Archive for the ‘Corporate Housing’ Category
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
One of the hallmarks of San Diego living is the small town feel of each neighborhood, despite being connected within a large city and enormous county. PC Housing has corporate apartments conveniently located throughout San Diego city and county, and knowing where you need to be is crucial to a successful corporate trip. Here, we’ll break down the most popular San Diego neighborhoods for corporate apartment living and hopefully help make the decision about where you need to live an easier one!
Carlsbad: Located just north of San Diego proper, Carlsbad is the epitome of North County San Diego: affluent, beautiful, and peaceful. Lagoons and wildlife preserves are abundant, and its proximity to the ocean reminds you that you’re in San Diego. There’s even a small airport and an upscale boutique mall! Carlsbad is a popular destination for corporate travelers because it’s home to several top technological, biological, and economical powerhouses, including labs, software companies, engineering companies and various manufacturers. And San Diego city is just a short 30 minute drive south. (There are also plenty of other transportation options if you’re carless in Carlsbad.)
La Jolla: La Jolla is home to some of the most iconic scenery in San Diego: clear blue ocean waters, sun above the soaring palm trees, and marine mammals which draw visitors and locals alike. Corporate travelers staying in La Jolla take advantage of their location, as many of our La Jolla corporate apartments are right next to the water. However, there is also a bustling economic center in the UTC neighborhood right next to La Jolla that prides itself on skyscrapers for luxurious corporate housing. La Jolla and UTC both offer corporate travelers with a healthy variety of fun and work – some of the best restaurants for corporate entertaining in San Diego are in this neighborhood!
Downtown San Diego: Almost nowhere in San Diego provides its residents with quite the city-like hustle and bustle that Downtown San Diego offers. Downtown – also known as the Gaslamp District – has enough restaurants to keep an extended stay corporate traveler happy, and endless supply of work-appropriate and after-hours entertainment, and is snuggled between the bay to the south and the harbor to the west. The micro-neighborhoods of Little Italy, East Village, Seaport Village, and the Marina are within walking distance of each other, and the San Diego International Airport is a cheap cab ride away (not to mention Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres!). Living in the Gaslamp means you’re in the absolute center of the city. The San Diego Convention Center is where corporate travelers from just about every industry flock, which makes Downtown San Diego the ideal location for corporate travelers. Add in the proximity to Coronado Island and abundant transportation to get you anywhere you need to go and you’ll see why you could need nothing else.
Mission Valley: Second only to Downtown in terms of business opportunities, Mission Valley is a popular destination for traveling professionals because of the abundance of business friendly hotels, commerce centers, transportation and corporate event centers. Two major shopping malls, dozens of restaurant varieties, and a golf course and driving range are sure to keep corporate travelers busy, while Qualcomm Stadium – home to the San Diego Chargers – hosts major events in the offseason. Business professionals love living in Mission Valley because it’s situated between five of the major freeways and has several trolley stops for easy access to any other neighborhood.
Poway/Rancho Bernardo: While most business centers remain close to the coast, Poway and Rancho Bernardo separate themselves from the rest with their East County locations. Home to the headquarters of a number of national corporations, Poway also has several wildlife preserves that pay homage to the endangered California scrub and offer residents and travelers the opportunity to interact with nature by hiking, biking and walking through parks and Lake Poway. This region is far more residential than the neighborhoods of Mission Valley and the Gaslamp, which can be ideal for longer corporate trips and professionals traveling with family. This affluent, upscale community is nestled in canyons and hills and boasts luxurious golf courses for laid back business rounds.
Remember, no matter where you choose to live in San Diego, you will be guaranteed a furnished corporate apartment with all of the furnishings, accessories, and conveniences of daily life when you stay with PC Housing.
Images courtesy of City of Carlsbad, La Jolla, Downtown San Diego, Black Chick on Tour, and Rancho Bernardo Community Council.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Feel at home during corporate travel
Whether it’s part of your job to travel the country or world for various assignments or you need to be temporarily relocated for a one time training experience or project, making do in a corporate apartment usually doesn’t rank high on the list of things corporate travelers are most excited about. Exacerbating this is the trend that human resources departments are typically responsible for finding and reserving corporate apartments, so often the traveler has no say in his or her accommodations. But regardless of where you end up on your corporate travels, there are concrete ways to make the most of your temporary apartment and thrive in your host city.
