How to Find Short-Term Rentals for Atlanta Film Professionals

Given the recent quick rise of the Atlanta film scene and the sheer number of productions that now occur here on a regular basis, it should come as little surprise that short-term housing is a commodity for film professionals coming in for a shoot. Whether you are a filmmaker trying to bring your team into town for a project, or whether you’re a film professional trying to find somewhere to stay while you work on set for the next several months — finding affordable, comfortable housing can definitely be a challenge. Here are a few tips for Atlanta film professionals looking for short-term rentals in the area.

OPTION 1: Rent a hotel room

While this is your most convenient option, it’s also by far the most expensive. Even extended stay hotels can be pricey, and they usually don’t offer the comforts of home. Unless your shoot is less than 10 days, chances are this option isn’t worth the cost, especially if it eats up your budget.

OPTION 2: Use a vacation rental portal

Another quick way to land short-term rentals is to utilize one of several online platforms that have made it easy to locate and rent vacation rentals — sites like Airbnb and VRBO. The advantage here is that you can often find a decent fully-furnished apartment, rather than just a room with a bed. The disadvantages are that these often cost as much per night as a hotel, plus there is the challenge of finding a unit that is available for the length of time you need. (Many popular units book up months in advance.) Not to mention if you’re a filmmaker bringing a team to Atlanta, you’ll have to repeat the process for each teammate.

OPTION 3: Hunt for furnished month-to-month rentals

This option might get you more into your budget range, but in a market where most rentals come unfurnished, this task is tantamount to looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding an apartment for yourself or for several teammates should become your full-time job — film is your job. What’s more, on a production schedule, time is money. You probably can’t afford either.

OPTION 4: Work with a short-term housing agency

Aurelia Living RoomOne of the easiest and most affordable ways to land a short-term rental is to work with an agency dedicated to doing the legwork for you. A short-term or corporate housing agency specializes in providing comfortable, high-quality, fully furnished apartments for extended stays, many of which come with resort-like amenities. However, you won’t be paying hospitality industry prices for this convenience — in fact, you’ll usually pay far less per month than if you rented a hotel room.

TP Corporate Lodging offers fully furnished apartments in some of Atlanta’s finest complexes, and we’re dedicated to meeting the ongoing needs of the local film industry. If you’re an Atlanta film professional on the hunt for a short-term rental, give us a call at 800.428.9997.


Short-Term Housing Agencies Are Cheaper than Hotels

Manchester Living RoomWhen you come to a new city for an extended stay, whether for business, pleasure or a project of some kind, it’s always a challenge to find an affordable place to stay. Reserving a hotel room may be the most convenient route, but it’s also one of the most expensive options. As an alternative, consider renting a furnished apartment from a short-term housing agency. They are generally much cheaper than hotels, and for longer stays, they provide an environment that feels much more like home.

Why are hotels more expensive?

What makes a hotel stay (even at an extended-stay hotel) so much more expensive than renting short-term housing? There are several factors in play:

You’re paying for unneeded amenities and luxuries.

The cost of a hotel room is about much more than keeping the lights on; it’s also about all the extra premium amenities they make available to you, many of which you probably never use. You’re paying for the on-site restaurant and room service, for the fitness center and pool, for the concierge, and for the wages to pay all the people who provide these and other services. Meanwhile, you forfeit other things you might otherwise like to have — like a living room and an actual kitchen. You don’t have room service or door-to-door dry cleaning at home, so why pay for them at a hotel? (Most people prefer their own cooking, anyhow.)

You’re paying for convenience.

The simple fact that it’s so quick and easy to rent a hotel room drives the cost upward. Just as you pay twice as much for cough syrup at the convenience store as you would at WalMart, you’ll pay more for the same bed in a hotel than you’d pay in a furnished short-term apartment.

Hotels are catering to a different crowd.

You’re in town for an extended stay, which means you’re probably there to work. Hotels are more geared for vacationers and short-term business trips — people who expect to pay more for a quick, easy place to say, and people who want the types of amenities you get on vacation. You’re not on vacation right now, so why pay vacation rates?

Unless you have a generous expense account, you obviously don’t want your hard-earned business profits eaten up just by the cost of a hotel stay. Likewise, if you’re a business owner or corporate executive flying people in to help you with your project, you don’t want to pay for services and conveniences that really won’t benefit your employees, anyway. Not only are short-term housing agencies cheaper than hotels, but they also provide comfortable, fully furnished apartments that will make an extended stay far more pleasant and homelike.

