The comforts of a hotel and convenience of home

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Think travel or vacation, and hotels instantly come to mind. Currently, however, companies slashing down budgets on corporate travels and families looking for better deals start looking at serviced apartments as a lodging option when planning a trip.

This type of accommodation is an excellent alternative to the oft-preferred hotels, whether your trip is for business or pleasure. With hotels practically nearly occupied all throughout the year, servιced apartments serve to fill the gap where there is a dearth of rooms for short-term and long-term stays.

Serviced apartments came into being when guests began demanding for accommodation that comes with more than just a bed and a bathroom. Basically cheaper than hotels, these residences provide occupants with the comforts of a hotel and the convenience of home. Living comforts common among this type of home-away-from-home lodges include a kitchen, a living room, a lounge area, an entertainment system, and laundry and ironing facilities. They also offer the same hotel benefits of room cleaning, linen change, among others, and may range from studio to four-bedroom units.

The UAE, though saturated with hotels, also has a wide range of servιced residences in its midst. Nuran Serviced Residences offers studio to three-bedroom homes plus health and fitness facilities. Perfect for corporate guests and leisure travelers, the residences open to spectacular views of the Dubai Marina, and the slew of dining outlets by the marina waterfront. Ascott Park Place Dubai on Shaikh Zayed Road provides one to three-bedroom apartments designed as corporate accommodation. It is equipped with fitness facilities, and even offers babysitting services.

The Shangri-La Residences in Abu Dhabi has studio to four-bedroom units that face the sea. Complete with a terrace or a balcony, guests can enjoy canal or pool views, and the unique “Shangri-La hospitality” as the residences are managed by the hotel. Classic suites to three-bedroom apartments are available at the Hotel Apartments@Beach Rotana, which also offers a host of facilities catering to both corporate and leisure guests.

Servιced apartments are a good option that companies and individuals might wish to explore the next time they travel.

Handy Hints
• Serviced apartments cheaper compared to hotels, and offer comforts of home
• They offer the same hotel benefits such as room cleaning, linen change, etc.
• Ranging from studios to 4-bedrooms, they can be rented on short or long term

Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer


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