Take advantage of corporate amenities
The great thing about temporary corporate apartments is you’ll be walking into a fully furnished and fully stocked apartment that will be suitable to your needs while you’re staying there. Often, corporate apartments are maintained exclusively for traveling professionals and they’re designed in such a way to make them not feel like a hotel. Amenities like a fully stocked kitchen and closets of linens and towels help make it feel more like a home, while an in-unit washer and dryer gives you all the chores of home (doesn’t that feel nice?). Your home habits can follow you because you’ll have all the furnishings you need, right down to the clothes hamper and oven mitts.
Community Specific Perks
Depending on where you’re staying, the building may provide a perk to visiting professionals. For example, when reserving a furnished apartment with PC Housing, we offer our clients a personally tailored welcome package, which we set up in the apartment before you arrive so you can really feel at home. Our welcome package can include things like ingredients for your favorite post-travel meal, a bottle of your favorite home town beverage, even your favorite laundry detergent. Some communities may offer a taste of the city you’re in, like local coffee in Seattle or a loaf of bread from a nearby bakery in New York. You can ask about these ahead of time and find out what’s available.
There are other on-site amenities your corporate apartment community offers. Pools, barbecue patios, guest halls and guest parking are often included in apartment buildings, allowing temporary residents a place to relax that’s not confined to the apartment. Enjoy these perks!
Bring home with you
Some corporate travelers have a pet at home and either need or want to bring him along. The good news is that many corporate apartments allow pets to come along, too. The better news is that having your furry best friend can make you feel truly at home, especially on those longer assignments.
If there’s another must-have item from home that a temporary apartment just won’t have (or maybe it just won’t be the same), bring it! Or ask the apartment community if they can find it for you, if it’s something that won’t fit in a suitcase. In most cases your furnishings can be customized to your liking, so even though corporate apartments are tastefully decorated in a way that’s designed to make you feel comfortable, it’s understood in the corporate apartment community that some things just can’t replace that homey feeling.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
Well folks, the holidays are ALMOST upon us once again. Whether you’re anxiously awaiting a nice holiday at home with friends and family or, you know, DREADING a nice holiday at home with friends and family we hope you stay safe and take a few moments to appreciate how lucky we all are to be alive and well!
Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to be able to spend their vacation time with loved ones. Nay, the unlucky road warrior who must fight on abroad through the cold winter in their humble corporate housing suite does not have to feel like a Grinch this holiday season. With these tips from Corporate Housing by Owner, you can make your cozy corporate suite feel like a holiday home away from home!
We want to take a moment to thank all our customers, fans, families and friends for their continued support and all around awesomeness over the past year. 2012 has been amazing and we can only hope that 2013 will be even better!
Feeling like your business trips are lacking a certain something? PC Housing provides weary road warriors with all the comforts of home in our furnished apartments and Corporate Housing in San Diego and elsewhere that will have you questioning whether home is truly where the heart is!
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
Reading about the life of fellow “Road Warriors” can oftentimes conjure up images of ultra-prepared, type-A personalities ruthlessly traversing the skies on red-eye flights across the globe. However, the often overlooked benefits of a live lived abroad are generally only known to those “in the club”.
Professional Business Traveler superstar Pico Lyer took some time (probably during one of his marathon globe-trotting flights) to pen an ode to the unexpected pleasures found when your expectations are low and you find yourself pleasantly surprised by the adventures you find yourself in.
“A night on the town, if the town is Shanghai; a chance to be wined and dined—in Paris; an add-on weekend in Savannah, Ga.”
He pontificates on the perceived misery with which the general public is convinced us road warriors live our lives with a wink and a nod to his fellows in the form of elaborating on the pleasures of gold-card level airport lounges and free trips with friends and family provided by his frequent flier benefits. For the full story, head over to BusinessWeek.
Feeling like your business trips are lacking a certain something? PC Housing provides weary road warriors with the comforts of home with furnished apartments and corporate suites that will have you questioning whether home is truly where the heart is!
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
In news that is of no surprise to anyone, hotel fee’s are set to reach record high’s in 2012. We’ve covered the rising costs of airlines fees before, but this hot off the press news is fresh like your first cup of morning coffee.
Perhaps it’s time to consider other alternatives….corporate housing, anyone? Furnished apartments, you say? Don’t make us say “I told you so.”
Head on over to the Budget Travel Blog for the full report!
