The difference between professionally managed serviced apartments, privately owned apartments and hotel rooms

As many of you might already know, the serviced apartment industry has boomed in the past years and has almost reached its maturity. Yet, many people still struggle to understand the difference between a professionally managed serviced apartment, a hotel room and a privately owned apartment.

Short Stay Citizens, a serviced apartment platform, has developed in the past years with the sole purpose to supply serviced apartments, studios and suites to corporate travellers.  In order to help you in understanding the distinction between these types of properties, we want to share our expertise about the industry.

 

Professionally managed apartments

Generally speaking, these apartments are privately owned and available for both short and long stays. Its convenience becomes even greater when the apartment is booked for a longer period of time. Usually, they provide the same basic services as hotel rooms but additionally, they offer amenities such as fully equipped kitchens and bathrooms or living and working spaces. These extra amenities combined with a more personal touch and service, provide the perfect solution to corporate travels issues. Contrary to privately owned apartments, serviced apartments guarantee and provide full safety during the reservation process to allow the final user to arrive in a safe, organized and fully functional apartment. The companies providing such service enjoy a partnership with the owners of the apartments and this constitutes a fundamental reason why serviced apartments have become the number one choice for corporate travels.

In conclusion, the professionally managed apartments are those accommodations which make you feel at home even when you are far away.

Privately owned apartments

Privately owned apartments are essentially apartments owned by private individuals who decide to rent out those apartments to people. The main difference, in this case, is that these apartments could be rented out for a period much longer than you would expect from a serviced apartments. Therefore, the difference is in the way the apartment is managed by the owner. These accommodations will still include the basic amenities of an apartment in the majority of the cases, but they will not provide all the amenities and the same level of service as the professionally managed apartments.

Hotel rooms

Perhaps, it is the most common type of accommodation existing so far. Most of the people have stayed in a hotel room at least once and know what kind of services are offered by hotels. Although most of the basic services are similar to the ones offered in serviced apartments, they often lack the sufficient space needed by corporate travellers during their trips. It becomes even more important if the trips are extended to several months. For this reason, hotels are losing their grips and their attractiveness towards corporate travellers and their needs.

Are you planning on visiting London for your next business travel or anywhere else in the world? Contact Short Stay Citizens and reserve your next accommodation with us! We are happy to help you!

 


By Valerio Marinone, Short Stay Citizens

Based on:

Htelapartments.com

Hanureddyresidences.com

Karrathaapartments.com 

 

Global Citizens b.v. internship opportunity in International VAT Structure and Regulations

Global Citizens b.v. is offering an internship opportunity in international tax, International VAT Structure and Regulations position, working for an investment firm that supports and invests in ideas, concepts and businesses, with the objective to fully facilitate the global citizens’ lifestyle. Global Citizens b.v. targets individuals or companies seeking support with matters concerning international migration for work or as a lifestyle. We offer our services to all global citizens, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally.

As an International VAT Structure and Rules intern, you will primarily focus on supporting our international tax team. The job functions generally include working with international VAT regulations and structures, making sure the procedures involving company matters are coherent and compliant. The position is a great opportunity for someone looking to work in a current and global tax business environment and deepen their knowledge of international tax regulations.

Key requirements

  • Fluent or native English language speaker
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Preferably, an HBO or university student of tax law
  • Ability to work independently
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Understanding of international tax regulations
  • Passion for international travel and global citizens’ lifestyle

Additional information

  • Level: Internship
  • Job functions: International VAT Structure and Regulations
  • Duration: 3 to 6 months
  • 20-40 hours per week
  • Our office is based in central Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Please email your applications including a CV and a short cover letter to hr@glctzn.com

http://www.glctzn.com/

 


Tips for keeping your healthy lifestyle routine during business trips

While on business travels, you don’t only have to deal with the hours of commute, flight, and tiredness, but also deal with the fact that all your hard work and dedication for a healthier lifestyle routine can spiral out of control in just a few days travelling, and lets not even think about if you’re working abroad for a few weeks or even months!

Dietary temptations are all around you, whether you’re staying in a hotel or serviced apartment. The convenience of fast food is either available on your phone or just a few minutes walking from your accommodation, especially if you’re staying central.

People can be creatures of habit, and routines promote health and wellness through the structure. Having a routine can improve your health tremendously. Many people who don’t follow a routine suffer from stress, poor sleep, poor eating, poor physical condition, and ineffective use of time.

By now, you’ll most likely already have your daily routine at home and constantly travelling while trying to keep your routine can disrupt your healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to keep your healthy lifestyle routine while your travelling.

Preparation is key

Being prepared before a business trip is of utmost importance! Think about the accommodation and the location. If you’re not booking the accommodation yourself, then let the one who is booking know what your preferences are.