If you need short-term housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, we’d love to help! Give TP Corporate Lodging a call at 800.428.9997 for information on current availability.


3 Tips for Finding a Short-Term Rental During a Home Renovation

So you’re embarking on a major home renovation that leaves your home temporarily unlivable. You need temporary housing, but you want to avoid the exorbitant expense of a hotel, as you may be displaced for more than a month. Additionally, doing a basic month-to-month rental on an apartment can be a challenge because most of these are unfurnished. Fortunately, there are other options that won’t necessarily break the bank. Here are 3 helpful tips for locating a short-term rental while your home is being renovated.

1. Check with friends

Believe it or not, sometimes word-of-mouth is your best bet for finding short-term housing. Spread the word to friends, family and coworkers letting them know you’re on the hunt for temporary shelter while your house undergoes renovation, and ask if they have any leads. You might be surprised by how many people have an empty guest house or vacation rental, or know someone who has one, who might give you a great deal. The advantage, of course, is that you might get in for free or cheap, and if it’s with someone you already know and trust, all the better. The downside is that you are limited in your options to maybe one or two places, and if you don’t know the referral that well, you could be taking a risk.

2. Check with a trusted subletting site

Many people these days are subletting their vacation homes and vacant apartments through websites like Airbnb and VRBO for extra cash. These listings often have a nightly, weekly and/or monthly rate attached. You can filter your search by location, number of bedrooms, amenities, etc., you can view photos of the apartment, and you can read reviews by others. The upside is that most of the time you can get a decent furnished place fairly quickly, and most are equipped with kitchens so you can avoid the hotel lifestyle. The downside is that these rentals are often as much as a hotel, and occasionally you run across a scammer. (NOTE: We do NOT recommend finding a sublet on Craigslist, as these listings are rarely vetted and are a breeding ground for scam artists.)

3. Consider a corporate housing agency

temporary housingOne fairly reliable alternative to finding short-term rentals is to consult a corporate housing company. These agencies focus on providing fully-furnished temporary housing for people who need it — and while many of their clients are corporate travelers on extended stays or in the process of relocating for work, these units are often ideal for locals who just need a place to live for a couple of months. You can specify the amount of space and type of amenities you need, and the agency will get you into an apartment that fits the bill, for a fraction of what it costs to stay at an extended stay hotel.

If you require a short-term rental in Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging offers a great selection of fully furnished apartments in prime locations in both of these cities. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to see what we have available.


5 Top Furnished Corporate Housing Options in Jacksonville

Jacksonville corporate housing optionsAs the biggest hub for commerce and business in North Florida, Jacksonville has much to offer the extended-stay corporate traveler. TP Corporate Lodging works with some of the best apartment communities in the best neighborhoods to make sure you have access to the best corporate housing options in Jacksonville. Below is a summary of five of our most popular locations.

1. Downtown: The Strand

Located at the river’s edge in downtown Jacksonville, The Strand offers the finest in luxury high-rise living. Each luxury apartment features an open floor plan and all appliances (including washer/dryer), plus an extra-large soaking tub in the master bath for unwinding after a long day. Enjoy a private balcony with amazing views, as well as property perks like a sundeck/swimming pool, fitness center, club room/game room and more. Step outside to the popular St. John’s Riverwalk, or enjoy the fine shops and restaurants nearby!

2. Riverside: Bell Riverside

Located at the door step of the historic Five Points neighborhood, Bell Riverside offers a completely different look at downtown Jacksonville with amazing views of the riverfront and skyline. The well-appointed, open concept apartments feature in-unit washer/dryers, 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops and more! Lounge by the river on the sundeck, swim in the pool, get a great workout at a state-of-the-art fitness studio, or step out and enjoy the Bohemian flavor of Five Points. Bring the dog: this community is pet friendly!

3. Town Center: The Four at Deerwood

Situated in the commercial heart of Jacksonville, The Four at Deerwood combines comfort and convenience with resort-style living. This pet-friendly community features elegantly appointed apartments with plenty of extras like crown molding, front-loading washer/dryers and high-speed Internet. During your down time, relax in one of the cabanas in the courtyard surrounding the saltwater pool, give the dog some exercise at the pup park, watch the game on the large-screen TV in the club room or catch a film in the state-of-the-art screening room. This complex is also minutes from St. John’s Town Center, J’ville’s premier shopping and dining destination.

