We’ve all been there. You’re booking a particularly long trip, or you need a temporary home while you’re out of town or waiting on major renovations before you can move back into your own house. You search for hotels, and they typically want you in and out within a week or two.
Why is that? Why do hotels limit how long occupants can stay when it should mean they’re securing a paying customer for longer?
Well, there are a few reasons for that. Luckily, you don’t have to put up with it if you decide to stay in a Bristol serviced apartment.
Hotels Leverage Promotional Deals
Bristol is an extremely popular tourist location, and it garners its fair share of business guests, as well. As such, there are a lot of people to accommodate, and hotels practically fight over each and every guest to make as much profit as possible.
As with anything with a lot of competition involved, that means that hotels are almost forced to use promotional prices and deals to take potential guests from their competition. If not, travelers would simply choose the cheapest option and stick with it while any place with higher costs got left behind financially.
However, the hotels do not want to get all of their guests with steep discounts. If they book themselves entirely with cheap promotional offers for a long period of time, they’ll effectively lose tons of money. They want to get people in and out when promotions are active so they can generate buzz and revenue and compete with the other local options.
When the “off season” starts, they’re typically a bit more open to long-term stays whether there’s a promotion or not. This is because there isn’t as much traffic, and if they can secure a long-term guest, that’s guaranteed revenue. Unfortunately, that “off season” only lasts a couple of months.
That means that, to enjoy a prolonged stay at a hotel, you have to hope it’s the off season when you arrive, and you have to hope that your trip only lasts a month or two. That just won’t do for many people traveling on business or between housing situations.
Serviced Apartments are Far More Flexible
Serviced apartments don’t have that problem. Instead of trying to get you in and out as quick as possible, serviced apartment managers don’t mind if you stay for a few nights or even more than a year. There is a limit, because obviously you can’t circumvent rental laws by staying permanently, but you can stay much longer.
There just isn’t as much competition in the serviced apartment world, and it’s far more sustainable to let guests stay for as long as they need. That is assuming they can pay, though.
This makes serviced apartments a far more attractive option if you’re on a business trip, need somewhere to stay while your home is renovated, are traveling for school, or otherwise need a temporary home for longer than a hotel will allow. Not to mention, it’s a lot more comfortable.