When it comes to long-term stays, finding a place that offers the comfort and convenience of home is key. While nothing can quite compare to that feeling of climbing into your own bed and being surrounded by your own things, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a place to call home when you travel.
That's where extended stay accommodations come in. And that, of course, is where Rambla takes centre stage.
Unlike traditional hotels, serviced apartments provide a unique blend of privacy, flexibility, and a homey atmosphere that can make your extended stay truly exceptional.
So, if you're ready to turn your temporary abode into a cosy home away from home, we've got you covered with some practical tips and ideas.
What is an Extended Stay Apartment?
An extended stay apartment, also known as a serviced apartment or corporate housing, is a fully furnished and equipped accommodation designed to cater to longer stays, typically ranging from one to three months or more.
Unlike a hotel room, which may feel impersonal and lacking in space, an extended stay apartment offers all the comforts and conveniences of a real home.
With a dedicated living area, fully equipped kitchen, separate bedroom(s), and often additional amenities, an extended stay apartment provides a sense of space, privacy, and flexibility that is essential for those on an extended trip for work or leisure.
Whether you're a corporate traveller, relocating for a job, or simply in need of an extended break, an extended stay apartment offers a more comfortable and homey environment. It's the perfect solution for those who desire the comforts of home while being away from home.
The Advantages of Serviced Apartments
Travelling for an extended period might bring some ‘baggage’ (excuse the pun). From less time with family and friends to missing those crucial home comforts, extended travel isn’t everyone’s cup of cappuccino. Sometimes, though, it’s a necessary part of life and work.
Whether you’re staying long-term for work, family reasons, or something else, there’s a key element that can transform your experience: choosing serviced apartments over hotels or short-term rentals.
Serviced Apartments vs Hotels
Serviced apartments offer a world of difference compared to traditional hotels. For one, you’re not cooped up in a solitary room eating dinner on your bed and having to wash dishes in the bathroom sink.
While hotels provide a standard room and limited amenities, serviced apartments are designed with the needs of long-term guests in mind. With spacious living areas, fully-equipped kitchens, and separate bedrooms, you'll have all the space and functionality to truly settle in.
Another popular option for many is to go down the short-term rental route. If you’re planning to stay in a different city or state for a few months or so, this can actually look like a viable option. There are more home comforts, more space, and some rentals might even come furnished.
The downside to short-term rentals is that you’ve got to endure the rigmarole of agreements, contracts, key collections, and bond, not to mention the difficulties in even securing a rental in today’s market.
The obvious solution is to call serviced apartments your home away from home. To help you squeeze the most out of your extended stay in a serviced apartment like Rambla, we’ve got some quick tips to transform your space into the best second home you could imagine.
Put Effort into Personalising Your Space
One of the easiest ways to make your extended stay accommodations feel like home is by adding your own personal touch.
We spoke about this in our blog on how to create the ultimate work-from-home space, which outlined the benefits of adding those much-needed personal elements to your at-home office. Well, the same goes for your ‘home’ home space.
Research shows that your personal environment has a direct impact on your mental health. It affects your mood, has the power to alter stress levels, and even impacts your motivation to act (or not act). When living in a space with bright light, tidy areas, comfortable seating, and a few well-chosen personal touches, your wellbeing is positively affected in many ways.
When you’re packing for your extended stay accommodations, bring along some items that hold sentimental value or remind you of your own cosy haven. Whether it's a favourite piece of artwork, a family photo, or a treasured memento, these little touches can instantly infuse your temporary space with warmth and familiarity.
If you’re staying for a good stint (as in three months or more), it might be worth visiting some local vendors to stock up on a few pieces of art or some fresh plants. There are plenty of trendy places on James Street in Fortitude Valley that are sure to tick all your home decor boxes.
Keep Your Living Space Functional
To truly make your extended stay accommodations functional and inviting, focus on optimising your living space:
- Maximise storage by using shelves, bins, and adhesive hooks to keep everything tidy and easily accessible.
- Add a few extra cosy furnishings, like plush cushions and soft blankets, to enhance the comfort of your environment.
- Don't forget about the importance of restful sleep – keep your bedroom tidy, and invest in an ergonomic pillow if you’re in need of some extra sleep support.
Luckily, when you stay at Rambla, all of these functionalities and more are part and parcel of your stay. While it’s always great to add those extra personalised touches, rest assured your living space will come primed and ready to have you feeling comfy from the word go.
