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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