Getting assigned to work on a project in another city is always exciting. Not only is the change of scenario good for productivity, it gives you an opportunity to add to your skill set and create business contacts with senior executives. Perhaps the project comes with corporate housing in an extraordinary place that you wouldn’t even be able to visit for your vacation. While many people are put up in hotels if the stay is short term, for long term projects, it is more feasible to look for a furnished apartment or other serviced long term lodging that will help you feel at home but still offer the comforts of a hotel.
Many business travelers on linkedin.com say that a short-term rental furnished suite is always the best option for business trips. But if your company does not have a designated guest house or preferred hotel, choosing the right stay can be difficult, especially if all the formalities are completed online without visiting the place in person. There are some ways to make the selection process safer and easier.
Referrals are usually the best way to find that perfect place to stay. Ask people who you know or have a personal connection with, because they are the ones who have the experience but know your personal preferences such as the type of cuisines you enjoy and the sort of neighborhood you’d feel comfortable in, such as a serviced apartment in the shopping district or a posh suite close to the business hub. Your friends and coworkers will also be honest if they have had bad experiences at a particular place, something most websites will not share. You can also ask your HR to arrange your stay for you or give your directions to hotels that the company has previously used.
If you are looking for listings on Google, searching for ‘corporate housing’ or ‘furnished apartments’ well ahead of time will save you the stress of looking for a place at the last minute. Arm yourself with knowledge to make your stay easier. When looking for a place, think about all the features you think are most important, such as walking to work, accessibility to shops and entertainment venues. If you have a habit of working out, search for a place that offers a jogging path, access to your gym nearby or has its own facilities.
If you need to set up a space to work at home, perhaps an apartment with a dedicated office space will be required and if you are travelling with children, it might be necessary to look into daycare facilities around the place.
It is especially important to get all information and dealings in written form to avoid confusion. While it might seem easier to simply click through a website but talking to a person will give you a better impression of the company’s reliability and policies, especially if you looking to stay long term. Try to get photos and even a floor plan of the space to give you a better idea of your temporary home.