4. Southside: Cabana Club

For the perfect blend of convenience, comfort and luxury, it’s hard to beat the Cabana Club, a top-shelf community in Jacksonville’s coveted Southside neighborhood. Step into a tropical paradise with lush landscaping (including a waterfall!) enveloping a large pool area with surrounding cabanas. Work out in the fitness center, take a run along the jogging paths or catch a game of tennis, all while having your car detailed at the car care center. Even the dog gets pampered here, with a community dog run and pet spa. Perhaps best of all, Southside is convenient to shopping, dining, the riverwalk and the beaches — just about anything you’d want, only minutes away!

5. Beaches: The Beach House

For the ultimate getaway after a long day at work, head home to The Beach House, a luxury apartment community in Jacksonville Beach! The spacious units in this complex offer features such as gourmet kitchens, washer/dryer and private balconies. Enjoy a swim at the pristine swimming pool, or get your workout on the jogging trail or fitness center. Better yet, take a walk to the beach and clear your mind by the water (after all, isn’t that why you’re here?). With convenience to shopping, dining and other services — and only a short drive from downtown Jacksonville — there’s no reason you can’t enjoy beachside living during your extended stay.

TP Corporate Lodging offers comfortable furnished corporate housing options in these and many other properties throughout Jacksonville, for less than you’d pay for a typical extended stay hotel!


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5 Top Furnished Corporate Housing Options in Atlanta

Old Fourth Ward BuildingWhen you come to Atlanta on business for an extended stay, the last thing you want to be worried about is how to be comfortable at the end of a long day. That’s why TP Corporate Lodging works with some of the top complexes in the best Atlanta neighborhoods to provide quality furnished corporate housing with plenty of amenities and creature comforts. Below, we’ve spotlighted just five of the top furnished corporate housing options that Atlanta has to offer.

1. Midtown: Sky House South

It’s high-rise luxury in the heart of Atlanta! Sky House South offers elegant, modern 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units in with private balconies and spectacular city views. Work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center, swim in the rooftop salt-water pool, enjoy a game of pool in the club room or grill steaks on the terrace. Park your car in the controlled-access garage and walk to the multitude of shops, restaurants and other attractions Midtown has to offer.

2. Buckhead: Phipps Place Apartments

Situated in the heart of Buckhead near the popular Phipps Plaza, Phipps Place is a resort-like complex featuring landscaped courtyards and an inviting swimming pool with outdoor grills all around. Entertain colleagues in the outdoor kitchen area with large screen LED TV, work out in the 24-hour fitness center, get some extra work done in the Executive Business Center, or step outside to enjoy some of the finest shopping and dining options Buckhead has to offer!

3. Old Fourth Ward: BOHO4W

Located in one of Atlanta’s oldest-yet-newly-revitalized neighborhoods, BOHO4W lets you take in the eclectic vibe of the area with easy access to Ponce City Market, the new Beltline trail and more! Amenities here include a steam room, Olympic-sized pool, jogging/bike trail, cabana, and a fitness center with your own personal trainer available if you want one!

4. Sandy Springs: Citizen Perimeter

Enjoy the finest of Atlanta’s suburban life at Citizen Perimeter, one of the area’s finest luxury complexes. Bright, well-appointed apartments offer plenty of space, elegant finishes and private balconies with gorgeous views. Relax at the saltwater pool, get some exercise at the fitness center, or walk 3 blocks to the shops and restaurants of Perimeter Mall. With an on-site pet walk area and pet spa, you can even bring the dog along!

5. Vinings: Walton Riverwood

Relax with resort-style amenities in one of the Atlanta metro’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Walton Riverwood is a pet-friendly community offering bright, clean luxury apartments with open floor plans, high ceilings, granite countertops and more. Amenities include a pool, 2-story fitness facility, on-site dog run and pet spa area, library and rooftop deck with views of the Atlanta skyline. Conveniently close to great shops, restaurants and a movie theater.

These are just a few of the dozens of prime locations where TP Corporate Lodging offers comfortable furnished corporate housing options in Atlanta — all for less money than you’d pay for a comparable extended stay hotel.


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Why Companies Benefit from Partnering with Corporate Housing Agencies

doing businessAs a busy, thriving company, you’ve got a slew of projects happening in various locations across the country. At any given time, you need to send key team members (or perhaps a whole team) to another location to work on a particular project. The expenses involved with moving and housing these employees can be staggering if you house them in hotels, let alone the logistics of food, rental cars, etc. This is just one scenario in which companies like yours can benefit from partnering with corporate housing agencies. It’s a great alternative that simplifies the process of temporary or permanent employee relocation, cutting your costs significantly in the process.