Since you’re probably a busy executive, you don’t have the luxury of time to do extensive research on your accommodation or location, so a quick scan will do just fine. As long as you have enough information to keep your healthy lifestyle on track. Or better yet, let your P.A. do it!

Accommodation and location, location, location!

A selection of healthy restaurants in London

If you’re staying in a hotel, check if they have a restaurant and if they do, make sure they have a variety of healthy options. If the hotel doesn’t offer this or if you’re staying in a serviced apartment, take a look at the surroundings. Are there any restaurants in the neighbourhood? If so, do they serve healthy food? Most of the restaurants do have healthy options nowadays, but if you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you’d want to be sure! A quick search for healthy restaurants in Google in your vicinity, London city centre, for example, will give you a result of something like the picture on the left suggests.

 

If you have access to a fully equipped kitchen, like most serviced apartments offer, and you’re keen on cooking your own food, then check if there are supermarkets in the neighbourhood. And if you are one of those that are trying to keep up with the new and healthy trend of eating organic foods, then make sure that there is an organic supermarket near you.

 

And don’t forget to bring your healthy recipes with you. Preferably quick and easy since you’ll be tired of all those meetings and don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Want to be even more prepared? Pack food containers to eat between meetings. Having a lunch meeting? Don’t hesitate to let your colleagues know your restaurant preferences, or order something healthy. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Your health comes first.

Spacious serviced apartment in Kensington, London offered by Short Stay Citizens

Do you combine your healthy eating with exercises? Then make sure there is a fitness centre in the building or in the neighbourhood. While you’re at it, check if the fitness centres have flexible or daily subscriptions.

No gym around? Not to worry! Nowadays you can find many home exercises online. However, the typical double-bed hotel room won’t quite gives you the space that you’ll probably need. Therefore, a suggestion would be to book something bigger, a suite or a spacious serviced apartment.

Plan

After you’ve done your research and gathered all the information, make a plan that is convenient for you. Like Benjamin Franklin once said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Adapt your routine accordingly to the data you’ve gathered. Don’t forget, to have a backup plan in mind, in case your initial plan didn’t go as planned, which will mostly be the case. An example would be to carry snacks with you if a meeting is running late.

Challenge but doable

Is it a challenge to try to keep a healthy routine when you’re travelling? Yes, of course, it is! However, according to Lisa Drayer, a dietician and author, she suggests that by planning out your trip it will help you stick to your routine as much as possible.

Therefore, try to remember these tips for your next trip:

  • Prepare: Research your accommodation and surroundings for healthy restaurants, supermarkets and fitness centres at your location or in the vicinity.
  • If you do home exercises, book a spacious serviced apartment or hotel suite.
  • Plan: Adapt your routine to your information that you gathered and make a plan for your upcoming trip.

Your health is worth the challenge!


By Ronaly van der Biest, Short Stay Citizens

Based on:

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/healthy-eating-business-traveller/index.html

http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2010/global-trends-in-healthy-eating.html

http://www.nmbreakthroughs.org/daily-health/health-benefits-of-having-a-routine


The latest news in travel and serviced apartment industry

 

The serviced apartments market is already performing well, with expectations of more than 10,000 serviced apartments to be developed between 2017 and 2019. The UK alone is expected to open 2,000 serviced apartments this year. Not only are providers looking to expand across the land, but they now want to venture into space!

The US Hotelier Robert Bigelow, the owner of Budget Suites of America extended stay brand, will launch an ‘inflatable space hotel’ into orbit around the Earth by 2021. It will consist of two 17-meter models that will be linked and provide a capacity double that of the International Space Station. It is estimated that the cost will go into eight figures per passenger. The company mainly focuses on hotel suites in America.

 

The Serviced Apartment Summit Europe 2018, which is the only one of its kind in Europe, will take place at the Park Plaza Victoria, London on July 10th – 11th this year. It includes serviced apartments, extended stay hotels/aparthotels and short-term accommodation sectors. It has been hosted since 2013 and grows rapidly each year. It is stated that more than 350 CEOs and senior level delegates and speakers from all around the world will be present.

 

Looking at trends, in the future smart technologies will be used more and more frequently in homes for easier automation, regulation, comfort and being controlled remotely. There is also a risk that some consumers will prefer face-to-face interaction which could become a trend again if the world becomes too digitalized and people miss a personal touch. People are looking for modular and smaller apartments while maintaining the same facilities. It is possible to include a normal home (full kitchen, living and sleeping space) in under 20 sqm.

With global warming and environmental conditions becoming more extreme all around the world, serviced apartment providers must think about ‘green living’ due to stakeholder pressures. The stakeholder that is influencing the most change is legislation, as breaking the rules results in fines and penalties. And consumer demand for them, as consumers will drive their profits.

