Last week we attended the Office 2012 Exhibition at London Olympia. The show featured some insightful presentations and talks focussing on the Business Travel market and highlighted some of the current trends affecting corporate bookers, office managers and executive assistants when buy accommodation and travel today.
Traditionally, serviced apartments were the obvious solution for long stays, corporate relocations or temporary placements and secondments, but these days their business centric facilities, cost savings and easily accessible locations make them a perfect solution for corporate short stays and business trips from one night, a few weeks or many months.
Here at Check-in-London, we are well versed with all the requirements of the modern business traveller and place many corporates in London serviced apartments and aparthotels that feature flexbile cancellation terms and a host of convenient facilities catering to the business set.
We take a close look at some of these important amenities that our corporate travellers and bookers consider when they book their stay.
Top Services for London Corporate Travellers:
1. 24 hour reception/concierge
Many serviced apartments have a 24 hour reception or concierge desk and ensure a member of staff is available round the clock to assist with anything guests may need during their stay. They also offer the choice of an Early/Late Check-in (additional charges may apply) and with business trips often scheduled around flight timings, local working hours, individual work commitments etc, flexible check-in times has become an important requirement for most business travellers.
2. Free Wi-Fi
Internet access is such an important aspect of work life and it can be so frustrating to check-in to a hotel and find out that it costs almost half the nightly room rate to use the internet for a day. Serviced apartments, on the contrary, usually offer wireless (sometimes wired) internet access FREE of charge, so guests can easily do work or connect with clients and colleagues via the internet without any hassle.
3. On-site restaurant & bar
On-site restaurants and bars usually come as standard in a hotel and are also available in some hotel-style serviced apartments. For guests who may not have the time or energy after a busy working day to come home and use their fully equipped kitchen facilities, on-site restaurants and bars offer a place to relax while being served a delicious meal or a refreshing cocktail. It also gives guests the option to entertain or have social meetings with clients or colleagues without having to leave the property.
4. Work desks
Many serviced apartments come equipped with fully functional in-residence work desks and can really help an individual be more productive during their stay by giving them the space to focus on work or prepare for meetings and presentations. Usually a work desk will come with stationery, a direct dial telephone, internet connection and power points where guests can comfortably rest or charge their laptop, phones, iPads etc.
5. Car parking
On-site secure car parking facilities are ideal for business travellers who prefer to drive or hire a car during a business trip. Guests can save money on parking costs and save time by avoiding the hassle of searching for parking spaces.
6. Business centres and meeting rooms
A wide range of Hotel style Serviced Apartments or Apart hotels also offer Business Centres and Meeting rooms. Business centres feature services like faxing, photocopying, scanning and office suites whereas meeting rooms come with state-of-the-art equipment, audio-visual presentation technology and conference facilities that present a professional experience perfect for delegates or corporate group bookings.