How to Stay Healthy and Active While Visiting Atlanta

If you come to Atlanta on an extended stay — to work, for example — you may inadvertently become sedentary during your stay. If you stay in a cramped hotel room, for example, you’re liable to fall into the habits of working long hours, eating restaurant food every evening and crashing in your hotel bed every night, with little or no time for other activities. A couple of weeks of that activity, and you’re liable to start feeling sluggish, sickly and maybe even a bit tight in your clothes. What can you do to stay healthy and active while visiting Atlanta? Here are a few tips that may help.

Get Out and See the Atlanta Sights

Another way to get some great physical activity during your stay in Atlanta is to walk around and take in all the famous sights! In the Downtown Atlanta neighborhood, don’t miss the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, CNN Center, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights — all of which are connected by Centennial Olympic Park.

Hop on the Atlanta streetcar toward the Edgewood/Sweet Auburn district for great nightlife as well as spots that commemorate the city’s role in the American civil rights movement, including the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site (including Dr. King’s birth home), the King Center, and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Other great spots to visit while you’re in town include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, Ponce City Market (check out the rooftop!), Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum, the Fox Theatre, Jimmy Carter Center, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. For some quirky sightseeing and tourist experiences, be sure to check out Little Five Points and the Krog Tunnel.

Don’t forget to catch a Braves game at the Suntrust Park or head over to the Mercedes Benz stadium for a Falcons football game.

Take Time for Recreation

It’s easier said than done, but after all, you can’t work all the time. Try to discipline yourself to take a little time off to commune with nature or participate in other outdoor activities. To save time and make it more convenient to get outdoors, consider staying near the Atlanta BeltLine, a new multi-use trail system that connects to numerous Atlanta neighborhoods and green spaces, such as Piedmont Park and Oakland Cemetery.

You can also find corporate housing along the scenic Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta, where you can enjoy fishing, boating or a picnic lunch along the banks. If golf is your game, Atlanta is home to numerous championship courses, and corporate housing is available there, too. Even staying in a walkable neighborhood will give you more excuses to get outside during your downtime. Doing so will help you unplug and de-stress, not to mention help you stay physically healthier.

Cook Your Own Food

Atlanta has an amazing foodie scene, but eating the rich meals found in restaurants night after night will start to take its toll after a while. As an alternative, try staying in a corporate apartment with a full kitchen. Head to the grocery store for healthy, organic fruits, veggies and meats, and prepare your own meals. Not only does this give you more control over your food choices — it can save you money, and the act of cooking can itself be therapeutic after a long day at the office.

Take Advantage of Fitness Amenities

Most hotels these days have on-site pools and fitness facilities. Likewise, corporate housing is typically located in luxury apartment communities which also have amenities like exercise rooms, swimming pools, walking trails and even saunas. Before heading off to work in the morning (or before crashing at night), make a point of heading to the fitness center or the pool to get some exercise. Doing this even a few minutes a day will help you feel better, stay fit and have more energy.

Staying healthy and active while visiting Atlanta, Georgia has a lot to do with where you stay. TP Corporate Lodging offers many affordable housing options throughout the Atlanta, Georgia area. All our units have fully equipped kitchens, most are in apartment communities with fitness centers, and we also offer numerous locations in walkable areas like Midtown Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Buckhead, and Vinings. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 for current availability.


Where to Stay in Atlanta for a Business Trip

Trying to find temporary housing while staying in Atlanta for a business trip? You have a lot of options! The Metro Atlanta area is pretty sprawling, but most business travelers will likely find themselves looking for lodging in the following economic centers of the city:

Buckhead

Located on the north end of the city, Buckhead is one of the most affluent and popular areas of Atlanta. In addition to its status as a business destination, Buckhead is famous for its award-winning restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and luxury shopping. Trying to find Buckhead business lodging? TP Corporate offers fully furnished, well-appointed corporate housing in many of Buckhead’s most coveted residential communities, including:

Midtown

Midtown Atlanta is a very walkable part of town that offers easy access to many attractions, dining, and major corporate offices. Looking for business lodging in Midtown Atlanta? TP Corporate offers well-appointed apartments in many luxury residential communities in Midtown, including:

