October 5, 2012 in Holiday Travel
If you’re booking a holiday, you’re most likely searching for a hotel to stay in, but hold on just a second! Hotels are probably the most common and standard way to stay in a location, and we choose them out of habit. Why not try something a little different this time? How about staying in an apartment? This form of accommodation Barcelona has many of may not have even crossed you mind, but for some people it is the ideal solution, definitely even more so than a hotel. Could an apartment be the cheaper and better alternative to a hotel that you’ve been searching for? Let’s take a look:
Travelling in groups
If you’re travelling as a group of friends then an apartment is most definitely the best type of accommodation for you. In a hotel, you will most likely be split up if there are more than 4 of you. That doesn’t happen in an apartment. Seeing as most apartments can easily sleep at least 4 people, everyone gets to stay in the same place. After a long day of travelling, you can all chill out and talk about what happened, and plan the day after together, instead of being split up and co-ordinating everything at once the next day.
A great value price per square metre and more space
An average hotel room sizes up at around 30 sq meters. Although Barcelona and Madrid apartments aren’t famous for being all that big, almost all the apartments that you can rent are bigger than the average hotel room. What’s more is that they’re also generally cheaper. You might pay 50€ per person per night for a hotel in Barcelona, whereas with an apartment like OK Apartment Barcelona – Tallers IIIcan come in around €25 per person per night, that’s already half. If you then divide the square meters by the price you pay, the savings get even higher. The apartment comes in at only 0.25€/sq m per person per night and the hotel is almost 7 times as much at 1.66€ per person per night.
Save yet more money with self catering
When you’re in a hotel, remember that you also have to think about paying for meals. The prices for breakfast in most hotels is completely unjustified, and is around 13€ per person per day. That’s not even including dinner each night which you might pay the same for if you’re lucky enough to find a cheap place to eat. In an apartment, kitchens come well-equipped so that you can pay the same amount for food as you would at home or as a local (food prices aren’t so expensive in Spain). You can pay a lot less than that per day by buying food locally.
More homely and well located
When you’re staying in an apartment, you’ll be living the most authentic experience of the city. Not only will you be travelling as a tourist, but you’ll also be living as a resident. You don’t have to worry about running into other guests, or privacy, because for the duration of your stay, the home is yours. Wifi is usually included as standard in Barcelona apartments. One of the greatest thing about apartments is that they can be found in practically any part of the city that you can imagine. Want an apartment that’s between the beach, a metro station, and a great restaurant? There’s an apartment for that! There are so many that if you have very specific requirements, then you’re more likely to meet those with an apartment than with a hotel.
Hopefully by now you can appreciate the benefits of staying in an apartment rather than a hotel. Of course, an apartment isn’t the accommodation choice for everyone, but for most people it’s definitely an option you’ll want to consider first. Next time you plan a holiday, think about staying in something other than a hotel.