Short-term rentals and serviced apartments are a great solution for people moving to Amsterdam (or other Dutch cities) for a few short months, and for employers looking to relocate staff members to the Netherlands for a temporary project.
You might be finding it difficult to navigate the range of housing options available in Dutch cities – from hotels and short-term lets to long-term serviced apartments. In this guide, Eva Valkhoff of ServicedApartments.nl and Corporate Housing Living takes a look at the benefits of different types of accommodation and explains how you can find the right property for yourself or for your employees in the Netherlands.
ServicedApartments.nl is a portal that helps you find apartments across the Netherlands. With more than 50 provider partnerships and over 6,000 apartments in its database, it is a one-stop shop for apartments across the Netherlands. The company has also recently launched Corporate Housing Living, which offers its own properties for longer-term rent.
Short-term apartments in Amsterdam
If you’re coming to Amsterdam for a few months, or moving some staff over for a short-term project, one of the main decisions you’ll face is whether to hire a serviced apartment or go the hotel route.
While a hotel might offer flexibility, the costs can soar – especially if you’re looking for a place in Amsterdam at short notice. An alternative to navigating the hotel market is to partner with an agent who specialises in serviced apartments right across the Netherlands.
Eva says: “By partnering with a company that specializes in serviced apartments, you can make sure you don’t miss out on the best properties. You should also enjoy similar flexibility to what you’d get with a hotel, in that you should be able to rent an apartment for any period from one day upwards”.
The benefits of serviced apartments in the Netherlands
As well as getting ahead of the game and securing the best properties, choosing a serviced apartment rather than a hotel can also offer you or your employees a better quality of life and make them feel more at home than simply staying in a hotel.
Eva says: “A serviced apartment should be fully furnished and include all of the utilities you will need – such as wi-fi, weekly cleaning, concierge services and linen changing. Some services will also include airport pickups and help with arranging car rentals”.
Long-term apartments in the Netherlands
Of course, short-stay rentals aren’t ideal for everyone, especially if you’re an employer moving staff over for a long-term project. With that in mind, some companies offer longer-term rental services, with properties available for periods ranging from six months up to two years.
Eva says: “A long-term rental in the Netherlands should offer expats an even higher quality of life. Long-stay apartments are larger and more homely, and often offer a more genuine, pleasant experience for workers who are considering moving to the Netherlands for longer periods of time.”
Keeping expat employees happy in the Netherlands
The best option for you in terms of accommodating your employees depends on the scale and time-frame of your project.
It’s important to remember that moving to a new country can be a complicated and overwhelming time in someone’s career – even taking into account the great opportunities on offer.
With this in mind, if you’re moving your staff to the Netherlands for a longer period, a spacious and furnished long-term let will make them feel considerably more comfortable in their new country than staying in a hotel.
Eva Valkhoff is head of Marketing & Communications at Corporate Housing Factory and its other labels ServicedApartments.nl and Corporate Housing Living, based in Amsterdam. After traveling the world quite a bit herself (but returning to her hometown), she understands like no other how important it is to feel at home while living abroad.Check out our corporate apartments