One of the biggest questions during a home renovation is where to stay during the construction. Some people choose monthly hotel rentals while others pick serviced apartments. With all these options out there, the chances are that you may start getting a little overwhelmed with the wealth of information and still don’t know which option is better for you. With that in mind, we have done the legwork for you and compare the five most important factors in this article to help you make the decision that best serves your needs!
Hotel Rentals VS Serviced Apartments | Rental Fee
First and foremost, the rental fee is definitely one of the key factors when deciding between a hotel and a serviced apartment. When it comes to the size to rental fee ratio, serviced apartments tend to have a better deal than most hotel rentals. If you are thinking of staying longer than a month, you are likely to get a more attractive deal from serviced apartments. Hotel rentals, on the other hands, are generally fixed on fees, regardless of the length of your stay, which is less flexible than serviced apartments in that respect. The fees of hotel rentals are also likely influenced by seasonal factors; for example, rental fees will be higher during a tourist season. That said, hotel rentals include all the utility fees which you might be asked to pay on top of the rental fees when opting for serviced apartments. It is, thus, important for you to double-check whether utility fees are included in the rentals when deciding to rent serviced apartments during a home renovation.
Hotel Rentals VS Serviced Apartments | Room Size
Serviced apartments are like regular apartments. Apart from a separate bedroom and bathroom, you may also find a living room, kitchen, study room and even spaces for your pets. Compared to hotels, serviced apartments tend to provide a more spacious living area. In general, serviced apartments are 30% larger than hotel rooms, which is ideal for families. Hotels are generally smaller in size with limited spaces for moving around and storage.
Hotel Rentals VS Serviced Apartments | Cleaning Services
Generally speaking, hotels provide daily room cleaning services as long as the guest presses a button or hangs the “Please Make Up Room” sign outside of the room. Cleaning services typically include taking out rubbish, dusting and vacuuming up the floor, changing bedsheets and refilling clean towels and toiletries, making sure that the room is kept neat and clean, and that all supplies are well-stocked. On the contrary, serviced apartments might not be providing such thorough cleaning services, which are generally charged on top of the rental fee upon request.
Hotel Rentals VS Serviced Apartments | Facilities
Hotels and serviced apartments also provide different facilities. As mentioned above, serviced apartments are just like regular apartments, offering all the comforts and necessities of home including a fully equipped kitchen, washing and drying machine, TV and Wi-Fi, to make guests feel like home. You could cook your favourite dishes and do your laundry at any time, just as you would at home. Contrarily, given the small size of a hotel room, in-room facilities can be limited. Apart from the mini-fridge, kettle and coffee machine, generally, you would not be able to cook or do your laundry in the room. Guests will have to eat in the hotel’s restaurants or dine out. Besides, if you need laundry services, some hotels provide shared washing and drying machines, but you are likely to be charged for such services.
Hotel Rentals VS Serviced Apartments | Safety
In Hong Kong, the safety of hotels and guesthouses is monitored under the Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance which mandates the title deed, design or facilities of the property to comply with the Buildings Ordinance and Fire Safety Ordinance. But related laws have yet to clearly define requirements for Hotels or Serviced Apartments, nor is the regulation clear enough to eliminate potential safety risks. Regardless of hotels or serviced apartments, it is always essential to pay extra attention to the safety measures on the property, including the presence of a security guard, an anti-theft and fire protection system, a clear evacuation route and signs of emergency exit.
Mini Storage Rentals
Whether you choose to stay in a hotel or a serviced apartment during your home renovation, the actual spaces you could use for storage are in fact, quite limited. You will also need more spaces to store furniture and other things. Conveniently located across HK Island and the New Territories, The Store House offers a vast range of storage units in different sizes at an attractive price to fit your storage needs. Our facilities boast 24/7 CCTV surveillance systems, providing you a safe and secure storage solution during a home renovation.