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Stay Fit on Your Next Extended Stay Business Trip

You’ve heard it in some form or another: exercise should be a weekly habit for everyone, regardless of the industry you work in. With numerous scientific studies to back up that notion, everyone from your doctor to your travel agent is going to say that staying active is a good idea. At Corporate Comforts, we understand the need for people to stay active; it keeps you operating at your best and looking your best.

Corporate Housing with Gym Facilities in Texas and New Mexico

We have many furnished apartments that have a long list of sought-after amenities. If one of your priorities is staying in shape while traveling the country on business, let us know so we can set you up with one of our

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complexes that has a community gym. Going to the gym is a great way to relieve stress during a business trip, but eating healthy is just as important. Our fully furnished apartments come stocked with an oven, stove top, cutlery, cutting boards, and everything else you need to prepare healthy meals in the comfort of your own apartment. Room service can add up; many hotels do not offer amenities such as an oven and stovetop. Sometimes you’ll feel lucky if you get a microwave at a hotel! At Corporate Comforts, we provide furnished apartments for business travelers looking to stay in shape.

Benefits of Exercise

There is a huge list of benefits from exercise. Here are just a few:

1. Happiness: Exercise has been shown to decrease feelings of anxiety and depression in people by increasing the production of hormones like norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. If you’re feeling home-sick during your business trip, exercise is a very good idea.
2. Weight Maintenance: Just because you are away from home doesn’t mean that you have to gain weight. A proper regimen of aerobic or anaerobic exercise can help with muscle mass maintenance and fat loss.
3. Energy Levels: Exercise can be an energy booster for people that suffer from chronic or debilitating fatigue. Even though exercising may be the last thing you want to do after eight hours in the office, a quick stop at the gym provides numerous benefits.

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4. Be healthier: A common cause of chronic disease is a lack of physical activity; by exercising every day, you can improve your insulin sensitivity, body composition, blood pressure, and longevity.
5. Sleep Quality: Even though our beds are incredibly comfortable, many people suffer from insomnia. A study found that people who regularly deal with insomnia benefited from exercise by increasing the overall amount of hours slept.

Walking Trails in El Paso, TX

If you choose one of our furnished apartments in El Paso, TX, you’ll be located near a community gym and plenty of walking/running trails. El Paso is known for its numerous hiking and biking trails and rock-climbing spots. If you love the outdoors and are looking to stay in shape, hiking can be a new hobby you pick up while on the road. If you have any questions about which locations have gym facilities or hiking trails, we’d be more than happy to assist you.

What to do During Your Stay in San Antonio

If you’re on this website, there’s a good chance that you’re looking for temporary housing. If you find yourself in San Antonio for work or relocation, there’s more to do than just work! On your days off, leave your Corporate Comforts furnished apartment and explore the city that you’ve found yourself in! San Antonio is

woman looking at a city skylineone of the most popular cities to visit in Texas and has the 7th largest population in the United States. With its incredible historic sites, lit-up downtown skyline and hundreds of bars and entertainment venues, it is an absolute pleasure to visit. According to San Antonio’s website, it is the fastest growing city in the United States, with a plethora of job and career opportunities. No wonder your company sent you there for work! If you are looking for some fun things to do in San Antonio, read on!

The Alamo

If you’ve taken a U.S. history course, I’m sure you’ve heard about The Alamo. The Alamo is one of the most historic sites in the Southern U.S. due to the famous battle that occurred there. The Battle of the Alamo played out in 1836 when a small band of U.S. soldiers defended themselves against a Mexican army of 3,000. The battle did not last long, with all U.S. soldiers being killed in minutes. “Remember The Alamo!” became a cry for Texan independence, with the battle site now a National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The San Antonio River Walk

Considered one of the most popular daytime activities in San Antonio, the river walk lines and flows through the city center. There are many restaurants and stores that sit adjacent to the river and many people to choose to sit and have a meal while watching the barges that take sightseers sojourning through the city flow. Dinner cruises can be set up to accommodate 20 guests and are a fantastic get-away if nightclubs or loud bars are just not your things.

The Pearl District

This district is a hip and up-and-coming part of downtown San Antonio. It is home to trendy shops, historically preserved buildings and a reputation for good eatin’. Weekends at the Pearl District are a treat, with vendors from a 150-mile radius coming to display their goods at a jubilant farmers market. There, you can find fresh produce, baked goods, sauces, and other items that just might tickle your fancy.

