From experience working with thousands of hosts in some of the finest cities in Europe, we know that owners with high-quality apartments really care about the type of guests they attract. The one guest that is universally popular is the business traveller who books a mid-term stay. We know that most corporate travel is taken outside of high season, which is why we’ve created this guide to renting out your apartment as it’s a great way to fill your calendar with off-season bookings.
With business travellers often staying for weeks or even a month at a time and over a third of business travellers saying they’ve taken a partner on a work trip, professionals are looking for accommodation with a homelier feel. The corporate travel market in the UK is worth £10 billion in the UK alone, which means professional, furnished apartments are clearly in high demand.
There are many interior design agencies that can assist you with upping your apartments appeal and its ability to cater to the exact demands of business travellers. People like Air BnB Designers offer fantastic tips and advice on apartment design, lighting and little touches such as handwritten notes to help your guests feel like they are staying with someone who really cares about them. All of these things add to the feeling of being in a home away from home, just what business travellers are looking for.
If you have what it takes to go it alone then take a look at our apartment hosting guide which will help to create quality, furnished apartments that appeal to business travellers?
A business traveller typically wants accommodation that makes their trip as simple and comfortable as possible. In terms of the location, they want to be close to their place of work and where meetings are scheduled and have good transport links so they can travel if necessary. However, they also want somewhere to retreat to after a busy day with good restaurants, local shops and other amenities. There are a number of things property owners, professional hosts and property management companies with upscale apartments can do to make them more appealing to business travellers. That includes:
Those hoping to attract the business traveller should put an emphasis on creating a homely environment with comfortable interiors. Remembering that you are hosting your home and not just any apartment means that the standard of furnishings should be high, and every need should be catered for in order to create a home away from home feel.
Providing everything business travellers need can be more difficult in smaller apartments but using elements of space-saving design can help you make the most of the available space.
The success of a business traveller’s stay depends largely on the level of comfort you provide, with quality linen and towels a sure way to improve the overall guest experience. We recommend spending time researching and buying long-lasting towels and linen. You should also consider hypo-allergenic bedding as some guests may be allergic to certain materials.
The key to a smooth check-in and check-out process is to make arrangements long before your guest’s arrival and agree on the most convenient method of communication. Lots of hosts prefer to meet their guests on arrival but lockboxes and electronic door codes can be effective alternatives.
If you have a business traveller staying for more than just a couple of days, it’s essential you keep the apartment looking its best by arranging a clean during their stay. Again, communicate with your guest to arrange a convenient time when your guest will be out.
Having high speed, reliable Wi-Fi throughout your furnished apartment is a must. If your Wi-Fi is patchy or unreliable then change your provider as soon as you can.
One key difference between furnished apartments for business travellers and tourists is the need to provide a workspace. A desk, comfortable chair and access to a socket will suffice.
Furnished apartments should be located in safe neighbourhoods that are either centrally located or have excellent transport links to the business district.
Your communication must be impeccable throughout. Business travellers expect the same level of service they would receive from a hotel, so you should be contactable for the duration of their stay and provide information about the check-in and check-out process well in advance.
One of the benefits of furnished apartments over hotels for business travellers is the amount of modern amenities on offer. Your apartment should include a fitted kitchen with a coffee machine, washer/dryer, fridge, cooking facilities and everything else a business traveller would need for a mid-term stay.
It doesn’t cost you a penny to list your furnished apartment with Altovita and start hosting your home. Marketing your property to business travellers for mid-term stays has never been easier