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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January 10, 2012

Roomspace Serviced Apartments - reviewed on The Travel Editor by Bard Vos

The well respected travel writer and photographer Robin McKelvie, who writes for many publications including BA High Life, Daily Telegraph and the Scotsman and who also regularly appears on BBC Radio Scotland, recently stayed at our Roomspace Serviced Apartments - River House. His review, which has been published on The Travel Editor, can be read here:




November 9, 2011

The TAS Ladies @ The EMMA´s by Bard Vos

All Glammed Up and....Somewhere to Go!!

Melissa, Mel&Kim, Sara and Oyinda

The Sales Team attended the EMMA’s on Friday 4th November in hope to scoop the Corporate Housing Provider of the Year award. Well done to Go Native and many thanks for the Champers!! We were a little jaded on Saturday morning but no lasting damage! We ate a fantastic spread and it was all going swimmingly until the lovely Shaun Prime from Go Native gave our table a bottle of champagne – which was a fantastic gesture but may have contributed to some pretty enthusiastic dancing from the TAS team! We all caught the 12.13 out of Vauxhall so were quite early considering some of our industry friends propped the bar up until the early hours. (Don’t panic, you remain nameless!)

Sara, Melissa and Kim. Another toast for the camera!! 


By Kim Ashmore and Sara Calvo


October 24, 2011

Publication Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report 2011-12 by Bard Vos

The long awaited Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report has now been published. The hard copy version has been sent out to those who preregistered to receive one and the PDF version will go out shortly. Via our blog we welcome all comments on the report as a whole, or on individual articles and other contributions which will help us with future reports.


October 20, 2011

The Apartment Service exhibits at The Business Travel Conference by Bard Vos

TBTC 17/18 Oct 2011 – Attended by Tess Delve, Business Development Executive and Helen Richardson, Business Development Executive.


Helen and I had a fantastic exhibition we had a great stand set up just as you entered the conference. The workshop and seminars went smoothly and were well attended. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, drink and sweets provided especially Helen and I.


We met lots of superb new (and current) corporate contacts and we got the opportunity to get to know them well at the dinner dance. We formed a new group of leading ladies called the ‘Prosecco Club’ and spent a fun packed few hours eating drinking and dancing. We all regrouped back at our stand for lunch on the second day and made a promise to keep in touch.


The second day was even better than the first as people were really getting into the swing of it. There was a real buzz in the air. Over all we really enjoyed it and we feel it will be very beneficial.

By Tess Delve

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



October 20, 2011

The Apartment Service Go Karting with ITM by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service was represented last week on Thursday (13th October) at a Go Karting Event organised by the Institute for Travel and Meetings (ITM). Although we were tipped as the favourites, we narrowly missed a podium spot. Our team however with Jostein Smeby, Sean Briggs, Oyinda Kasumu and captain Mario Erro (alias the Super Mario Brothers and Sister) had a great evening and "we like to thank the ITM for inviting us."

Sean, Oyinda, Jostein and Mario looking the part!!

October 18, 2011

Welcome to Jostein Smeby - strengthening the Account Development Team by Bard Vos

Jostein has recently joined The Apartment Service as an Account Development Executive.

I’m a 40yr old Norwegian, with a background as a Real Estate Agent, Sales consultant, Team leader, district Manager, Key Account Manager(in Norway) and now I’m a Account Development Executive in TAS. I’m a person who likes challenges, so I should thrive here in TAS. On a personal note, September is a very important month for me, since I then join up with my father and brother and go hunting wild reindeer in the Norwegian mountains. This year I got a really wonderful hunting experience and a pretty big buck....

Welcome Jostein!

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June 1, 2011

The Apartment Service @ the Business Travel Market by Bard Vos

Like last year, The Apartment Service will again be exhibiting at the Business Travel Market, which will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of June in Excel in London. Our company will be represented by Melanie Degand, Muireann King, Tess Smith and Sean Frazer and they look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to our stand, number 345, to discuss temporary accommocation requirements.

To celebrate our 30th anniversary we will also be holding a draw for a complimentary weekend in Apartamentos Sandoval in Madrid.

We will be delighted to welcome you to our stand and if you would like to make an appointment in advance please send us an email, or call Bard Vos on +44-(0)20-89443667

Put the dates in your diary, Wednesday 22nd June and Thursday 23rd June - Excel Exhibition Centre London - Stand 345 / The Apartment Service

We look forward to seeing you there,



April 28, 2011

Help for Heroes - Dress Down Day at The Apartment Service by Bard Vos

As part of our ongoing charity commitment to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, the 22nd April (the day before St. George´s Day) was dedicated to Help For Heroes. The Apartment Service had a dress down day and all staff came to the office in their non-work attire.  

The charity Help For Heroes was founded in 2007 by Bryn and Emma Parry and a group of friends to help those men and women who have been injured in conflicts around the globe since 9/11. The charity benefits the Navy, the Army and the Royal Airforce.

The charity is supported by a host of well known people and HRH Prince William said during the opening of the Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court in June 2010:

"Very occasionally, perhaps once or twice in a generation, something or someone pops up to change the entire landscape. Help 4 Heroes is one such phenomenon. What it has achieved here at Headley Court is, in truth, but the tip of the iceberg."


H4H at a glance:

* It is a young charity, founded in 2007

* We support those wounded in the service of our country since 9/11

* Rely heavily on (largely) volunteer network

* Not political, Not critical. "Just getting on with the job"

* Effective. Raised £89 million in just over three years.


H4H key messages:


  • It's about 'the blokes': those men and women of our Armed Forces who have been wounded in the service of our country since 9/11.
  • H4H provides direct, practical support for our wounded. We fund projects and initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of our wounded heroes.
  • We do not seek to criticise or be political. We just want to help and we work closely with the Army, Navy and RAF to provide support where it is most needed.
  • 'Money in, money out'. We spend all that we get and all our admin costs are covered by selling H4H merchandise through Help for Heroes Trading.
  • It's about doing your bit, no matter how big or small. Every fundraiser is special to us and can make a real difference, so please keep going!


For more information, please visit



Sales Support Staff - Mario Erro enjoys a day of dressing down!

April 15, 2011

Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report 2011-12 by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service, 30 this year, has started the research for the third Global Serviced Apartments Industry Report. The report is due in September 2011 and will look at the development of the serviced apartment sector and what (if any) the influence of the worldwide financial crisis has been on this development. Shortly we will be sending out a survey to around 3000 serviced apartment operators worldwide to get their views and input.

We invite anyone with any input on the subject of worldwide Serviced Apartments to engage in the conversation here. We are looking for input from all sides, i.e. serviced apartment operators, booking agents, corporate clients, travel management companies, human resource departments etc.

The 2010 report can still be accessed here. For further information on the Global Serviced Apartments Reports, to receive the 2009/10 report in PDF and/or to register your interest in a copy of the 2011/12 report, please email Bard Vos. And also, if you are a serviced apartment operator and would like to take part in the survey, but have not received a copy, you can contact me via this email address.

The Serviced Apartments industry is growing in importance and is worth talking about!!!




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