For stays of a day, a week, a month or a year, serviced apartments (also known in the sector as Aparthotels, corporate housing or extended stay housing) offer a spacious, flexible and cost effective alternative to restrictive hotel rooms, with an average saving of 15 - 30% on an equivalent standard hotel.    more

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June 8, 2015

Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report (GSAIR) 2015-16: Now available by Bard Vos

The 5th edition of the GSAIR was published during the Business Travel Show in London in February. It is the largest and most comprehensive report to date, and contributions have been made by more than 40 global industry experts. The report can be read online here. Alternatively a complimentary hard copy or a PDF version of the report can be requested by sending an email to GSAIR@apartmentservice.com 


November 20, 2012

My Business Trip to Warsaw by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

During the month of October, I went on a Business Trip to the amazing Capital of Poland- Warsaw. Warsaw is the largest city of Poland and it has nearly 3 million residents. Warsaw is one of the fastest developing cities in The European Union and its financial centre hosts the headquarters of many banks and companies, and this offers great business opportunities. The city had to be rebuilt after being extensively damaged during the World War II but nowadays, there is a big industrial potential and an interesting telecommunication infrastructure.

I have had the pleasure to stay with Apartments Apart which is a great serviced apartment provider established in Warsaw as well as offering serviced accommodation other key cities destinations in Europe. The apartments are in excellent location and a great quality/ price ratio. I have also had the chance to meet up with other serviced apartments providers such as Intercontinental and extended stay suppliers such as Mamaison. Finally, I have met with a Relocation agent and a Real Estate Network agent. Their local expertise about products and services can help us in case we need to do a CAS (Complete Accommodation Solutions) for an area in demand in which we don’t have partners. At The Apartment Service, we are always listening to your needs so we can provide you innovative accommodation solutions.

Joaquin Cababie
International Corporate Housing Coordinator
The Apartment Service


October 9, 2012

Mel & Sara attend Global Workforce Symposium - ERC in Washington DC (3-5 October) by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

We arrived on Tuesday 2nd October ready to set up shop for the next 3 days at the Worldwide ERC 20132 in Washington DC.

This was a fabulous city to be in and presented an excellent opportunity to meet with colleagues in the relocation industry where The Apartment Service have become well known and to which offers fully serviced temporary accommodation.

 

 

 

Not only do we secure ongoing relationships, we build new ones with the relocation world and other accommodation providers in many other countries who we can work with as an agent and provider.

The ERC always manages to create a great atmosphere for networking and hosts some of the best evening events where the industry can really let their hair down. Not always a good idea with jet lag but it would have been rude not to!

After all the hard work, Friday night saw The Apartment Service, HCR and Coppergate International really excel themselves when we went on a 3 hour Sedgway tour of Washington giving us some memories and laughs we will never forget.

 

 

 

Can’t wait for next year…….

 

Sara Calvo

 

 


June 18, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Javier Serrano - BDE Roomspace Serviced Apartments by Bard Vos

 

 

Hi, my name is Javier Serrano and I am originally from Madrid, Spain. I am graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Honours) Degree in Hospitality & Business Management, and I have recently finished my MBA at the EOI Business School in Madrid. I have gained experience over the last 2 years in Business Development and I have over 9 years experience within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.

 

Back in London I have been working over five years in a four star hotel chain where I learnt, evolved and grown as a staff member and as part of the management team of the company. My last positions were as Guest Relations Manager, Assistant Reception Manager and Catering Manager among others. In addition to my University studies I have also completed different training in Hospitality and Business which have enhanced and improved my managerial skills, including; Time Management & Delegation, Coaching, Recruiting & Selection and Appraisal Skills for operatives.

 

I have also worked for an airlines company at the Madrid airport for over three years where I had the chance to improve my business knowledge in different areas having the opportunity, along with another four supervisors that accompanied me along the research and implementation of the different tasks and processes, to create and consolidate a new department with regards to the Cargo business functions of the company I was working for.

 

I just moved back to London again in February 2012, and three months after I joined the Apartment Service. The atmosphere is great and I look forward to the challenges ahead and the experience and knowledge I will gain from all the team at The Apartment Service. 

 

The opportunity to work abroad and to deal with different cultures and work environments are of great interest in my professional and personal development. 

 

 


June 15, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Lucia Abela - Guest Liaison Executive by Bard Vos

My name is Lucia, some of you already know me from working here before a year ago - I worked for a long time in reservations and then moved over as a Corporate Development Consultant. I then left (stupidly) and have now returned with a vengeance. 

I am now a Guest Liaison Executive and deal with arrival and departure confirmations / anything that Mario needs a hand with and when Mario is not here to deal with any complaints. 

I am very pleased to be back and to see familiar faces and some new ones too! Watch this space!!!

 

Lucia 


June 15, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Marcelo de Souza Marinho - Sales Support by Bard Vos

I am from Brazil. I have worked in the hotel business  since I came to England in 1996. From 2008-2011 I returned to Brazil to Recife, but came back to London last year in May. 

I have a degree in sport and science and enjoy watching and practicing any sport. I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English. I love Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Brazilian food and I have 2 dogs and a cat. I love carnival too and the world cup. Music wise I am very eclectic. 

Marcelo Marinho


February 2, 2012

The Apartment Service leads the research into the global serviced apartments industry by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service in close co-operation with The Travel Intelligence Network (www.the-tin.com)  has published 3 issues of the Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report to date.

The first edition came out in February 2008 and contained an overview of "What is a serviced apartment", Industry views and Expert views. We also started the documentation of the total number of serviced apartments worldwide.

In 2008 the total number of apartments uncovered was 452,051.

