It’s time for your business trip. You wake up on Monday morning and grab the first flight up to Edinburgh ahead of a jam-packed week of important client meetings. The hotel lobby seems nice, but upon checking into your room it slowly dawns on you that your shoebox-sized room doesn’t seem as comfortable as the photographs suggested, and it isn’t really appropriate for a week-long stay. You thought that all you needed was a bed, but after a few nights of having nothing to cook with and nowhere to sit you begin to feel homesick. You end up cancelling your meetings on Thursday afternoon and Friday to fly home early and miss out on some great opportunities.
Picking the perfect accommodation for your upcoming business trip isn’t rocket science, but it does require thinking outside of “what’s cheapest?” How long are you staying for? Will only having a bedroom really be fine, or are you staying for a few days? Do you want to eat out every breakfast, lunch and dinner or do you require a kitchen?
We’ve worked with business travellers for over 20 years and have heard from them time and time again that serviced apartments are best for their business trips. In fact, almost one third (30%) of corporate travel buyers increased their use of serviced apartment suppliers for long-stay bookings in 2018, according to a survey carried out by the Business Travel Show. The figure marks a 20% leap on the numbers recorded in 2017 (Business Travel Magazine February/March 2019 Edition).
So just what is it that makes serviced apartments great for business trips?
1) A Home from Home Feeling
Ultimately, people feel most comfortable when they can relax like they are at home. A serviced apartment lets you do just that. Retreat back to your very own city pad after a long day of networking and revitalize yourself with home comforts.
Staying in your very own city pad will help you to find home comforts throughout the trip. Spend a few hours in the morning working from ‘home’ on your laptop and attend a few important video calls, or unwind in the evening with a few drinks. The housekeeping team is there to keep your apartment maintained to a high standard, letting you focus on getting work done.
2) Spacious Living Areas
It is regularly cited that serviced apartments are 30% larger than hotel rooms on average, but what does that mean?
When you book a serviced apartment you have booked a full apartment. It’s a crazy concept, we know. Having a fully-sized living area really makes for a comfortable stay. A lot of business travellers even choose to bring their families with them thanks to the increased size and privacy. You can work peacefully in one room while your family play games in the other.
You can also invite friends or colleagues round to your apartment after work, or grab a carry-in or order a takeaway for the perfect cosy night in. The space and additional rooms afforded by apartments make them a versatile option for all types of travellers.
A studio at our Grove Executive apartments in Edinburgh is almost double the size of a regular hotel room
3) Fully-Fitted Kitchens
This is a key factor that a lot of business travellers often forget. Eating out is great, especially when you’re in a new city. But if you’re away for a week or two, do you really want to be eating out for every meal? Your wallet or expenses will sadly bring you back to reality rather quickly.
Serviced apartments feature fully-fitted kitchens, including fridge-freezers, ovens, and dishwashers. Make your lunches for the entire week ahead and freeze them to save time later, and fill up the dishwasher afterwards. Having a home cooked meal every day is sure to give you the burst of energy that you need to nail that presentation.
Our own serviced apartments in Edinburgh even feature washing machines. This is of course perfect for longer stays, but also means that you can pack less for your 3-day trip.
Cooking at our Grove apartments in Edinburgh
4) Regulated and Safe
The last few years have seen a plethora of unregulated accommodation options appear in cities across the world. Travellers are really putting their accommodation up to the whims of fate when booking with an unregulated provider. Thankfully, serviced apartments are able to apply for the Quality Accreditation Programme with the Association of Serviced Apartments (ASAP). As one such provider, we have been rigorously assessed to meet 250 service quality, regulatory & safety criteria. You can book and stay with confidence when booking with a member of the quality accreditation programme.
Whats-more, we are proud to have 24-hour receptions at most of our properties for maximum security and to help you with any issues that might crop up at 3am.
5) Good Value for Money
Apartments are truly a great option if you and a few colleagues are planning to travel. You can each enjoy separate bedrooms with a shared living room and kitchen at a much lower price than booking the same amount of hotel rooms. The math isn’t difficult: booking x2 3-bedroom apartments is much more affordable than booking x6 hotel rooms. This affords your team much more privacy than other options, and you will be able to afford more on the trip when you’ve grabbed a great deal on your accommodation.
Edinburgh Business Trips
Are you going to be travelling to Edinburgh on a business trip? We have over 100 serviced apartments across the city and would be delighted to host your next trip. Our sale team will happily work with you to find the perfect accommodation for your trip. Get in touch today by emailing email@example.com or phoning us on 0131 622 6677.