Debunking Myths Surrounding Serviced Apartment Rentals

In the past, going overseas whether for leisure or business meant staying at hotels. These days, however, more travellers are choosing to stay at serviced apartments instead, which provide individuals with a comfortable, luxurious, and convenient living space.

Serviced apartments are fully-furnished apartments that offer amenities similar to a hotel but in the space of an average local home. Though they were initially mainly used by business travellers who needed to stay for long periods, it has now become more common amongst leisure travellers and even locals looking for short-term housing.

As they rise in popularity, several misconceptions have emerged, so here are some common myths about serviced apartments debunked. 

Myth 1: They are only for long-term stays

Serviced apartments are suitable for both short-term and long-term stays. Whether you are looking for a remote-working space or a temporary place to rest between your adventures to the heartlands, serviced apartments provide a comfortable space that looks and feels just like home. 

Myth 2: They’re expensive

The conception that serviced apartments are expensive is outdated; if anything, they are usually more affordable than hotel rooms.

Designed to look like a regular home, serviced apartments carry essential household appliances. They usually come with washing machines and dryers, thus eliminating the need for you to pay extra to do laundry. They also have well-equipped kitchenettes, allowing you to enjoy affordable and healthier home-cooked meals and save money on dining out. Most apartments include other necessities and amenities like Wi-Fi, smart TV and air conditioner.

On top of this, serviced apartments are generally free from hidden costs like mini-bars and room service, which hotels have.

Furthermore, serviced apartments have a monthly rate rather than a daily rate, making them more economical than hotel rooms if you plan on staying for an extended period. 

Myth 3: They’re much more inconvenient than hotels

Hotels typically lack essential appliances like washing machines and dryers and rarely have proper areas for dining. If you need to do your laundry, you will have to seek laundry services from the hotel or from an external laundromat; if you are looking for food, you will dine out or call for room service.

On the other hand, serviced apartments are fully-furnished, giving you easy access to larger and spacious living quarters, facilities and amenities. Additionally, they tend to have larger refrigerators and storage space so you won’t have to worry about living in a confined space. 

Myth 4: They do not accommodate pets

If you’re planning to bring your pet along, there are some pet-friendly serviced apartments you can consider. Some even have spaces made for pets to roam and have fun in. Every serviced apartment is different, thus just remember to check in advance.

Myth 5: They’re too far away from the local scene

Despite their reputation for being far from the local scene, serviced apartments are the ideal choice for you to immerse yourself in local culture because they allow you to live as locals do.

Moreover, most of our serviced apartments are located in the heartlands. For example, ST Residences Novena has several room types available for rent, and is located within walking distance to the MRT station, shopping malls, and eateries, giving you easy access to authentic local experiences. ST Residences Balestier is located in the heart of many popular F&B hotspots, where you can immerse in an unforgettable gourmet adventure.


With these common misconceptions debunked, you hopefully have a better understanding of the merits of staying at serviced apartment rentals. These affordable and convenient apartments are the ideal option for those looking for a place to stay, whether for the short term or the long term.

With studio apartments at Balestier and Novena, Orchard, and more, ST Residences offer travellers many options for a comfortable stay. For medical tourists and health professionals, the apartments at Balestier and Novena are popular choices as they are close to Health City Novena. If you’re interested in learning more, head over to today!

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