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Serviced or holiday apartment? – (Not) a difficult question for business travellers

( Ever more agencies and travel departments around the world and noteably in Germany, have become keenly interested in corporate housings. They book the serviced apartments for business travellers, artists or exhibition staff. The main reason: those apartments are an interesting alternative to a common hotel room. They have comparable services and without any problems, are up to 30 percent less expensive, while offering more space.

Some travellers might ask if renting a holiday apartment could not be a great alternative to a hotel as well. And while remembering their last vacation they think of the nicely equipped and comfortable holiday apartment.

When advicing business travellers, the following five arguments should be considered:

Holiday apartments are seldom centrally located: Holiday apartments are as the name already suggests – apartments for holidays. The average vacationer associates calmness with the nicest days of the year. Therefore, holiday houses are where this quietness can be found. In the middle of nowhere. So, it might not be the best choice for business travellers that want to stay close to their client or to their temporary work.

Holiday apartments are only really inexpensive when fully occupied: They are mostly laid out for two persons or more. Thus, for families or groups they are comparably less expensive than hotels. Right: only if several people are staying. Managers, project staff members or artists are ususally travelling alone and thus can not really enjoy the price advantage of a holiday apartment.

Taste may (not) be open to debate: Who has ever stayed in a holiday apartment knows the problem – often, the furnishing is quite out-dated. Or, though new, it is not really „nice“. Therefore, many business travellers rather rent places that offer a more or less neutral and timeless look and feel.

Limited or no services and staff members: When renting a holiday apartment, one often has an immideately „closer“relationship to the landlord. Even the sinmple arrival to the apartment can become stressful if the traveller is delayed. If besides a long and exhausting working day one is seeking additional little services such as cleaning, shopping or ironing, one is easily stranded in a holiday apartment.

The worse is yet to come: The final cleaning. In holiday apartments in many countries, at least a basic cleaning done by the guest is absolutely normal. Honestly, which business traveller has time enough and feels like swinging the feather duster on his departure day? The only alternative is a separately charged cleaning. This way, the apartment that was supposed to be a bargain gets more expensive.

No doubt, business travellers are well advised if they are offered a hotel room. Or, possibly even better if they are suggested a serviced apartment – for a bit more space and privacy.

Boardinghouse Consulting Berliner Allee 36 13088 Berlin GERMANY Tel: +49 (0)30 96 06 09 49-11 Fax:+49 (0)30 96 06 09 49-20 E-Mail:

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