You are looking for a place to stay for work or an extended holiday and online there are a lot of options! That can be overwhelming! We understand. Since you’re looking for an extended-stay accommodation, the comfort of a home is of utmost importance and hotel rooms can’t provide that. 

Therefore, you decide to stay in a serviced accommodation, because why would you not? Serviced apartments are fully furnished, and most have a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer available in the apartment or in a laundry room. And depending on the accommodation, weekly housekeeping, private parking, and gyms are also provided. Naturally, it’s obvious you would want to stay in a serviced apartment. 

After this decision, you start looking for serviced apartment providers or serviced apartments OTA’s (online travel agents) specialised in offering multiple serviced apartments from all over the world. And you realise that booking a serviced accommodation is not the same as booking a hotel room, especially if you’re looking for an extended-stay accommodation. Sounds familiar? Not to worry! In this blog, we explain the process of booking a serviced apartment.

Choosing a platform

You’re on Google, you know in which city you are going to stay and are looking for a provider and overwhelmed by all the options. The first advice we give you is to look at the platforms, check out their services and choose the one that suits you and/or your company best. Some are willing to go the extra mile for you, some are not. Choose wisely!

Then, you’re on your chosen online platform that provides many serviced apartments, you know in which city you need a serviced accommodation and you see that there are different types of serviced apartments on the website. Don’t know the difference? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check this blog out to see the different types of serviced apartments.

Pricing

One of the first things you will realise is that, depending on the platform, not all realtime prices are listed as opposed to hotel rooms. One of the reasons for this is that prices vary depending on the duration of stay. The longer you stay the more the nightly rate may reduce. These prices are determined mostly by the accommodation providers/owners and not by the platform. 

Inquiring

If you’re looking for an extended-stay accommodation or the nightly rate isn’t listed, you will have to make an inquiry with the dates and your wishes. Some platforms even have extra services or go the extra mile for you, for example arranging to park or getting picked up from the airport, at additional costs of course. 

Availability

What will happen next is a bit of back-and-forth emailing discussing the budget and any extra wishes you may need. The OTA will check for availability with the provider and send you the offer. 

And if there isn’t availability, there are some platforms that go the extra mile and look for some alternatives for you and send you some offers. Awesome, right? However, this is only with OTA’s and other relocation services. Serviced apartment suppliers or owners only have access to there own properties, while OTA’s have an array of options from multiple suppliers. 

 

Offer

These platforms are able to provide you with a list of a few properties that you could choose from based on your wishes as not all properties available are always online. Also booking properties via OTA’s is often less expensive than via other booking platforms that already have listed a price on the website or directly from the property owner. And if you don’t know in which accommodation you would like to stay, but you do know near which address you need to be, you can inquiry to a serviced apartment OTA, and they will search for you and send you some offers, even though they don’t have them listed. That’s the extra mile you need!

Payment

After selecting the offer you want, payment is usually done in advanced and goes via bank transfers. The reason for this is because companies and clients are not comfortable paying thousands of money just online. 

 

If you’re having trouble finding the right platform for you, then look no further!

 

Short Stay Citizens is a booking platform for serviced apartments that go the extra mile for you. Short Stay Citizens has a portfolio with over 50.000 serviced apartments available worldwide from professionally managed providers. However, you won’t be able to find all of them online. One of the reasons is that we encourage people to send an enquiry with their specific needs and wishes. Because we like to be able to provide that personal touch, that we like to think that is what distinguishes us from the rest. 

In order to book an apartment, you could send a request for an apartment that is on the website. You will get the availability, price and more details back within a working day. 

The other option is requesting an apartment that is not on the website but could be in the portfolio. If you don’t know what and where you would like to stay you can send a request stating the city and country, date, your wishes and extra services that you might need. Or ask for any serviced apartment in the vicinity of your work address. Short Stay Citizens will go on the hunt for you and get back to you within a maximum of two working days with at least 2 to 5 options that are catered to your needs. You can choose one of those options or request more options. You could also ask for help finding a rental car, taxi, restaurants etcetera.

For more information on Short Stay Citizens and booking a serviced apartment check out the website and other blogs

By Naziha Bentouhami