An aparthotel describes a type of accommodation which, in contrast to the classic hotel, primarily offers accommodation units with cooking facilities - i.e. at least two hotplates, sink and refrigerator - and a living and sleeping area which are at least functionally separated. The services offered by an aparthotel largely correspond to those of a hotel, i.e. a change of towels and bed linen and regular room cleaning are included in the price. As a rule, the offer is supplemented by gastronomic services and a leisure area. The equipment of an aparthotel usually includes breakfast, a small conference room and a fitness or wellness area.
The reception is usually staffed 24 hours a day. Thus, aparthotels offer much more service and extended in-house facilities compared to apartments with service, depending on the concept. In this area, there are also so-called mixed concepts that combine hotel rooms and serviced apartments and thus offer a full service.
It is worth mentioning that prices also rise with increasing service levels, as guest care and hospitality are personnel-intensive. In return, the average length of stay decreases. In an aparthotel, a long stay is defined as a stay of 15 nights or more.