As one of the region’s busiest hubs for commerce — not to mention a growing hotspot for film and television — Atlanta sees many people come to town for extended stays. However, if you’re planning a short-term stay in Atlanta lasting a month or longer, you may be in for a bit of a challenge. As with most cities, the housing options seem primarily geared for visitors staying a few days (hotels) or for a few months (apartment leases), with fairly few options for in-between stays of a few weeks or a couple of months. Even with so-called extended stay hotels, the cost of lodging really adds up as the weeks go by.
One option that is growing in popularity among extended stay travelers is to work with a corporate lodging company — an agency that arranges for furnished corporate apartments for guests who need to stay a month or longer. Corporate housing offers the comforts of home as opposed to simply a bed, shower and kitchenette, and it comes at a reduced cost to most hotels. If you’re planning a short-term stay in Atlanta, here are a few tips for choosing corporate lodging.
Find Out What’s Included in the Rent
The term “fully furnished” may mean different things to different agencies. For some, it might mean a fully decorated apartment with fully equipped kitchen, cleaning supplies, etc. For others, it might mean you have a place to sleep and a place to sit. In some cases, utilities are included in the rent; in others, you pay utility costs separately. Make sure you know in advance what the agency includes in the rent (including any deposits) so you don’t encounter unwanted surprises.
Ask About Amenities
Many corporate lodgings are located within established apartment communities. In many cases, you may utilize any of the on-site amenities of that community (e.g., swimming pool, fitness center, theater room). However, don’t assume you have access to all these features. If the corporate agent doesn’t specifically tell you what amenities are included in your rent — ask.
Work with Someone Local
Many corporate housing agencies can arrange housing in a number of different major cities — but that often restricts them as far as local knowledge of the neighborhoods, commuter routes, etc. When you work with an agency local to Atlanta, you get the added benefit of localized expertise, so you’re more likely to get an apartment in a good area, with nearby shopping and dining, and convenient to your temporary workplace.
Whether you’re planning a short-term stay in Atlanta to help open a new office, shoot a film or even take an extended vacation with the family, TP Corporate Lodging offers local expertise and access to furnished apartments in some of Atlanta’s best neighborhoods. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 for current availability.