The Benefits of Serviced Apartments vs Hotels for City Stays


This post is in collaboration with Sebel Serviced Apartments Sydney.

At the moment I am loving our family holidays staying at nice resorts.  But when it comes to city stays – well you just don’t get all those extras in a city resort; there’s no kids club, no water park and quite often the hotel rooms are much smaller.

So I’ve discovered a better alternative.  The serviced apartment.

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Why I like serviced apartments vs hotels for city stays.

1 Room to move

As city hotels usually don’t offer all the outdoor extras that we get at an island resort, we need somewhere that our son Lewis can let off a bit of steam.  Being in a 28sqm hotel room just doesn’t cut it, we literally are on top off each other.  So having an apartment gives us the room to move.  There is a lounge area that Lewis can utilise for games and at bed time he can go to sleep without being disturbed by us watching telly or talking.

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The Sebel Residence Chatswood

2. Stylish

One of the reasons we have been staying in nice island resorts is knowing that we are booking a place to stay that is quality and has well established brand behind it.  Choosing a serviced apartment like those with Sebel, you know that you are buying the brand and you will get a quality place to stay.

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Sebel Resort and Spa Hawkesbury

3. Facilities

Whilst the city hotels don’t usually include kids clubs, water parks etc. they do often include a pool and gym and that also goes for the serviced apartments.  For us no holiday is complete without being able to splash whatever the weather.

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The Sebel Residence Chatswood

4. Flexibility

As many of you already know – when it comes to kids they just don’t stop eating.  Whilst I always pack a selection of Lewis’s favourite snacks, having the flexibility to able to go that step further and provide some nice freshly cut fruit or cheese platters or even some quick meals can be a blessing, which we discovered when we stayed in an apartment on our last family holiday to Bali.

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The Sebel Residence Chatswood

5. Privacy

However to me the trickiest thing with travelling with kids is getting a little bit of mummy and daddy time, especially now that our son is getting older.  As a baby it wasn’t too much of an issue, but now at age 8 getting that chance for privacy is almost non-existent without having our own room.

6. Location, location, location

Of course going away isn’t just about the hotel or apartment and particularly so for city stays.  It is more about exploring, and to do that you really want to be either centrally located and/or close to public transport.  This is something you have to take your time to research, during my research for this article I found these Serviced Apartments Sydney were either close to the beach, city or public transport.

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7. Did I mention it was serviced

Lastly but by no means least this is supposed to be a holiday for me too.  That means no housework.  Serviced apartments are just that serviced; beds are made and rooms are cleaned daily.

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The Sebel Manly Beach

To me going away is not only exploring somewhere new but also having some time off together in a bit of luxury.

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*All images courtesy of Sebel Serviced Apartments Sydney.

So what do you think?  Do you prefer Serviced Apartments or Hotels?

Please tell me about it in the comments.

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About Sally-Ann Brown

I am Sally-Ann the author of Toddlers on Tour. I am a wife and mother who has always had a passion for travel. I love sharing my experiences and lessons learned to help you have a better family holiday or day trip. Read "All About Me" under the "Home" tab to discover my story and what lead me to here.

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