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An apartment hotel is also commonly known as a serviced apartment. It is a self-contained apartment, fully furnished with a number of bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and a living area, often complete with Wi-Fi. A serviced apartment also usually includes amenities such as room service, laundry facilities, housekeeping and additional extras including fitness suites, in-house chefs, spa facilities and swimming pools. Those who regularly used serviced apartments on a long term basis were traditionally professionals, but apart-hotels have become more popular in recent years for tourists around the world.
Serviced apartments offer much greater space and flexibility to residents than regular hotel rooms. In a hotel, you have only one fixed room and a bathroom. In contrast, a serviced apartment offers the use of an entire apartment, with a number of different rooms to explore and use. One can expect to enjoy 30% more space in a serviced apartment than a hotel room. Furthermore, you can entertain guests and have the freedom to cook whenever you choose to.
Rather than depend on a hotel’s restaurant or dining out every evening, apartment hotels include a kitchen, fully stocked with all the equipment you need to cook for yourself. If you have dietary requirements or small children, being able to cook your own food is essential for your well-being. It is also more cost-effective to cook in your own apartment some evenings rather than dining out in the restaurants.
If you are traveling with your family or in a large group, having a bedroom each is vital. Having extra bedrooms creates a more homely feeling to your vacation. It is also more cost-effective to book an apartment hotel rather than a series of hotel rooms, especially if you have a large group. Each member of your group can choose their own bedroom in a serviced apartment.
The concierge available in an apartment hotel complex can help you arrange taxis, book restaurants, and help you explore the city you are in from a local’s point of view. It offers a more personal approach to your visit than what a hotel room usually can.
An added benefit of a serviced apartment is the housekeeping. This service will ensure the apartment is kept clean and inviting without you having to do the work yourself. The housekeeping will include changing the bed linen, cleaning the apartment including the bathroom and the kitchen. It makes staying in an apartment hotel feel more luxurious than renting a private apartment, yet it still offers you the privacy and freedom you want.
There are some serviced apartment which offer hotel-style amenities, including fitness suites, swimming pools, and spa facilities. These can add to the luxury feel of your vacation while allowing you to feel at home in your accommodation.