When you travel, do you choose to stay in hotels or apartments? Why do you choose one rather than the other?
Hotels provide service. Apartments provide space. A good hotel makes you feel like a pampered guest and tries to anticipate your needs.
A good apartment gives you space, a range of appliances and a good chance to live your own life in a different city. Hotels are convenient. Apartments, often, are not. There's no reception desk. Arranging to get the key can be a pain if you don't have a cell phone that works locally.
Finding apartments can be a challenge. But the joy of stretching out among the space choices inside the apartment, with a cup of soup and a sandwich made in your kitchen, can make up for all of these if that's the kind of person you are. Conversely, being pampered, supported, fed, woken up and sent out with a smile from the front desk gives people who enjoy these things a sense of having made it and revelling in their just rewards.
In a very practical way, if you're on a longer vacation, an apartment gives you a chance to wash your clothes and air out your suitcase.
As we move about, we prefer a mix of hotels and apartments: being pampered and then having our own space. What do you think?