Defining Serviced Accommodation?

When you say serviced accommodation, some people might think that they are living in a care home, whereas others might think of living in a hotel.  Some might ask what the services are and others might recognise the services that they want. 

There are many different types of accommodations to choose from. There are more properties available to rent than there are to buy. So whether you’ve made the decision to live in a service-based or non-serviced property, you may ask what the difference is between the two. 

A serviced apartment is a completely furnished property that may be rented for a period of time, either short or long.

In the hospitality industry, serviced apartments are apartments that are completely furnished and include a well-equipped kitchen setup that is offered to clients including both short and long-term spans of time. Hotel on the other hand is a business that offers temporary lodging to visitors or travellers for a limited length of time, as opposed to a bed and breakfast. The services supplied by both hotels and serviced apartments vary based on the amount of money spent for them. This sort of lodging may also include amenities comparable to those provided by hotels.

In addition to housekeeping and customer service 24 hours a day, there are heightened security measures in place in a serviced apartment.  Some facilities additionally provide onsite employees, a 24-hour reception desk, and other luxurious guest amenities. Hence, the apartments are properly maintained and offered for rent all year.

Although some serviced apartments are managed on-site or off-site, there are those that have both. A serviced apartment that is managed on-site would often include a reception area as well as a property manager. Keys are normally retrieved from a safety deposit box that is handled off-site. However, both styles of management have perks; off-site management allows greater privacy, whilst on-site management guarantees that employees are there to assist and offers security. 

A serviced apartment provides the best of both worlds: the convenience of a home and the privacy of a hotel room. When you stay in a luxury hotel, you’ll have access to all the amenities you’d expect, but you’ll also have the independence, flexibility, and homey feel of a private rental.

Would you want to live in a serviced apartment?  Well, that depends on your independence and your experiences.  

Would a parent want their child to live in a serviced apartment, when they are away from home for the first time? Well, that is a different matter.

Whatever you choose, it is always best to be informed.

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