We absolutely love a holiday apartment, but sometimes a hotel (especially if it has a spa!) is exactly what we need to call home while we’re away. We dip into our personal pros of both accommodation types – hopefully it helps you decide what which to choose for your upcoming trip!
Perfect for groups
When you’re away with the squad, an apartment is ideal – especially when you get more than one bathroom between a group of girls! Additional mirror space and more than one shower means we can all get ready in a timely fashion (lol).
So if your buddy is snoring, chances are there are alternative sleeping arrangements available. Let the church say, amen!
Helps keep spending low
Two words friends; self-catering. If you’ve got your own fully functioning kitchen, you can shop for groceries like a local and make your own breakfasts in the morning and dinners in the evening. Having a giant fridge at your base is also a win for those who love to stock up on water (or other drinks J ) to keep them chilled which is a God send if you’re somewhere warm!
Feels like home
Nothing makes you feel right at home faster than dropping your bags down in a beautifully styled, cozy apartment.
One of the best things about being away is leaving responsibilities behind the greatest of these is laundry – yay! Fresh towels (if required – come through environmental sustainability!) and a squeaky clean bathroom each and every day abound.
Board basis options
Because let’s face it, not having to cook for a few days is a perk! Room only means you’re definitely eating out every day for every meal. Bed and breakfast means you don’t have to go far for that morning coffee and pastry. Half board means not only have you had your morning coffee and pastry, but you’ll also be stuffed with all the carbs available and requisite to energise your day of exploring a new country. And finally, all inclusive you will be enthusiastically fed and watered with all you can eat and drink from morning until night – all you have to do is peel yourself away from the pool side. Woop!
Convenience is when your hotel has a shuttle service, so you don’t have to fuss about working out your journey to and from the airport. Better still is when it’s complimentary! Happiness is when you don’t have to go too far to be entertained because your hotel has its own bar or restaurant, and what comes with that is an amazing opportunity to meet new people. Of course, nothing is stopping you from visiting a neighbouring hotel’s bar or restaurant, too. Additionally, rest and relaxation comes in the form of the stress-busting massage you can squeeze in just after breakfast if your hotel has spa and wellness facilities.
As lovely as staying at boutique serviced apartments or an airy, instagrammable AirBnb is, the standard of service may vary. What if the host is rude or unreliable? How do you cope in an apartment where there isn’t 24 hour reception desk presence? Staying in a hotel with a well-known, household name (think Marriott, W Hotels incidentally also part of the Marriott group, and Hilton) comes with high expectations that are met more often than not and won’t require you to spend too much time diving into TripAdvisor for reviews.
So on your next trip, what will it be – apartment or hotel? Let us know what you decide!