FAQs About Staying in a Serviced Apartment
If you are visiting a place for an extended period of time, you may want to consider staying in a serviced apartment rather than a hotel. Serviced apartments are basically larger, apartment-sized dwellings that are serviced like hotel rooms are. Cleaners generally come clean the space every day or every few days, and there are generally shared amenities, such as a community pool and concierge. Staying in a serviced apartment can be an excellent choice, but if this will be your first time doing so, you may have a few questions beforehand.
How long can you rent a serviced apartment?
This varies from community to community, but it is common for communities to require that you rent a serviced apartment for at least a month. This is what these apartments are set up for — longer, but temporary stays. Most communities are flexible with the length of stay after one month. For example, you can generally rent for one month plus an additional week, or for two months.
Some people do stay in serviced apartments for 3 or 6 months. However, if you're staying for much longer than this, it's often more affordable and realistic to rent a "normal" apartment from a landlord.
What do serviced apartments include?
Most serviced apartments are equipped with everything you need to live comfortably, except for your clothing, hygiene items, and food. They come furnished. And they also tend to include cooking utensils, pots and pans, and bedding. Most serviced apartments not only come with towels; the towels are washed and replaced for you every day. Pack for staying at a serviced apartment as if you were staying in a hotel.
Do you have to pay a security deposit?
This varies from community to community. At some serviced apartments, you simply pay "rent," and this rent accounts for any expenses the community manager may encounter because of your stay. At other apartments, you pay a separate security deposit when you check in. As long as you do not damage the apartment, you'll get that deposit back when you check out. The amount of the deposit may depend on your length of stay since guests who stay longer are more likely to cause damage.
Hopefully, the information above will help you choose and book a serviced apartment. If you have any additional questions, reach out to the apartment community where you're thinking of staying. They can give you more specific information related to their policies.