Serviced apartments might not be as new as you think. In fact, serviced apartments have been making an impact for over a decade. A serviced apartment is an umbrella term that refers to any type of finished apartment that is available for short or long term stays, such as those that House of Fisher provides. A serviced apartment includes a wide range of services and amenities including housekeeping and utilities included in the rental price.
These types of apartments offer a lot of facilities that would be traditionally associated with hotel stays but they come with the added benefit of increased space, better convenience, and much more privacy. Therefore, they allow you to live much more like a local while travelling. These apartments usually offer fully furnished kitchens and washing and drying machines to allow you to live like a local while travelling.
The term serviced apartment hasn’t really been used outside of business travel and corporate relocation markets.
Nowadays, it is having much more of an impact on those travelling leisurely as a lot of travelling consumers are finding it a much more affordable and convenient way to travel. They have become much more economical for larger group travel and they even offer singles the opportunity to save big by minimising the cost of dining out and having to seek out of home entertainment while travelling.
However, unlike a lot of the other aspects of the sharing economy including home-share sites where you would be taking a chance on both health and safety, we offer much better consumer confidence through our industry standards. We as a trade body aim to ensure that consumers have full confidence in what they will be able to find when they book a serviced apartment throughout the entire world.
We offer different levels of membership that you will be able to utilise to ensure that you are getting an apartment that meets the respective industry standards you can expect.
What you should expect when renting a serviced apartment:
- An equipped kitchen that includes a dishwasher and washer/dryer
- Studio apartment or bedrooms that offer a designated sleeping area
- A living area
- A bathroom (or more)
- TV and Wi-Fi
- Utilities included in rental price
- Housekeeping service (weekly or more frequent)
With a serviced apartment, you will get a self-contained apartment that is located within a residential building. In this case, you may or may not get one that offers on-site staffing. Therefore, you might have to gain access through keyless entry using smartphone or other technology or prearrange to meet host on arrival. Guests will have access to a 24-hour helpline with a serviced apartment.
This is where you will get a serviced apartment located within a dedicated building. Here, you will find hotel-like services along with a 24-hour reception area. You will likely get additional facilities including a lounge area for guests and you might even find gym access available. Some might refer to their apartments as ‘suites’ within an aparthotel.