Affordable Travel Guide to Extended Stay Hotels

When You’re Traveling for the Long Run

Extended Stay Hotels

More common in larger cities, and geared primarily at business travelers and families, extended stay hotels serve guests who require longer-term accommodations, usually a week or more, up to a year. There is little call for these facilities outside of major metropolitan areas; people who seek these accommodations are all mostly visiting large urban areas and need a place to “hang their hat”.

What’s Included?

In virtually all extended stay hotels, rooms are suites, most with the following rooms:

• a sitting area, from a small alcove to a full living room

• a kitchen or kitchenette

• a bedroom, or several bedrooms

• one or more bathrooms

• an office area with a desk, phone and internet connection

Many boast balconies, foyers and formal dining rooms, too.

Invariably, furnishings are all in place, and they range from Spartan to luxurious; it depends on the scale of the hotel and its rates. The vast majority are fully equipped in terms of linens, kitchen tools, utensils and dinnerware. However, foodstuffs are seldom if ever included, and consumable products such as toilet paper and facial tissues, for example, will be there upon arrival, but guests may have to replenish these items as they are used.

Some extended stay hotels have optional housekeeping services; those that don’t usually have a vacuum cleaner, duster, mop and other cleaning supplies on hand. Most have on-site laundry facilities that you can access to do your own laundry; a few offer laundry services for a fee.

Most have on-site restaurants, almost always offer a breakfast service (included in the room fee or extra, as specified), and some provide room service.

Extended stay hotels are often combined with regular hotels. In such cases, there are commonly a few floors dedicated to extended stay guests, so that there is not so much in-and-out traffic, and it’s quieter, more like a residence than a hotel. All of them either have a concierge desk (not necessarily in operation 24 hours a day) or a front desk, especially where the extended stay suites are part of a regular hotel facility.

Who Uses Extended Stay Hotels?

Extended stay hotels are aimed at those staying in one location for longer than normal vacation periods, and are ideal for:

  • business trips that involve working at perhaps another branch office of the company for a few weeks or longer
  • families with several children who can’t afford or don’t want the expense of a luxury hotel, and are on vacation in the one location for a week or longer
  • business people who want to have their families along with them when they are on a longer-term business trip
  • groups of travelers who want to spend a couple of weeks exploring in-depth the city of their choice
  • people who like their privacy when traveling and prefer to feel like they are at home while away
  • anyone who needs the larger space afforded by extended stay hotel rooms and the added amenities
  • individuals or families who are relocating to a new city and either have not decided where to reside, or are waiting for their belongings to be delivered by their moving company

Are Extended Stay Hotels Expensive?

For a business executive who needs accommodations for, say, a month, extended stay hotels are definitely less costly than renting a luxury hotel room for 30 days, and the convenience is there; it’s more like your own apartment. And for larger groups or families who require accommodations for a week or more, many extended stay hotels offer several bedrooms and come out less expensive than a suite at a hotel.

Ultimately, if you are using an extended stay hotel as a launch point for a move to another city, the longer you stay, the more the costs add up, and it’s time to find a permanent home, but they work very well as an interim home away from home.

Extended stay hotels can be dedicated facilities, with basic furnishings and accoutrements, or lavish, glamorous suites with everything you can imagine to serve your needs. Some are willing to accommodate short-term stays, but most are priced geared to long-term guests (less housekeeping and other related costs) and many won’t rent their rooms for less than a full week.

You can find the right extended stay hotel for your needs by checking in with www.extendedstayhotels.com or visiting the website for Choice Hotels (budget-rate extended stay accommodations) or for more refined long-term lodgings, Marriot Hotels. Your best bet is to determine what city you’ll be staying in, and then search for the right extended stay hotel accommodations.

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