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Serviced Apartments - the Indian Experience

The article gives a n overview of the development of Serviced Apartments in India and makes an interesting comparison between standard hotels and serviced apartments.

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In the last decades of the past century the prototype of the present Serviced Apartments and then known as a Guest House, grew from the need for corporate houses to have private accommodation for their senior staff to be accommodated as they travelled from city to city in the course of their work. Each major business house in India would have a well furnished hired apartment done up in great style reflecting the status and position of the business house with caretaker and cook to serve the travelling corporate executive when he visited that city.

 

Nowadays the term Serviced Apartments is used by both Service Providers and Service Seekers as an alternative to accommodation in hotel rooms for extended stay leisure or business travellers. This product grew quickly in the last two decades when it satisfied the need to economise on costs. The company Guest House became superfluous with the growth of Serviced Apartments.  Further the growth of the organised hospitality industry was not keeping pace with the growth in the economy and the greatly enlarged traffic of commercial travellers.

 

Typically found in urban areas, these apartments offer a no frills approach, often with no restaurants, or room service, and vary in size and standards. Most have en suite bathrooms and kitchenette or pantry. Apartments for the business traveller usually have a working area, a desk and chair, with direct telephone and internet access. Housekeeping provides a twice a week change of linen and towels. Some urban locations also have a small meeting room.

 

The location in a city is the most unique and important feature of a Serviced Apartment. You are able to choose from a multiplicity of choice to suit the position of your working offices and your leisure activities so that lost time in commuting is minimised.

 

A comparison between Hotels and Serviced Apartments is listed below.

 

Comparison of Hotels v/s Service Apartment

 

HOTELS

 

Old Standard

 

Hotels are Costlier

 

Less Space

 

1 Room Space= 200-250 Sq.ft

 

No Living Room

 

No Proper Sitting Place

 

Accommodating Guest for Meeting

 

is not Convenient in the room

 

No Kitchen

 

Heavy Food Bills

 

Same Restaurant Food

 

The Food is cooked in the

 

Restaurant Style ....

 

eg: oily / Spices

 

Home Sick

 

SERVICED APARTMENT

 

New Preferred Choice

 

Save more than 50 to 75% of Hotels

 

2-3 times More Space

 

1 Apartment Space =500 to 650 Sq.ft

 

2 Bedroom Apartment Space=900 to 1200 Sq.ft

 

3 Bedroom Apartment Space=1400 to 2000 Sq.ft

 

Living Room

 

Privacy of Bedroom

 

Proper sitting Place in the Living room

 

Accommodating Guest for Meeting convenient

 

Kitchen available

 

Spices / Oil As per your taste

 

Less Cost Food Bills

 

Multiple Restaurant Food

 

Food is cooked to your taste and served hot and fresh

 

An ambience of a home

 

It is obvious that the Serviced Apartment in many cases scores over the standard Hotel and with the above advantages there is no doubt that the Serviced Apartment is often the preferred choice of the commercial traveller.  To be able to know that one is a frequent guest and therefore one can be anticipated in one’s needs is a great comfort.

A warm welcomeScience Articles, a genuinely honest smile and the feeling of coming back home makes for those grand and fine feelings of being a wanted guest.

And the visitor comes again and again whenever he visits the town

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Chandrashekhar Sastry is a retired Engineering Executive now playing Innkeeper and running premium Serviced Apartments in Bangalore, India.
Widely travelled in India and overseas he brings in extensive managerial and entrepreneurial experience into this medium size business.
Visit  www.login.ind.in  for his website  or email sastry@login.ind.in



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