin House
  13. Sanctum International
  14. Crawford Suites Apartments
  15. Bankside Apartments

Top 15 management companies

  1. Citadines
  2. Clarendon
  3. Maykenbel
  4. Concept Studios
  5. Lamington
  6. Cheval
  7. Frasers Hospitality
  8. Supercity
  9. Q Apartments
  10. Apartments Apart
  11. Native
  12. Staycity
  13. The Apartment Service
  14. Jumeirah
  15. Flying Butler

 



You know you are getting the best of both worlds with a London serviced apartment as there's no cleaning to worry about, laundry is included, space is certainly more than you would get in a hotel room, you can cook whenever you like and whatever you want to eat and there's always hotel-style services to indulge in, should you want to.

Serviced apartments come in various shapes and sizes, as hotel rooms do and they can also vary in the type of in-room appliances, facilities and fittings available. So we've put together some helpful tips to give you an idea of the best way to prepare for a serviced apartment stay.
 

Guide to serviced apartments in London

 

Different types of serviced apartments in London

London has an incredible choice when it comes to the different types of serviced apartments. Whether you are looking for luxury, value, a quirky setting, a romantic break, a family vacation, a great riverview, there is something to suit your style and budget. As London experts we scan the city for great accommodation and can help you find the type of apartment that is ideal for your needs. We can also guide you on how much it costs when you stay in a London serviced apartment and find you a great deal.

To get a brief overview of the types of fully serviced apartments you can expect to find in London, take a look at our quick summary of the main categories that this style of living offers:

 

Hotels with apartment style rooms/units
Having access to all hotel facilities/services

Hotel Apartments are usually located within or next to the main hotel building with access to all the hotel facilities such as the reception, concierge, room service, gym, spa, restaurant, bar etc.

They are much more spacious than the hotel rooms next door and usually come with kitchenettes and laundry facilities as well. Some apartments may also have their own private enterance.

 

Aparthotels featuring a building of apartment style rooms/units
With hotel-style facilities/services

These are apartment buildings that offer the same style of self-contained accommodation throughout and feature many hotel-style services included on-site such as a 24 reception, gym, business centre, concierge, maid service etc.

Many mainstream hotel chains now offer an aparthotel brand within their portfolio. They are perfect for any type of stay in the city from one night onwards.
 

Full residential buildings or individual residential units
Managed by serviced apartment companies 

These apartments are professionally managed by independent accommodation providers and may take up an entire block or comprise of a collection many individual units in a residential complex. These include a weekly housekeeping and have a 24 hour maintenance helpline.

They are ideal for stays of 7 to 28 nights or more and offer a perfect temporary housing solution for those relocating or on corporate placements in the city.

 

 What to check before you book a serviced apartment in London

 

What to check before you book a serviced apartment in London

  • Lifts
    Are there lifts in the building? It is not uncommon for serviced apartments situated in more tradtional buildings to not have access to a lift (due to the nature of the construction). If you are booking an apartment with no lift you should be comfortable climbing the stairs (with your luggage).

     
  • Airconditioning
    Airconditioning is also another feature that is not common to residential properties in the UK so many of the serviced apartments in residential blocks may not have this available.
    In most cases, a portable A/C or electric fans will be provided on a request basis.
    Heating is always provided via central or electric heaters but it is not common for there to be air-conditioning in properties in London and the UK.
    Modern hotel-managed apartments, aparthotel style properties and luxury serviced apartments feature air-conditioning in the apartment or comfort cooling (which is a form of air-conditioning that is managed centrally throughout the building).
    During the summer months, this can be an important consideration.

     
  • Size of the apartments (Square feet or Square Metres)
    Serviced apartments vary in size and style but generally speaking they are always larger in size than the average hotel room in London.
    If you want more space and are travelling along, pick a one bedroom apartment over a studio apartment.
    You should also consider the square metres of the property and the aspect of the kitchen which may be an open plan style layout that gives a greater sense of space and living area.
     
  • Luggage room
    As some of the buildings are of a residential nature, there may not be any provision for luggage rooms. So if you are arriving early or leaving late and want to leave your bags in a safe place in the meantime then you will need to check if the property you are booking has this facility or make other arrangements such as booking for the night before or after.

     
  • Occupancy
    Serviced apartments are more spacious than hotel rooms and hence do allow for extra beds and baby cots to be added to the booking however check this before confirming your booking because some apartments may not always accommodate extra guests.