Old Fourth Ward

Conveniently located between downtown Atlanta, Little Five Points, and Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward is a great area to stay if you want to be near one of the hippest parts of Atlanta during your business trip. TP Corporate offers a number of well-appointed furnished apartments in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, including:

Vinings

Interested in staying near the Chattahoochee River while on your business trip? Vinings is the way to go! Other benefits of Vinings is the easy access to i-75 and i-285, as well as close proximity to Buckhead. TP Corporate professionally manages a number of well-appointed furnished apartments across multiple residential communities in Vinings, including:

Sandy Springs/Dunwoody

Sandy Springs and Dunwoody straddle GA-400 and I-285, making it convenient for business travelers to get where they need to be. Trying to find business lodging near Sandy Springs or Dunwoody? TP Corporate offers fully furnished, well-appointed units in many of the top residential communities in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, including:

In need of short-term business lodging in Atlanta? We can help. Call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997.


Finding Temporary Housing with Federal Per Diem

Per diem (which means “for each day” in Latin) is a daily allowance that U.S. federal employees may claim for reimbursement of lodging, meal, and incidental expenses while traveling. Per diem rates are established by the General Services Administration (GSA) for all destinations within the lower 48 U.S. states. Trying to find housing that fits with your per diem? Here are a handful of tips to keep in mind.

1. Find out your per diem rate.

Before you begin your search for lodging, you need to know exactly how much per diem you’ll be given for your trip so you can find accommodations that fit within that budget. The simplest way to find out your per diem rate is to check out the official GSA website’s Per Diem Rates page. After inputting the fiscal year and destination of your trip, this page will display a breakdown of per diem rates by month — for both lodging and meals & incidentals. Once you know how much money you’re working with, you can begin your search for lodging!

2. Know your temporary lodging options.

There’s a lot of temporary housing options out there! Extended stay hotels and Airbnb rentals are often very popular choices, though they aren’t always the cheapest or safest avenue. Many federal government employees looking for temporary housing instead turn to professionally managed corporate housing accommodations, like TP Corporate Lodging, which provides all the comfort and safety of a real home at a reasonable price point.

3. Don’t mix up per diem rates with “GOV” rates.

Sometimes a hotel might offer a “GOV” rate instead of offering a rate that is in line with GSA’s recommended per diem rate. It’s critical to understand that a GOV rate is different (and sometimes higher) than the federal per diem rate. If the GOV rate is higher than the per diem rate, make sure you get prior approval for the expense before booking to ensure you’re fully reimbursed.

4. Be aware of lodging taxes.

The federal per diem rate for lodging does not factor in a city’s lodging taxes, so make sure that doesn’t catch you by surprise later. According to the GSA, “lodging taxes paid by the federal traveler are reimbursable as a miscellaneous travel expense limited to the taxes on reimbursable lodging costs.”

Are you a federal employee in search of per diem lodging? We offer short-term lodging that is popular with many federal employees using their per diem. Call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997.


Where to Stay in Atlanta for Medical Treatment

At TP Corporate, we know how crucial it is for patients and their caretakers to relax and recuperate while undergoing treatment away from home. If you or a loved one is visiting Atlanta for medical treatment, here are a few recommendations for short-term lodging or corporate housing.

Short-term lodging near Atlanta’s “Pill Hill”

If you or a loved one is receiving treatment at Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, or any other facility on Atlanta’s famous “Pill Hill,” you’ll probably want to find lodging within Sandy Springs or Dunwoody.

Our top recommendation for a peaceful, well-appointed apartment in that area is The Bishop, which is only a couple minutes’ drive from the “Pill Hill” hospital cluster. These apartments are also conveniently located at the junction of I-285 and GA-400, and it’s also a 10-minute walk to the Dunwoody Marta Station. To arrange a short-term stay at The Bishop, please give TP Corporate Lodging a call at 800.428.9997.

