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Updated: December 6, 2013 09:56 IST

Serviced apartments catching up in rock city

S. Ganesan
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With the need for homely and quality accommodation for short stays on the rise, the concept of serviced apartments is catching up in the city.

A few such properties have come up in the city in the past couple of years, including at Srirangam/Thiruvanaikovil, a major tourist destination in the region.

The concept has met with encouraging response from tourists, corporates, and even city-based families seeking temporary accommodation for guests and relatives for special occasion, say those running the properties.

The tariff ranges from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 3,500 plus taxes depending on the size of the accommodation and the number of guests.

Serviced apartments are furnished apartments complete with kitchen along with induction cookers, utensils, microwave, and refrigerators besides living rooms with television and furniture, and air-conditioned bedrooms.

Comfort and convenience

Car parking, back-up generators, and rest rooms for drivers are the other facilities available. They offer the best of both hotels and homes by way of comfort and convenience at competitive tariff, depending on the size of the apartment and the number of occupants.

They are available in different sizes, single/double occupancy, and two and three BHK apartments, meeting the requirements of various types of guests. Catering, laundry, and travel desk services are available for those who seek such facilities.

Online bookings

“The concept which has been popular in Chennai is catching up here too, especially among people who seek homely accommodation for short stays. We have got an encouraging response so far from visitors and families even within the city. More and more are people who prefer such stay as the concept spreads through word of mouth. At the same time, we are getting online bookings from tourists,” said S. Shenbagapandian who manages Rockfort Residency, which offers a dozen serviced apartments at Thiruvanaikovil.

The serviced apartments have a tie-up with catering agencies, home food suppliers, or even their own restaurant such as the Chola Apartment, which offers four two-BHK serviced apartments and five double occupancy rooms on the Collector’s Office Road.

“Foreign tourists, corporates/private companies, and families are among our guests. The occupancy has been good since we opened,” said M. Ashok, manager of the apartment.

Apart from tourists and visitors to the city who use the apartments for short stays, there have been guests who seek the accommodation for extended periods of a month or two. For such customers, the apartments offer discounts in tariff.

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