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 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 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 stay lodging. 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 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.

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.


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 lodging 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 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 units in many of Buckhead’s most coveted residential communities, including:

  • Amli 3464
  • Amli Buckhead
  • 92 West Paces
  • Cyan on Peachtree

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:

  • 77 12th
  • Sixty 11th
  • Ascent Midtown

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:

  • North Highland Steel
  • AMLI Ponce Park
  • AMLI Old 4th Ward
  • Inman Quarter

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:

  • Walton at Columns Drive
  • Walton at Riverwood
  • Bell Vinings

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:

  • Sync at Perimeter
  • Walton at Ashwood
  • Heights at Perimeter
  • The Bishop
  • Flats at Perimeter

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


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 which 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.


3 Temporary Housing Tips for Military Trainees

When a group of military personnel or allied forces come into town for military training exercises, finding appropriate temporary housing for everyone can be a challenge. Nowhere is this more applicable than in Jacksonville, Florida, which is home to multiple military bases where people come for training on a regular basis. Accommodations for military personnel are subject to certain rules and regulations, and for whatever reason, sometimes on-base accommodations just aren’t available. If you need to find temporary housing for military training, here are a few tips to help.

1. Focus on Proximity

For off-base military housing, it’s important to choose lodging that is as close to base as possible, or at least offers easy access to public transportation. Shifting traffic patterns can make it challenging for trainees to be on time, and the further from base they are, the more variables can be thrown in their way. If you’re shuttling trainees, arrange housing near a central pickup point near base. Otherwise, make sure your trainees have a clear path of access via public transportation.

2. Ask Nearby Hotels About Military Accommodations

Some local hotels understand military regulations regarding housing, and they are used to accommodating soldiers in town for temporary assignments. Sometimes, a hotel can also make adjustments to accommodate a larger contingency of military personnel. Identify hotels in the vicinity of base who may be structured to accommodate military needs. Some will have set policies for accommodating your trainees, while others may be able to make arrangements on a case-by-case basis.

3. A Better Alternative: Temporary Corporate Lodging

Yet another option — and one that may actually be better suited to the needs of military personnel — is to work with a local corporate housing agency like TP Corporate Lodging to arrange temporary housing. This type of agency can work well within the confines of military regulations and proximity needs to arrange housing in fully-furnished apartments in a variety of complexes near base. This option gives your trainees a more comfortable living situation and makes it much easier for you to arrange transportation to and from base as necessary. (The cost of corporate lodging is also much more competitive than many hotels.)

TP Corporate Lodging is proud to accommodate the specific needs of the U.S. military and their allies in providing temporary housing, both in Jacksonville, FL and Atlanta, GA. To learn more about available accommodations and to discuss your needs, give us a call at 800.428.9997.


Where to Stay After a Storm Damages Your Home

Severe weather can happen any time of year, but during the turbulent spring months, we’re frequently reminded of how much damage Mother Nature can do to our homes in just a few minutes. If floods, lightning, winds or hail displace you from your home, where can you stay comfortable while repairs are being made? Let’s explore your options on where to stay after your home is damaged by a storm.

Friends or Family

It’s not unusual for displaced families to stay with relatives or friends while their home is being repaired. While this is one of the most economical options, it’s not necessarily the best one. It’s challenging to maintain your own lifestyle when you’re under someone else’s roof. Living in guest quarters for extended amounts of time can make you claustrophobic and cause strained relationships with your hosts. Some people don’t even have the option of staying with friends or relatives, but if you do have that opportunity, weigh your options carefully. It may be months before you can move home again, and the money you save may not be worth the tax on the relationship.

Extended Stay Hotels/Airbnb

One option that gives you a bit more independence is to stay in a hotel during repairs. Many extended stay properties offer suites with seating areas, plus kitchenettes or full kitchens. A similar option might be to rent a furnished vacation home or apartment through a platform like Airbnb. The cost of your stay might even be fully or partly covered under your homeowner’s insurance, depending on your policy. The drawback with hotels is that even extended stay suites can feel claustrophobic over time, and not all Airbnb properties are geared for long-term stays. Also, these options are expensive, so if your stay is not covered, it doesn’t take long before it can start depleting your savings.

Corporate Housing

A third option, and one that can work quite well during home repairs, is to work with a corporate housing agency for extended stay lodging. With this option, you can stay in a fully-furnished apartment with all the comforts of home, along with any amenities offered by the complex. Corporate housing is the closest thing most people find to a “home away from home,” and for that reason, it works well in situations where you might be waiting months for your home to be livable again. Additionally, it comes at a fraction of the cost of most hotels.

If your home has been damaged in a storm and you need temporary lodging in Atlanta, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida, TP Corporate Lodging can help. Give us a call at 800.428.9997.