This could be you. Literally throwing away your hard-earned dough
Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
As the wheel of time turns, generations come and go. With the changing of the guard between baby boomers and millennials slowly drawing closer and closer, companies are being forced to adapt new policies and implement social media to address the needs of the new, tech-savvy generation.
Business Travel for a New Generation
Of course, one of the first noticeable changes given the growing dependence on mobile devicesis the switch to paperless boarding passes.
“All of my tickets can go on my phone,” said Darren Osleger, a consultant who trains hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers in disaster preparedness techniques. “I scan it at the T.S.A. and scan it at the gate. There’s no reason to print out airline tickets again.”
According a a recent New York Times report, “Millennials are heavy users of mobile apps and social media when they book a trip, check in and deliver feedback on their travel experiences.” To further cement this notion, George W. Hamlin, president of Hamlin Transportation Consulting, agreed. “These are people where paper could very well disappear from their lives for all practical purposes,” he said. “They expect to do things online and 24/7 wherever they are.”
Of course, with these new changes comes the company responsibility to adapt and offer their employee’s a better customer service experience. This includes offering more service outside of normal business hours to respond to young travelers’ expectations that they can use a smart phone or laptop to gain instant access to questions they may have.
“They’re savvier because they’ve traveled more as young people,” said Chris Klauda, vice president for quality services at Shifflet. “When we look at some of our approval ratings, they are more critical because they have stayed in a number of hotels and have some experience level, to the point where they know what’s good and what’s not.”
It will interesting to see how businesses and hotels will change their amenity options, with many already shifting their focus to providing tech-friendly options like free wi-fi, as technology continues to grow and change. Of course, always ahead of the curve, PC Housing has corporate housing and furnished apartments that feature many of the great tech-friendly amenities you expect when out on the road!
Friday, July 27th, 2012
The world has gone digital. Or, at least it seems that way. Think about it, when was the last time you booked a trip using your phone…..to actually call someone and book it (gotcha). With the influx of new technology, business travelers have been adapting by getting organized and relying on their mobile devices as well as their tablets to secure booking for their journey.
With online bookings worldwide expected to hit a record high of $284 billion this year – up from $256 billion last year, we’re guessing you’re going to be spending even more time clicking away on travel websites. With that in mind, PC Housing was inspired to do a bit of research to see where our clients prefer to place their travel trust online.
Fly Fast With This List of Speedy Sites
With a little sleuthing we came across data requested from a 15-month survey done by Compuware Gomez to monitor website performance and find the fastest and the best websites for the frequent business traveler to use. The study found that several travel sites take more than two seconds for their homepages to load, which means many people will abandon the sites and go elsewhere for their information. The study was conducted from March 20, 2011 through March 22, 2012.
Below are the rankings for the very best travel websites to use when booking your next business trip. As we previously stated, these sites are ranked on a variety of factors, including page load times and efficiency of use rather than cost factors such as low price fares or travel package deals.
- US Airways
Don’t see your favorite on the list? Gives a holler in the comments and sound off on your secret! We would love to hear from you. Of course, booking a flight is only the first step of a trip. In need of corporate housing suites? Furnished apartments? PC Housing specializes in these living arrangements and will gladly set you up in the perfect spot during you next business trip.
Thursday, July 5th, 2012
PC Housing is on the lookout for a new sales professional to join our team! We currently have a position available for an Outside Sales Account Executive, so head on over to LinkedIn and take a look at the details of the position to see if it’s the right fit for you. Here’s a quick snapshot of the basic expectations and responsibilities:
- Identify, research, and prospect for new business.
- Develop business opportunities within existing and targeted accounts.
- Communicate new offers and/or promotions to existing customers and prospects.
“The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills, be results oriented, accountable, self-motivated, and have an exceptional work ethic. In addition, they will be highly committed to our customers, while constantly challenging themselves with new ways of prospecting and providing more and better service.
We are looking for someone who thinks differently, unconventionally, and from a new perspective. We are looking for a sales professional that is more concerned with target incentive than base salary, because they are confident in their sales ability and have a history of proven results.”
If this sounds like you or if you know someone who might be a perfect fit for our team, we look forward to hearing from you!
