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Why book a serviced apartment when there are cheaper alternatives?

A few months ago, I bought a portable charger for my Apple devices at an outdoor market stall. I thought I was being smart because it was significantly cheaper than buying one from the Apple Store. Guess what happened? The charger was hopeless and only charged my phone about 20%! So what did I do? I couldn't take it back because I'd paid cash and had no receipt, and there was, of course, no warranty. I bought a much better portable charger online, which is really good. How much did the two purchases cost me? More than the cost of the Apple charger from the Apple Store!

Well, the same principle applies to booking your accommodation, especially when staying away on business. Like everything else in life, there is virtually always a cheaper alternative. However, it is important to understand that you usually get what you pay for.

So instead of booking a serviced apartment or house for your next business project or contract, why not book a cheaper alternative such as a budget hotel like Travel Lodge, a cheap bed & breakfast or guest house or an Airbnb apartment /house?

You could well save money on the actual nightly rate but does your cheaper alternative offer the following;

  • A fully equipped kitchen, usually with both dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • One or more separate bedrooms, or in studio apartments, a designated sleeping area, a living area, a bathroom, TV, Wi-Fi and the latest in-room technology
  • All Utility bills included in the price, e.g. water and electricity
  • A weekly housekeeping service (or more often if required)
  • A maintenance service Fully insured not just for contents but also public liability Health and Safety and fire protection in place
  • A 24-7 emergency helpline
  • Now you may not think these features and benefits are of value to you personally, but I am sure your employers will value them, and you will be far better protected than when staying in many other forms of cheaper accommodation. The irony is that you can have all of these benefits from serviced accommodation and yet still pay less than the cheaper alternatives mentioned above. How is this possible?

Well, if you work away on a contract or a project with a group of colleagues, you can share a 2-3 bedroom apartment or a 4-6 bedroom house with them and significantly reduce the cost per night per person! For example, at Shortstaymk, we have a 6-bedroom house which costs £1250 plus VAT per week, which works out at just under £30 plus VAT per night per guest! Our 2 and 3-bedroom apartments deliver good cost savings too, compared to cheaper alternative types of accommodation.

So what are you waiting for? Book your serviced accommodation with us now and enjoy both the superior benefits and the significant cost savings!

Call our reservations line 01908 540636 or 07771 519 370 and a member of our team will go through all of our accommodation benefits and how to save on corporate accommodation costs.

About the author

Tony Byrne

Managing Director

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