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Extended Stay Hotels and short term stay in the US and North America >> Features >> Extended Stay

"An Apartment Hotel (also Aparthotel and Apart-hotel) is a serviced apartment complex that uses a hotel-style booking system. It is similar to renting an apartment, but with no fixed contracts and occupants can 'check-out' whenever they wish.

Extended stay hotels are a type of lodging with features unavailable at standard hotels. These features are intended to provide more home-like amenities. There are currently 27 extended stay chains in North America with at least 7 hotels, representing over 2,000 properties. There is substantial variation among extended stay hotels with respect to quality and the amenities that are available. Some of the economy chains attract clientele who use the hotels as semi-permanent lodging." – Wikipedia  

This page dedicated to Business Travelers, including Indians, South Asians and others who travel extensively in North America. Please visit our Sitemap or click on the left side links. 

Why Long Term Stay Hotels Suites make more sense than furnished apartments?  // Extended Hotel Chains in America // What to look for in Extended Stay Hotels? // Articles on Extended Stay Hotels // 

Why Long Term Stay Hotels Suites make more sense than furnished apartments?

For most Business travelers, a typical stay in a hotel is for an extremely short duration, say a few days, while they finish their business meetings or other client engagements after which they travel back. There is a small group of business travelers who travels to client locations for specific projects or engagements for extended periods of time. In 1975 Jack DeBoer, an apartment developer, realizing the need for short-term apartment leases, founded Residence Inn, the first Extended Stay hotel chain

Setting up your own temporary apartment can be very time consuming and expensive. It is usually very difficult to find short-term apartment leases. Once you factor in delivery fees for furniture and housewares and the numerous deposits from 3 or 4 utility service providers and hook up fees for telephone and cable TV service, the costs really add up. 

When should you consider long-term studio suite accommodations?

  • Working on an extended project away from home
  • Going away on a budget vacation and still prefer to have a kitchen and access to laundry
  • Remodeling or buying a home
  • Relocating to a new job
  • Visiting relatives
  • Business travelers
  • Value-oriented leisure travelers
  • Corporations relocating professionals
  • Employees and consultants on temporary assignments
  • Companies with multi-location lodging needs
  • Home owners who are in between houses or remodeling
  • Families or relatives in town for an extended stay
  • People in transition due to military service or retirement

Is an extended stay hotel right for you? Yes if you are looking for following features.

Rates and Lease (Cost benefits of Extended Stay): Most Extended stay hotels provide preferred rates for those staying longer term. The big advantage of an Extended Stay hotel vs. an apartment is that one doesn’t have to sign a lease for 3, 6 months or longer. If one has to move , one can literally pack bags and go without being penalized. The only financial hit one might take is that one may not be eligible for longer term rate if terms of extended stay are not fulfilled

Location and transportation. Those on short term stay may or may not want to rent a car to commute to work. Some hotels, including some extended-stay hotels, provide transportation to offices, shopping and other amenities within a short commuting distance (4- 5 mile radius) 

Cooking and Laundry : Many extended stay chains also include free breakfast buffets in the rate. This can be convenient for business travelers who want to rush for work without a stopover at a restaurant. Extended stay hotels generally provide fully-equipped kitchens with facilities such as refrigerator, microwaves and stoves. These facilities allow one to heat or cook dinners and even lunch during extended stay weekends. One can stick to your own schedules for food and snacks. With a refrigerator and adequate storage space, and kitchen utensils provided, one can stock up on food and groceries too. Most extended stay hotels also provide on-site laundry and washer/dryer facilities. Other laundry including dry-cleaning services may be available through the front desk.

Office, computer, fax Facilities: Many extended stay hotels also enable one to continue working after-hours. The facilities could include an ‘office area’ with computers, internet connectivity, fax and printing capabilities. Such facilities may be in addition to telephones, data ports, wi-fi internet and voice mail facilities you can access in your suite. 

Variety of rooms: While most extended stay hotel studio suites will have attached kitchenette and bathrooms, one could upgrade to a one-bedroom, two-bedroom or other larger suites. Such upgrades may be handy if one is traveling with a family. 

