20 Reasons Why Travellers Are Choosing A Serviced Apartment

The familiar comforts of home paired with the thoughtful services and luxuries of a hotel. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

Think serviced apartments are only for relocating expats? As part of our 20th anniversary this year, we’re sharing 20 reasons why serviced residences are a compelling alternative to hotels and private homes for your next business and leisure trip.

Read our latest Top 20 listicle as we explore the many features of serviced apartments that make this accommodation option an ideal choice. Who knows, you might just learn a thing, or 20!

1. Space that doesn’t cramp your style

Couple in the living area of Fraser Suites Sydney's Two Bedroom Apartment
Fraser Suites Sydney

With a choice of generously sized studios as big as 43 sqm all the way up to three-bedroom residences and even duplex penthouses, being away from home doesn’t mean you’ll need to compromise on your lifestyle.

You’ll be glad to know that serviced residences have units that are usually 15-30% larger than a standard hotel room, so if you’re embarking on a longer trip, you’re less likely to feel the walls closing in on you. For extended stay guests, the added space also makes it a great venue for hosting visiting friends and families.

2. Peace of mind

Travelling to a new place can be daunting at times, but having round-the-clock security and concierge/reception service means you can put your mind at ease, knowing that experts with insider knowledge for everything you might need in the city are available 24/7.

3. Endless rooming possibilities

Mother and children in Fraser Residence Kuala Lumpur's kitchenette
Fraser Residence Kuala Lumpur 

Whether you’re taking the kids for a holiday, travelling with parents or planning a trip with a group of friends, serviced residences make it possible to spend quality time together with loved ones while also having the freedom of retreating to your own room when the day is over.

Dad and Mum can enjoy their own privacy with the assurance that the little ones are just next door, grandparents can stay under the same roof, friends can hang out for as long as desired in communal spaces ideal for late-night conversations… you’ll find there’s an apartment type for every need.

4. More bang for your buck

If you’re staying for many nights at a go, serviced apartments might be a more cost-effective option as opposed to booking multiple hotel rooms, with costs going down the longer you stay and the bigger the group size.

In fact, according to The Apartment Service, serviced apartments can be up to 15-30% cheaper than hotel rooms!

5. Dine in the comforts of home

Dine at home in Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul
Fraser Place Anthill, Istanbul

Be it movie nights or dinner parties, serviced apartments usually come with kitchenettes or kitchens stocked with cookware and tableware that allow you to prepare anything from quick microwavable popcorn to elaborate full-course meals.

Having the option to cook also means greater control over your diet – great news for those who want the choice of eating healthily or simply if you’re craving for a taste of home.

6. Fully furnished beyond the basics

With all the amenities a traveller would come to expect, but only better! Think Malin+Goetz and L’Occitane toiletries, premium Ronnefeldt tea, Nespresso coffee makers and even yoga mats in our apartments.

7. Do your own laundry

Since laundry charges can add up with extended stays, having self-service laundrettes or a washer/dryer in your own home can help you keep costs down while allowing you to pack light. Another perk of having a fully furnished serviced apartment!

8. Even your dog or cat can stay!

Andrea De Cruz with her dog in Fraser Place Robertson Walk Singapore
Fraser Place Robertson Walk, Singapore

Can’t bear to leave any family member behind? Most of our long stay serviced apartments are pet-friendly! Pets are not just welcome in our apartments, but also in public spaces as well as outdoor areas – perfect for those daily evening walks.

9. Locations that bring you close to the action

Unlike private homes that might be situated in residential neighbourhoods, serviced apartments are typically in prime locations close to key business districts or within the city centre, placing you closer to work and play.

This also means you have a wider choice of dining, entertainment and lifestyle options – one less worry whether you’re travelling solo or with your loved ones!

10. One-of-a-kind homes with a storied past

Stay in the heritage building of Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées Paris
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées, Paris

Who says only boutique hotels come with character and history? For a memorable experience, how about staying in an early 1900s heritage building along the romantic Champs-Élysées, a Victorian building dating back to the 1800s or an iconic former tax building in the heart of Hamburg?

