For stays of a day, a week, a month or a year, serviced apartments (also known in the sector as Aparthotels, corporate housing or extended stay housing) offer a spacious, flexible and cost effective alternative to restrictive hotel rooms, with an average saving of 15 - 30% on an equivalent standard hotel.    more


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August 10, 2012

The Apartment Service has been nominated for an EMMA!!! by Bard Vos

The Apartment Service is pleased to announce that we have been nominated for a prestigious EMMA Award (Expatriate Management & Mobility) organised by the Forum for Expatriate Management in the category Best Corporate Housing Provider. The ceremony will take place on the 19th October at Plaza Riverbank in London. For more information about the awards and all nominated companies, please click here.



The Apartment Service provides since 1981 bespoke solutions for temporary serviced accommodation requirements worldwide. For an initial consultation why not give us a ring on 020-89443612 or email



July 6, 2012

The Lisbon (Santos River) Team - a token of appreciation for going the extra mile!! by Bard Vos

Our team in Lisbon meets many clients every week when they check in or out of their serviced apartment in Santos River. Almost all of them are very happy and have enjoyed their stay or are looking forward to it. However it does not happen too often that this appreciation is being expressed in the form of a beautiful bouquet of flowers.



 Therefore the joy and surprise shows in the faces of Sofia and Maria when they were presented with this bouquet earlier this morning, by a client who had checked in and was so pleased with the first overall impressions. All in all this makes for a good Friday!!!


The Lisbon Team


Luisa, Sofia, Maria






June 25, 2012

My business trip to Paris by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

This June I went to Paris on a business trip,thecapital and largest city ofFrance located onthe riverSeine.Paris, the world's most popular city destination and has plenty of must-see places. Among them: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs- Elysees or Versailles Palace.With millions tourists annually in the city,Paris is themost visited city in the world. However Paris isALSOtoday one of the world's leadingbusiness centers, and its influences inpolitics,education,fashionand thearts contribute to its status as one of the world's majorglobal cities. The business district is situated in La Defense where major hotel brands operate and compete.
This time I have had the pleasure to stay in an Adagio property. Adagio Montmartre is situated near the Sacre Coeur, an amazing apartment in a unique location with great views of the whole of Paris. I would definitely recommend these apartments to anyone staying for business or leisure purposes.
Joaquin Cababie
International Property Coordinator- Suppliers
The Apartment Service
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June 18, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Javier Serrano - BDE Roomspace Serviced Apartments by Bard Vos



Hi, my name is Javier Serrano and I am originally from Madrid, Spain. I am graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA (Honours) Degree in Hospitality & Business Management, and I have recently finished my MBA at the EOI Business School in Madrid. I have gained experience over the last 2 years in Business Development and I have over 9 years experience within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry.


Back in London I have been working over five years in a four star hotel chain where I learnt, evolved and grown as a staff member and as part of the management team of the company. My last positions were as Guest Relations Manager, Assistant Reception Manager and Catering Manager among others. In addition to my University studies I have also completed different training in Hospitality and Business which have enhanced and improved my managerial skills, including; Time Management & Delegation, Coaching, Recruiting & Selection and Appraisal Skills for operatives.


I have also worked for an airlines company at the Madrid airport for over three years where I had the chance to improve my business knowledge in different areas having the opportunity, along with another four supervisors that accompanied me along the research and implementation of the different tasks and processes, to create and consolidate a new department with regards to the Cargo business functions of the company I was working for.


I just moved back to London again in February 2012, and three months after I joined the Apartment Service. The atmosphere is great and I look forward to the challenges ahead and the experience and knowledge I will gain from all the team at The Apartment Service. 


The opportunity to work abroad and to deal with different cultures and work environments are of great interest in my professional and personal development. 



June 15, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Lucia Abela - Guest Liaison Executive by Bard Vos

My name is Lucia, some of you already know me from working here before a year ago - I worked for a long time in reservations and then moved over as a Corporate Development Consultant. I then left (stupidly) and have now returned with a vengeance. 

I am now a Guest Liaison Executive and deal with arrival and departure confirmations / anything that Mario needs a hand with and when Mario is not here to deal with any complaints. 

I am very pleased to be back and to see familiar faces and some new ones too! Watch this space!!!



June 15, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Marcelo de Souza Marinho - Sales Support by Bard Vos

I am from Brazil. I have worked in the hotel business  since I came to England in 1996. From 2008-2011 I returned to Brazil to Recife, but came back to London last year in May. 

I have a degree in sport and science and enjoy watching and practicing any sport. I speak Spanish, Portuguese and English. I love Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Brazilian food and I have 2 dogs and a cat. I love carnival too and the world cup. Music wise I am very eclectic. 

Marcelo Marinho

June 14, 2012

Staff Introductions - June 2012 / Gary Mehmet (Account Manager Agents) by Bard Vos

Hi there.


