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Short let apartment vs hotel stay: which is right for you?

When you’re staying in London for more than a couple of nights, your accommodation needs may be different depending on your circumstances. On some trips, it would be best to stay in a hotel, and on others when it’d be far better for you to stay in a short let apartment. In this blog, we take a look at the pros and cons between a short let apartment vs hotel, and what will be right for you.

For just a night or two, you’d be happy to stay in a hotel or guest house and eat out. But if you’re going to be away for more than a few days, then the novelty will wear off very quickly. So, if you’re away from home for a prolonged period, whether it’s for work or leisure, you’ll need to think about whether a hotel stay or renting a short let apartment is right for you. 

When is a hotel is the best option?

If you are going away alone for a few days and know you’re going to be very busy the entire time, then a hotel could be the better option. If all you need is a place to sleep and shower because you know you’re going to be busy all day every day – for example, if you’re working at a trade fair or exhibition – then a hotel room may be all you need. You know that when you get back at night, the bed will have been made and the room cleaned, so all you’ll need to do is slip into bed and go to sleep. 

When is a short let apartment is the best option?

Often when people stay in a hotel for more than a few days, they start craving home-cooked food. Restaurant food is great, and not having to do any washing up is even better, but after a while, the richer food begins to sit heavily on your stomach, and you start craving the sort of light and simple food you make at home. Which is when comparing the benefits of a short let apartment vs hotel really is worth while.

If you’re going to have lots of spare time to yourself – such as when you’re simply away working and have the evenings to yourself – only having your hotel room to relax in can become restrictive, maybe even a little claustrophobic. 

Another disadvantage of staying in a hotel for more than a few days is the problem of laundry. Sure the hotel will do it for you, but how much will it charge? And will anything get lost in the process? 

If you’re taking the family away, the chances are you’ll have to book at least two rooms in a hotel. If you have younger children, you’ll need to make sure you get connecting rooms. And, obviously, two rooms are twice as expensive as one! 

So, what to do?

All these issues can easily be fixed by staying in a short let apartment. It will give you a lot more space to relax in than staying in a hotel room. You can prepare your own meals which will work out a lot cheaper than eating out. And you can do your own laundry without it costing an arm and a leg! If you have kids, they’ll have plenty of space to play without disturbing you, and they’ll be able to sit in separate rooms when they’re fed up with each other. All for the price of one hotel room. 

We offer the option of having your apartment serviced by housekeepers for an additional fee. Which will offer a perfect compromise between the space and practicality of a short let apartment and the luxury of having everything done for you.  

If you’re working away from home for a while, then a short let apartment will provide a home away from home. You’ll have somewhere to relax at the end of your day’s work in the same way you would if you were living at home. With fully equipped kitchens, unlimited WiFi, and flat screen TVs, our apartments give you everything you need, including privacy. All for the basic cost of hotel accommodation. 

As you can see a short let apartment vs hotel really does have its unique benefits. If you’re staying in London for seven days or more, we have short let apartments in Watford, Finchley and Elstree, all with their own reserved parking. Enquire now to see what we have available. 


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