Culinary Institute of America Culinary Boot Camps

Our furnished apartments have fully furnished kitchens, complete with everything you need to concoct a healthy and delicious meal. If you

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want to level-up in the kitchen, San Antonio can help make that dream a reality. San Antonio is one of only three cities that has the honor of being a Culinary Institute of America (CIA) location. Food has become a serious obsession in this city due to a CIA campus springing up. The CIA offers many culinary boot camps, lasting between two to five days and can cover a variety of topics. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to prepare something new and interesting in the kitchen, San Antonio can be a great stepping-stone towards your culinary expertise.

Zoos, Theme Parks, and Museums in San Antonio

If you are traveling with kids, or just love animals, San Antonio is home to a variety of zoos, theme parks, and museums. Try visiting the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium, which boasts 3,500 animals over 35 acres. The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers a drive-through safari with over 50 free-roaming species as well! If you’re into theme parks, San Antonio features a SeaWorld and a Six Flags, so there’ll be no shortage of fun.

Fully Furnished Apartments in San Antonio

For whatever reason, if you find yourself in San Antonio and need a furnished apartment, we are the best in the business. Corporate Comforts offers a wide array of Corporate Housing in San Antonio (as well as Austin) and is here to help make your home away from home. We have multiple locations for furnished apartment properties in San Antonio to match your unique needs and lifestyle.

Benefits of Corporate Housing

inside of a hotel roomIf you’ve been scratching your head as to whether you should choose corporate housing, hotels, Air Bnb’s, or any of the other temporary housing solutions, read on. At Corporate Comforts, we are the premier temporary housing provider in Northern New Mexico, Southern New Mexico, West Texas, Central Texas, and the Gulf Coast. Depending on your needs, we can set you up in cities like El Paso, Albuquerque, Austin and San Antonio.

It doesn’t matter whether you are on an extended business trip, in the Military or work in the entertainment industry. We offer housing to clients from all industries and walks of life. You might be asking the question: “what differentiates corporate housing from all of the options listed above?” Read on to discover the best temporary housing solution for you.

Hotels vs. Temporary Housing

Options such as Air Bnb and traditional hotels can be fun. Room service, maid service and prime real estate are usually some of a hotel’s best selling points. However, staying for more than a few weeks at a hotel can seriously break the bank. Hotels generally do not have a full cooking solution (such as a stove top, oven and dish-washing machine) with the exception of a microwave. Eating out most nights of the week can not only be unhealthy, but it can cut into your savings account. This is why we offer corporate housing!

Imagine walking into a clean, fully-furnished apartment with a full kitchen with dishware and silverware. Our apartments are usually located in rental communities that are leased and turned into ‘turnkey’ housing. What this means is that you receive more amenities than a hotel for a fraction of the price. The majority of our units include appliances, furniture, alarm clocks, bedding, towels, cable and capped utilities. Internet access and entertainment options (such as DVD players) come standard. The amount of money you will save compared to an Air Bnb or hotel can be substantial.

What To Bring to Your Furnished Apartment

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We offer full ‘turnkey’ solutions in New Mexico and Texas. All you have to bring to your new temporary housing is luggage, bathroom appliances/toiletries and a grocery shopping list! If you love to cook your own meals and like to eat healthy, our corporate housing is a no-brainer. If you have a child, you will have to provide baby furniture due to insurance reasons. Companies choose us because we are less expensive than a hotel stay and provide a much more ‘homely’ feel.

Corporate Housing Amenities in El Paso and Albuquerque

Generally speaking, all of our beds are queen-sized. If you need a larger bed, something can almost always be arranged. Additional services such as maid service and garage parking are available on request. We typically choose rentals that are pet friendly, so if you are relocating or need temporary housing for your family due to house damage or repairs, Fluffy can come too!

Furnished Apartments in Texas and New Mexico

At Corporate Comforts, we strive to make your extended stay as pleasant as possible. The right price, amenities and location is what we deliver. Being away from home for an extended period of time doesn’t have to be a drag; rather, it can feel like a vacation! With more privacy and square footage than hotels, choosing our temporary housing is the smart choice. If you have any questions about the amenities we offer or the locations that we service, give us a call today! Let us be your home away from home.

 

 

5 Fun Things to do in El Paso, Texas

texas skylineEl Paso is a border city in West Texas, along the beautiful waters of the Rio Grande. If you ever find yourself in El Paso for business or are living in one of our corporate apartments, there are many things to do and many sights to see. From majestic National Parks, interesting museums and zoos, to historical sites and theaters, there is something for everyone in El Paso.

The Plaza Theatre

Located in the heart of Downtown El Paso, the Plaza Theatre serves as a great reminder to El Paso’s rich musical past. Opened in 1930 and renovated in 2006, this performing arts center showcases some of the most interesting and talented musical and live entertainment acts in El paso. From Broadway acts to country music stars, the bill usually has something for everyone.