I have just joined the Apartment Service team as an Account Manager-Agents.


I am excited to be part of the team and really looking forward to the challenge of further developing the relationships in place with our Agency partners. My background is very much hotel based. My career started in 2001, after graduating from the University of Brighton with a BA Hons-International Hospitality Management. My first position back then, was as a graduate trainee manager for 4* Hilton Bracknell, Berkshire. I gained some very valuable operations experience at this hotel and met some wonderful people, many are still close friends of mine today. During this period, I worked in various departments including Reservations, Front desk, Meetings and Events, Food and Beverage and Guest Relations, all of which helped me to gain an insight into how complex a hotel operation can be.


After two years, following the recommendations of my General Manager, John Hunt, I made a decision to move away from operations and into the world of sales.


Over the past 9 years I have worked hard to gain experience in sales. I have been fortunate to work for some strong brands including Best Western Hotels, Jurys Inn and Millennium and Copthorne Hotels.


I have worked my way from Sales researcher to Sales executive to Corporate Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager and I have experience working with Leisure and Corporate markets.


My most recent position has been as an Account Director for Millennium Gloucester and Baileys, South Kensington with a joint turnover of £30M.


On a personal note, I am married to Leanne Mehmet (Senior Corporate Sales Manager for Qatar Airlines) and we have two children together; Samuel Gary Mehmet 5 years old and Ava Leanne Mehmet (5 months).



Kind regards





Gary Mehmet

June 8, 2012

My business trip to Zürich - by Joaquin Cababie by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury

Last month I went on a business trip to Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland. It is located in the centre of the country by the Lake Zurich and surrounding by the beautiful Alps.

Zurich is among the world's largest financial centers and it is home of big banking institutions and also Google. It is also considered to be the wealthiest city in Europe. The high quality of life and low rate of tax attracts overseas companies to set up their headquarters there. The Swiss people tend be reserved but very hospitable. I have had the pleasure to stay with Swiss Boarding House which look after me very well while I was there. The location and the quality of the apartment was great and the best place to be based for your leisure or business purposes in Zurich. I highly recommend this place to everyone.



May 24, 2012

TAS at the ITM conference in Manchester, 21-23 May 2012 by Bard Vos & Maggy Sainsbury


We arrived at the Hotel early Monday afternoon. We had a little mooch around Manchester and grabbed a coffee before getting ready to attend the First timers meeting!! ~ There were about 60 first timers in the meeting so we all swapped details with our Spot me devices and proceeded to head to the free bar which lasted all night!! Then the networking began!! There were about 300 people there from all different levels, some who had been there many times before and lots of ITM virgins like us! We ate a fantastic basket meal whilst doing a quiz watching duelling pianos and quaffing wine…..


The following morning a wee bit groggy from last night’s antics we gulped a coffee and grabbed a breakfast before more networking and seminars began... Here we met Huw Edwards (news reader) our moderator for the duration of the conference. He was extremely funny and very good at his job and was happy to talk to us minions!! The rest of the day was taken up with seminars and networking, all very interesting and educational.

The highlight of the whole event was the Gala dinner which was fantastic. We sat with a great table that included the head honcho of BA as well as a head hunter and travel manager of UTS! We were entertained by the Rat Pack and an auction! Plenty more booze flowed and the dancing began……


Again we woke up a tad woozy from the night before but ready to commence our last day of the conference! We had some great seminars booked including Loose Women and a great one on presenting skills and tactics! Finally we closed with an inspirational speech from Steve Cram who was funny and positive! He has promised us that we will come no less than 4th in the Olympics this year… so fingers crossed!!


All in all a great conference roll on next April in Windsor!


Tess & Renata 


Tess & Renata ready for some serious networking


For a full set of pictures of the conference, please click here

May 16, 2012

The Apartment Service at the Totally Expat Show - 14 May 2012 by Kylie Mann


The Apartment Service once again exhibited at the 3rd Annual London Totally Expat Show on Monday. This year it was held in a new location at the Business Design Centre, which was bright, airy and easily accessible from Angel Underground Station. It was a delight arriving at 8am to find our stand had already been delivered. After setting up the TAS stand we had time for a quick coffee and a chat, with familiar faces we had seen at EuRA a few weeks before.



The exhibition opened at 10am and as always it was well attended and the TAS stand was constantly buzzing. We had a brilliant stand located in the centre of the exhibition which allowed easy access to network with both our existing and new Global Mobility clients. The Totally Expat show is not only a great opportunity for TAS to interact with like minded professionals, but to also attend seminars to further enhance our knowledge of the industry that we have a strong passion for.

We look forward to exhibiting again next year!


Kylie Mann

The Apartment Service 


Sales Manager Sara Calvo - ready to receive visitors to the Apartment 

Service stand. 


For a full set of pictures of the Totally Expat Show, please click here

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