What is a Serviced Apartment?


Corporate housing. Short-term rentals. Temporary furnished housing. Furnished apartments. Serviced apartments. With so many different terms to describe this form of housing—particularly in different parts of the world—it can be difficult to find introductory information on the topic. Fortunately, while serviced apartments go by many different names, the benefits and services remain the same across the globe.

In Europe and the United States

Particularly in Europe, the term “serviced apartments” is often used to describe what is more commonly called “corporate housing” in the United States. Like corporate housing, serviced apartments offer guests a full-service solution with all the amenities they need to be comfortable living away from home on a temporary basis (usually 30 days or more). Furthermore, there are key differences between hotels and serviced apartments.

Main differences between hotels and serviced apartments

Serviced apartments are generally much larger than hotel rooms—and unlike hotel rooms, these special residences are much more than a bed and a bath, truly offering the benefits of full-sized furnished apartments. And just as you’d predict from their name, serviced apartments also offer guests a wide range of services. In addition to amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen, housewares and electronics, serviced apartments include housekeeping, guest service, utilities and WiFi.

A home away from home

In short, serviced apartments allow you to experience the same types of comforts and conveniences that you have at home but without the hassle, which is a key difference between a regular apartment and a serviced apartment. They can thus offer the perfect short-term solution during relocation, home renovations, extended medical stays or even vacations when you need some extra room and want to have everything you need at your fingertips. What’s more, serviced apartments can offer significant cost savings over hotels as well. Furnished Quarters, for example, offers serviced apartments with rates that average 30 to 50 percent less than typical hotels. Additional savings come into play because guests at serviced apartments can opt to cook food in their own kitchen rather than having to eat out for every meal.

Serving domestic and international travelers

Furnished Quarters can fulfill the needs of both domestic and international visitors who need serviced apartments. We offer stylishly designed and fully equipped temporary furnished apartments nationally and globally, with access to over 100,000 apartments worldwide. Many of them are located in the heart of key cities and neighborhoods, within walking distance of world-class shopping, restaurants, entertainment, business and transportation hubs.