Nurture Your Wellbeing
Long-term stays can become draining. Being away from family and friends, from your permanent home, from your own neighbourhood and local haunts, can become a little overwhelming.
Nurturing your wellbeing is an essential part of enhancing your extended stay accommodations.
But just saying ‘take care of yourself’ sounds a bit wishy-washy. Here are some more practical tips you can keep in mind when nurturing your wellbeing during your serviced apartment stay.
Establish Routines and Boundaries
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial, especially when you're away from your usual routine.
Establishing a daily schedule helps create structure and ensures that you allocate time for work, relaxation, and leisure activities.
Set boundaries by creating separate spaces for work and leisure within your accommodation. This separation can help you switch off from work mode and fully embrace your downtime, promoting a healthier and more balanced lifestyle.
Incorporate Wellness Practices
Take your wellbeing to the next level by incorporating wellness practices into your daily routine. Rather than spending exorbitant amounts on short-term gym memberships, check out what’s on-site at your extended stay accommodations.
At Rambla @ Perry House, you can find a fully-equipped gym and rooftop hotspot complete with pool, lounge areas, and sweeping city views.
Embracing fitness, mindfulness, and relaxation (such as meditation or yoga) can promote inner calm and mental clarity. You might already be doing these in your usual routine at home, so bring them with you to keep up the good work.
Remember, your extended stay is not just about the physical environment but also nurturing your overall wellbeing.
Rambla @ Perry House: Your Ideal Long Stay Solution
We’ve dropped some not-so-subtle hints about this, but we can't help ourselves.
Our new serviced apartments in the heart of Brisbane seriously take extended stay accommodations to the next level, and we’ve pulled out all the stops to ensure Rambla @ Perry House is the ultimate choice for long-term stays.
Sink Into Comfy, Well-Equipped Apartments
Our well-appointed rooms offer the perfect balance of comfort and functionality, ensuring you feel right at home.
- Enjoy the convenience of full kitchens, allowing you to prepare your favourite meals or try your hand at new recipes.
- Relax and unwind in our spacious and cosy living areas, providing the ideal space to kick back, watch a movie, or simply enjoy the comforts of your extended stay.
- Flick on your favourite streaming service with our Chrome casting TV capabilities.
- Get fresh air on your private balcony, or head upstairs to the rooftop to bask in that Brisbane sunshine.
More Than Just a Room
While lots of hotels have gyms and pools these days, they can tend to feel quite sterile and ill-equipped. At our serviced apartments, you’ll find a high-quality gym and an inviting rooftop oasis designed for real living,
Stay productive and connected with our co-working space, equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and comfortable workstations.
All our communal areas are also solar-powered, meaning you’re helping us reduce our carbon footprint one day at a time. That’s definitely something you don’t find in many hotels!
Last but certainly not least, we’ve created a streamlined digital check-in process for our serviced apartments. Plus, you’ll get access to our interactive members’ portal when you’ve completed your check-in. It’s easy, breezy, and the best way to start your home-away-from-home adventure.
Taste a Little Adventure
A major part of feeling at home in your extended stay accommodations is getting out to taste a little local adventure. It’s not only about the place, after all; it’s also about the location and community.
Rambla @ Perry House is conveniently sandwiched between Fortitude Valley and Newstead, both of which are renowned for their lively atmospheres, award-winning dining, fabulous nightlife venues, and fresh food markets.
You can also find a scrumptious selection of local cafés just outside the doors of Perry House. Check out our guide to the best Bowen Hills cafés to plan where you’ll stop for those essential caffeine fixes during your stay.
Wherever you’ll be living for your extended stay, it’s a great idea to immerse yourself in the local culture and explore the dynamic surroundings. You never know who you might meet, and just how much the local hive mind can help you to feel truly at home.
Create Your Perfect Home Away from Home at Rambla
When it comes to long-term stays, Rambla provides the ideal solution for creating a home away from home.
With comfortable and well-equipped rooms, a range of amenities, and a prime location in a vibrant neighbourhood, your extended stay will be a truly unforgettable experience.
Embrace the comforts and flexibility of an extended stay serviced apartment, and make your stay at Rambla @ Perry House a memorable one.
Book with us today and unlock the true potential of extended stay accommodations.