Many visitors to London just book into a hotel because it never occurs to them that there could be an alternative – and better – option. That option is to book into one of the many London serviced apartments that are available to let for a few days or even several months.
Serviced apartments are similar to a hotel in some respects, because you have a maid service to make the bed and do the cleaning, so there is no difference there. In quite a lot of the apartments there is a concierge and a security service, which again is the same as a hotel. But then things start to differ. An apartment is just that. So you have a reception room, a separate bedroom, or rooms if there are more than one.
These may have an en-suite bathroom or there may be a shared bathroom depending on the layout. You also have a fully fitted kitchen, and it will usually also include a washing machine and dryer so that you can do your own laundry. This is as a minimum, since there may be more than one reception room. In a hotel you have a room and an en-suite bathroom and that’s it, unless you book a suite which is considerably more expensive. So you have considerably more space in a serviced apartment than you would ever get in a hotel room.
Your apartment is also your own home for the duration of your stay. You can invite guests around for drinks or a meal in the privacy of your home, rather than in the noise and bustle of a hotel restaurant or bar. You could even hold business meetings if you are in London on business, which is very difficult to do in a hotel lounge or bar – again because you have no privacy. You may want to discuss confidential items that you don’t want anyone else to hear about.
You will find that these serviced apartments in London are furnished with very expensive materials and furniture that are the height of luxury. You may have deep leather armchairs or sofas, paintings on the walls, lovely ornaments, footstools, and more. In fact, you will find that there are many things in a luxury apartment in London that you simply wouldn’t have in a hotel room.
One thing that might put some people off is the fact that there is no restaurant, so you have to cook for yourself. But then again, you don’t if you don’t want to. In Central London you are surrounded by restaurants including Michelin-starred ones, so you can choose to eat out if you don’t want to cook.