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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March 16, 2011

KIVA - Loans That Change Lives by Bard Vos

As part of the 30th Anniversary Year The Apartment Service is committed to participate in Good Causes as suggested by members of staff. I have been supporting KIVA (www.kiva.org) for more than 4 years now.

 

What do they do? KIVA organises and manages loans for entrepreneurs across the globe, money which they normally might not be able to obtain.

 

Be it for someone who needs to buy parts for his car repair shop in Kenya, or someone who wants to open a bakery in Bangladesh, we can help in them achieving their goals.

 

KIVA members can start their participation with a $25 (USD) investment. They can choose in which industry they wish to invest, on which continent, number of repayment months etc. And the good thing is......your money is safe! When the loan term is finished and all the money repaid to the lenders, lenders have the possibility to withdraw their investment or re-invest in another business.

 

Personally, being a member of KIVA makes me feel that I am doing something (how small this may be) in an organised way to the development of small businesses anywhere in the world. And I know where my money is going and I can keep an eye on it, as opposed to "just giving to charity" whereby you often do not know if the money you spend is reaching the right destination.

 

The Apartment Service has created a Lending Team and will in the coming months support global small businesses with loans of $25. To join this lending team and enable us to support more good causes, please click here.

 

For more information, please feel free to email me, bardv@apartment.co.uk

 

Thanks very much,

 

Bard

Marketing Executive - The Apartment Service


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!

 


February 28, 2011

Open Day - Princes House (Brighton) 16th March 2011 by Bard Vos

Please join us in our Brighton Apartments

Princes House, 169 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EA

Morning Coffee and Pastries from 10.30am to 12.00m

or

Buffet Lunch from Noon to 3.00pm

These apartments are in a Grade One Art Deco listed building which has been sympathetically restored. Facilities include dishwasher, washing machine, video entry phone, Maple wood floors, CCTV surveillance. Parking is available in the nearby NCP car. London is accessible by train in just under an hour. 

Brighton cosmopolitan, compact, energetic, unique, fun, lively, historic, young, exotic and free-spirited, it's a city like no other. 

Please RSVP by email to Muireann King at muireannk@apartment.co.uk to confirm your appointment and time.  

The Apartment Service, 5-6 Francis Grove, London, SW19 4DT
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8944 1444   Fax: +44 (0) 20 8944 6744
 

 

 

 

 


February 25, 2010

Online Serviced Apartment Bookings Into Overdrive by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service (TAS) announces that their extensive in-house online booking system has, this month, been made available on the TAS public website via www.apartmentservice.com .

 

The number of serviced apartments available worldwide now totals over 520,000 and that many of these can now be booked in real time at the best available rates.

 

And more and more inventory is being added each week enabling immediate online bookings.

 

TAS has 29 years experience as a booking agent for serviced apartments worldwide for any length of stay and also as a provider of fully furnished corporate serviced apartment accommodation - TAS now offers one of the largest, widest ranging selections of serviced apartments worldwide.

 

Booking a serviced apartment anywhere in the world has never been so easy, time saving and convenient. Just visit our website and search for availability putting in the dates of your stay. You will then receive a selection of properties which are bookable online. When clicking on the property, you will get a choice of best available rates and their booking conditions. Choose which one suits you, complete your details and the booking is made. In an instant you will receive your confirmation.

Feel free to contact us for more information, or why not start booking your serviced apartment accommodation now online on www.apartmentservice.com.


February 24, 2010

GSAIR 2010 Report Conclusions by Bard Vos

Read the full feature here: GSAIR 2010 Report Conclusions

Please leave us a comment and tell us what you think!


December 10, 2009

Apartamentos Sandoval Madrid by Bard Vos

Recently The Apartment Service hosted a journalist from www.thetraveleditor.com for a stay in our new fully furnished and serviced apartments in Madrid, Apartamentos Sandoval. The property consists of 14 fully furnished and equipped one bedroom apartments in the heart of Madrid for stays of one week or more. The review can be read here:

http://bit.ly/e5VyFi

For more information, please feel free to get in touch.

THE APARTMENTSERVICE


September 2, 2009

Global Serviced Apartment Industry Report 20092010 edition by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service is currently researching for the follow up to the first Global Serviced Apartment Industry Report which was published in September 2008. This follow up looks at the global serviced apartment / extended stay sector, divided in the various global regions and with the changed economic climate in mind.

 

Thank you very much for completing the survey.  If you have not completed it yet, you can go back to it here. Please feel free to comment further on anything in the survey. Maybe you wish to expand on the following topics:

 

* What will be the three biggest challenges facing your business in 2010?

or

* If you could change the worldwide serviced apartment sector, what would you do/implement?

 

We look forward to your comments and active participation which hopefully turn into a lively discussion about these relevant and current topics which concern us all.

 

THE APARTMENT SERVICE  

 


July 26, 2009

Review Of Executive Roomspace Cramer House by New York Resident Writer Demetra Pappas by Bard Vos

The journalist Demetra Pappas spent a few days recently in London to write about the city. Her stay was provided by The Apartment Service. Demetra stayed in Executive Roomspace Cramer House in Marylebone and you can read her review of the property in the attached article.

Demetra Pappas review of Cramer House in The New York Resident April 2009.pdf (170.20 kb)


July 24, 2009

Robin McKelvie Reviews Executive Roomspace Howard House by Bard Vos

In November 2007 the well-known travel writer and photographer Robin Mckelvie (www.robinmckelvie.com) stayed in Executive Roomspace Howard House, one of the corporate apartments for stays of 28 nights or more, as offered by The Apartment Service. The review of his stay is attached.

Robin McKelvie reviews Executive Roomspace Howard House.pdf (1.87 mb)


July 22, 2009

Serviced Apartments In London Do Offer Value For Money by Bard Vos

A few months ago The Apartment Service was approached by the well known travel writer and photographer Robin McKelvie (www.robinmckelvie.com) for serviced apartment accommodation in London. Fortunately we could provide him with one of our most popular apartments, Executive Roomspace Cramer House in Marylebone, where he spent the night with his family. His review of his stay in our apartments is attached.

 

Robin McKelvie Reviews Serviced Apartment.pdf (510.31 kb)


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