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Are Apartment Hotels the Future?

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The hotel industry is getting more and more diverse by the day. The days when a typical hotel was a huge building with plenty rooms with a bed, TV, work desk, a little tea/ coffee station and en suite bathrooms are over.


Hotels have diversified now, probably due to the ever evolving customer’s trends. There’s a new and rapidly growing segment now: the Apartment Hotels sometimes called Aparthotels.


The apartment hotel has become a hot commodity as hoteliers work to compete with services such as Airbnb and accommodate increasing social distancing requirements. But what is the difference between a classic hotel stay and the apartment hotel guest experience?


What is an Aparthotel?

An Aparthotel or Apartment Hotel is typically a hotel that has some features of an apartment. At first, aparthotels were more appealing to long term, business travelers, but nowadays, or should I say, since the advent of Airbnb, they are appealing to both the business and leisure traveler.


What makes Aparthotels different from traditional hotels?

Well, aparthotels are a little different from traditional hotels in the following:

  • Aparthotels have a self-catering kitchen, usually open plan with a lounge.
  • Some aparthotels may offer less housekeeping service than traditional hotels. They don’t change linen as frequently as with traditional hotels.
  • Some aparthotels require a week minimum stay
  • Some aparthotels have 2 or even 3 bedrooms, which most traditional hotels usually would have inter-leading rooms in case of a family booking.
  • Unlike traditional hotels, aparthotels don’t have dining areas.


Aparthotels in Cape Town

Here’s a list of some of the apartment hotels in Cape Town:

  • The Verge Aparthotel by Totalstay – Sea Point
  • Icon Luxury Apartments – City Bowl
  • The Onyx Apartment Hotel – Cape Town CBD
  • Urban Artisan Aparthotel - Woodstock
  • Islands Club Hotel and Apartments - Milnerton
  • The Residences at Crystal Towers - Milnerton
  • The Capital Mirage Hotel – City Bowl
  • Urban Oasis Aparthotel and Spa – City Bowl
  • Elements Luxury Suites – Sea Point
  • Romney Park Luxury Apartments – Green Point


Aparthotels in Johannesburg

Here’s a list of some of the apartment hotels in Johannesburg:

  • MINT Hotel 84 on Katherine – Sandton
  • 305 Sandton Skye – Sandton
  • Premiere Classe Apartment Hotel – Melrose
  • The Park Central Residence – Rosebank
  • CAG The Atrium – Rivonia
  • Enigma Hotel Apartments – Sandton
  • The Nicol Hotel & Apartments - Bedfordview
  • The Franklin Luxury-Deluxe Suites - Johannesburg
  • The Residency Sandhurst – Sandton
  • Marriot Executive Apartments – Melrose
  • Sandton Luxury Apartment – Santdon


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Aparthotels in Durban

Here’s a list of some of the apartment hotels in Durban:

  • Point Waterfront Apartment – Durban Point Waterfront
  • The Oysters Apartment – Umhlanga
  • Coastlands  - Durban
  • The Pearls of Umhlanga – Umhlanga
  • Breakers 421 - Umhlanga


Aparthotels in Pretoria

Here’s a list of some of the apartment hotels in Pretoria:

  • Menlyn Apartment – Menlyn
  • The Regency Hotel Apartment – Pretoria


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Warm Regards, 


Sam Nkwanyane

Hospitality Coach, Speaker and Consultant