Self catering accommodation – how to avoid common traps?

Hotels have their advantages, but they are not for everyone – and not for every occasion. Self-catering accommodation is a great alternative. However, when choosing the flat to rent, you should pay attention to some crucial aspects.

Sometimes, a hotel is just the most convenient option – you don’t have to worry about anything, including the catering. On the other hand, relying on hotel service and restaurants is costly in the long run and not always convenient. In addition, the hotels may have limited possibilities in adjusting to dietary restrictions and requirements. And, last but not the least, accommodation catering doesn’t push you to discover the variety of local cuisine. Often, the catering menu is designed to satisfy international tastes. Thus, the chefs do not draw from local traditions. 

In order to be more self-sufficient and independent, it’s worth choosing a self catering accommodation. This way, you can discover the local gastronomic scene, or cook at home, reducing the overall costs of your stay. What to remember about when choosing your accommodation?

#1 Check the appliances

The most common issue with the self-catering apartment is the lack of appliances. An independent accommodation provider may advertise its “fully equipped kitchen”, but the truth is, this expression is subjective. For some, it may cover all the standard appliances including the oven, microwave, stove, dishwasher, and so on, while for others, it’s just two hobs and a sink. 

Before renting the accommodation, make sure you’re on the same page with the owner in terms of the equipment. Even fantastic four-star facilities may not have all the elements you expect – so read the description carefully and consult your doubts with the accommodation provider.

#2 Utensils

Many accommodation providers oriented for long-term rent do not really provide the utensils, assuming that the renters will buy them. That is very problematic, particularly if you’re booking a short stay. It’s not uncommon that the clients arrive at a flat with a fully equipped kitchen, but there are no pans, pots, cutlery, and basic utensils like a grater, corkscrew, or knives. 

#3 Dining area

It may happen – particularly in big cities – that the accommodation provider reduces the dining area to a minimum, squeezing it between the kitchenette and the living room. Make sure that’s not your case, verifying the photos thoroughly.

If you’re looking for self catering accommodation in Exeter, visit, where you can choose from various options in different standards. Self-catering in Exeter is a great option since it allows you to enjoy a diverse gastronomical offer of the city.