Commuter Serviced Apartments
Commuter apartments are a new cost-cutting trend in the serviced apartment market. They stand out as having easy commuting access into major cities, yet being much cheaper per night than city centre serviced apartments. The phenomenon started, not surprisingly, in the South East, but is now spreading throughout the UK.
Serviced apartments can be much cheaper than hotels. Most are “all-inclusive” with a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, free Wi-Fi, digital TV, high quality fixtures and fittings, and a weekly maid service and linen change. A “home away from home”, there’s no laundry bills, and no costly restaurant bills.
Looking at the south-east first, the normal minimum market rate for a “corporate standard” serviced apartment in Central London is £199 plus VAT per night, often rising to £295 plus VAT per night during the peak summer season. In the north-west, Central Manchester serviced apartments run from around £135 plus VAT per night. Here are three interesting high quality alternatives:
This new Hertfordshire-based company is just opening its seventh unit in the small upmarket town of Harpenden. The units are five minute walk to the station, and three minute walk to the main shopping centre. There’s a choice of high quality studio, one and two bedroom apartments at prices from £95 plus VAT per night. Harpenden station is on the Thameslink line. Luton Airport Parkway is a five minute journey north, whilst to the south London St Pancras takes just 25 minutes, and direct service to London Gatwick Airport is 1hr 20 minutes. A weekly season ticket into London is just £90. The M1 motorway is a short drive. Director Tony McFarland says “Demand for our serviced apartments has been very high. We started with just three units, but with strong sales have brought more units on-stream”.
Another new company, this time in leafy High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, which has just opened its first high quality one bedroom unit, with a second unit under development. Prices start from just £69 plus VAT per night for long term bookings greater than one month, and the apartment can be booked for a single night from just £99. There’s a large park and running track just two minutes away, and the town centre is a four minute walk. It’s also only three minute walk from the platforms at High Wycombe station, which is on the Chiltern Line with direct service to London Marylebone in just 22 minutes. The M40 motorway between London, Oxford and Birmingham edges the south side of High Wycombe. With a weekly rail season ticket at just £84, there are great savings to be had over Central London hotels and apartments. Director Oliver Vassie said “We’ve been surprised at the number of people working in central London who book with us. Overall, we’re delighted with our booking volumes”
Luxury Apartments Macclesfield
With luxury apartments from £95 per night in a converted Victorian property just 200 yards from the railway station, this is another high quality apartment offering available to commuters. There’s rail service to Manchester Piccadilly in just 24 minutes, and with a weekly season ticket costing just £50, the peace and calm, and the upmarket location, are highly appealing to many.