By 2020, people will more and more frequently suffer from insomnia. Solutions to this problem are projected to be an 80-billion-dollar industry by 2020. This includes facilities such as smart beds for regulating body temperature, as well as dream machines for monitoring and enhancing sleep. Hotels could take advantage of this by coming up with their own solutions to incorporate into hotels to help visitors with trouble sleeping. Short Stay Citizens accommodations are not equipped yet with the tech for this, but there are some ideal locations for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. These can be in less crowded areas or at high locations to give visitors a sense of awe and looking at the big picture from above everyone else.

Virtual reality can be used for educational, facilitating research and entertainment purposes. Room prototypes can be tested with consumer groups in 3D, and virtual spaces could replace the residents’ lounge.

 

Looking at travel news, something to keep in mind (especially with global warming) are that different airports are equipped differently for dealing with snow. Sweden’s largest airport may have delays or restrict flights to only arrivals, but they have never fully shut down the airport. British airports can shut down for less severe problems, due to problems associated with the weather and not being able to deal with them. These can include clearing snow and ice, low visibility and needing to slow traffic levels to manage airport capacity while maintaining safety. Heathrow regularly runs at its full capacity, so small deviations have large ripples of effects due to little room for flexibility.

 


By Haris Wahid, Short Stay Citizens

Based on:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-truths/why-does-snow-cause-flight-disruption-airports/

http://www.servicedapartmentnews.com/home/news/2018/2/25/extended-stay-veteran-plans-to-launch-space-hotel-in-2021/

http://www.servicedapartmentnews.com/home/blog/2018/2/20/future-trends-in-apartment-living/

http://hub.theasap.org.uk/scottish-hotel-sector-reports-healthy-growth/


Short Stay Citizens co-founder and managing director Oscar van Wel on the idea behind the company

Short Stay Citizens co-founder and managing director Oscar van Wel on the idea behind the company

The co-founder and managing director of Short Stay Citizens B.V. Oscar van Wel talks about the idea behind the company, trends of future business travel, as well as forthcoming plans for the business.


What is the Short Stay Citizens platform? 

Oscar: It’s a platform that offers people who move across the globe an easy way to find a serviced apartment, tailored to personal needs and wants. We offer our services to all corporate business travellers, all global nomads, all people, who appreciate comfort, quality, good experiences, and a personal touch on things. We want to extend the experience beyond just the apartment itself – we care about the complete vibe of our customer’s stay, not just what stays inside the apartment walls.

Why did you decide to build a platform like that?

Oscar: Simply because we figured out that a unified and centralized global booking platform – one with an actual touch of a person – doesn’t really exist. The world of serviced apartments is a very exciting and busy one. You can easily get lost in it. We, as a company, want to be a partner in that world and provide our customers with a high-quality service selection.

The thought behind the product – that is what’s important.

What is the product you offer?

Oscar: In general, our product is a serviced apartment. But it’s much more than that. Imagine, that you’re moving to a new city, on a job mission, and there are tons of things just you don’t know. You don’t know the place, the neighbourhood. You’re not aware of the local services you need to continue with your everyday life, you’re not aware of the places to go out to, events to visit. It doesn’t feel like you’re continuing with your everyday life if that is the situation. It’s not comfortable. You want to have a head start – you want the things you’re used to, the things that suit you because you don’t want to start inventing them every time you end up in a new place or city. You need a helping hand in that – someone who pre-selects all those things for you, maybe gives you advice along the way so you can concentrate on the things that are actually important to you – perhaps it’s your new job, or welcoming your family to your new location, or maybe exploring and experiencing the city. It saves you a lot of time and space in your mind.

Answering your question, the product is actually a service.

How would you describe the person who uses your services?

Oscar: We like to call them global nomads. People, who travel around the globe for work and projects, so their home is anywhere they’re at at the moment. What we strongly believe in is that the whole concept of home is going to be redefined in the near future – in fact, it is already happening. People, their lifestyles, their jobs – everything is becoming progressively mobile. However, with their lives getting more and more busier people are definitely learning not to waste time and energy on issues that can be avoided – they would rather concentrate on their own happiness and comfort. Thus, the concept of living as a service – that is, tailored, comfortable and quality-guaranteed serviced apartments and everything that comes with it – is an up-and-coming perception on the modern living, and it is one that we as a company want to promote.

What do you think, what are your customers looking for?

