Hi-tech and luxury, here’s how the managers of today like to live
Luxury 5 star hotels are being shunned by travelling businessmen in favour of luxury apartments fully equipped with the all the latest gadgets and modern comforts. Living away from home, even in a 5 star hotel isn’t easy. The rooms may be luxurious but they lack space, personality and privacy. Furthermore, business travellers, especially foreign ones, often have to book a hotel without having the opportunity to view it beforehand, leading in many cases to nasty surprises upon arrival. With this in mind, the number of initiatives offering apartments to rent designed specifically for the needs of businessmen has been on the increase for some time. Part of the success of these ventures is the fact that they offer a 360° level of service combined with the pleasant sensation of living in a real home.
Rentxpress (www.rentxpress.com), founded in 2002 by the current director Pietro Martani, is one such firm. They manage a total of 500 apartments and offer personalized housing solutions in the most important Italian cities (Milan, Rome, Turin, Bologna, Florence, Venice) and throughout Europe (Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris). Rentxpress has confirmed its position as the Italian leader in the market for the rent to businessmen of apartments ready for immediate habitation.
“Todays managers look for discretion, quality, efficiency and flexibility – says a spokesperson of Rentxpress – we’ve been lucky enough to understand their needs exactly”. The latest “residency” located near the Bocconi University, will have its officially opening at the end of the year. “The new property is owned by the company Vitofin spa – they explain – and we have sole responsibility for managing it. During the planning we have kept true to our philosophy that as an international firm we must satisfy requests from companies located all over the world.” This is necessary as 65% of Rentxpress’ clients are from overseas.
It goes without saying that the next 24 apartments, each one different from the next, will be equipped with the latest technology, including internet access throughout and meeting rooms as a must. All flats have either two or three rooms in order to clearly distinguish them from a hotel room. The most exclusive apartments will have a terrace offering magnificent views, a cook and serving staff who can be booked for breakfast and work dinners. Furthermore, the most exclusive labels in modern interior design have been used to furbish the properties. What really sets these flats apart is the use of intelligent technology systems, such as the ability to access the apartment, control the alarm and central heating, simply by entering a code. Clients are also provided with a contact number for all eventual needs. Surprisingly the flats are eco friendly as managers, especially foreign ones, are particularly aware of the issues surrounding climate change and the need to save energy.
Booking a flat couldn’t be easier. The website is available in seven languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Russian. All queries received from the various international communities are handled by mother tongue accounts. Rental costs are in line with those of a normal flat in an up-market area. “Prices start at 1.600 euros a month for a two roomed flat – says a spokesperson from Rentxpress – and arrive at 2.600 euros for a three roomed flat with the price of all services included.” Notwithstanding the reasonable tariffs and the rather costly services offered, in 2006 Rentxpress reported a turnover of five million euros and expects to turnover 6.5 million in 2007, which goes to show that they have found the winning formula.