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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February 9, 2011

The Apartment Service team at the BTMS yesterday - Muireann King and Christian Benoit by Esther Munoz Tong


February 9, 2011

The Apartment Service team at the BTMS yesterday - Kim Ashmore by Esther Munoz Tong


February 7, 2011

The Apartment Service representation at the Corporate Relocation Conference and Exhibition today by Esther Munoz Tong


February 2, 2011

Serviced Accommodation in Bangkok – Seven Place Residences by Esther Munoz Tong

 

Now part of the Apartment Service portfolio; Hotel and Serviced Apartments located in the heart of Bangkok, the largest urban area and the capital city of Thailand.

Evocative of the proud tradition of grand accommodation of a residential place, Seven Place Residences is the finest and most luxurious residence located in the centre of Bangkok. The brainchild of a Thai team formed by architects, interior designers, landscape architects and engineers, these eighteen executive residences -all with a glass enclosed atrium with views of Bangkok City, and outdoor patios.

These luxurious yet cosy suites are decorated with thick oriental rugs, native furnishings and antique crafts offer every facility expected by the discerning traveller. Featuring every amenity and service you can expect, including Meeting Room, Fitness Rooms and a free form outdoor pool where you can enjoy swimming with panoramic views of the city and the green surroundings.

Seven Place Residence is also ideally located with all the amenities such as shopping, tourist information office and a variety of restaurants within walking distance.

More information http://www.apartmentservice.com/search/Thailand/Bangkok/propertyid134517

Send us an enquiry for accommodation at Seven Place Residences - Bangkok http://www.apartmentservice.com/enquiry?pat=10538


January 28, 2011

Easyjet To Establish Lisbon Base by Esther Munoz Tong

The recent announcement that easyJet is making Lisbon one of its European hubs lead us to believe that an imminent larger choice of regional flights to Portugal’s capital city is on the way.

 

The low cost airline currently flies to Lisbon from five British airports, including Edinburgh while their new aircraft base is slated to open in winter 2011. Lisbon will become easyJet's 20th base, its first in Portugal. Already operating nearly 100 weekly flights, and according to November flight-base data, to 16 scheduled destinations. easyJet has established itself as the second largest operator in the Lisbon market, second only to the national airline of Portugal, TAP.

 

Yet another great reason to plan your next visit to this enchanting baroque town and furthermore to stay in our lovely Santos River Apartments located in the heart of Lisbon with more frequency flights and hopefully better value for regional routes within the rest of Europe.

 

Contact our Reservations Team for more information on how to book an apartment in Lisbon T: +44 (0) 20 8944 1444 or simply send us an online enquiry  


January 26, 2011

On January 19th The Apartment Service started with its first open day of 2011... by Admin

 

We started with breakfast at 8:00am in Groveland Court and offered our guests a selection of Almond & All Butter Croissants, Fresh Fruit, Coffee and Orange Juice. At lunchtime we took the event over to Watling Street where we had a tasty selection of Snacks and Sandwiches with more refreshments on hand for our afternoon visitors.

 

During the evening we made our way over to Chancery Lane where our Sterling House properties are situated. Our guests enjoyed some hot drinks and then a wine tasting that made things more interesting. The Apartment Service is finding that our wine tasting events are well received and they allow people to imagine themselves relaxing in the warm surroundings of one of our luxury apartments. All in the middle of the busy City of London!

 

We hope you can join us at the next event send us an e-mail for further details. 

 


January 25, 2011

The Apartment Service at the 2011 Corporate Relocation Conference & Exhibition by Esther Munoz Tong

 

Our Sales Manager Sara Calvo and Account Manager Nancy Mills will be exhibiting at the Corporate Relocation Conference and Exhibition on the 7th February so please feel free to visit us at Hotel Russell, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BE from 10am - 5pm.
  

This one day event, that is in its 14th year, is a must for expatriates of all nationalities, International HR professionals and those advising the expatriate community. There are over 40 exhibitors with products and services that support the expatriate community, and there are also 5 free seminars that you can attend.

 

10.30am Moving with Children — Understanding Third Culture Kids

11.30am — FOCUS on Distinction

12.30pm — Tax Planning Essentials for Expatriates in the UK

1.45pm — Trends and Developments in Global Mobility

2.45pm — The UK Immigration Cap & International Insurance Case Studies

3.45pm — Spoiling the Ship for a Ha'p'orth of Tar (economising on relocation support; an expensive mistake)

Note that you need to pre-register for the seminars as there is limited availability, so if you would like to attend please email helen@theamericanhour.com or call Helen Elliott on 020 8661 0186.