Short-term lodging near Emory hospitals & clinics

With ten hospitals and hundreds of clinics, Emory Healthcare is the largest health system in Georgia. If you’re visiting Atlanta for treatment at an Emory hospital or clinic, there are many lodging options to choose from. For patients and caretakers looking for temporary lodging near Emory hospital locations in midtown Atlanta, we can recommend several great residential communities, including 77 12th, Sixty 11th, Amli Arts Center, and Ascent Midtown. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn about our competitive rates for short-term stays at these communities.

Short-term lodging near Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Located on Peachtree Road in south Buckhead, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital with a solid reputation for outstanding acute care. Our top short-term lodging recommendations for that area is Seventeen West in nearby Atlantic Station and AMLI Piedmont Heights in Lindbergh/Morosgo neighborhood. Both communities offer luxurious accommodations and amenities — so you or your loved one can focus on rest, relaxation, and recovery.

Need additional assistance finding short-term lodging while you or someone in your care undergo medical treatment in Atlanta? We can help. Call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800.428.9997 to learn about all the accommodations we offer in close proximity to major hospitals and healthcare facilities in Atlanta.


What Is Corporate Housing?

When you travel to another city for an extended stay, whether for business or pleasure, you have a number of options with regard to lodging. Many people look at extended stay hotels by default, and a growing number have begun looking to hosting platforms like AirBnb for short-term rentals. However, since both of these options can get quite expensive for extended stays, corporate housing has emerged as a more comfortable and affordable alternative for extended travel stays. But what, exactly, is corporate housing, and when might a corporate apartment be a good fit for your needs?

Corporate Housing Defined

The most basic definition of corporate housing is a fully furnished and decorated residence (usually an apartment) that is intended for temporary stays. Unlike a hotel room or suite, corporate housing is a furnished apartment equipped with all the essentials of home that a renter might need: living and dining space, a full kitchen with housewares, bathroom(s), usually 1-3 bedrooms, high-speed WiFi, and plenty of square footage to stretch out after a long day. These multi-bedroom apartments are typically managed, maintained and rented out by a dedicated corporate housing agency (like TP Corporate Lodging), but because they are found in existing apartment communities across the area, guests can frequently avail themselves of the amenities offered by that community (e.g., swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor space, and even concierge services in some communities).

Corporate Housing is Specifically Intended for Extended Stays

Unlike hotels, which are primarily intended as short-term accommodations, corporate housing is intended to function as a “home-away-from home.” For that reason, most agencies will only rent their units for extended stays. You can typically rent a unit for as little as two weeks, or as long as several months. Beyond that, you’re only responsible to bring your luggage and supply your own groceries; the apartment comes with everything you need to live comfortably for an extended period of time. Perhaps even more importantly — the cost per month is considerably less than a hotel stay for an equivalent length of time.

Who Can Stay in Corporate Housing?

As the term suggests, corporate housing was originally intended to accommodate business travelers who need a furnished apartment or house to stay for longer than a few days (for example, during a specific assignment or as temporary housing during relocation). However, corporate lodging isn’t just for business travelers these days; in fact, almost anyone planning to stay in town for 2 weeks or longer can enjoy the advantages of corporate housing. Some examples:

  • Relocating individuals and families (i.e., those who need temporary lodging while seeking a permanent residence)
  • Professionals coming to town for project-based work (e.g., film industry workers or military personnel)
  • Families needing lodging while a loved one undergoes medical treatment
  • Households temporarily displaced by disasters (insurance companies often utilize corporate housing for this purpose)
  • Corporations needing to house a group of people in town for training or other projects
  • Vacationers who want a comfortable home base for an extended short-term stay
  • Almost anyone else who needs to stay in town for a few weeks but wants to avoid expensive hotels.

Need Temporary Housing? Try Our Corporate Apartments

If your travels bring you to Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida for an extended temporary basis, TP Corporate Lodging is here to help with your housing options. We are a corporate housing provider that offers comfortable furnished apartments in luxury communities with ample amenities. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 for current availability.


