six tips for choosing the perfect serviced apartment (a quick guide)

Whether you’re looking for your next family home or a jumping off pad in the city for your business or studies, serviced apartments offer convenience and comfort. Once you’ve set your budget, you’re ready to start looking. However, with an overwhelmingly wide range of choices available, it’s essential to consider these six factors to guide you through the selection process.

The best accommodation is accredited

Start your search by looking for serviced apartment providers that are accredited and recognized within the industry. Accreditation from reputable organisations such as the International Serviced Accommodation Process (ISAAP) signifies that the provider meets rigorous standards of quality, safety, and service. They certify that the host you’re considering is professional, reliable and trustworthy. For example, if a host scores 4.9 out of 5 – like Hyde Park Residence did in the 2023 ISAAP review – you can be sure they’re a premium provider.

Apartment Living Area, Hyde Park Residence, London

Find a location that allows you to work, relax and live the way you want

The location of a serviced apartment plays a crucial role in your overall experience. Consider the purpose of your stay and choose an apartment that is conveniently situated to suit your needs. Take your time researching the surrounding area to make sure it offers essential amenities such as supermarkets, restaurants, and pharmacies. Look at the accessibility and availability of public transportation options nearby. A well-located serviced apartment can save you time every day, allow you to discover a new local area, and even unlock an entire city. Find out why Mayfair could be the perfect place for you.

Enquire about services and consider the guest experience

A quality serviced apartment building will always be delighted to hear from you. Make sure you get in touch to learn about the range of services on offer, and take that opportunity to get a feel for the guest experience. A responsive and attentive team can transform a good stay into something much more special.

Look for apartments that offer services such as housekeeping, maintenance, and a 24/7 concierge or reception desk to address your concerns or inquiries promptly. At Hyde Park Residence we are proud to deliver a professional service that blends precision and personality. “Listen. Don’t force what you think your guest wants onto them,” says general manager James Partridge. “You have to have your basics in place but if your guests want something different, change it for them. Listen to what they want and do better by each individual. And then don’t assume that the next guest is going to want exactly the same.”

Reading reviews from previous guests can provide valuable insights into the quality of service and reassure you that your chosen apartment prioritises guest satisfaction.

Apartment Bedroom, Hyde Park Residence, London

Make sure your building prioritises safety

Prioritise your safety and peace of mind by selecting a serviced apartment that places a strong emphasis on security. Look for apartments equipped with secure entry systems, CCTV surveillance, and on-site security personnel. Understanding the fire safety measures and emergency procedures in place is also crucial. Whether you’re travelling alone or with your family, it’s essential to feel safe and secure in your apartment. Choosing an apartment with robust security measures will contribute to a worry-free stay.

Apartment Kitchen, Hyde Park Residence, London

Look for quality you can trust and comfort you can enjoy

A serviced apartment should feel like a home away from home, with the comfort and quality you are used to in your daily life. Assess the overall quality of furnishings, appliances, and interior design you would want for a relaxing and enjoyable stay. Look for apartments that provide spacious living areas, well-equipped kitchens, and comfortable bedrooms with high quality bedding, mattresses and wardrobe space. Are the appliances of a premium quality? Is the glassware clean? For example at Hyde Park Residence, we use Siemens brand appliances and Le Creuset crockery. As ISAAP noted about one of our apartments, “it has been furnished with both quality and comfort in mind.” Our rating for Quality & Comfort was the highest in the ISAAP global community, which includes over 40,000 apartments across 21 countries.

Amenities such as high-speed internet access, satellite TV, and air conditioning should also be considered. Prioritising quality and comfort will contribute to a relaxing and rejuvenating stay.

Break your consideration down into the following areas to help guide your thinking:

Living and Dining Areas

Spacious living area with comfortable seating, dining table and chairs, and entertainment facilities. Classic crockery and glassware provided in excellent condition.


Well-appointed bedrooms with high quality bedding, wardrobe space, and comfortable furnishings.


Clean and well-maintained bathrooms with modern fixtures, high-end shower or bathtub.


Fully-equipped kitchen with appliances (stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator), cookware, and immaculate utensils.

Align your values with your serviced apartment

Consider the values and ethos of your potential host. Some serviced apartments are led by sustainability and eco-friendly practices, some prioritise community engagement and social responsibility, others build a tailored offer around their guests. Choosing a host that aligns with your values can provide a more meaningful and fulfilling experience during your stay. At Hyde Park Residence we have an extensive understanding of Mayfair village so we’re delighted to help our guests find the hidden gems and support small businesses in our local area. Of course our 24-hour concierge service is also on hand for advice, bookings and insights into what to see and do across wider London. Whether it’s supporting local businesses or reducing environmental impact, selecting a serviced apartment that reflects your values can make you feel more at home and have a positive impact on your stay.

In conclusion

We believe that when looking for your perfect serviced apartment, these six tips will help you make the right choice for you.

Remember to check that the host you are considering is:

  • Accredited by ISAAP
  • Conveniently located
  • Guest-focused
  • Safe and secure
  • High quality and comfortable
  • Aligned with your values

Here at Hyde Park Residence we are committed to delivering an exceptional guest experience for an elevated lifestyle. Please get in touch with us to find out about availability for stays of 91+ days.

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