Aparthotel or Serviced Apartment?: Our Guide to the Differences
As Cambridge welcomes back more visitors, we want travellers to find the perfect accommodation for their time in our city.
Two popular alternatives to traditional hotel stays are Aparthotels and Serviced Apartments. Both give guests more freedom and flexibility than a hotel room while providing hotel-style services such as linens and cleaning, but there are important distinctions between these two options. The right choice will depend on you or your company’s unique priorities.
Both Aparthotels and Serviced Apartments offer visitors more room than typical hotel accommodation. An Aparthotel is usually around 28 square metres and often contains a lounge area which might help guests avoid the feeling of being restricted to their bedrooms that can set in during hotel stays.
However, for those planning a longer visit (more than 5 nights) or a workcation with the family, where having more space to spread out is vital, a Serviced Apartment may be the best choice. For a comparable price to Aparthotels, Serviced Apartments offer guests, on average, around 55 square metres and can be as large as 85, so even members of bigger groups will find privacy in which to focus or relax.
Visitors staying in an Aparthotel building can often find a range of amenities under the same roof as their room. This makes an Aparthotel the ideal option for guests with busy schedules who want expedient access to restaurants, bars, pools and gyms so they can socialise in the evenings or fit in a workout before their day begins.
Travellers who choose to stay in Serviced Apartments will need to venture into the local area to find amenities. However, most Serviced Apartments are found in city centres so a variety of restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues are never far away. Furthermore, rather than feeling inconvenienced by a lack of amenities in their building, long-stay visitors (especially those relocating to an area for work) often enjoy finding their feet a new city by seeking out the eatery or fitness centre that best suits their personal tastes.
An impressive feature of Serviced Apartments are their fully equipped kitchens which include ovens and a full set of hobs. Guests have the space to entertain in their kitchens and the choice to either order in food from local businesses or prepare their own sophisticated meals, thanks to the range of cooking accessories provided: everything from pots and pans to microwaves and rice cookers.
The kitchen facilities in Aparthotels, meanwhile, are simpler and designed for the quick preparation of basic bites to eat. Aparthotel guests should, typically, not expect to find ovens or more than two hobs (if any) in their kitchen areas and would need to have food delivered or seek out the sociable atmosphere of a restaurant in order to enjoy more complex dishes.
It is worth noting that a Serviced Apartment will also include other appliances visitors may wish to use such as washers/dryers whereas, in an Aparthotel, these are more likely to be communal and the use of them often comes at an additional cost.
If pricing is an important consideration when finding accommodation then those planning a longer stay may wish to explore Serviced Apartments as their first choice. Many Serviced Apartments will have great-value deals available upfront—discounts of up to 20%— for those who wish to stay beyond a certain number of nights. Choosing a Serviced Apartment can also create savings for groups of guests who require more than one bedroom as a single Serviced Apartment, with multiple rooms, will typically cost less than booking numerous hotel or Aparthotel rooms.
Aparthotels may also provide special discounts for longer visits, but these usually need to be sought out upon booking, since Aparthotels are less likely to cater specifically to long-stay guests.
Taking time consider the right place to stay is at the heart of planning a successful trip. Whatever your ideal accommodation choice, Cambridge has a first-class option waiting for you.