How to Find Corporate Housing Rentals in Atlanta

Your travel plans are bringing you to Atlanta for a few weeks (or even a few months). You’ve heard that corporate housing is a comfortable and more affordable alternative to a motel or hotel room, even an extended stay hotel, and you’ve decided to give it a try. The challenge is that corporate lodging units aren’t always found on typical travel sites like Expedia or Hotels.com. So how does a corporate traveler go about finding furnished rentals in Atlanta? Where do you look for them? Let’s explore some of the more common places to find these short-term housing solutions.

Find Temporary Housing Through a Local Atlanta Corporate Housing Agency

One of your best resources for finding corporate housing rentals in Atlanta is to work with a localized agency like TP Corporate Lodging. The advantage of working with someone locally is that the agency will have deeper knowledge of the area and will be better able to recommend an apartment convenient to where you will be working during the day. Also, because a local agency can negotiate directly with luxury apartment communities in the area, they may have access to much better housing options that don’t appear on the national platforms.

Furnished Apartment & Short-Term Rental Platforms

In recent years, online sites like AirBnb and HomeAway have really gained steam as platforms where people can find and rent furnished housing in almost every city in the world. You may also find some corporate housing options on sites like these. However, the primary caveat is that many of these available units are individually owned and managed by private “hosts,” and there’s only so much these sites can do with regard to quality control. To improve your chances of finding a reliable corporate housing agency on AirBnb, for example, be sure to look for the AirBnb “Plus” symbol on listings, or go specifically to AirBnb’s corporate housing section.

Check Corporate Housing Websites

If you want to limit your Internet search more toward corporate housing specifically, a growing number of website platforms now offer listings for corporate housing rentals across the United States. Websites like corporatehousing.com and furnishedhousing.com can be an excellent resource for renters looking for corporate housing providers, especially if your travels will take you to multiple locations. The primary disadvantage is that sites like these won’t always have localized information on things like the best neighborhoods, fastest commuter routes, etc. You might find comfortable accommodations, but your location may be inconvenient at best.

Book a Corporate Housing Rental in Atlanta

TP Corporate Lodging specializes in providing affordable short-term corporate apartments for business travelers in some of the finest furnished rental apartment complexes in Atlanta. To check out availability for your Atlanta home-away-from-home, call us today for a corporate rental quote at 800.428.9997.


How to Plan a Short-Term Stay in Atlanta

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 lodging 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.


Where to Stay in Atlanta While Filming

Between a mild climate, diverse shooting locations, and Georgia’s film-friendly tax incentives, it’s little wonder that Atlanta has become a major destination for film productions. One of the biggest obstacles filmmakers face, however, is where to stay in Atlanta while filming. Finding temporary housing or corporate lodging for film production teams can be particularly challenging, especially when housing larger crews or when you’re trying to coordinate your lodging near the shooting set. If you’re planning an extended stay for a film shoot, let’s do an overview of the options you have available.

Hotels

The first option travelers tend to look at — and the one that takes the least amount of thought — is to book some hotel rooms for your team. For a small crew on a very brief shoot, this might be your best option, especially if you’re booking on short notice. The disadvantages of hotels are that they can get very expensive very quickly, and for long stays your crew might get a bit cramped and fatigued over time. In addition, if you’re booking during a high tourist season or during a major event, you might run into trouble with availability.

Host Housing Platforms (e.g., Airbnb)

In recent years, online sites like Airbnb have given hotels a run for their money. The advantages here are that you can find actual furnished homes or apartments available for temporary stays, often for less than the cost of a hotel. However, since many hosts are private owners, quality control is often a risk factor — plus, finding available and convenient housing for a larger team can be akin to looking for a needle in a haystack.

Corporate Housing Agent

One great alternative to temporary housing in Atlanta is to work with a local corporate housing agent like TP Corporate Lodging. A local agent can do the heavy lifting for you by arranging fully furnished apartments for any number of guests, usually for a fraction of the cost of equivalent hotel stays. Your team will enjoy a full array of amenities plus all the comforts of home, so they’ll come to the set refreshed and ready to work. We can also arrange for locations that are either near your set or along established commuter routes for easy access.

If you need help figuring out where to stay in Atlanta while filming, TP Corporate Lodging can ease the burden. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn more.


