Serviced Apartment vs Hotel Room

Accommodation can often be one of the most expensive parts of any City Break.  With the growing trend of budget airlines and cheap flight tickets, we can now get our hands on great value air fares however, we end up having to pay over the odds for accommodation.  This results in a short City Break costing almost as much as week-long Beach Holiday!  Choosing a Serviced Apartment as opposed to a Hotel room will ensure that you receive a more economical and comfortable ‘home away from home’ experience.  Although Hotel rooms are great for short visits, where cooking your own meals is not relevant, Serviced Apartments can offer the opportunity to fully settle in to your accommodation for the full length of your stay and moreover, feel totally at home in your surroundings.

Holiday Maker

If you want to make your City Break more affordable, choosing a Serviced Apartment may be the way to go.  With your own individual apartment, you have the freedom to use the kitchen facilities to keep eating-out costs to a minimum.  Most Serviced Apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen so you can make your meals in house.  Furthermore, most Serviced Apartments include laundry facilities within the accommodation.  Again, this saves time and money with regards to laundry fees which are often attached as extras in traditional Hotels.

Family Travel

If you are travelling with children, you will understand the difficulties that this may present.  Bedtime can be particularly taxing in a hotel room when everyone is sleeping in the same room.  With a Serviced Apartment however, the children have their own separate bedroom and you can relax without worry of waking them up.  Furthermore, Serviced accommodation offers more space for your family to really enjoy the time away from home.  With an abundance of closet and living space, the whole family can feel comfortable in their holiday apartment.

Corporate Travelers

Large businesses are more often finding that employees are more productive when staying in Serviced Accommodation as opposed to a Hotel room.  Serviced accommodation not only offers more space and comfort than a hotel room, but it also provides employees with a ‘home away from home’.  Instead of having to eat, sleep and work in the one small space, a Serviced Apartment offers the business traveller an entire apartment for their short (or long) stay in the City.  A perfect way to ensure employees are happy and productive on their business trip!

Cost Conscious

It is often less expensive to stay for a week in Serviced accommodation than it is to stay in a Hotel.  This is particularly the case with bigger families where Hotels traditionally charge a ‘per person rate’.  The reason why Serviced Apartments can keep their costs lower is down to factors such as no bar/restaurant/room service costs.  This means that the cost of Serviced accommodation is reduced significantly compared to Hotel stays.   The cost of eating out whilst visiting a City is reduced in a Serviced Apartment by having access to a fully equipped kitchen to make your own meals.  Having the flexibility to use the apartment’s laundry facilities reduces the cost of laundry fees which are also found within standard Hotel charges.

Location Location Location

It’s not just Hotels that have the prime location spots within each major City.  Serviced Apartments also adopt a premier standpoint within the City’s epicentre.  Location is often one of the deciding factors when booking accommodation so proximity to the City Centre is key.  With a Serviced Apartment, you won’t be far away to come home and relax after a day of exploring the new City.

In summary, Serviced Apartments have much more to offer than your standard Hotel Room:

  • Space (a full apartment as opposed to a single room)
  • Privacy (you can lock your front door and have the whole apartment to yourself)
  • Flexibility to make the stay more personal to you and your requirements.
  • Cost efficiency (particularly when booking for an extended period)

If you or your employees are looking for accommodation in Glasgow, please contact us directly.  Our team will be happy to provide you with more information on our fantastic range of Serviced Apartments.

Glasgow City Flats
Tel: 0141 226 3534

Frequently Asked Questions

Guests often have many questions when choosing a Serviced Apartment for their visit to the City.  This article should hopefully encapsulate all of the most common questions and allow you to make a more informed choice when deciding on accommodation in Glasgow, and in particular, with Glasgow City Flats.  If you have any further questions, please contact us directly using the details at the bottom of this page.  We hope you have an enjoyable stay in bonnie Glasgow.

 1) Can I arrange for a late check-out?

Yes! Our normal check-out time is 10:30am however, if you wish to take the morning easy and check-out at 12pm, we can arrange this for an additional cost of £20. Please let us know as early as possible though so that we can inform the cleaners of your requirements and arrange for them to come to your apartment a little later.

2) Is there any place that I can leave my luggage if required?

Guests are welcome to leave luggage at our office during opening hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) if they arrive before normal check-in or if they have a later flight or train. Please contact our office for more information and to arrange this.

3) I’m arriving out of office hours – how do I arrange to collect my keys?

It is important that you communicate your arrival times with us as soon as possible. A representative will meet you at the apartment entrance at a pre-arranged time.  Normal check-in is between 2:30pm and 8pm and any check-ins after this time incur a late check-in fee of £20 (for arrivals between 8pm and 10pm) and £30 (between 10pm and midnight).

4) Do the apartments come with parking facilities?

Most of our apartments come with one private car parking space which you can add to your booking for an additional cost of £7 per night. Upon arrival we will show you exactly where the car parking space is and how to access the car park.  If your apartment does not come with a private parking space, we can provide you with discounted parking vouchers for a nearby multi-storey car park for you to use for the duration of your stay.

5) Can I smoke inside the apartment?

