When you’re planning a family getaway, whether it’s for a quick mini-break to the city or a long holiday, it can be easy to just book your usual hotel.
And it’s not entirely surprising when there are hundreds of different hotel chains across the country, many of which operate in most major UK destinations.
However, there are lots of alternatives to hotels, some of which will actually end up saving you money. Whilst the majority of people haven’t heard of serviced apartments, they can be a great way to enjoy a holiday as a family and can even suit large groups better than hotel chains.
We’ve found out which option is right for families based on three criteria: space, amenities, and price.
What is a serviced apartment?
Before we get started, it will probably be helpful to explain what a serviced apartment actually is, as these gems often go unnoticed.
A serviced apartment is very similar to staying in a hotel but, rather than getting just the one room and bathroom, you get a fully furnished apartment. They come with a large range of amenities, as well as the usual hotel services of cleaning, wifi, maintenance teams and a 24-hour concierge. They also offer a more flexible experience, available to rent for long or short term holidays.
Serviced apartments win hands-down on this one, offering much more space for families.
When staying in hotels, families are either crammed into one room or forced to split up, which can make the holiday experience much less enjoyable.
Clarendon London, a serviced apartments provider in London, explained: “The thing that our clients love the most is the space available when staying in a serviced apartment. It offers a much more homely feel and gives people the opportunity to relax without being confined to one room.”
Serviced apartments, on the other hand, offer a fully functional kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and a separate living area, meaning you and your loved ones can spend time together without it getting too overbearing. With multiple bedrooms, you can also get a decent night’s kip without having to top’n’tail your kids!
Whilst serviced apartments can come without hotel services such as daily cleaning, room service or on-site restaurants, they more than make up for it with their other amenities.
Through offering a fully furnished kitchen, it gives you the independence and flexibility to cook your own meals, meaning you aren’t restricted to specific meal times and you can cater to everyone’s tastes. This makes it much easier if there’s a fussy eater in the family! Most serviced apartments also come with washing machines and dryers, so you can keep on top of any messy children.
Often including free WiFi, a TV and DVD player, you can keep everyone entertained during your stay in a serviced apartment, watching comfortably from a modern sofa rather than perched on the end of a bed.
This post by Condé Nast Johansens gives you more information about serviced apartments.
Most people expect hotels to be a lot cheaper than serviced apartments, but the latter can actually offer a better deal, especially for families.
As previously mentioned, families are often split into multiple rooms when staying in hotels which means a much bigger cost than staying in one apartment. According to BDaily, serviced apartments are around 30% cheaper than hotels over a one-week period, with this increasing over a longer stay.
And, with the opportunity to cook your own meals, you can also cut down on costs of eating out.