A home away from home

Rashi Tiwary
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Tourists, the employed or even students can opt for service apartments as they are less expensive than hotel, writes Rashi Tiwary

Affordable:Service apartments are also competitively priced.- Photo : Satish H.
Affordable:Service apartments are also competitively priced.- Photo : Satish H.

The culture of travel, migrating to Tier-I and Tier-II cities for jobs and the boom in the tourism industry as a whole has led to the proliferation of a large number of service apartments in the city.

These service apartments are more predominant in pockets of the city such as Hitec City, Kondapur and Chandanagar which are in the close vicinities of IT companies. Apart from the considerable chunk of IT force working in Madhapur, Kondapur and Gachibowli, even those pursue higher education at University of Hyderabad, choose to stay here.

Most of them opt for service apartments as they work out less expensive than hotels. Moreover, almost all service apartments nowadays allow the option of staying with families for those intending to stay for a long period of time. Real estate agents believe that such service apartments help to create a home-like environment and that is another reason why they are preferred to hotels. They are also competitively priced owing to the cut-throat competition from their rivals.

Mr. Suresh, the marketing manager at Nirvana Service Apartments in Banjara Hills, says that for a standard room, the rent is Rs.2,400 per day and that includes more than just the basic amenities like wifi, a Tata Sky connection and a private kitchen. They lease out rooms to Corporates as well as families. “However, demand particularly shoots up during the marriage season,” he adds.

Livewell Service Apartments situated in Hi-tech city caters mostly to outsiders and remains busy.

They offer added services like a complimentary breakfast, swimming pool and gym though at slightly higher prices. A single room is available for approximately Rs.2,250 per day and a double room for approximately Rs.2,800 per day.

Some agencies offer several service apartments in other parts of the city too. For instance, Falcons Nest Service Apartments offers its services in Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur and Gachibowli and rates differ according to the locality. Important amenities like round the clock security and water supply are provided by them. For immediate occupancy and comfort, service apartments are seen as a viable option.



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