Are Global Hotel Chains Suffering?

furnsihed self catered apartment

With accommodation like this on offer when travelling, hotels are slowly losing their high occupancy levels.

The concept of a hotel has been around since the dawn of time. In early civilizations there were many establishments that offered varying degrees of hospitality to weary travellers and that tradition has continued and grown into a massive global industry with hotel chains offering the best in comfort and hospitality and all trying to outdo each other in attracting the customers.

However,  has this once mighty and unassailable business about to meet its end? Are places such as the Hilton, Four Seasons and Park Hyatt going under? Well, they’re not in too much trouble at the moment but they may actually be seeing a decline in their fortunes due to the number of ways that people can secure accommodation in other countries now.

Hotels today are in the position of having to compete with several other sites such as AirBnB, Couchsurfing and StayMyPlace. These are websites who offer something different for the discerning traveller. Travellers today aren’t generally as picky as they used to be, especially about accommodation, the phrase “Just need a place to get my head down” is so often heard when people are thinking about travelling to another country. These travellers need just the bare minimum in accommodation so they can spend their money on other things in their desired location.

Sites like Stay my Place offer travellers the chance to rent accommodation directly from the renter and at an extremely low rate too. These places range from the typical granny flat to a penthouse apartment overlooking somewhere like Sydney Harbour. This has many of the hotel chains in an uproar about the quality of such an arrangement but for the low budget traveller this is exactly the sort of thing they’ve been looking for. These sites just act as a listing for the person wishing to seek or rent accommodation and they can choose to accept payment in many forms.

Continue reading

Where Do You Stay When in Sydney?

Hunting for accommodation in Sydney when you’re visiting can be a long process, especially when you’re not sure of what you are actually looking for. You might want to stay in a hotel, if your budget is a small one, or you could be looking at furnished apartments to rent if you want a certain location, which are cheaper than you might think.

If you’re someone who enjoys camping then there are plenty of places to do so in Sydney. Sydney prides itself on having fantastic suburban areas and camping facilities for those who enjoy the great outdoors. There are of course other things to consider when looking for accommodation and these things can have a deciding vote in which option you choose when you stay in Sydney.

One of the most important factors to consider when looking for accommodation in Sydney is the location. This is one of the reasons many visitors to Sydney are choosing the furnished apartment option similar to what offer, location is a prime factor in the real estate market and the furnished rental apartments are in some of the best spots of Sydney.

If you are looking to spend time at the beach then there are several properties of this type located on Sydney’s wonderful beaches, yes, this includes the famous Bondi beach. If you’re into a city vibe then there are some perfectly located studio apartments in the central business district, where the business of having a good time all takes place at night. There are also some properties out in the suburbs of Sydney that are perfect for those who wish to have a quiet and gentle time while in Sydney.

Continue reading