Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Home Serviced Home

I am currently living in a "serviced apartment," a phrase which overstates both components of its name.

I have rented rooms in a "mansion," which in Asian usage refers to an apartment house. Smaller hotel-style rooms, including mine, are on the third through sixth floors, and are rented by the day, week or month. Larger one-bedroom flats with kitchens are on the seventh and eighth floors and are all leased through next spring. The staff refer to the guests on the top floors as "the residents."

I inhabit a 500-square-foot space, furnished with bed, desk, shelves, cabinets, table, couch, refrigerator, cable TV, air conditioning and a private bathroom with Western toilet and shower. The entire building is wi-fi. By the standards of this provincial Thai town, the set-up is impossibly posh. Americans would find the lodgings akin to a nice Ramada.

The mansion provides some of the services of a hotel. Food service is available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the maids visit three times a week. Other than that, you're on your own.

These accommodations cost $13 a day.


Blogger Dave Williams said...

When will you be buying that place out and re-branding it as a Lukas Lodgings Resort?

4:02 AM  

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