     
  • Building facilities
    Is there a concierge, car park, gymnasium, luggage room on-site?

     
  • Checking-in facilities and timings
    If there is no reception at the property, where will you collect the keys from? Is there a self-check in facility or meet and greet service?

     
  • Housekeeping services
    Is housekeeping available on a daily or weekly basis?

     
  • VAT discounts
    Staying over 28 nights? Some apartments offer a VAT reduction from the 28th night onwards to 4%

     
  • Bed configuration
    Bedrooms can come with a Queen, King, Single, Twin, Pull-down, sofa or foldaway beds.

 


 

Why stay in a serviced apartment in London


Why stay in a serviced apartment in London

Whether you need London accommodation for a week, a month or longer, you can benefit from more space, more savings and more flexbility if you choose a London serviced apartment. Stay for a night or a couple of months, the choice is yours.

Serviced apartments professionally managed, clean and fully furnished with quality modern amenities so you can start living straight away in a convenient and relaxing home from home in London.

Luxury serviced apartments in London are also available which are reasonably priced compared to 5 star hotel rooms combining premium hotel style services with homely interiors to ensure a stylish and memorable experience.
 

  • 35% Cheaper
    Serviced apartments can be up to 35% cheaper than a hotel room of a similar standard saving you money, especially so if you are staying for over a week or sharing a London apartment rental with family or friends.
     
  • All Inclusive rates
    The prices on our website are fully inclusive. There are no hidden extras or booking fees as the rate includes all maintenance charges, housekeeping and utility bills (except outgoing phone calls).*
     
  • Fully Furnished
    Serviced apartments are furnished to an excellent standard with functional, spacious and stylish interiors.

     
  • Maid Service
    Daily or weekly servicing is available with towel and linen changes included so you can come home to a clean and relaxing apartment.*

     
  • Hotel Style facilities
    Many serviced apartments offer the benefits of hotel services such as receptions, concierges, room service, swimming pools and gymnasiums.*

     
  • Safe and Secure
    All of our apartments are professionally managed. They ensure the highest safety and security for all guests with a secure entry system and CCTV operating throughout the premises in most apartments.*

     
  • Privacy and Independence
    Staying in a serviced apartment in London gives you the flexibility and independence to enjoy your stay at your own pace.

     
  • Flexibility
    With no restrictions on length of stay, you can rent our apartments for as long as you need to. Most apartments can be rented from a few nights onwards.

     
  • Home Away From Home
    Everything you need is provided so you can start living straight away.

     
  • Space to breathe
    You can enjoy more space to spread out, which is especially beneficial to families with children.

     
  • Dine-in & Entertain
    Self-catering facilities give you the choice to eat-in so you don't have to dine in expensive restaurants every night.
     
  • Do the Laundry
    It's easy to do the laundry with washer and dryers and ironing facilities provided in most apartments.*

     
  • Top London locations
    From Mayfair to Maida Vale, Canary Wharf to Chiswick and Kings Cross to Kingston, we've got London's neighbourhoods covered when it comes to apartments.

     
  • Close to public transport links
    Benefit from easy access to public transport links, mainline train stations and international airports.

     
  • Just around the corner
    You're never too far from local amenities, fashionable shops, restaurants, cafes and popular attractions when you stay in one of our London apartments.*

     
  • Professional & Reliable Service
    Serviced apartments are professionally operated and managed by specialist accommodation providers throughout the year on a permanent basis. Private rentals cannot offer the same level of service, maintenance and reliability.

     
  • VAT Savings
    For longer stays, serviced apartments in London charge a reduced rate of VAT at 4% after 28 days. Some serviced apartments are VAT-exempt which means a direct saving of 20%.*

 

 

What to expect in a serviced apartment in London

Serviced apartments are known by different names around the world and vary in terms of layouts, facilities, amenities, price range and terms.


What is provided

Almost all serviced apartments provide essential home comforts like fresh linen and towels, kitchens with cooking and dining facilities, washer dryers, high speed internet and either daily or weekly maid service.

Some properties also offer additional hotel style services including 24 hour receptions, luxury toiletries on arrival, on-site gymnasiums or indoor heated swimming pools.


Checking-in
Check-in processes at serviced apartments range from self check-in to 24 hour receptions, so make sure you have read all the arrival details beforehand. If you need to inform the company of your arrival time (in the case of a meet and greet service where a representative will show you to your flat and introduce you to the facilities) then it is important not to forget to do so.

