When you research hotels, do you consider extended stay hotels? They’re a great choice for any length of stay, and often overlooked.
An extended stay hotel is like renting a short-term apartment, sans all the commitment and fuss. There’s no down payments or application fees, and no binding contracts or background checks.
This kind of arrangement is perfect for the individual traveling long-term on business or for families who want a little more space to spread out. While extended stay hotels were originally intended for weekly or monthly stays, they now offer shorter-term stays.
You can get a room for a few days that is much larger than a standard hotel room. It’s also ideal for those who are in-between homes, or who have gotten rid of their houses to pursue a little wanderlust.
No Commitment, All Convenience
Each guest determines the length of their stay and is free to check out whenever they want. This is especially helpful in uncertain situations such as out-of-town family emergencies. Many extended stay hotels even allow one day stays – they may cost a little more per night than if you stayed for a week, but they’re a great resource when you need a night away.
In the long run, extended stay hotels can be a better value than traditional hotels. Since the hotel doesn’t have to worry about booking each room each night and has the security of a guest in the room, they can charge less on a weekly rate instead of daily.
Also, you aren’t paying for cable, water, internet and garbage pick-up like you would at an apartment. Many extended stay hotels also include breakfast or snacks. Plus, the ability to prep small meals in the kitchenette means less eating out!
There’s No Place Like Home?
Psh, it’s way better.
Free Wi-Fi. Gym access. Pool access. Sometimes even shuttles to nearby attractions. Plus, those little soaps you not-so-secretly stash in your bag each night.
Face it, they had you at free Wi-Fi.
When you are calling to book your stay, ask about what amenities they offer. Each hotel varies.
Make Yourself at Home
Since you’re staying an extended period of time, the idea is to make you feel most comfortable. The suite styled rooms are designed to offer a little more living space than your typical hotel accommodation and come with fully equipped kitchens. This is why we love them for families with kids.
Many locations are even pet-friendly – because nothing says home-sweet-home like snuggling up with your furry friend after a long day in an unfamiliar city.
Have you ever lodged at an extended stay hotel? Let us know about your experience in the comments!