Thursday, May 24th, 2012
With our recent discussion regarding the growing dependence on mobile devices when out on the road, we thought we’d shed some light on another dependency that is sure to be no stranger to our community: Caffeine. No matter if you take it in small doses via sodas or teas or in 36 ounce quadruple espressos nearly every American consumes caffeine every day. Most of us simply equate caffeine with being productive and awake but what is it, really? And how can you make sure you’re not overloading yourself and becoming too reliant on it?
The Best Part of Waking Up
Where Does It Come From?
Naturally occurring in 60 different plants, coffee beans, tea leaves and guarana to name a few, caffeine is a chemical that works by increasing your dopamine levels and blocking adenosine receptors. The science-y description is that caffeine is a crystalline xanathine alkaloid that acts as a psychoactive stimulant drug.
It is extracted by pressure cooking the beans or leaves with CO2 to produce the drug in a powder form. Check this sweet infographic for a more in-depth look at the physical effects of introducing caffeine into your body.
Though it can temporarily enhance comprehension, memory, reflexes, and clarity of thought, the effects generally diminish within 3 hours. It is also has a significant chance of causing physical dependence and withdrawals that last up to 9 days and include headache, tiredness, depression and irritability.
Does This Look Like Your Typical Day?
How Much is Too Much?
For reference, caffeine intoxication (the jitters) occurs after consuming around 300mg of caffeine. Here’s an interesting chart that displays many popular drinks and where they rank on the scale of 0-300. Like to do the dew? Mountain Dew surprisingly only contains about 60mg of caffeine as most of its kick is from high sugar content. On the other side of the scale, a tall coffee from Starbucks will shoot you up with nearly 270mg of caffeine. The key to avoiding a caffeine overload is to be aware of how much you are consuming and the timeline for how long it should still be in your system to avoid jumping above the 300mg threshold.
Coffee Lovers Tip
Yearly, nearly 50% of the caffeine consumed in our country comes from coffee.
Of course, PC Housing has all the luxuries of home in our corporate housing suites and furnished apartments. Included in that list is a coffee maker, but few people truly know how to brew good coffee at home. These tips from Newsweek should help you step up your home brewing game for better drip coffee when out on the road.
Images: Newsweek, Nonmaleficence
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Behold Our Mighty Infographic Fellow Travelers
Last week we brought you what is arguably the greatest infographic on Mobile Dependence ever created. Capturing the hearts and minds of readers across the internet, it’s clear that we’ve stumbled upon a hot button issue in the world of business travel. With that in mind, we decided a little follow-up was in order.
The debate about whether we, as a species, have grown TOO attached to our mobile devices will continue until people begin to get them implanted into their bodies and everyone finally agree’s that enough is enough…bring back the Google Glasses!
While we tried to remain impartial in our exposition of the data we gathered, it’s hard not to feel like a growing dependence on ANYTHING that is not essential to survival (food, water, wi-fi, etc.) can be seen in a positive light. However, such is not the case with mobile technology, as the reasons for why we have grown so dependent upon it are the same reasons why it was created in the first place, i.e. to make life “easier.”
For business travelers this is especially true. Airline app’s make rushing through terminals only to discover a flight has been delayed a thing of the past. Mobile translation app’s help lessen the culture shock of being in a foreign country. In fact, just about every conceivable need a business traveler may have is covered by their smart phone in one way or another, so it stands to reason that this specific group would be the most entrenched in their tech addictions. The question that remains, then, is how much is too much?
Well, considering that there are already “digital detox” vacations being made available (complete with in-house therapists to assist guests in coping with life without a phone), the answer is apparently all or nothing. When people begin to sacrifice their personal health in the name of being overly-connected and can’t even leave their bed in the mornings without checking in on their phones, it’s time for a change. In ancient times, circa the year 1997, life was hard. Before apps, before iPhones, before….Yelp! But we persevered, knowing that a brighter future was on the horizon, and now that it’s here, it’s time to stop constantly looking forward to what’s next and taking the time appreciate what is now.
Planning a vacation based on the desire for a “digital detox” may seem a bit ridiculous in practice because the power to disconnect yourself from the digital world is always, you know, in your hands and all. But the inherent philosophy behind it remains sound. The only true test of whether you’re “too connected” exists within the user themselves. Most of us know what life was like before these smart phone things, and despite all the benefits, we know when we’ve crossed over the line into addiction territory. There’s nothing wrong with utilizing the tools at your disposal, however, never let yourself reach the point where you could never imagine life without one.