People move to Singapore for many reasons. Whether you’re relocating for work, studying here or taking an extended holiday, one thing is for sure: you’ll need somewhere to stay. While a hotel is the obvious choice for just a few nights, a single room starts to feel a bit pokey for much longer. A serviced apartment, on the other hand, is like having your own home, but with a lot less cleaning involved. We take a look at some of the reasons a serviced apartment could be the right choice for you.
# You’re coming to Singapore for work
For many expats, especially those on short-term contracts, a serviced apartment makes a lot of sense. Landlords are rarely enthusiastic about letting out their apartments for less than one year and housing agents also make a lot less money on short-term rentals. This means that while the law allows for a minimum lease of three months, finding the perfect home for such a short period is a pretty tricky proposition.
For many overseas employees, it’s also the company that covers the cost of housing and makes the necessary arrangements. In this case, value for money and proximity to work tend to be key. Luckily, there are heaps of great serviced apartments to choose from in every corner of the city.
Village Residence Clarke Quay
Located close to the CBD and the rich cultural enclave of Chinatown, there’s also a wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment along the Clarke Quay riverside.
In the ‘burbs:
Situated on the fringe of Singapore’s bustling science and technology cluster, just minutes away from the National University of Singapore, the Singapore Science Park and One-North. Guests can also enjoy coastal views and a suite of wellness offerings.
# You need a holiday stay with space and independence
While a hotel can work for many holidaymakers, a serviced apartment offers the chance to live a more local lifestyle. A central location and proximity to public transport will put you close to the action while offering a calm retreat to call your own. The extra space and a fully-functioning kitchen are a godsend for families, especially those travelling with younger kids, while even those flying solo will appreciate being able to cook for themselves once in a while. A wide range of amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms and barbecue pits also make for plenty of family-friendly entertainment.
For larger groups, being able to spread out across several rooms gives everyone a sense of space and privacy. Housekeeping, laundry and other guest services mean you don’t miss out on any of the luxuries a hotel might offer.
Located in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, these refurbished apartments are a warm reflection of the city’s urban living style. Cool off in the rooftop pool or work away the day in the 24-hour gym.
Far East Plaza Residences
These spacious apartments with swimming pool, tennis courts and landscaped gardens are just a 5-minute walk from Orchard MRT station.
# You and your family are relocating to Singapore
Uprooting and moving your whole family to Singapore comes with enough complications, but where to stay on arrival needn’t be one of them. A serviced apartment gives an immediate sense of home, whether you choose to stay long-term (like Madhusudhan Gunianti) or for just a few months while you find your longer-term pad.
For those with school-age children, the right place to live is often closely tied to where the kids go to school. A well-located serviced apartment offers easy access to many great international schools as well as opening up the rest of the city for trailing spouses or other accompanying family members to explore. It also gives you the chance to really get to know the neighbourhood as you settle in, shop and explore – a big advantage before signing up to a longer-term rental contract.
A multi-award winning residence located right in the heart of Orchard Road. Orchard MRT Station is on your doorstep placing you just a train ride away from anywhere in Singapore.
Orchard Scotts Residences
The spacious apartments in this serviced residence bring Singapore’s cosmopolitan sparkle right to your doorstep, for the whole family to enjoy. Beautiful gardens, wide open spaces and pools offer a real respite in the centre of the city.
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