In the case of a self check-in system, keycodes are provides which may unlock the main door or a keysafe nearby to access the door keys.


Connecting to the WiFi
A fast wireless internet connection is provided for free in most of our serviced apartments. The WiFi password is usually displayed with the other arrival documentation or included in the guest's handbook.



Settling in
Get familiar with where everything is once you are in the apartment. Inside the apartments you will usually find a guest's handbook.

This folder will have all the information you will need during your stay like emergency contact details, any additional services that are on request, instructions on how to use all the appliances like the washer dryer and TV and general details about the apartment. It will also have information about the nearest shops, local amenities, fitness centres, transport access, restaurants, banks and other important bits and bobs.


Cleaning included
Professional cleaning is always included and ranges from a daily to weekly service. The housekeeping teams will come in and freshen the apartment, clear the bins, change the bed linen, replace the towels, clean the floors and dust throughout. You can also request for extra cleaning services at most apartments for an additional cost.



Fresh laundry
Laundry machines are usually located in the apartments and come with integrated dryers (check individual listings). This saves a trip to the laundromat and means you can have fresh clean clothes throughout the stay.

For business travellers, its a great idea to buy machine washable suits and non-iron shits for a real hassle free solution to workwear laundry.


There's more storage space
One of the most important reasons why travellers prefer serviced apartments over hotels for stays over 3 nights is the fact that they always come with more storage space. This means you don't have to climb over suitcases and can neatly hang your clothes or coats up.



Place to socialise, work or relax
All our apartments except studios have living rooms, so if you are travelling as a group and with families, this short term London accommodation is a great base to gather together for meals, movies or just unwinding after a busy day out.

For colleagues, this is the perfect environment to have relaxed meetings, catch up on work or do other team bonding activities.

 

Cost of a Serviced Apartment in London


Cost of a Serviced Apartment in London

With such a variety of serviced apartments in London, the costs of staying in this type of accommodation can vary depending on location, facilities, time of the year and apartment size.To give you a better idea of how much it cost to stay in london for a week, we have done some research and put together this guide to help you with your search. You can also be sure that serviced apartments are always better value and mostly cheaper than a hotel room.
 

Luxury living
Mayfair & Knightsbridge

These high-end districts are synonymous for expensive real-estate, exclusive dining and elegant period architecture.

Studios: From £180 per night / £1260 per week
1 Bed Apt: From £220 per night / £1540 per week
2 Bed Apt: From £382 per night / £2674 per week
3 Bed Apt: From £457 per night / £3199 per week

 

Mid-range style 
Kensington & Clerkenwell

These mid-range areas are close to London's heart, well priced and brimming with plenty of sights, eateries, shopping and easy connections.

Studios: From £130 per night / £910 per week
1 Bed Apt: From £180 per night / £1260 per week
2 Bed Apt: From £203 per night / £1421 per week
3 Bed Apt: From £392 per night / £2744 per week

 

Smart for Business
Liverpool Street & Canary Wharf

These commercial hubs offer the corporate traveller great accommodation, convenient amenities and quick links to the West End.

Studios: From £130 per night / £910 per week
1 Bed Apt: From £168 per night / £1176 per week
2 Bed Apt: From £216 per night / £1512 per week
3 Bed Apt: From £268 per night / £1876 per week

 

Great Value
Bayswater & Earls Court

These bustling areas are not just great value but great for multi-cuisine food, park life and getting to Heathrow Airport.

Studios: From £90 per night / £630 per week
1 Bed Apt: From £108 per night / £756 per week
2 Bed Apt: From £215 per night / £1505 per week
3 Bed Apt: From £300 per night / £2100 per week

 

*Rates checked are per night for period 1-14 October 2017 on 30 May 2017

What affects the prices of serviced apartments in London

 

What affects the prices of serviced apartments in London

1. Location
Location is the most important factor when it comes to price. Neighbourhoods close to the West End are more expensive in comparison to areas that are further away. Districts with high-end real estate also attracts higher prices especially around Hyde Park.

 

2. Facilities & Services
Serviced Apartments can vary in terms of the facilities and services they have on-site and in the apartment. Apartments with air-conditioning, 24 hour receptions, gymnasiums, daily maid service usually cost more.


 

3. Special Events
Rates on special dates around holidays and events like Christmas, Easter, Summer, Fashion Weeks, Flower Shows and Wimbledon (tennis) are higher than other times of the year.