5 Tips for Choosing Short-Term Stay Lodging

If a business or some other project requires you to visit another city for several weeks or a couple of months, you may run into some challenges when it comes to short-term corporate housing. Most housing options are either based on nightly stays (like hotels) or long-term stays (like apartment leases), and it seems there are few options in between. Nevertheless, with a bit of homework, it’s possible to find short-term lodging to suit your needs. Let’s look at five tips to help you find what you’re looking for.

1. Research locations.

Every city has different neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. If you’re coming to town on business, you naturally want to stay someplace that’s convenient to work — either within a short distance or at least along a convenient commute route. If you’re unfamiliar with the city, you’ll want to do a bit of research to target a few parts of town where you’d be comfortable staying.

2. Look at nearby amenities.

Another consideration when choosing short-term stay lodging is to look at what is nearby. You want to be in a place that’s convenient to amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, public transportation, etc. If you find temporary lodging that requires you to drive across town for all these things, it can be a drain on your time and energy. Your best bet is to stay someplace where amenities are either within walking distance or a short drive away.

3. Skip the hotels.

Hotels are convenient, and sometimes they offer lots of extras — but for stays lasting longer than a few days, they can get very expensive. Even extended stay hotels usually don’t feel much like home, and after a couple of weeks, it can start taking its toll on your psyche—and your wallet.

4. Be careful with online platforms like Airbnb.

Airbnb and similar platforms have become a popular alternative to hotel stays. You can often find fully furnished lodgings, complete with living, dining and kitchen, sometimes for less than a hotel. The downside is that many of these places are privately owned, so the quality may be inconsistent — and sometimes hosts are dishonest. If you go this route, be sure to look in Airbnb’s certified travel section or use Airbnb Plus to make sure you’re getting a reputable host.

5. Work with a local corporate housing company.

One of the best ways to choose short-term stay lodging in any community is to work with a local corporate lodging agency. Working with a local professional gives you the edge when it comes to finding the right neighborhoods and amenities, and these companies can help you get into a fully furnished apartment at a very reasonable rate.

If your short-term lodging needs bring you to Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging offers localized expertise as well as a selection of well-appointed, fully furnished apartments in some of the best complexes in town. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn more.


Where to Stay While Your Home Is Renovated

Undergoing a home renovation can be both an exciting and highly stressful time. You might be able to “rough it” in your home for a few weeks if you’re just remodeling one or two rooms. However, for a full gut renovation — or if your home is being repaired from an act of nature, etc. — you might need temporary lodging while construction is underway. Here are a few tips on where you might stay while your home is being renovated.

Friends or Family

Sometimes a good friend or relative might have an extra room or two for you and/or your family to stay while renovations take place. The up-side is that this is typically the cheapest option; the downside is that it can be uncomfortable staying in someone else’s home, and for extended stays, it can put a strain on relationships. (Also, some people simply don’t have those kinds of friends or relatives living close by.)

Hotel Stays

Hotels are usually a convenient choice for temporary stays due to renovations, and with the extra amenities and services, you can even treat it like a vacation at a resort. Some hotels are also geared toward extended stays, providing suites with kitchenettes or even full kitchens. There are usually three big challenges to hotel stays:

  1. They are expensive, especially over time;
  2. They can make you uncomfortable and claustrophobic over longer periods; and
  3. They may not have enough availability to accommodate extra-long stays, especially during peak seasons.

Vacation Rentals/Shared Housing Platforms

Another popular option for extended stays these days is to book a furnished home, vacation rental or apartment through platforms like Airbnb and others. These options can provide more of a home-like environment that helps during extended stays, but they can also get expensive over time, and because these units are often hosted by private individuals, the standards of quality can be inconsistent.

Temporary Corporate Housing

A fourth option to consider is to find temporary corporate housing through an agency like TP Corporate Lodging. This option gives you a fully furnished apartment with all the comforts of home, along with access to additional amenities the complex itself may provide — all for a fraction of the cost of most hotel stays. If you need to stay somewhere for several months while your home is renovated, corporate housing is often the most comfortable and affordable option.

If you need temporary lodging in Atlanta or Jacksonville during home renovations, TP Corporate Lodging can help. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn about current availability.