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GUEST BLOG: Why hotels might not be the best option for that longer stay



When you are going to stay in a new city, whether it is for business or for leisure the default option is often to look at which hotel in that city is best; however is a hotel really the best option" We take a look at what other options you have and why they might suit your needs better.
The reason why many of us choose to stay in hotels rather than the other accommodation options is habit plus you can be sure of what you will get when you go and stay.  Hotels will often have some kind of restaurant and bar, many will have gyms and as you go higher up the star rating, you will also start to get facilities such as business lounges, spas and pools. 

When you are only staying for a few nights, this can be the best option as you really don?t have to think about anything ? it is all within the confines of the hotel.  But when you stay for more than a few weeks in a hotel, one room can start to feel a bit claustrophobic, especially when the room is not very big.  So what is the alternative"

SuitesMost hotels towards the more expensive end of the market will have a small proportion of suites as part of their room stock.  A junior suite on average will be double the price of a standard room yet the only difference is that it will have a seating area with a comfy sofa. Large suites may have a more clearly differentiated living/seating area and occasionally may even have separate rooms, but these options will be significantly more expensive than standard rooms. 
The issue with most hotel suites apart from the much higher nightly price is that they often do not contain any form of kitchen and you pay on a nightly basis rather than a weekly or monthly basis.  If you are staying for three months, paying a nightly rate can be much more expensive.

Apart-hotels/Suite HotelsIn the UK and to some extent in Western Europe these are a relative new concept and as the name suggest sit somewhere between hotels and apartments.  Within Apart-hotels you will often find on-site facilities such as restaurants/bars, laundry rooms and concierge services.  The only differences between this and a conventional hotel is that rather than maybe 5% of the room stock being suites, 100% of the stock is,  plus in apart-hotels most rooms will be similar to a junior suite and effectively it will be a rather small studio apartment.

It is almost certainly contain a small kitchenette which can be used for preparing basic meals but this is not a place you would want to be throwing dinner parties in.  With these properties you may well find that they will have a different pricing structure for longer staying guest than those who will only stay for a few nights.

ApartmentsThese are what most people rent as homes when they can?t afford or don?t wish to buy property.  Apartments are a whole property category within real estate and can range anywhere from a studio up to five or six bedrooms.

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