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What Is Included in a Serviced Apartment?

Published on March 4, 2024 by Howard Head

Serviced apartments offer a fantastic alternative to traditional hotels, combining the comforts of home with personalised services. They provide more space, privacy, and the independence to follow your own rhythm while exploring a city or travelling for business.

Luxury serviced apartments elevate this experience further, ensuring premium furnishings, attentive services, and the opportunity to enjoy a true home-away-from-home. Here, we guide you through the standard inclusions you can expect to find in most serviced apartments. These elements are designed to make your stay comfortable, convenient, and independent.


Core Inclusions

When settling into a serviced apartment, you’ll typically find the following core furnishings and features:

  • Fully Equipped Kitchen: Most serviced apartments feature a kitchen equipped with the essentials and then some:
  • Refrigerator and freezer
  • Oven and stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Cooking utensils, crockery, and cutlery
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Comfortable Beds & Cosy Furniture: Quality sleep is guaranteed, thanks to comfortable beds with fresh linens. Expect to find a mix of sofas, armchairs, or other soft seating in the living space, designed for lounging and relaxation.
  • Furnished Living Area and Dining Space: Serviced apartments include areas to unwind and socialise. Depending on the size, this might be a comfortable lounge or a combined living/dining space with a table and chairs to enjoy meals.
  • Washer and Dryer: While not universal, many serviced apartments offer in-unit laundry facilities which makes extended stays much more convenient. Do confirm availability in advance if this is a priority for you.

These core inclusions form the base level of comfort and convenience you’d expect when booking a serviced apartment. With your kitchen, living space, and private sleeping quarters, it’s easy to settle in and make the apartment your own during your stay.

Services That Create a Hotel-Like Experience

While the space and self-catering are major benefits of serviced apartments, they also often include services that make your stay feel akin to a hotel experience. Typical inclusions are:

  • Housekeeping (frequency can vary): Serviced apartments usually include regular housekeeping services to keep your space tidy. Check with the specific property for details on frequency (daily, weekly, etc.).
  • Linen and Towel Change: Fresh linens and towels are a staple. The replacement schedule generally coincides with housekeeping visits.
  • Bathroom Essentials: Expect bathroom basics like soaps, shampoo, and other toiletries to be provided.
  • Concierge Services (may offer a range of assistance): Many serviced apartments provide a concierge who can aid with reservations, recommendations, transportation arrangements, and general queries about the area.
  • Superfast WiFi: High-speed internet is a necessity for work or leisure. Serviced apartments usually provide reliable WiFi connections.

The Luxury Difference

Luxury serviced apartments take these comfortable basics and elevate them considerably. Here’s where things truly feel exceptional:

  • Enhanced Features and Service Quality: In a luxury setting, the quality of furnishings, linens, and appliances will be of a higher standard. Housekeeping services may occur with greater frequency or be more personalised.
  • Potential Premium Additions: Depending on the specific property, luxurious serviced apartments may also include room service for in-apartment dining, dedicated parking options and enhanced security or additional building services.

The exact set of amenities and services within the “luxury” category can vary slightly. That said, you can expect meticulous attention to detail, premium comforts, and personalised attention that goes above and beyond what standard serviced apartments provide.

How Serviced Apartments Compare to Hotels

When deciding between a serviced apartment and a traditional hotel, there are some key distinctions to consider:

  • Increased Space and Privacy: Serviced apartments win hands down in the space department. With separate living, sleeping, and often dining areas, you have the luxury of spreading out and creating your own private sanctuary. This contrasts with a single, typically more compact hotel room.
  • Having Cooking Facilities: The in-apartment kitchen is a real boon, especially for longer stays or anyone who needs to cater to dietary restrictions. Not only does it make preparing your own meals more convenient, but it can also result in substantial cost savings compared to relying on restaurants or room service every day.
  • Potential Differences in Services Available: Hotels are usually known for their more extensive on-site service offerings, which may include daily housekeeping, room service, gyms, restaurants, bars, or even spas. While serviced apartments often provide housekeeping and concierge assistance, the range and frequency of services can vary more widely.

Serviced apartments offer a fantastic blend of privacy, independence, and home-like comforts. From the quality of furnishings to personalised services, you can expect a focus on luxurious comforts that truly rival top-tier hotels.

Choose Luxury Serviced Apartments

If you’re seeking a stylish, spacious, and comfortable base for your next London visit, Luxury Serviced Apartments is ready to help you discover the perfect place. Contact us today on +44 (0) 203 790 7766 to learn more and explore our impressive selection.

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