City Stays: Hotel vs. Apartment

Whether you are visiting the city for business or leisure, it’s best to consider a good accommodation that will suit your needs, especially if you plan on staying long.

For some people, a hotel is the best way to go but for others renting out an apartment becomes a better option. Here’s a comparison of the 2 to help you make an informed decision:

City Stays Hotel Apartment
Price Staying at a hotel can definitely set you back thousands, but you might want to check if they have discounts for long-stay options. Depending on the apartment you choose to rent out, you can definitely save a lot of money. But, there are some apartments that may cost just as much as a hotel room.
Service You don’t have to worry about cleaning up after yourself. Housekeeping will freshen up your room daily. You’ll have to clean up after yourself unless there is an arranged cleaning service with the apartment rental but it may come at an additional fee.
Dining One of the drawbacks of staying at a hotel long-term is you have to survive on room service or the onsite dining establishment. Just imagine your bill racking up for daily meals, 2-3x a day. A good thing about renting out an apartment is it comes with a kitchen. You can save money by making your own meals. There also shouldn’t be an issue if you choose to have fast food delivered to your place.
Facilities Most hotels come with facilities that you can use such as a swimming pool and a gym. These can definitely come in handy during long stays. Not all apartments will be able to offer facilities that you can use. Most of the time, you just get a place to stay.
Location City hotels are usually situated in strategic locations in the metro. You should have quick access to public transportation, business districts, and shopping malls. The location of apartments vary. Most of the time, they might be in residential areas that aren’t commuter-friendly.

If you have trouble choosing between the two, know that there is another option that can give you the best of both worlds! Enjoy long stays at serviced apartments such as Upper Story in Cubao.


The Upper Story Serviced Apartments checks out the best things about staying at a hotel and an apartment, making it ideal for long business trips or even weekend staycations.

You get the service of a hotel as well as access to excellent facilities, including a fitness center and a swimming pool. What’s more, it is strategically-located in Quezon City, close to public transportation (LRT 2 and MRT 3) plus the main highway, EDSA.

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