State Parks

There are two state parks that are worth visiting near El Paso: Big Bend National Park and Franklin Mountains State Park. Easily accessed on the north site of the city, Franklin Mountains State Park offers 27,000 acres for hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and camping. You can easily see this state park from the El Paso skyline, and taking the Wyler Aerial Tramway within Franklin offers amazing views 5,632 feet up.

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Big Bend National Park is located four miles away from El Paso. It includes the entire Chisos mountain range, sea fossils, dinosaur bones and volcanic dikes. Big Bend’s primary attraction is hiking and backpacking trails. You can also take a river tour on the Rio Grande and bird-watch the over 450 species of birds recorded in the park.

El Paso Museum of Art

This structure houses an amazing collection of more than 7,000 pieces focusing on American, European, and Mexican art

stretching back to the 12th century. The extensive collection of prints, watercolors, posters, photographs and drawings tells the rich story and cultural background of Texas.

El Paso Zoo

This zoo offers a fantastic day out for nature lovers. Explore the animals of Africa, Asia and the Americas. This zoo features a number

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of large and small creatures, and the Zoo Adventure Programs for children and adults alike can educate visitors on the animals. Get up close to sea lions, eagles, monkeys, tortoises and other animals!

Downtown El Paso

Recently, the city of El Paso has been exploding. As the 19th most populous city in the U.S., El Paso has cafes, coffee shops, micro breweries, state parks and museums. Farmer’s markets can offer tomatoes, lettuce and eggplants fresher than any grocery store and downtown can offer a wide variety of shopping, live music and bars. From pawn shops to restaurants, take a day or two in downtown El Paso to check out the scene.

Temporary Housing in El Paso, Texas

If you ever find yourself in El Paso and need temporary housing, Corporate Comforts specializes in providing a turnkey solution for your housing needs. With more amenities than traditional hotels at a competitive price, we can provide you with a home away from home. Need a housing solution close to downtown El Paso? No problem. We help people attain temporary housing for a variety of solutions. Relocation due to business trips, military service, housing repairs and corporate events are just a few of the scenarios that we run into. Whatever the cause is, we can provide the solution. Give us a call today if you need fully-furnished corporate housing in El Paso!

 

Corporate Housing – Tax Benefits for Employers

When sending employees away from their home base on business, it helps to have an at-home environment where your employees can feel comfortable. This helps them to get the job done and keeps employee morale at a high. It’s even more of a bonus if you both gain a tax benefit from the situation; in this respect, it helps to understand the corporate tax laws and to deal with a corporate housing company that also understands these same rules.

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While it is expected for employers to pay for corporate housing when employees are sent to a new town or on location for temporary work, how the deal is structured can make a difference when it comes to what you can claim and to the employee’s tax.

Knowing what can and cannot be claimed and what logistics to use can make the most out of the situation, ensuring more satisfied employees and a better bottom line for employers.

What Tax Deductions Are Available for Employers?

Surprisingly, not only is the accommodation deductible, you can offer to pay for some of the employee’s meals and transport.

The current tax legislation allows for the full cost of accommodation including all utilities to be claimed. The full cost of transportation for getting to and from work from the residence is also tax deductible as a valid business expense.

Half of the costs of employees’ meals are permitted.

What are the Limitations on Corporate Housing Deductions?

To qualify as a business expense, there are conditions related to housing which must be met.

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Corporate housing must not be in the same city as the employee’s current residence. The duration of stay must be temporary and for tax purposes, temporary is defined as one year or less.

Finally, and rather obviously, the stay must be for a business purpose. That is, you cannot sponsor an employee vacation as a bonus, or rather you can, but, it will not be considered a valid business expense, and so not tax deductible.

For Employees, Accounting Methods Can Make a Big Difference

When an employee pays for his or her accommodation and then claims the amount back, the amount will be declared on the employee’s W-2 form. Because it is on the tax form, employees need to declare this as income, which creates quite a bit more paperwork and expenses for them.

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If accommodation is paid directly by an employer, the expense is not included on W-2 forms and is not considered part of the employee’s income, although they may have to still declare it as a fringe benefit.

Benefits of Using a Corporate Housing Company

A company specializing in corporate, residential leasing will be able to provide detailed accounts for expenses, often including utilities, and you may be able to discuss the inclusion of allowances or accounts for meals or services.

A corporate housing company will find a turn-key rental for employees with everything that they need. They consider location, logistics, access to internet and everything else related to a short term stay for business purposes – and they do all the leg work.

Further Guidance from the IRS

To gain more information about corporate housing tax deductions, the IRS provides guidance brochures Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses, and Publication 15b, Employers Guide to Fringe Benefit Taxes.

People often forget that when it comes to tax, the IRS is there to help.