Why conference delegates prefer serviced apartments to hotel rooms

20 November 2015

When it comes to choosing accommodation for conferences and corporate events, more delegates than ever are choosing to stay in serviced apartments rather than hotels.

An example of this trend in action is the annual conference organised by the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) itself, which has revealed that the majority of its 400 delegates will choose serviced apartments. This is quite a change from the days when UK and international visitors would stay in the nearest 5-star hotel, so why are serviced apartments proving so irresistible?

Price and flexibility

Hotel stays can be extortionately expensive, which can strain both private funds and the company bank account. Compared to the cost of a stay in a hotel, an apartment is fantastic value. Many Bath Holiday Rentals properties, for example, are as luxurious as any 5-star hotel (if not more so) and won’t surprise you with hidden extras. They’re ready to go as soon as you walk in – all for a price that is far more affordable than a hotel stay. This is one of the main reasons why conference delegates, especially those who attend a lot of events all over the world, choose apartments over hotel rooms.

Comfort and privacy

An apartment will always be more of a ‘home from home’ than an impersonal hotel room, with tastefully chosen, personal décor rather than an identical design used throughout a whole hotel chain. After a long day, delegates can enjoy a more comfortable environment and far more privacy, either unwinding in luxurious surroundings or taking the chance to catch up on work, network, make new contacts, socialise and conduct business.

Central location

Many people think that in order to stay in a central location, close to transport links, the venue itself and the city centre, you have to stay in a hotel. However, apartment providers like Bath Holiday Rentals have turned this idea on its head, ensuring that its offering includes properties right in the heart of the city, close to all of the restaurants, shops, bars, transport links and of course, conference venues. You no longer need to turn to a hotel for convenience – the serviced apartment industry is catching up!

Attending a conference in Bath?

Bath is known for many things, from its architecture to its food, but it’s also a conference hotspot. The city has many fantastic and well-used conference venues and corporate events, from the historic Assembly Rooms and majestic Guildhall to the Royal Crescent Hotel, the American Museum and the facilities at Bath Spa University.