If you’re looking to change up your company travel or want to lower the cost of accommodation, you’re in the right place.
Blu Corporate Housing is going to show you how to lower the cost of travel while delivering more to staff while you’re at it.
The corporate travel market has experienced a huge resurgence. Demand is higher now than before the pandemic and shows no signs of slowing down.
Prices are rising too. If you book hotel rooms for staff, you’ll already have noticed how much more you’re paying now than before and typically get less for it too!
There is another way to manage company travel. Use corporate housing.
We’re going to share 5 compelling reasons why corporate housing is the answer to your company travel challenges.
We’ll also explain why it’s so much better than a hotel or using Airbnb.
1. Save money
The first reason to use corporate housing instead of a hotel is the cost savings. Even before hotels began putting prices up, you were already paying way too much for accommodation.
On average, you’ll pay less than half for corporate housing than you will for a comparable hotel room for stays of 30 days or more.
Clients we work with will save anywhere between 40-80% when they use a furnished rental through Blu than if they rented a hotel room of a similar standard.
When money is tight across the board and inflation is eating into profits, savings like this are too good to ignore!
If you manage to get more for less money, even better!
The exact level of savings will differ depending on the location, the length of stay, the number of people being accommodated and other factors, but on average, you’re going to save big.
House several staff within the same property and you can multiply those savings significantly!
2. Higher levels of satisfaction
Most professionals will cope with whatever accommodation you book for them. But it benefits everyone if they are happy with that choice.
The vast majority of staff who stay in corporate housing are happy with the choice.
You get more space to breathe and relax after work. You get more privacy and can fully kick back in your own space.
There is usually less noise too. No noisy hallways or TV noise coming through thin walls.
No queueing for the buffet breakfast, no having to wait for the bacon or coffee to be refilled before you can eat and no having to share the same space with other people.
Happy staff are more productive staff. If they are representing your company, that can have huge implications on future relationships.
It can also help with staff retention. Staff that feel valued and appreciated tend to stay in post longer, no matter the salary.
Feedback from our clients shows overwhelmingly that staff that use furnished rentals are much happier than those placed in hotels.
While hotels are great for vacations, they are much less suited to longer stays.
That is borne out in feedback we receive and is one of the reasons we think corporate housing delivers much more for corporate travelers.
3. Flexibility with bookings and services
Businesses have to be agile if they are to compete and need to react quickly to changes.
Using corporate housing can help with that.
You may need to book ahead of time, but we can help you with any change you might need. Need to stay longer? No problem? Need to accommodate more staff? No problem.
Need to change location or move to a new city? No problem.
We can help with any aspect of your rental and while there are contracts, rental periods and so on, we are flexible enough to appreciate things change.
We work a lot with project staff, construction teams, oil and gas workers and other roles that involve change.
Projects run over, locations change, new oil fields are discovered or construction projects are put on hold. Life happens and priorities change.
Work with Blu and you’re working with a partner who can appreciate change.
Flexibility for services is about being able to arrange housekeeping or grocery deliveries.
We can provide a wide number of value-add or essential services on demand.
Contact our team, let us know what you need and when and we’ll handle the rest.
Need to change a delivery day or increase housekeeping visits? No problem. Need to pause them while your people are indisposed for any reason? No problem.
4. Low effort high reward accommodation
This point is as much about us at Blu as it is corporate housing. We offer a largely hands-free experience to all clients and it is very well received.
Most companies have enough going on as it is without having to manage landlords, utilities and the many aspects of accommodating traveling staff.
Work with us and we take care of the majority of that for you.
Tell us where you need to be and when and we can shortlist suitable accommodation for you.
If you need to be close to somewhere specific, tell us and we’ll select accordingly. Need to house multiple staff in the same property? Tell us and we’ll handle it.
Once shortlisted, select your property of choice and we’ll book it and work with the landlord. We’ll ensure everything is ready for your arrival, including utilities, internet and any extra services you require.
If you need anything extra during the stay, we can arrange it. Need to change dates or the number of people? We’ll take care of it.
Once the rental is over, we’ll handle everything so your people can pack and leave without having to worry about anything.
This approach is also very useful for freelancers, startups and small businesses.
We work with a lot of consultants, contractors and other people who don’t work in large companies or corporations.
They also don’t have the time to handle every aspect of corporate housing, which is where we come in.
It doesn’t matter to us whether you’re a freelance project manager or part of a global multinational.
We do our best by everyone and aim to deliver what you need, when you need it and a superior level of service to every client.
5. Stay anywhere at any time
Blu has access to over 50,000 properties in over 5,000 cities across the country. Wherever you need to stay, we’ll have something close by.
Hotels are also plentiful, but there are times when they are not where you want to be.
Hotels tend to be in high traffic areas, Downtown, tourist areas, by airports or industrial zones.
If you don’t want to stay in these places, you’re out of luck.
Our corporate housing can help with that.
Need to stay close to an oil or gas field? We can help. Want to be close to a military base? We can help. Need to be close to a construction site or in a rural area? We can help with those too.
We have properties close to most larger government locations, military bases, colleges and universities, research centers, manufacturing centers, oil fields, medical districts and anywhere people tend to need to stay.
Work with Blu and you can choose from any of these housing options at any time. It’s all part of the service!
Corporate housing for company travel
As you can see, there are many reasons why corporate housing makes perfect sense for company travel.
Not only do you get more for a lot less, you also get flexibility, happier staff, a wider range of locations and the freedom to change your plans as your business needs.
Are you ready to make the change? Contact one of our team if you are!