When you are visiting London for anything other than a flying trip of a day, you will need somewhere to stay. There are quite literally dozens and dozens of hotels from which to choose, a lot of them very “upmarket” and consequently very expensive. If you are only staying for a few days – less than a week – you may be prepared to put up with a hotel room, but anything longer can start to get tedious. You are basically trapped in a small room on your own, or perhaps with a partner, and that is your life on hold for however long you plan to be in the city.
Compare that with living at home. You come and go as you please. You cook what you want when you want. You have your own belongings around you and you are not living out of a suitcase. You have space. You have a nice sofa which you can stretch out on and relax. Possibly one of the most important things is that you have privacy. You are not crammed into a building with two or three hundred people – or maybe many more – as you are in a hotel.
Did you know that instead of staying in a hotel you can rent short stay apartments in Mayfair in Central London, which is much the same thing as living at home? You have your own place to call home for the duration of your stay, whether it’s a week, a fortnight, or if you are on a long-term contact working in the city, for six months or more. Your own apartment right in the heart of London with everything that you need within walking distance.
Many of these short stay apartments are fully serviced with a 7 day maid service, so that you don’t have to make the bed or do any cleaning as you would at home. In fact, the only thing that you don’t get that you would in a hotel is someone to cook your meals for you. Maybe you would be happy for someone to do that, but if that’s your wish and you don’t want to cook, you are in Mayfair and there are dozens of restaurants from which to choose, so you can eat out every night if you wish.
Meanwhile, you have your own apartment which is furnished as luxuriously as any hotel; you have plenty of space; you have high speed broadband: you have the latest TV (in some apartments they have TV’s in every room) with access to international channels. You have a fully fitted kitchen, and you can do all your own laundry, rather than paying hotel prices.
That’s the other thing: you will find that serviced apartments – almost without exception – are considerably less expensive than any hotel.