A boarding house describes an accommodation company that rents rooms or apartments with hotel-like services in mostly urban surroundings. In contrast to a pension or a hotel, a longer stay is planned in a boarding house (usually a few months).
The rooms and apartments in a boarding house are mainly used by companies that send employees over a long period of time to certain projects in other cities. Accommodation in a boarding house is much cheaper than in a hotel. Units in a boarding house are often rented to consultants or managers.
The German Hotel and Restaurant Association found the following definition: “The boarding house is an accommodation company that is mostly aimed at long-term users in urban areas. The rooms are designed for private apartments. The service ranges from a very small offer to a hotel-like room service. ”
Serviced apartments, short term living and temporary living are alternative names for a boarding house.