Advantages of working with an agency

A corporate housing agency can make your employee transitions much less stressful and more productive in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the advantages of partnering with an agency to handle this part of your business:

1. Turnkey solutions

Once your employee relocation needs have been established, the agency can handle the details of providing fully-furnished apartments for your team members. No need to spend valuable man-hours scouring the Internet, making reservations at multiple hotels with limited vacancies. With one point of contact, you can book accommodations for as many employees as you need. The agency handles it from there.

2. Better living/working conditions for your team

Extended hotel stays have a tendency of increasing stress, lowering morale and reducing overall productivity. By housing your employees in corporate apartments, you create a “home away from home” environment for them with more comfortable accommodations that allow them to decompress more easily when they are off the clock. In this way, you’re adding value to your team, improving their benefits and enhancing their incentive to do a good job. It’s a win-win situation for all.

3. Flexibility in planning

Furnished corporate apartments can be reserved for a little as 14 days, or as long as several months. Staying in a fully furnished apartment allows your employees to remain focused for longer spans of time, if necessary.
More cost efficient. Corporate housing offers better living conditions for your team at a fraction of the cost of hotels.

Companies that can benefit from corporate housing partnerships

A partnership with a corporate housing agency can be beneficial for a wide range of companies. Here are a few examples:

  • Project based companies (for example, construction companies, film production companies)
  • Government employees and contractors
  • Insurance companies (corporate housing can be an excellent solution for insurance companies who need temporary shelters for displaced clients
  • Companies in the process of expansion
  • Any other application that requires the temporary relocation of multiple employees

If your company does business in Atlanta or Jacksonville and you need accommodations for employees in these areas, you might greatly benefit from partnering with a local corporate housing agency. To learn more about how we can help, call TP Corporate Lodging today at 800-428-9997.


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Jacksonville

Jacksonville skylineAs north Florida’s primary commercial and financial center, Jacksonville, Florida serves as a corporate headquarters for some of the world’s most notable banks and corporations. As such, there is a high demand for Jacksonville corporate housing as various business travelers come to the city for extended stays. For these long-term visitors, choosing the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville presents a challenge. What options are available, what are the benefits of each, and most importantly, how does one manage the cost?

Below are a few of the most common options for short-term corporate housing in Jacksonville, each having its own potential benefits and drawbacks.

Standard Hotels

By default, many people look at hotels at a number of different price points when staying in a city other than home. This option is fine for stays of a few days, but once it becomes weeks or months, the costs can really add up. In addition, the standard hotel room frequently lacks in seating and space. While some upscale hotels try to compensate for this detail with a variety of services and amenities, it can still be uncomfortable for extended stays.

Extended Stay Hotels

Specifically designed for travelers planning to stay for a week or longer, extended stay hotels offer a variety of room styles ranging from studios to multi-room suites, frequently offering equipped kitchens or kitchenettes so guests can cook their own food. These hotels range widely in price, but they are still generally quite expensive in comparison to renting an apartment. They also try to accommodate guests with standard hotel amenities, but many corporate travelers don’t use them because they are busy working.

Vacation/Short-term Rentals

Services like AirBnB have gained in popularity in recent years because they allow homeowners to rent out their furnished homes or apartments to visitors as though they were a hotel. In Jacksonville, this option frequently attracts tourists and vacationers, as well as corporate travelers. While this option (when it works properly) can make long-term visitors feel more at home, one main drawback is a lack of accountability that frequently causes the unit to be different or less accommodating than advertised. For example, units might not be kept clean, might not match the photo, and in more extreme casess do not exist at all. Additionally, this option frequently costs about as much as a hotel would.

Corporate Housing

Yet another option for corporate travelers is to stay in designated temporary housing administered by a corporate lodging agency. Many guests find this option highly convenient because they can stay in a fully furnished apartment that feels very much like a home, but for a fraction of the cost of a hotel, and without paying for extra amenities they won’t use. Apartments can be strategically located near the workplace or public transportation, or convenient to amenities like shopping, dining and leisure activities.

While these housing options may appeal to different people for different reasons, many corporate travelers find corporate lodging to be the best corporate housing option in Jacksonville. T.P. Corporate Lodging offers a wide range of fully furnished 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments, located in some of Jacksonville’s most popular neighborhoods, for remarkably reasonable rates. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.


