Things To Consider When Booking A Serviced Apartment

When travelling for business or pleasure it is always a hassle to find the right accommodation. Some time it is overpriced and the place doesn’t look at all like what the seller described it. Staying in a hotel during long travels is always very expensive. Therefore this is a good alternative for that. Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision and avoid disappointments.

Your requirements

Serviced apartments are great substitutes for hotels. If you are a reassign trainee moving for a shot stay, on a business trip for a two week stay or just thinking about going on a extended holiday then this is the perfect solution for you. This come with everything you will need to feel at home. So always check if the package as items such as microwave, oven, laundry unit, dish washer etc. Besides this check for air conditioning, heating facilities, pluming, internet, security, other kitchen appliances like plates, cups etc.

The timing

While some place may only need a 2 to 3 day prior notice for booking some place may require more time. So always call ahead and check out booking details, payment details, extra add-ons like parking facilities or renting a car.


Always remember to check the reviews of past travelers. With the increase in tourism serviced apartments are now available form loads of realtors. So first thing you should check for is their online presence and then check for customer reviews, check out the galleries and ratings available. If the photo and ratings are not available at all then you may want to reconsider.

The location

If you are travelling for leisure then this may not affect you much since you will be travelling around throughout your stay. Bu if you are travelling for business meeting or conference then you will need to consider this when making your bookings. If the apartment if far away from where the office or where the conference is then most likely you will be travelling up and down each day which could cost you more. Therefore when making a booking consider a local area to the office or conference venue so that your travel cost will be minimum.

Beside these it is always good to talk over termination conditions like conditions where your work may finish earlier than expected then do you have to pay for the whole booking for just for the duration of the stay and also extensions like if the work gets delayed and you are required to stay longer what will the procedure be for extensions for the apartment booking or will you have to move out. Remember that knowing everything upfront will always save you from extra costs and hassle do be informed before making your booking.

Planning A Surprise Party

Don’t let the cat out of the bag

Planning a surprise birthday party for a friend requires a bit more planning and skill than planning one for yourself. As you are planning a party for someone else, without being able to consult them on their preferences, you will have to make sure that you make allowances for mishaps and accidents as well as be very observant in order to gauge your friend’s plans and interests with regards to the birthday. Further, you will have to be discreet and make sure that no one lets the cat out of the bag in order to ensure that the surprise is a surprise indeed.

Draw up the guest list

Firstly, you will have to make sure that your friend has no other plans for the birthday. It would be quite disastrous if you have a party planned while your friend has made arrangements for a dinner. Therefore, verify that your friend has no other plans while being as subtle and discreet about it as you can, without raising any suspicions. Next you will have to decide who is to be included in the guest list. Here again, you will have to be sure that you invite all those who your friend will want present at the party. You can consult a bunch of other mutual friends as well as your friend’s family regarding this matter.

Get the food and décor ready

You will next have to look into ordering the food or getting the food made for the occasion. You will not be able to make anything at your friend’s house and hence you will have to make arrangements to have the food prepared elsewhere and brought to the venue at the right time. Similarly, you will also have to opt for a cake delivery service.

As you might not be free to pick it up as you will have to make sure that the venue is ready for the party, opting for a cake delivery service is advisable. Next you will have to see to decorating the venue. You can recruit the help of other friends to help decorate the venue. You can check party décor ideas online to get a few fresh and novel ideas on how to decorate a birthday party venue.

Bring your friend to the party

Finally, you will have to bring your friend to the venue of the party. This can prove to be challenging as you will have to come up with a plausible excuse to get your friend out of the house and to the venue of the party. You can ask your friend to come out with you for a birthday dinner or ask the friend’s family to take the friend out for a supposed dinner. Once your friend arrives at the venue, be ready to burst a few balloons, yell ‘surprise’ and get the party rolling!