Why stay in serviced accommodation? – the benefits and differences to hotels

24th March 2020

What is serviced accommodation?

Serviced accommodation is a fully furnished, self-contained apartment (or space) in a building, which will have a separate bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and separate living space. They are generally available for short-term or long-term stay, often with hotel-like amenities such as housekeeping and laundry services.

They are fast becoming a popular choice for leisure and business travellers in and around the UK, and globally, and there are many beneficial factors to consider when choosing between serviced accommodation, or a hotel. It often depends on the needs of your stay as to whether you would opt for serviced accommodation, or a hotel, but times are changing and you can now take advantage of serviced accommodation, no matter how long your trip may be!

We have outlined a summary below to help make your decision easier.

Differences between serviced accommodation and hotels

Serviced apartments are known to have more space than a hotel room. On average, an apartment has up to 30% more space than a hotel guest room, making a guests’ stay more comfortable.

Serviced apartments have cooking amenities, helping guests to have a much more relaxing and at home feel for the duration of their stay. This is often something that guests who stay in a hotel will miss, and if you are away for a long time, you may want to have a home cooked meal!

In comparison to hotel rooms, serviced apartments are on average 35% lower in cost, and during the hotel peak season, this difference can even be as high as 50%. This is especially important to consider for those who are seeking accommodation for a longer period.

Benefits of serviced accommodation

There are lots of benefits for staying in serviced apartments, so we have looked at the key and consistent ones and given you a summary below!


Serviced accommodation gives guests flexibility to live how they need to during their stay away from home. With the amenities within a serviced apartment, guests will have the ability to cook for themselves if they wish to or dine at a restaurant if that is the preferred route. Serviced accommodation as mentioned above typically has a lot more space, meaning guests can entertain other guests within the space, whether this is on a social or professional basis.


It is true that serviced accommodation normally gives you at least 30% more space than a hotel room, if not more. This is an important factor for many travellers, for leisure or business, as it helps to make their experience more comfortable. The additional space compared to a hotel room can be used how a guest feels necessary, and however this extra space is used, there is more room to relax and breathe after a busy day!


It is known that serviced apartments are not only up to 50% cheaper than hotels, but they also involve fewer add on charges, and these can be easily managed. The services that come with a serviced apartment can be utilised as little or as much as you need, and this luxury service will often not affect the agreed cost prior to arrival, and help you keep within your budget.


Whilst the space in your hotel room will always be private and tranquil if desired, within the amenities outside of the room, the building is very much a shared space.  A serviced apartment allows you to choose as little or as much service as you’d like. Rather than a daily clean from hotel staff, your serviced apartment can often have weekly cleaning services instead, making them feel more comfortable and less often. This is of course up to the guest’s discretion, but the freedom is there!


Serviced apartments are the fastest growing section of the hospitality and accommodation business worldwide, and they are now a popular choice for many corporate travellers, as well as a leisure traveller. With all these benefits, it’s easy to see why! If you want to know more about how we can help, please get in touch.