Have you considered staying in a serviced apartment?

If you’re going somewhere, the obvious thing to do is to book a hotel room. But have you considered the alternatives? Sure, there are home stays and other places, but they’re not really for the luxury traveller although they can be quite interesting. What I’d like to tell you about is a viable luxury alternative to staying in a hotel – a serviced apartment.

At its most basic, you get the equivalent of a good standard of hotel room plus a kitchenette. At its best, oh wow, some of these suites are seriously impressive. Not everyone wants to cook when they’re travelling, but having a kitchen or even a kitchenette can be very handy. And it’s very rare to get that in a hotel (although we did find such a thing in our suite at the lebua at State Tower, Bangkok).

To be honest, I don’t really know what the difference is between a hotel room and a serviced apartment. A good serviced apartment has all the usual facilities of a hotel – swimming pool, gym, room cleaning daily, room service, food, etc. It’s just like a hotel, with a bit more and usually around the same price as a hotel room.

I travel quite a lot, and in future I’m definitely going to look out for serviced apartments as well as hotel rooms before deciding where to stay.

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  1. irene says:

    i have on a few occasions stayed in serviced apartments and they have been great, wouldn’t do it all the time as i do like staying in hotels.

  2. Kay McMahon says:

    The last serviced apartment we stayed in was the Grand President in Bangkok. We were very disappointed with it. We don’t always stay in luxury accommodation – but there are certain basics I expect whether luxury travel or not.

    A broken toilet is not comfortable by anyone’s standards. I mentioned in in a brief review I did on Trip Advisor and the manager came back to say that this was an exceptional thing.

    Well, maybe it was and they just got unlucky because they gave such a room to the roving reporter rather than the average tourist who might not tell anyone about it.

  3. Karen Scammell says:

    I will keep this in mind next time I travel.

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