You are NOT allowed to smoke inside any of our apartments or buildings. If guests are found to be smoking inside the apartment, a cleaning fee of £100 will be applied to your reservation and you will be asked to vacate.

6) Are pets permitted inside the apartments?

We do NOT allow pets inside any of our apartments.

7) Do you accommodate Hen/Stag parties?

We do NOT accommodate or allow any hen/stag parties or events of any nature inside our apartments.

8) Do we have to pay for gas/electricity/utilities/Wi-Fi?

No! All of these costs are included within the price of the rental.  All that we ask is that guests are conservative in the use of electricity inside the apartment and that all lights and heating are turned off when not in use.  Wi-Fi is also included within the cost of the rental and connection details are found inside the apartment.

9) How often will my apartment be serviced by your cleaners?

We provide a weekly cleaning service to guests who are staying for a period of longer than 8 nights. Included in the weekly cleaning service is a light clean of the apartment, replenishment of small toiletries and a change of bed linen and towels.  Please contact us in advance if you have any access restrictions.

10) Can you clarify the sizes of UK beds?

Beds in the UK are sized differently to those in various other locations around the world. Our standard UK bed sizes are as follows:

  • UK Single Bed – 90cm wide x 190cm long
  • UK Double Bed – 137cm wide x 190cm long
  • UK King Bed – 150cm wide x 195cm long
  • UK SuperKing Bed – 180cm wide 195cm long

11) Are there any recommended restaurants nearby to the apartments?

Although all of our apartments are located in different residential buildings around the City Centre, they are all exceptionally close to a plethora of amazing restaurants. No matter where you are in the City Centre, you are just a short walk away from an amazing eating experience.  From Italian (La Vita) to Mexican (Topolabamba) to Chinese (Lychee), Glasgow offers an international variety, suitable for everyone’s taste.

12) Where can I try Haggis in Glasgow?

Café Gandolfi is known for its first class Scottish cuisine and Haggis is a signature dish on the Classic’s Menu.  Set amongst the elegant streets and stylish buildings of the Merchant City, Café Gandolfi is definitely worth a visit for those wishing to taste the infamous Scottish dish in the heart of the City.

13) Can I travel to Edinburgh easily from the apartments?

All of our apartments are located within walking distance to public transport options which can connect you to the Capital in as little as 40 minutes. From Queen Street Station, there are trains to Edinburgh every 15 minutes.  Alternatively, you can take a bus from Buchanan Bus Station which will take you to the Capital in around 1 hour.

14) How far is the airport from the City Centre?

Glasgow International Airport is around a 20 minute drive away from the City Centre however, we often advise guests arriving on international flights that it will take around 1.5 hours to deplane, clear customs, collect luggage and wait on a taxi to the City Centre.

15) Can you recommend tour operators for us to see some more of the City?

We offer a 10% discount on all Rabbie’s Tours departing from Glasgow to our in house guests. This is an incredible chance to see the best that Scotland has to offer and each trip comes with a driver-guide who knows the stories, sights and secrets of the area you’re visiting.  Contact us for more information on how to avail the above discount.

16) Will we be located close to the shopping district in Glasgow?

Buchanan Street (Glasgow’s Style Mile) is located in the middle of Glasgow City Centre and offers a paradise to shopaholics catering for all tastes and budgets. Here you will find leading individual stores as well as shopping centres and premier department stores such as Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Quarter, Princes Square and many more.  All of our apartments are located within walking distance of this district.

17) Do you offer a discount for returning guests?

Yes! If you are a returning customer, please email us to to let us know of your requirements and we will provide you with the best available rate for your upcoming stay.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Glasgow City Flats
Tel: 0141 226 3534

Property Management – Glasgow City Flats

If you are a property owner or are looking to purchase a property in Glasgow then Glasgow City Flats may be the right Property Management Agent for you. We offer property owners a complete Property Management service, assuming responsibility for looking after your property and managing your bookings. Properties should be furnished to a high standard and situated within desirable locations for both tourists and business travellers.

Included within our Property Management service fees are the following:

1) Freshly laundered bed linen and towels

Fresh bed linen and towels are provided for all new arriving guests.  These items are also changed over during a stay of 8 nights or longer during our weekly cleaning service.

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2) Cleaning costs

We use external cleaning companies to clean the apartments for our guests arriving and also to service the apartments weekly during a longer stay.

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3) Key handover

We meet every guest who arrives to stay with us in order to provide them with keys personally.

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4) Emergency out-of-hours support for guests

We are on call for any guest support before, during and after their stay.

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5) Handling any required maintenance

We try to deal with any maintenance issues in-house before allocating an external contractor.

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6) Guest toiletries and basic under kitchen sink essentials

We use Scottish Fine Soaps for our guest’s luxury toiletries which we believe really enhances their overall experience.

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7) Marketing your property via our Website, Social Media & other Agents

We work tirelessly to ensure that we are visible on all relevant websites to ensure that your property is receiving maximum exposure for bookings.

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If you are interested in joining us then please drop us an email or call us to discuss your needs further.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Glasgow City Flats
Tel: 0141 226 3534

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