What is a serviced apartment?

In this guest article from Tudor Lodge Consultants, they cover everything you need to know about serviced apartments.

As the pandemic has affected hotel prices, with stays for the whole family in hotels becoming more expensive than ever before, a new phenomenon has arisen for those looking for holiday accommodation.

Serviced apartments have many of the benefits of the hotel whilst at the same time giving you the privacy and the space that a hotel or hotel room could not offer. Often, you will find that serviced apartments will cater to both their audience and their local area. For example, serviced apartments in Barrow-in-Furness may be different to serviced apartments in Lincoln or somewhere else.

Due to their recent rise, not many people actually know what serviced apartments are or that there is even an option for them for their holiday accommodation.

This guide takes you through what a serviced apartment is, what is usually included in the price for a serviced apartment and why it might be the right choice for you and your family for your next holiday!

What is a Serviced Apartment?

Serviced apartments can be similar to a lot of the other holiday apartments that you book on the inside, however there is the added luxury of having certain hotel amenities.

Most serviced apartments will have a front desk who acts the same way as a concierge, as well as housekeeping and R&R.

Your serviced apartment will be a self-contained apartment in a building which has a separate bedroom, sitting room and fully equipped kitchen.

You’ll even have your own keys to the door. Serviced apartments can change in size, with some simply a studio and others a two or three-bedroom serviced apartment.

Guests will only pay for their accommodation and will be able to live in a flat with everything they would have at home.

What are the advantages of a serviced apartment?

There are many advantages to staying in a serviced apartment instead of a hotel or another type of apartment.

Some of these benefits include:

  • The Cost vs Hotel: A serviced apartment is much cheaper than a hotel would be but still includes some of the best parts of a hotel including daily housekeeping services. These cost savings also mean that if you stay in a serviced apartment on holiday when money is tight, you can avoid having to ask family and friends to lend you money for a holiday, but can save some money and stay in serviced apartments for a lower cost than in a hotel
  • Privacy: A serviced apartment allows you a much bigger space and much more privacy than a hotel apartment would give you with the ability to come and go as you please with a private door just for you
  • Convenience of Booking and Checking In: Apartments are much easier to book and check-in and out to than hotels. Unlike other apartments, serviced apartments just require the guest to pay for their accommodation online and then there is usually a key box to enter

What is usually included in a serviced apartment?

A serviced apartment is like a normal holiday apartmentt but it comes with many hotel amenities that you might not have been able to get elsewhere.

The amenities or utilities that are usually included in a serviced apartment are:

  • Self-contained apartments normally within a residential building
  • All utilities included i.e. water & electricity
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen, usually including Dishwasher, Electric kettle, Fridge, Oven, Microwave, Toaster, Coffee maker, Cutlery, Cooking utensils, Washing up detergent, etc.
  • Other amenities to get you started in your temporary home, usually including a Hairdryer, Vacuum cleaner, Cleaning tools and detergent, Iron and ironing board, Laundry rack, etc.
  • Living area with TV
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Bathroom with shower and washing machine
  • Concierge
  • Daily housekeeping service