 

4. More rooms
Apartments can come in different sizes from compact studios to large five bedroom penthouses. The bigger the apartment the higher the nightly rate but this could be more economical than booking multiple hotel rooms.

 

5. Longer stays
The longer you stay, the more likely you will pay less as many properties offer long stay discounts. Stays of 28 nights are significantly less and enjoy a reduced VAT rate.

 

6. Peace of mind
Serviced apartments are professionaly managed and have staff available on call for emergencies, maintenance issues and security. This may mean a higher cost compared to private apartments.


 

Top tips for staying in a serviced apartment in London

 

Top tips for staying in a serviced apartment in London

 

What to pack
So many essentials are already taken care of in a fully furnished serviced apartment. There's usually a hair dryer, iron and irnoning board, so no need to pack these in your suitcase. Towels are provided along with the bed linen so no need for this either.

The United Kingdom supplies power at 220 volts (actually 220-240) at speed of 50Hz, so make sure to bring appliances that are compatible with these voltages or you will need a stepdown/stepup voltage converter adaptor.


Staying for a few days or longer? The apartments are usually located only short walk away from local convenience stores so you can easily pick up all your daily essentials from shampoo to sunflower oil.
 

Dine-in
The biggest advantage of a serviced apartment is the self-catering. You can expect good quality fully functional kitchens with a range of appliances including a hob/stove, fridge/freezer, microwave, oven, toaster, kettle and sometimes even a coffee maker. Cutlery and crockery is also provided so you can enjoy a lovely home-cooked meal any time you like. There are also dishwashers in most apartments so washing up needn't be a hassle.

Whether you're particular about your food brands or on a gluten-free diet, you have the freedom to buy and store any type of food and prepare your meals at your leisure.

It is also so handy to have a self-catering serviced apartment in London for those travelling with kids and babies, as you can do everything from sterilising bottles to preparing tasty homemade meals in your home from home to ensure your kids get the best nutrition during their stay.

Allergy sufferers also value this added flexibility as they may need to control the way the food is prepared.
 

Do the laundry
The washer dryers also makes it possible to travel light and have clean clothes throughout your trip without any expensive dry cleaning, perfect for business travellers and babies.

 

Share an apartment
Apartments range from studios to five bedrooms and if you are travelling as a group, you will certainly find it much cheaper to share the costs between you rather than to stay in seperate hotel rooms.

You even have enough place to socialise and entertain with lovely lounge/living areas that have TVs and dining tables./www.check-in-london.com/articles/stay-in-london-on-a-budget.aspx
 

Travel during Off-peak times
If you are looking to spend less, then it is best not to book during the Summer season, bank holidays (Christmas, Easter,  May Bank Holiday, August Bank Holiday) and major event dates (Wimbledon, World Travel Market, Fashion Weeks) of the year and instead travel during off-peak periods.

Stay longer than 7 nights
The best way to get a lower rate is to stay longer than 7 nights as serviced apartments often offer longer stay discounts depending on your length of stay.

 

Don't pay for what you don't need
Why pay for all those extras if you don't really need them? Pick a serviced apartment with less facilities on-site and you will be surprised at the savings there are to be had compared to an apartment with round the clock reception staff and other services like a gym, swimming pool and restaurant. Also you can get better deals for apartments that are located on the lower ground floor levels.


What guests like and don't like about London serviced apartments

 

What guests like (and don't) about staying in London serviced apartments
 

What they like:

  1. More space to live, work and relax
  2. Self-catering convenience with kitchen mod-cons and dining area
  3. Washing machine/dryer to do the laundry 
  4. Ability to work from homewith work desks and tables
  5. Homely setting and privacy, no crowded hotel lobbies

     

What they don't like:

  1. Cancellation terms* which can be more restrictive than hotel room bookings
  2. Lack of room service*  
  3. On-site facilities vary and do not always include gym, restaurant, parking, reception
  4. Limited or no staff present* on the premises especially at more residential properties
*Varies at different properties.

 

 

Why are they better than hotel rooms and private flat rentals

Hotels just cannot match the additional facilities that serviced apartments can offer such as kitchens, laundry, dining areas, living rooms, separate bedrooms, extra beds, free wireless internet etc.

Private vacation rentals or holiday homes are sometimes unpredictable and cannot offer the same levels of service, security, amenities and convenience and are often let by unverified private landlords.

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.

 

Serviced apartments vs private rentals and hotels

Serviced apartments vs private rentals and hotels benefits


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 London short term accommodation 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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