Work-rate, health and even personal relationships may be affected if you stay in hotel accommodation for longer than 4 nights on business. Natalie Wakefield of The Apartment Service states her case.
Business Travellers will spend significantly more to secure a seat in First Class cabin of an aircraft and reasons are beyond question: they can catch up on work or stretch out and relax - and besides, haven't you heard of Economy Class Syndrome? Yet when they arrive at their destination, they will often stay for several nights, weeks or even months confined within same four walls. "Let's call it Hotel Accommodation Syndrome."
When work takes you away from home for even longer periods - training courses, temporary or perhaps permanent relocation - situation becomes almost grave. Individuals need a lot more than simply a pillow on which to lay their tired heads, although every little helps. They need to spread out, relax, just like in aircraft. And with restaurant and Room Service menus exhausted, they pine for taste of home. Arguably worse still, work begins to suffer. More time and effort is spent escaping from hotel room than on work, which has become disjointed and disorganised. Irritability sets in and relationships at work and at home both suffer.
The problem with hotels is that they are for sleeping in. The business traveller, especially with family, needs somewhere to sit and relax, make a snack or a meal, have a meeting or spread out paperwork. Serviced apartments will always offer much better value-for-money compared with a hotel, if public areas are less important to guest. It is upon this cost-saving, that this very model is based. And what is good for individual is good for company. Today, Executive Roomspace (ERS), a market leader in short term serviced apartments, ensures that business travellers can confidently book an apartment. Specialising in stays of 1-month plus where even greater savings are possible. ERS offer properties throughout Greater London, including, Canary Wharf, Clerkenwell, Fleet Street, Kingston, Marylebone, South Kensington, The City, Twickenham, Victoria and Wimbledon as well as throughout Home Counties, M4 Corridor to Swindon and Bristol beyond.
By very nature of beast, flexibility required to offer something different for every client makes it difficult to meet demands for a standardised and consistent product. At Executive Roomspace (ERS) they believe they have found solution. Charles McCrow comments "ERS promises consistent standards together with a pledge that, should a client express dissatisfaction with accommodation within 48 hours of arrival, alternative accommodation or a full refund will be offered - this offers complete peace of mind to both booker and agent".
The same value extends across board and broadly speaking equates to a 30% saving on rates in hotels of a comparable standard. Branded apartment accommodation usually targets mid-market, short to medium stay clients. The accommodation you can expect is functional with achievable rates of around £65 per person per night with possible discounts for weekly or monthly stays in a one-bedroom apartment, although lower rates are possible in a studio. At upper end of market, rates will approximately double.