Many of us have travelled for work at some point in our careers, and I’m sure most of us have stayed in a hotel for our business travel. One room to sleep, eat (if you order room service), prepare for meetings, relax, even to host meetings at times – either in your room or the noisy bar – doesn’t sound hugely appealing for any business traveller looking for short or long term accommodation. Booking a serviced apartment for business travellers however, makes much more sense to both the individual and the company in so many ways you will never have employees in a hotel again. At Select Serviced Accommodation, Reading we offer a great alternative to a hotels.
Serviced apartments are the smarter way to accommodate the savvy business traveller. Business travellers are often away from home for a week, two weeks or even on secondments from another country for up to 6 months. Who wants to stay in one hotel room for any stay of more than a few days?
But with companies having ever increasing budget cuts and having to find the most cost-effective solution to their business travellers’ accommodation needs, it’s easy to see how using serviced apartments can be the modern day answer for everyone.
So, here’s a quick guide to using serviced apartments for business travellers.
Perhaps the biggest factor for companies today is the cost of business trips and managing essential business travel within a tight budget. With serviced apartments the biggest benefit to companies is the potential for managing that huge bill upon check-out with the bar, laundry and restaurant tab escalating quickly over the course of the week. Now nobody wants to see their business travellers go without, but with a serviced apartment at least you can manage budgets a little easier. The ability to do your own laundry, have a quick breakfast and/or evening meal in your apartment and purchase refreshments from the local supermarket vs the hotel mini-bar will make a huge saving to that final bill and overall expense claim.
On average, a serviced apartment will be at least 30% bigger than a standard hotel room and in the main won’t be any more expensive. For employee health and well-being this has to be a better solution to your business travellers accommodation needs. Typically with one bedroom, living area, bathroom/dining and kitchen it provides a wonderful solution to both short and longer stays. Two bedroom serviced apartments are also available and again provide even more savings for a company when two employees are travelling together.
For longer-term secondments, a serviced apartment provides the flexibility the business traveller needs as well as for the company. As much as we’d like to make concrete plans for our business travel, sometimes we find ourselves in a position where a project hasn’t quite finished or we’re asked to help and oversee a new task/ or work related event – having to extend our stay for longer. As a serviced apartment provider with multiple apartments available, we can work with you and find the solution you need for your employees stay, should circumstances change. Just let us know as soon as you can if you have a change of stay and we’ll work with you.
Technology and working environment
Whilst the internet is seen as a priority for most of us, in business travel it’s an essential, and at Select Serviced Accommodation we offer fast and unlimited Wi-Fi for free during your stay. You can catch-up on work whenever it suits you in a serviced apartment without having to fight for poor internet connectivity with other hotel guests. In a serviced apartment, you can catch-up or prepare for work and meetings whenever it suits you – rather than having to rush for breakfast at a certain time and waste unnecessary time hanging around.
We have all of our apartments based in Reading, Berkshire – with multiple apartments near the town centre, walking distance to Reading train station. Within 25 minutes you can be in London Paddington – perfect for City meetings. We also have apartments close to Madjeski Stadium, Green Park and Shinfield Business Park – all in Reading. With serviced apartments for the business traveller and with working away from the home, location is a key factor in feeling at home – employees need to be able to easily get to work and be central should they wish to venture out after work.
For longer and more regular travel, serviced apartments definitely offer a more comfortable and economical solution for the business traveller. As well as helping with budget concerns, companies could benefit from much more motivated, refreshed and productive staff who are after all, representing your company, resulting in the perfect solution all round.
So if you think Serviced Apartments might be ideal for your business travellers, and you haven’t used us before, now could be the time to start. Do get in touch with us at Select Serviced Accommodation email@example.com and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.