Whether you’re out for business or pleasure, you deserve worry-free travels. It’s pricey enough having to get to where you’re going, stay fed, and make the most out of the time you have—the last thing you need is to run into trouble when booking a hotel.
The hotel scene can be pricey, and often distracts from work or immersion into the local scene. Short-term rental spaces aren’t doing much better, as the industry faces legal challenges from homeowners and city officials around the world. All told, people looking to visit an urban hub for a week or two at a time often find their options limited.
In light of this, there’s a growing preference for extended nightly stays at medium-term listings for rent—a growing preference, we might add, with a very good set of reasons behind them. We’ve compiled three of the most compelling drivers of the shift in preferred format, and our findings are a lot more intuitive than you might think:
Taken from Hotel-R.net
1. Cost Efficiency
While the hotel industry can admittedly be great at providing guests with a taste of luxury and 24-hour service, practical travelers know better than to spend on attendants and amenities.
A week-long trip to San Francisco, for example, will have you leaking money if you choose to go for a hotel stay. Back in 2015, the city had the distinction of having the world's most expensive nightly hotel rates; while we don’t have a clear picture of today's rankings, we can tell you that prices haven't gone down by much since then. In fact, the current average rate for San Francisco hotels plays around the range of $200 to $300 a night.
This is exorbitant compared to extended nightly stay listings in the same area: units are available starting as low as $80 and they average out at around $120 for a fully furnished, single bed, single bath rental space.
The same rule holds in Santa Barbara and Downtown LA, where travelers can enjoy considerable savings on booking their accommodations when choosing extended nightly stay listings over local hotels.
More and more travelers are wisening up and making the distinction between traveling and vacationing. The hotel industry and all its bells and whistles are a great match for people looking to unwind with a vacation, but travelers with a clearly defined set of personal or professional goals are clearly much better off looking for functional spaces for rent.
Taken from blog.digital-trip.com
There’s a big difference between luxury and comfort. As we’ve mentioned, hotels excel at providing upmarket experiences: room service, unbelievably soft bedding, and other hallmarks of opulence. These are great for vacationers looking to hit the off-switch for a couple of nights, but not so much for a traveler with a purpose.
Comfort, on the other hand, is a matter of functionality. A spacious apartment unit for rent provides the level of creature comfort needed for a relaxing night’s sleep without distracting you from the professional or experiential tasks that led you to travel in the first place. They navigate the fine line between homely and unfamiliar: affording a modest sense of security and stability without ever sacrificing that priceless sense of terra incognita that comes with exploring the unknown.
For people on business trips, a rented apartment means never breaking from the routine of self-sustainability that makes for productive work. Pampering can lower productivity and motivation, along with a host of other psychological hindrances to getting a job done.
For those looking to see the world and learn a little about what it means to be a native in places away from home, an apartment setup provides unparalleled immersion. It means living as the locals do: without candy on your pillow whenever you retire after a night out.
Taken from healthytravelblog.com
One final consideration would have to be the amount of space you’d enjoy when choosing an apartment for rent over a hotel suite. Unless you’re willing to shell out a very hefty sum of cash for a deluxe room, you’re likely to be the type to settle for a room that fits your needs (i.e. your bags, and yourself).
We’ve said our piece about the ills of excessive luxury, but staying in a cramped space for weeks at a time while you’re trying to excel or explore is a recipe for disaster in its own right. Psychologists warn about the dangers of cramped living spaces over a long enough period of time. There’s no consensus on how long before crowded living space begins to take a toll on one’s health, but it may not be a risk worth taking given the time and money tied up in your travel plans.
Apartments for rent are typically more spacious than your average hotel room. A week’s stay at a hotel room in the Bay area can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, but you can book a larger rental unit for under half the price.
Living space is one of the few considerations we’d normally encourage spending for, which makes the low cost and high value of rental units a genuine blessing for the world's travelers. A whole lot of elbow room at a fraction of the typical price is no small deal.
If you were to ask us about travel accommodations before the digital revolution, we'd have told you that hotels are the only way to go. Times change, however, and the traditional end of the hospitality industry is finding itself in its own niche: one fit for vacationers of particular means and with a relaxed agenda.
2nd Address is dedicated to providing modern travelers with spacious, comfortable, and affordable spaces for short- and medium-term rent.
When you're given the opportunity to roam, you deserve only the best and most convenient accommodations. The next time you plan to stay out of town for 7 nights or longer, check our listings and see if you don't find as much value in our format as so many others do.