How to Find Temporary Film Production Lodging

In recent years, Atlanta’s booming film industry has begun rivaling Hollywood as a hub for film production. With this boom has also come an increased demand for short-term production housing. However, as part of the “growing pains” of a burgeoning industry, the challenge of finding temporary housing for production teams isn’t always cut-and-dried. What if your film budget doesn’t allow for enough hotel rooms? What if there aren’t enough rooms available during a shoot? What about commutes — how do you keep your team close enough to the set to arrive on time while avoiding heavy traffic arteries? How do you keep your team comfortable during film shoots that last for several months? To help you navigate these uncertain waters, we’ve put together a quick guide to temporary film production lodging in Atlanta.

Overview of Housing Options

If you’re trying to find enough housing for your Atlanta film cast and crew, there are generally three approaches you can take:

  • Booking hotel rooms — This is the most expensive option, and probably the least comfortable for extended stays. However, it may be your most logical choice for shorter film shoots that require easy booking and stays for a week or less.
  • Using an online rental platform (e.g., Airbnb) — Using this option, you can often find fully furnished homes and apartments, sometimes available for extended stays. While this option can be cheaper or at least comparable to hotel stays, it can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack to find the right fit for an entire crew of people — and many production teams don’t have the time to figure out all those details.
  • Booking short-term corporate housing using a local agency — This option enables you to book fully furnished apartments versus a hotel room, usually for a fraction of the cost. Corporate housing can be especially convenient and economical for shoots lasting longer than a month.

The option you choose will depend on a number of factors, including your budget, length of shoot, size of your crew and how much time your staff has to make travel arrangements for all of them. For more on choosing the best option, check out this guide to short-term rentals for Atlanta film professionals.

Logistical Concerns

Another angle to consider when making housing arrangements for a film crew is how to coordinate everyone and everything logistically. For example:

  • How do you arrange lodging that is either close to the set or along a convenient travel route?
  • What are your budgetary restrictions?
  • What about availability of housing? If you’re bringing in a large team for an extended length of time, how do you ensure there are enough available rooms for the entire shoot?
  • What about doubling/tripling up? Are there certain crew members who could bunk together as roommates? Are there any who can’t be put in the same lodging?

If all of these details seem overwhelming, you’re not alone. Many film projects struggle with working out all these details when their time and money would be better spent actually shooting the film! For more guidance on these issues, check out these tips for choosing film crew housing.

Working with a Corporate Housing Partner

Among the film production housing options in Atlanta, corporate housing proves to be a viable option for many film shoots, especially those lasting for more than a few weeks. By working with a corporate production housing partner like TP Corporate Lodging, you can streamline a lot of the logistical details because the housing partner makes those arrangements on your behalf. A local housing partner can arrange for comfortable, convenient lodging for even larger production teams — for months at a time, if necessary — saving you not only money but time and headaches, as well.

If you need to arrange temporary lodging for your film crew in Atlanta, TP Corporate Lodging can make this challenge much easier and cost-effective. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn more.


5 Tips for Coordinating Extended Business Travel

No matter how you slice it, planning a long business trip can be challenging. If you’re coordinating extended business travel for yourself, one of your employees, or an entire company, there are plenty of logistics to think about, including lodging, costs, safety concerns, health, etc. To make the task easier on you, here are 5 helpful tips for planning an extended business trip for yourself or your staff.

Make Travel Plans as Early as Possible

Sometimes, last-minute trips are unavoidable —but the sooner you can make travel arrangements for an upcoming trip, the better. You’re more likely to get better rates on airfare and lodging by booking early, and you may also be able to redeem travel rewards to save even more.

Pack Accordingly

Determining how to pack for an extended stay can be one of the most frustrating aspects of a business trip, largely because there’s a fine line between under-packing and over-packing. Using luggage with extra compartments can help conserve space, as can rolling clothes instead of folding them. Your packing should include the following basics:

  • Your work materials
  • Electronics and chargers (e.g., laptops, tablets, phones)
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes for a range of temperatures
  • Casual clothing along with business attire (you won’t be in meetings the entire time, after all)

Allow for Down Time in Your Schedule

Longer trips require a bit of pacing to keep yourself or your employees healthy and to prevent exhaustion. Try not to “hit the ground running”; instead, allow a day of downtime between travel days and work days to take a breath and regroup. While on the trip, be careful to allow enough space between appointments, and if the trip lasts more than a week, be sure to schedule days off.

Track Expenses

If things get hectic during a business trip, it can be easy to lose track of expenses. Try to adopt some sort of system to help you and your team keep track — not only to stay on budget, but to make sure you’re able to claim eligible deductions later.

Work with a Corporate Lodging Provider

For extended stays, short-term corporate housing is a safer, more affordable alternative to expensive hotels — plus working with a corporate lodging provider makes the entire process of coordinating extended business travel much easier because the lodging details are handled by a professional.

If you’re trying to coordinate a business trip to Atlanta or Jacksonville, TP Corporate Lodging can arrange for you and your team to stay in fully-furnished, comfortable apartments for less than the cost of a hotel. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 to learn more.