The second report was published in February 2010 in the time that the world was in economic recession. The sector remained optimistic about the future and this was also highlighted by an increase in the total number of documented serviced apartments worldwide to 491,465. We also started a regional update, looking at the various global regions, the differences in the markets and how serviced apartments are being operated.

The latest report came out in October 2011 and included again a regional update + views of Industry Experts from across the globe about their views and outlook for the sector. And the total number of documented serviced apartments worldwide increased to 669,744!

The first report is only available still in hard copy. The second and latest report are also available in PDF format. To order your free copy for either or all of the reports, please send an email to Bard Vos.

We welcome your feedback on the content of the reports, which can be left by commenting on this blog post. And of course also any suggestions for future editions, topics to write about, areas to research etc.

We look forward to an engaging conversation,

 

THE APARTMENT SERVICE

 


October 20, 2011

The Apartment Service at the ERC Workforce Symposium in Denver by Bard Vos

ERC Denver Oct 2011 – Attended by Melanie Degand, Director of Sales and Sara Calvo, Sales Manager.

 

After much hilarity and hysteria regarding our visa applications (or lack of) at T5 Heathrow, we finally boarded and were on our way to The Worldwide ERC in Denver, Colorado.

Our exhibition booth attracted many admirers where we showcased our “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth” Serviced Apartment Industry report 2011 written by our very own Charlie McCrow.

 

 

It was great to meet up with industry friends and put names to faces with some of our overseas clients.With our intentions to help the US relocate clients to Europe and the rest of the world as an agent and provider, we forged some great new relationships in the American relocation and mobility market.We intend to bring back a slice of Denver’s excellent customer service which was outstanding and want to extend this to our own clients when helping them to find temporary serviced apartment solutions.

By Sara Calvo

 

 


March 8, 2011

Memories of 1981 by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service was founded in 1981, in a time when people were dressing in an individual fashion with wild hair dos and many colours, tattoos were all rage and British group Bucks Fizz won the Eurovision Song Festival with “Make Your Mind Up”.

But what else happened in 1981 and who are the contemporaries of The Apartment Service? An illustrious bunch and a few names which, like The Apartment Service, have become synonymous with the products they represent. You can´t imagine life without them anymore:

There is Bloomberg, the media company founded by Michael Bloomberg, which provides up to the minute business and financial news.

From the world of sports there is JD Sports, a featured shop in many a high street across the UK for all your sport equipment and attire.

Merely a pipedream in 1981, but nowadays no office can function without them. Computer accessories, such as mice, web cams, USB sticks etc. Yes, also Logitech is turning 30 this year.

And then there are high street favourites such as Jack Wolfskin, Tie Rack and for lovers of film United International Pictures.

1981 was the year that Nintendo became huge and Hard Rock and Heavy Metal ruled the airwaves on the music front.

Movie of the year, according to the Oscar Nominations was “Chariots of Fire” with Nicholas Farrell and Nigel Havers. The film is telling the true story about track athletes from different cultures competing in the 1924 Olympics.

Ronald Reagan, himself a former film actor, became President of the United States and Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch bought the Times and the Sunday Times.

MTV, the music station was first launched in the USA and the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe was caught.

1981 saw the first London Marathon being held with just over 6,500 runners. This year, in its anniversary year, around 40,000 people will run the race. It is one of the top 5 marathons in the world and the largest yearly single fund raising event worldwide.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles got married and housewives and teenage girls favourites Wham! belted out their first song, “Young Guns  Go For It”.

1981 has also produced a number of 30 year olds which have made their marks in various fields, be it musically or on the sport front.

Anna Kournikova, the Russian tennis player with the model looks, who has become more famous off than on the courts.

That old Disney Kids star Britney Spears, who has also had more than her fair share of headlines.

And staying on the tennis front, Wimbledon´s favourite (incidentally also home to The Apartment Service), Roger Federer, who has won the All England Lawn Tennis Championships six times until now and still going strong.

Since music is playing a big part in our 30th Anniversary Celebrations for The Apartment Service we can´t but finish off with some of those timeless favourites of which many have fond memories for a wide variety of reasons:

What about “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes, “Tide is High”, by this epitome of Eighties fashion and music, Blondie and a personal favourite “The Winner Takes It All” by the Swedish Maestros ABBA.

On the “smooch” front there was “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie and “Lady” from Kenny Rogers.

And not to forget The Police, fronted by Sting with “De do do do, de da da da”, a title maybe more suited for the Sixties!

Of course we can go on, but we won´t. Fact is that 1981 has produced some great things, companies and people still going strong today and The Apartment Service is proud to be part of this heritage.

What are your memories of 1981? Where were you at the time? Share it with us and contribute to the legacy of a great vintage!

 


November 26, 2010

Your Home in Madrid by Esther Munoz Tong

As you may know, the Apartment Service has teamed up with a group of relocation experts in Madrid to offer a brand new accommodation solution in the heart of the gastronomic capital of Spain. One of our new business development executive, paid a short visit to Apartamentos Sandoval a few days ago, here are his thoughts:

The Sandoval Apartments were very beautiful and I enjoyed the local vicinity. I stopped at the local Carrefour which was very busy... When I heard a lady exclaim “mañana” and then left the store, I should have taken the hint but I decided to try the Spanish shopping experience. Which I can confirm was worthwhile as I picked up a very nice bottle of Rioja and some great food. It’s the little things in life.

The general area around the apartments was excellent and I can confidently promote the features, advantages and benefits of staying at Sandoval. I did manage to visit Opera, Callao, Sol, Gran Via and the Savilla areas... I loved the atmosphere and how accessible everything is in Madrid, so I’m looking forward to coming back for a longer stay in the future.’   

Enough said. Everyone in the office is currently firing emails to our Managing Director to find out when it’s our turn to “sample” first hand Apartamentos Sandoval in Madrid...

 


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