The Best Hotel Alternative for Business Travelers

airy roomYou’re traveling to another city on business, and your company needs you to stay on for a few weeks, or even a few months. You can’t bear idea of staying cooped up in a hotel for that length of time, let alone consider the high cost. Extended stay hotels aren’t much better, and finding a furnished place through a marketplace platform like Airbnb can be unpredictable at best. So what is the best hotel alternative for business travelers?

One of the best alternatives is to rent short-term dedicated corporate housing in the form of a fully-furnished apartment, preferably through a service like TP Corporate Lodging. Here are a few reasons why this may be the most advantageous choice.

They feel more like home

Hotels are fine for several days at a time, but even suite hotels and extended stay studios can feel cramped after awhile. Corporate apartments come in 1, 2 or 3-bedroom units, allowing you more living space and the feeling of a “home away from home,” so you are better able to relax and decompress at the end of a long day. There are even pet-friendly accommodations available, which means you don’t need to leave Fido behind.

They’re move-in ready

Corporate housing is fully furnished, and your agency can provide any additional furnishings or amenities you need for your stay. “Fully furnished” doesn’t just mean furniture; it means a welcoming décor, a kitchen fully equipped with appliances, dishes and cooking utensils, a vacuum cleaner, linens — everything you would normally keep around at home. This means you don’t have to make multiple trips to the store when you get there; everything you need is already in the apartment, or it will be provided on request.

You can stay near where you work

Corporate apartments are strategically situated near some of the most popular commercial hubs in town, so it’s easier to get a place to live near where you work, greatly reducing or eliminating your commute. (Of course, if you’re working in a beach town and you don’t want to be near work, you can arrange corporate housing near the resorts, as well.)

You don’t have to pay for what you’re not using

Much of the cost of hotels comes from a wide range of amenities that most guests don’t even use. While it’s great to have room service, a fitness center and a day spa on site, if you don’t avail yourself of these services, why pay for them? With corporate housing, the cost goes toward things you’re actually use.

They’re more affordable overall

Corporate housing is surprisingly affordable — in fact, a fully furnished apartment consistently costs less per month than a hotel or vacation rental. For extended stays, this presents an excellent alternative to paying premium rates for weeks at a hotel.

If your business ventures bring you to Atlanta, Georgia or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable, fully-furnished 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a strategic location, for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. Give us a try, and we believe you’ll concur that furnished corporate housing is the best hotel alternative for business travelers. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997.


8 Steps to Take Before Moving into Temporary Housing

Traveling with luggageWhen you’re moving into temporary housing, whether as part of a short-term project or an eventual relocation, the devil is in the details. Any move can be stressful, whether temporary or permanent — but when you have to keep track of details in two locations, the complications can quickly multiply.

The good news is that with a bit of advance planning, it is possible to transfer into your temporary home with a minimal amount of stress, so you can stay focused on the tasks in front of you. Here are 8 important steps to take before you move into temporary housing.

1. Find out what is included in your housing before packing your things.

Many corporate or extended stay apartments come fully furnished, so in most of these cases you won’t need to move any furniture. However, the apartment may not have more unique items that you want or need. For example, if you’re a chef or a cooking enthusiast, you might want certain utensils for the kitchen that the agency won’t typically provide. Be sure to obtain a complete inventory list from your corporate housing agency of everything in the apartment, and look it over carefully so you don’t load your luggage or your car with a bunch of stuff that is already included.

2. Pack only items you definitely want or need.

“Needs” obviously include work-related materials, computers and some of your other electronic devices, as well as clothing or important documents. “Wants” may include items you simply don’t want to do without. For example, linens will likely be included in a fully furnished apartment, but you may want your own pillow, towels or bed sheets. Try to keep the “wants” to a minimum unless you have unlimited hauling space. In determining what to bring with you, consider what you might want/need from the following categories:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Electronic devices
  • Books/reading materials
  • Linens
  • Special cooking utensils or appliances
  • Important documents
  • Personal valuables

3. Pack appropriate clothing.

Consider the climate where your new temporary home is located, and be sure to pack enough clothing appropriate to the environment. The amount of clothing you pack should depend on factors like how frequently you plan to do laundry, how many business meetings or formal functions you might attend, etc. Also, if your extended stay will take you through a change of seasons (for example, summer into fall), remember to bring those clothes as well.

4. Sort and label your belongings.

This step is extremely important if you don’t want to lose anything (and if you don’t want to be charged for accidentally taking things included in the home). Since you’ll be likely mixing your personal belongings with items included in your temporary housing, clearly label everything that is yours. That way, you will always be able to differentiate, and when you move out, you’ll know what you brought with you. (Also remember to label anything you buy while you’re living there.)