 


January 24, 2011

Many Happy Returns! by Esther Munoz Tong

Happy 30th Birthday Apartment Service

This year, The Apartment Service celebrates 30 years as a specialist agent for fully furnished Serviced Apartments and Corporate Apartments worldwide.         

The Apartment Service was founded in 1981 as a specialist department serving executives on extended stays within Expotel Hotel Reservations and went independent in 1992 offering services to a wider range of clients.

“The company developed from being solely a booking agent for serviced apartments in the early days to becoming a leading provider of corporate accommodation solutions by managing corporate apartments and also offering project accommodation solutions” says Managing Director Charles McCrow. “The latter category really is outside the box for most agents as a specialist network is needed to assist with sourcing options, to provide the hand holding required for familiarization and to negotiate the best terms. The property options that best serve these latter categories are mainly from residential stock which has the ability to meet the budgets companies want and also in the specific locations whilst at the same time providing a more comfortable and spacious environment to live in.”

“Guest services, cleaning, 24 hour assistance and utilities are bundled into one rate and bearing in mind that the average project accommodation procured in this way is for over 6 months, it always results in a happy employee and a happy management at the same time” continues McCrow

The Apartment Service also launched the apartment brand, Roomspace Serviced Apartments (RSA), in locations where there was enough regular demand to sustain these properties permanently. These areas, such as outside London in the Home Counties, the Thames Valley and Midlands, typically had little or no other offerings at the time.  Currently the company operates RSA both in the UK and also in Europe in Portugal and Spain which were added in 2008 and 2009. “We started Roomspace Serviced Apartments in 1996 to provide viable solutions for one month plus and for month by month stays because the requests were there but the product wasn’t. We covered over 40 UK locations by the middle of 2007, but expansion plans however were put on hold when the global financial crisis set in,” says Charles McCrow, “We are now firmly back on track with our growth targets and will have at least two more European countries to add RSA to this year as well as more UK locations. These RSA properties not only help us to focus our activities in the local markets we open in, but they also crystallise and reinforce relationships with our established European network partners, most of whom are longstanding ones, to deliver our accommodation solutions on a bespoke basis. These partners are actively involved and partnering with us to achieve our European RSA expansion plans as well” 

In 2008, the Apartment Service commissioned and produced the first truly Global Serviced Apartment Industry Report (GSAIR) to high industry acclaim and it was updated in 2010. “The first report looked at the questions everyone was asking about the sector, such as what are the different types of product, what size is it, where is it operating and who are the players” says The Apartment Service’s Bard Vos, the main researcher for the report. “Our second report looked more closely at the regional differences and gave updated reports on how the sectors were growing there and shed some light on the effects the financial meltdown was having and comments on the local prospects in view of this.”

The third edition of GSAIR is planned for distribution in early 2012 will cover the many changes that the sector has undergone during the recession. It will also highlight the trends and opportunities in the new economy.

The Apartment Service website has over 525,000 serviced apartments units available online at www.apartmentservice.com which offers online booking capabilities for thousands of serviced apartment locations around the world at the ‘best available’ rates. “We linked our web services into the GDS several years ago in order for companies to access the best available or their own negotiated rates. By utilizing the GDS connection, we got live product availability enabling instant reservation confirmations.” says Melanie Degand, Director of Sales. ”It also means these can be added to any bespoke managed corporate programmes all in one application.”

“Booking most serviced apartments is no different to booking hotels as most are operated by major hotel chains or hospitality focused companies and therefore easily available to agents and travel management companies in their normal systems” adds Charles McCrow. “Where specialist serviced apartment agents really come into their own is with longer term stays and in sourcing solutions outside of the box, not just booking what is in the system. Many agents just do not have the expertise or capacity required to achieve this “

“The Apartment Service is continually looking to develop the services we offer in response to the changing demands of our clients” says Melanie Degand.  “2011 is going to be an exciting year and the company has some big plans over the coming months.”

The Apartment Service was the first winner of the Diamond Buying Business Travel award ‘Best Serviced Apartment Provider’ in 2007

“We look forward to celebrating our 30th birthday with our long standing clients and colleagues this year and The Business Travel & Meetings Show marks the launch of our anniversary year… and we look forward to welcoming you to stand 250 at the BTMS”.


January 19, 2011

Our team at the Hotel Booking Agents Association 11th annual dinner by Esther Munoz Tong


January 13, 2011

Our Sales Team at the Business Travel Show last year... by Esther Munoz Tong


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