With the rise of companies such as Airbnb and HomeStay, apartment rentals are higher than ever before. Can hotels compete with apartments?
There are pros and cons when it comes to staying at hotels or renting an apartment. Hotels guarantee comfort and security but staying at an apartment is like being one of the locals.
Over the last two years I have stayed at many apartments and hotels across cities in Europe. Hotels from Liverpool to Manchester, apartments from Prague to Milan this blog will compare luxury to budget.
Campanile Hotel | Liverpool
Situated in Liverpool City Centre, only a five-minute walk from Albert Dock. This budget hotel offers rooms from as low as £32 per night, you can even pay when you get there. The value for money is exceptional, park your car for free and have a room with a beautiful view. The room itself is separate from the main reception which means the hotel is usually pretty quiet and pet-friendly, dogs can stay for an extra £5. The on-site restaurant and bar offer outdoor-seating perfect for summer nights by the river.
The cons to this hotel are pretty limited, the decor needs to be updated as it is old fashioned and the rooms are small. The appliances are basic such as a kettle/hairdryer etc but no luxuries for example, a fridge/mini-bar.
Hotel Football | Manchester
Directly opposite Old Trafford is this extravagant hotel, Hotel Football. Owned by the Class of 92, the hotel defines the word luxury. Prices start at around £89 per night for a standard twin room but if you want the glorious Old Trafford view, that costs £125 per night. On matchdays you could be paying out a whopping £250+ per night. The rooms boost incredible views at Old Trafford, a free mini-bar with retro sweets and dressing gowns. You can order room service, or check out the Hotel Cafe, decorated with pop art footballers and personalised menu’s. One thing for sure is that at this hotel you really do get the V.I.P treatment.
The main problem for this hotel is the car parking issue, due to meetings inside the hotel their car-park is almost always full. In my past two visits I have never been able to park and so have risked the safety of my car by parking on a street near-by. If you stay on a matchday the hotel is almost unaffordable, try a midweek day to book your reservation.
Residence Desenzano| Milan
Close to the historic Porta Ticenese Neighbourhood and San Siro Stadium this apartment is in the residential area of Milan. Rooms start as low as £88 for 3-nights which works out at only £29.50 per night. Close to the apartment are cafes, supermarkets and the metro. On the metro’s main line, Gambara takes you straight to the Duomo in just 10 minutes. The main benefit of booking an apartment is the kitchen facilities, while away cooking your own meals can be a huge budget saver, there is also a safe to be assured your necessities are safe. At reception they gave us an early check-in since we arrived on an early morning flight which was very convenient compared to hotels that have a dedicated check-in time. My favourite part of any apartment stay has to be having my very own balcony, nothing beats having a view and extra out-door space.
Residence Desenzano is by no means luxury, it is very basic but for the price it’s hard to argue. The apartment is quite small so you do benefit by having the balcony, the decor is also very out-dated. Some added extras when booking an apartment are deposits and city tax. This apartment takes no deposit but city tax for this apartment was €12 for the 3-night stay, that’s €2 pppn. Considering which country you are staying, city tax can be expensive to affordable, for example; city tax in Sweden is very high compared to Poland.
A-Apartments Harley Style, Prague
This 3-story apartment on Wenceslas Square took me by surprise. The apartment was a steal at only £99 for 3 nights. There were three levels to the apartment, first floor bathroom and kitchen area, second floor was the bedroom then beyond the controlled window was the best rooftop-terrace I have ever seen. Views across the whole city including the Old Town and Prague Castle. It’s the perfect location directly on Wenceslas Square, it’s within walking distance of the Old Town. The metro station and tram line is also on the main street outside, along with high-street stores and restaurants. This is one of my favourite apartments I have stayed at so far, it offered everything and more.
The main reception is two buildings down, which weren’t a problem for me but could be confusing to some. There is a €10 per day cleaning fee but this is usually included in your price for the stay, also there is a city tax fee of just €0.60 pppn, just €3.6 for 3 nights. The deposit was €50 which could put people off booking apartments but there is no reason as to why it should, bearing in mind you cause no damage you get it straight back on check-out.
My opinion on whether you should stay at an apartment or hotel is varied. Apartments I personally think you get more value for money and you’re not living life as much as a tourist. On another perspective hotels do offer the luxury and convenience that apartments don’t.
All views are personal, based on my stays at the accommodations mentioned.
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