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What is an Apart-Hotel? Reasons to Choose a Serviced Apartment

Whether you travel often or infrequently, it makes sense to know as much as possible about all the different options for accommodation out there. While many experienced travellers find themselves returning to apart-hotels such as The Lawrance again and again, other tourists and business travellers are less familiar with what an apart-hotel, also known as a serviced apartment, actually is.

As you might guess from the name, an apart-hotel combines the best parts of a hotel with a luxury apartment. Your apart-hotel will be outfitted with a generous kitchen and living space to make it really feel like a home away from home. So, if you’ve ever stayed in a regular hotel and yearned for more than a travel kettle and instant coffee sachets, this could be the option for you!

Apart-hotel room at The Lawrance

So why should you consider an apart-hotel for your next trip? There are all kinds of common use cases that have helped serviced apartments to skyrocket in popularity over recent years, and they are suitable for all sorts of people:


Business travellers are looking for somewhere to hold meetings and conferences, as well as work and relax throughout their visit to the area. Travellers on business trips often find that constantly eating out to be too expensive or too monotonous, especially when travelling alone, and so they would rather have a fully equipped kitchen to cook in, which is why an apart-hotel is perfect. A kitchen for quick and easy home cooking, along with Wi-Fi, TV and comfy living space means you can relax after a busy day of meetings. Our Harrogate apart-hotels are also close to the Harrogate Convention Centre, another reason they are ideal for business travel.

Conference room at The Lawrance


Families with children tend to look for all the comforts of home when searching for holiday accommodation, in a place where everyone can have a separate room as well as shared space – and an aparthotel is perfect, and often friendlier to your budget. Our apart-hotels have plenty of room for families, and the hotel-side means anything you require can be provided, so there is less need to haul loads of unnecessary items on holiday with you.


Colleagues or friends travelling together require their own bedrooms as well as shared lounge and kitchen areas, and an apart-hotel means groups of friends travelling together can enjoy their own room and also have communal space to spend time in, with flat screen TV, iPod docks, Wi-Fi and chic dining and lounge areas. Best of all, for friends heading to York or Harrogate for the weekend, our apart-hotels are located near the centre of towns, close by to bars, restaurants and the cities’ main attractions.

Living room of an apart-hotel at The Lawrance


York and Harrogate are fantastic places to have a mini-break with your partner and opting for an apart-hotel as your accommodation is a no-brainer. The sleek, contemporary one-bedroom apartments are the ideal base for exploring the city of York, and you can dine out at one of the many top restaurants in the city, or even have a romantic meal cooked up in your kitchen, as all the utensils and equipment are there, along with a food hamper if you require one.

What is in an Apart-Hotel?

Every apart-hotel is different, but they usually boast great options for kitchen use with a stove, oven, full sets of crockery and cookware, and dishwasher. They also possess an abundant range of entertainment options, usually with multiple flat-screen televisions, DVD players, iPod docks and more. Business travellers will also find dedicated working and conference space in their suite which is perfect for meeting local contacts or just getting on with a productive day’s work.

Featuring multiple bedrooms where needed, these accommodation options offer something much more spacious and homely than the usual ‘bed and bath only’ option that many guests find limiting, but which is nonetheless the standard deal even at high-end hotels.

Loung area of apart-hotel at The Lawrance

You would come to appreciate the advantages of this ‘home away from home’ even more on longer stays. If you were planning to stay in an area for a week, a fortnight, a month or more, you would likely feel hemmed in with only a bedroom and a bathroom to call your own. An apart-hotel will afford you much more space to spread out along with the essentials for longer stays such as laundry facilities. That’s not to mention that serviced apartments are more cost-effective than a luxury hotel over the longer term as generously discounted rates are offered on multi-day stays.

If serviced holiday apartments in York or Harrogate sound like they could be just what you need for your next trip, do take the opportunity to book online or ask us about our rates and facilities. We hope to become your first choice for luxury stays in Yorkshire – contact us today to find out more and book!


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