11. Enjoy a bespoke, personalised stay

A distinctive feature of serviced apartments is the intuitive service delivered by experienced professionals who are passionate about making you feel at home.

Individual preferences take priority here: Find the pillows too soft for your liking? Let them know you’d like to pick out another one from our extensive menu of pillows ranging in firmness and health properties.

Or want help in preparing a special meal for your loved one? Our staff are more than willing to go the extra mile and their efforts might just surprise you!

12. Wellness at your doorstep

Relax and recharge at Fraser Suites Chengdu's swimming pool
Fraser Suites Chengdu

Not confident about that spa or gym down the street? Or perhaps you only have a small window in between meetings? You don’t need to wander far to take a break: Most of our serviced residences come with a fitness centre, a swimming pool, and sauna and spa facilities so you can effortlessly combine work and play.

Guests staying at any Fraser Suites property also have access to the signature Retreat, a tranquil space with ambient music and soothing scents where you can kick back and recharge in one of the massage chairs.

13. Stay connected – whenever you want

You shouldn’t have to worry about expensive data charges or unstable Internet connection when you’re overseas. That’s why the complimentary Wi-Fi at our serviced residences will come in handy.

In need of a work space urgently? Stylish desktops are available for use at most lobbies. Or if you’d like a quieter environment, make the lounge or business centre your new hideout. Meeting rooms are also available for bookings should you require.

14. Inspired by local art

Local art inspiration at Modena by Fraser Bangkok's lobby
Modena by Fraser Bangkok

Ever woke up in another city and can’t remember where you are? From emerging artists to renowned international talent, our serviced residences feature artworks befitting of their destination. Local culture is also reflected throughout the property whether it’s in the furniture or fittings.

15. Fuss-free dining

Pressed for time? If you don’t feel like whipping up a meal, many of our properties have multiple dining concepts that serve up anything from local favourites to international specialities – some even come with sweeping views of the city to boot!

16. Live local

Explore the city like a local with Fraser Place Binhai Tianjin's bicycles
Fraser Place Binhai, Tianjin

If you’re looking to explore the city like a local, a serviced residence will give you easy access to local staff who are well versed with unique, off-the-beaten-track recommendations.

Not keen to plan a day out yourself? Let our staff show you the best local tours and experiences to try. Or want a different way to experience the city? Try alternative modes of transport such as a tuk-tuk or rent a bicycle from the concierge.

17. Never come home to a mess

With our dedicated team of housekeepers and engineers, you can step out with the peace of mind that you’ll return to a clean and well-functioning space.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the light bulb that needs changing or the air-conditioner that must be repaired, our preventive Fraser Care programme ensures that proactive maintenance checks are carried out so that everything in your home is in tip-top condition.

18. Keep the children entertained

Kids play at a ball pool in Fraser Suites West Bay Doha
Fraser Suites West Bay, Doha

Happy kids, happy parents! At a serviced residence, your little ones will be well taken care of. Our child-friendly facilities such as the kids’ pool, outdoor playground and indoor playroom complete with books, toys and even simulators offer hours of fun for the family. Babysitting services are also available for the tiny tots.

For extended stay guests, the Fraser Kids Club takes play and learning beyond the residence with cultural tours and charity drives. Kids can also look forward to making new friends with our fluffy mascots, Luc and Lucia!

19. Experience community

Being far away from home might take some time to get used to, but joining a new community can make the journey smoother. With regular programmes and outings organised for residents, long stay serviced apartments make it easy for guests to mingle and be part of a support network.

20. Earn as you stay

Don’t let your loyalty go unrecognised – you can be rewarded for choosing a serviced apartment! Members under the Fraser World loyalty programme have the option of enhancing their travel experience by redeeming points for lifestyle rewards or even complimentary stays at other Fraser properties for your next trip.

If you’ve already tried our serviced residences, let us know what you like most about them in the comments below!

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