Serviced Apartments: Concept
The term “serviced apartment” is used when referring to an alternative for hotel or any form of accommodation for short and long-stay leisure and business travellers, but distinctions can be made between the different types:
The extended stay hotel or “aparthotel,”
It generally offers a 24 h reception, is located in main areas of the city, and attempts to give the guest a home away from home feeling, within a hotel-like environment. It can range from budget to deluxe, and rooms range from studio apartments (one spacious efficiency unit that can be used as living area and sleeping area, a little kitchenette and a separate bathroom), to two- or three-bedroom apartments, which offer a separate living area, a kitchen, one or more bathrooms and separate bedrooms.
Because of the availability of kitchen facilities in the apartments, extended stay properties and apart-hotels usually offer no extra services, such as restaurants and bars. However, some extended stay properties have been built as an annex to existing four- or five-star hotels, and the guests in the apartments can make use of the hotel’s facilities at no extra charge.