5. Make mail delivery arrangements.

If you’re staying longer than 14 days, the USPS can forward your mail to another address for up to a year. If you’re giving up your old place, you might just want to do a change of address, or rent a PO Box so you don’t have to change your address twice. Make arrangements with the Post Office accordingly.

NOTE: If you have magazine and newspaper subscriptions, the Post Office will only forward these for 60 days. If you plan to stay longer, contact these publications to change your address to your new temporary location so you don’t miss them.

6. Make decisions regarding storage.

You may have external storage needs in both places, depending on your situation. If you’re planning to let go of your old home in your former city, plan to store anything you aren’t bringing. If you need to bring more with you than you can effectively keep in the apartment, you may need to rent a small storage space in your new city, as well.

7. Make permanent moving arrangements, if necessary.

If this temporary move is precursory to a permanent one, you’ll need to make arrangements at some point to move the rest of your belongings. You may choose to hire movers to bring all your belongings with you and store what you don’t need, or you may choose to keep those items in storage in your former city until you need them (or until you’re more certain where and when you’ll be settling). Any moving arrangements you can do now will save you the complications of doing them later.

8. Do a final check to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

When preparing for your move, you may want to start a running check list of things you want to bring, and things you need to do. Before making the actual move, go over this list carefully and make sure you have everything you intended to bring, and that every task is complete. It’s much easier to make any corrections on this side of the move than it will be once you’ve made the move. (You don’t want to arrive only to discover you’ve forgotten to bring something critical.)

When you’re ready to move into temporary housing in Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can set you up in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment for far less than a hotel. For more information, call us today at 800-428-9997


Choosing the Best Corporate Housing Option in Atlanta

Here in Atlanta, the demand for extended stay and short-term corporate housing options has never been greater. Not only is Atlanta the corporate headquarters for some of the top corporations in the world, but as Adweek reports, Atlanta is now one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for TV and film production, having grown to be the nation’s third largest production hub over the past few years.

Atlanta skylineNeedless to say, the production industry alone draws thousands of people to Atlanta each year for short-term stays during film and TV shoots. It also creates a dilemma — how to choose the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Where can these people stay for weeks or months at a time without spending all their hard-earned money on housing?

When coming to a city like Atlanta for an extended stay, people generally default to one of several options, many of which present certain drawbacks. Let’s look at a few of the most common corporate housing options, and be sure to check out our breakdown of the cost comparison between hotels and corporate lodging.

Option 1: Hotels

While standard and luxury hotels go out of their way to make their guests feel comfortable by offering plenty of amenities, there’s only so much they can do. Hotel rooms typically feel cramped, lack seating or cooking options, and can be very expensive even at discounted rates.

Option 2: Extended Stay Hotels or Suites

Some hotels specifically try to attract the corporate traveler by positioning themselves as “extended stay” hotels, either outfitting standard hotel rooms with kitchenettes or designing the rooms as small suites, studios or apartments with equipped kitchens. They often “sweeten the pot” by offering additional resort-style amenities like a pool, fitness center, free breakfast and other features. This option gives the corporate traveler more comfort, but it is still usually a high price to pay, especially if the individual is too busy to enjoy the extra amenities.

Option 3: Short-term Rentals/Vacation Rentals

Yet another option for some travelers is to seek out short-term or vacation rentals through a website like AirBnB. Through these services, owners can rent their unused furnished homes or apartments out to visitors on a nightly, weekly or monthly basis as a source of income. The difficulties with this type of service are that 1) The cost can be equivalent to that of a hotel; and 2) There are flaws in oversight and accountability, which means travelers often find housing that is different or of lower quality than advertised, or in some cases doesn’t even exist.

Option 4: Dedicated Corporate Housing

A fourth option, one that provides several key benefits, is to stay in designated short-term housing provided by a corporate housing agency like TP Corporating Lodging. This option allows the traveler to rent a fully furnished apartment where they can set up more of a home-like routine without paying for amenities they don’t need, all for significantly less money than it would cost to stay in a hotel.

Among these choices, many corporate travelers find the fourth choice to be the best corporate housing option in Atlanta. Whether you’re coming for a few weeks or planning for an eventual long-term move, TP Corporate Lodging can help bridge the gap by placing you in a comfortable 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in a great Atlanta neighborhood. For details, call us at 800-428-9997.