Oscar: I think they’re looking for comfort, for something familiar. Wherever you are in the world, you still are looking for something you know. The most comfortable thing. A regular hotel room – even if it’s extremely nice – it can be very alienating. An apartment, a studio – it’s still not yours, but at least you have an option to make your eggs how you like them in the morning. Simultaneously, they are busy people, so they are looking for flexibility too. And most importantly – they’re looking for quality and a legal safety guarantee. That’s what separates us from the rest. These big booking platforms – they don’t always know what they’re offering. They just can’t be personally aware and responsible for every single one of their properties. We know all of our properties, and we hand-select them, to make sure that they’re up to our standard. We only work with professional companies to keep a quality and safety standard. It’s vouched for.

What are the future plans for Short Stay Citizens?

Oscar: We have many exciting plans for our company. Expanding and introducing a more comfortable online booking system is our main task right now. For the near future, we think it’s very important also to underline the problem of being alienated in a new city – like a buddy. Call it buddy, call it a host – it’s someone you can call or WhatsApp, for little tips and advice. Maybe you want to find a good Italian restaurant in the neighbourhood, or you’re looking for the closest dry cleaners, or maybe you want to find a bar with a specific crowd. We’re planning to introduce a host service for that – so our customers can get help with these small things. We want to bring back the personal touch in serviced living – introduce a modern version of the concierge, per se. The internet offers thousands of lists for accommodations, services, restaurants, all kinds of tips – you can read tons of testimonials, reviews, and still not know what’s good and what’s not. We believe it’s about making sure, that someone actually thought about what suits you, thought about the quality and comfort. Also, in the further future, we are planning to introduce a so-called subscription for serviced living – for a specific fee, you get a full service for a living, meaning, accommodation, car rent, anything else you might need to make your transfers between cities, adapting, and living as comfortable and easy as possible. One quality standard for all over the world.



Short Stay Citizens congratulates Amsterdam and EMA

Congratulations to Amsterdam for becoming the new home for EMA – European Medicines Agency. It’s a true success for the Netherlands, and for EMA as well – we believe you got your best bid.

As well, we would like to wish best of luck to IN Amsterdam and Rotterdam Expat Centre, The Hague International Centre, and all other Dutch expat centres. We believe you will make all 900 EMA expats and their families feel as welcome and comfortable as possible in their new home!


Read more about how the Netherlands is preparing to welcome EMA here:

Amsterdam gears up to settle 900 EMA staff plus partners and children


Short Stay Citizens is offering a Content Management Internship opportunity (filled)

Short Stay Citizens is offering an internship opportunity for a content management position working on an independent booking platform that offers a selection of professionally-managed serviced apartments available for booking worldwide.  Short Stay Citizens provides accommodation solutions for corporate businesses as well as individual travellers. We offer our services for all global travellers, travelling for a lifestyle or work, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally.

 

As a content management intern, you will primarily focus on supporting our media and sales team. The job functions generally include keeping the content on the website and social media platforms updated and coherent. The position is a great opportunity for someone looking to work in a current and global hospitality business and looking for a break into marketing, social media, content writing and management.

Key requirements

  • Fluent or native English language speaker
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Preferably, an MBO level 4 or HBO student
  • Ability to work independently
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Understanding of social media and quality content
  • Passion for hospitality industry, marketing, and technology

Additional information

  • Level: Internship
  • Job functions: Writing/Editing, Quality Assurance
  • Duration: 3 to 6 months
  • 24-40 hours per week
  • Our office is based in central Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Please email your applications including a CV and a short cover letter to oscar@shortstaycitizens.com

 


Short Stay Citizens is offering a Public Relations internship opportunity (FILLED)

Short Stay Citizens is offering a Public Relations internship opportunity working on an independent booking platform that offers a selection of professionally-managed serviced apartments available for booking worldwide.  Short Stay Citizens provides accommodation solutions for corporate businesses as well as individual travellers. We offer our services for all global travellers, travelling for a lifestyle or work, as well as their families, and companies, involved in businesses globally.

 

As a Public Relation intern, you will primarily focus on supporting our media and sales teams. The job functions generally include executing our PR strategies, communicating and building relations with the press and current or prospective clients, helping in creating and distributing press releases, as well as assisting in various administrative duties. The position is a great opportunity for someone looking to work in the current and global hospitality business and looking for a break into public relations, marketing, social media.

Key requirements

  • Fluent or native English language speaker
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills
  • Preferably, an MBO level 4 or HBO student
  • Ability to work independently
  • Great communication skills
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Understanding of social media and quality content
  • Passion for the PR industry, as well as the hospitality industry, marketing, and technology

Additional information

  • Level: Internship
  • Job functions: Marketing, Public Relations, Writing/Editing
  • Duration: 3 to 6 months
  • 24-40 hours per week
  • Our office is based in central Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Benefits:

The Graduation Internship is unpaid. In turn for a position here, you get lunch, experience, challenge, time to work on your graduation assignment and fun times!

Please email your applications including a CV and a short cover letter to media@shortstaycitizens.com