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Choosing a Serviced Apartment for your next stay

When you need to stay away from home for any length of time, what do you normally think of first? A stay in a hotel. Hotels are convenient, easy to book, hassle free and everywhere, for all budgets and tastes.

Think again! Especially when your stay away is for 7 nights or more, then a serviced apartment might be much more suitable for you. Fact is that they have gained in popularity a great deal in the past 10 years and there are many traditional hotel operators, who now offer serviced apartments in their portfolio, because these are what their clients are asking for. And with many new serviced apartments becoming available all the time catering for all types of stay and booking them is easy as well, there is no excuse really to not give them a try!

Serviced apartments offer extra space (you generally have your own living room, bedroom, bathroom and kitchen), more privacy (your own front door key, which means that you can come and go without having to pick up your key from reception every time), more comfort (extra space will give you a separate area for working, living and sleeping so no more need for eating takeaways on the bed) and maybe most important, serviced apartments offer a saving of up to 30% on these traditional hotels, especially when staying away for 7 nights or more. As you have your own kitchen, you can of course save even more money by eating in with a home cooked meal, instead of having to eat out in expensive restaurants when staying in a hotel. 

Got you thinking? A good place to look is The Apartment Service. They have been going since 1981, and so are one of the most experienced booking agents around for serviced apartments worldwide for any length and type of stay. They also offer their own brand of accommodation 'Roomspace Serviced Apartments', for stays of 7 nights or more - fully furnished and equipped apartments, ideal for corporate stays, or an extended leisure break. They have apartments in London, other major UK cities and now also in Lisbon and Madrid, so there's plenty of choice to find your home away from home for your next stay away. And bookings can be made online in a growing number of locations. Check out their website and browse around the many locations on offer, and who knows, you might be staying in a serviced apartment sooner than you think.

Happy travels :-)