If you are purely comparing costs of staying in Hotels & Serviced Apartments, there is only one winner – the value for money proposition of Serviced Apartments is just not available with traditional hotels. Ideally, a hotel is designed for stays of one to three days after which it tends to start burning a hole in your pocket unless you are incredibly well heeled. This is because the vast majorities of Hotel guests stay there for a couple of nights or over a weekend getaway, and thus justify the Hotel’s rate high daily pricing policy. However, it is just not feasible if you are looking for an interim accommodation stretching across weekly, fortnightly or monthly duration.
We all know that one can save a good amount of money if they cook their own food instead of eating-in or ordering from a restaurant. Now that can work if you are staying in your own home with a full Kitchen available for all your cooking but what happens when you are moving homes and staying entirely in hotels during this period? It is highly unlikely that any of these hotels will provide you the facilities of cooking your own meals, after all, if you don’t cook it then you will have to order from them and that increases their revenue. Isn’t that the whole purpose of running a hotel business, making it more profitable?
Now eating out can be fun for some time, but it does tend to get cumbersome for quite a few people including me who crave for good home-cooked food after some time. As a side note, it can also cost you an arm and a leg if you are regularly ordering the expensive hotel food across an extended time period (not if you are well-heeled again!). On the other hand, almost all the Serviced Apartments that I know come fitted with a complete kitchen space with all cooking amenities so that you can whip up your favourite meals with full freedom. So you can just eat whatever you crave for, and make a pretty neat cost saving as well.
If the above comparisons did not completely get you sold on the Serviced Apartments concept, then allow me to throw in some extras to sweeten the deal – almost all of them usually include on-site laundry services across both self-service and paid options, home cleaning and linen changes, high-speed Wifi Internet and the latest Tata Sky TV connections. These add-on services tend to give you a feeling of home with facilities of hotels and are just perfect for those staying for an extended period.
In short, we all know that moving homes can be unsettling for most people but a lot of the pain of moving can be alleviated if one can find a comfortable serviced apartment that becomes a temporary home-away-from-home for them during this entire period.