Other considerations: While choosing an extended stay hotel, one would have other considerations including promotions by current hotel chains. Current promotions can be found on Frequent traveler forums - fliertalk, milepoint - that may have details of current point promotions, bonus and Rewards


Extended Hotel Chains in America

There are currently 30 chains in North America (USA, Canada & Mexico) with at least 6 hotels. These chains all have self-serve laundry facilities and offer discounts for extended stays, beginning at 5 or 7 days, but there is never a minimum length of stay. They also have guestrooms, i.e. "suites", with a dining table (often doubling as a work desk) and kitchen. The kitchens all include at a minimum: a sink, a refrigerator (full size, except for in a few budget chains), a microwave oven and a stovetop. Some kitchens also offer dishwashers and conventional ovens.
Upscale Chains Loyalty Program Studios One Bedroom Two Bedroom House
Element Starwood Preferred Guest yes yes some daily
Hyatt Summerfield Suites Hyatt Gold Passport   yes yes daily
Hotel Sierra Hyatt Gold Passport yes yes   daily
Residence Inn Marriott Rewards yes yes yes daily
Homewood Suites Hilton HHonors some yes yes daily
Staybridge Suites InterContinental
yes yes yes daily
GrandStay Residential Suites Grand Returns 482 sf 408 sf 601 sf daily
Hawthorn Suites Wyndham Rewards yes yes some daily
Mid-Range Chains Loyalty Program Studios One Bedroom Two Bedroom House
Chase Suites   some 480-540sf 840sf daily
MainStay Suites Choice
yes some some daily
TownePlace Suites Marriott Rewards yes yes yes every 2 days
Extended Stay Deluxe   yes most   2/week
Candlewood Suites InterContinental
yes yes   1/week
Home-Towne Suites   yes   yes weekly
StudioPLUS   yes     weekly
Homestead Studio Suites   yes some   weekly
Economy Chains Loyalty Program Studios One Bedroom Two Bedroom House
Extended Stay America   yes some   weekly
Crestwood Suites   yes yes   weekly
Suburban   yes     weekly
Affordable Suites of America   some yes   weekly
Studio 6   yes     weekly
Sun Suites   280sf     weekly
Savannah Suites   yes     weekly
Crossland   yes     weekly
Value Place   yes     2/week
InTown Suites   yes    

Data Source:


Extended Stay Hotels

What  to look for in Extended Stay Hotels?

A traditional hotel is a costly mistake if you’re planning on staying for an extended period of time, typically a month or longer. Traditional hotel chains cater to the daily and weekly visitor, forgoing amenities that long-term travelers need, including a fully stocked kitchenette or kitchen ,and a space for working. A few chains cater to long-term guests, but so too do independent hotels.
  • Step 1: Contact independent hotels in the city. Such hotels often cater to long-term guests and some locals even use the hotel as an apartment or home in between moves. You might not find many extras, such as a swimming pool or kitchen, but you may find a safe place to stay for a longer period of time. 
  • Step 2: Look for chain hotels that specialize in longer stays, such as Extended Stay America and TownePlace Suites. These chains offer a fully stocked kitchen in your room, a small area for working and even a separate sleeping area. Wireless Internet access and your own voicemail also come with the room. Extended stay hotels often have suites available as well. 
  • Step 3: Call hotels in the area and ask about long-term stays. Some hotels offer discounts for those staying a month or longer, but you might not get the same necessary amenities. The cost of staying at a traditional hotel for an extended stay is also higher, as the discount is usually only 10 to 15 percent off the regular cost.
    Step 4: Contact the tourism department as soon as you start planning your trip and ask for help in finding a long-term hotel. That organization may also know corporate or business apartments in the area, as well as homeowners who rent their house to guests for longer stays. 
  • Step 5: Use Extended Stay Network (see Resource below) to find a hotel in a specific area. The website has a full listing of all extended-stay hotels in the country. Search by entering the dates of your stay and the city. Some of the hotel listings are chain hotels that offer discounts for extended stays, rather than long-term hotels. 

Tips & Warnings

  • If you’re traveling for business purposes, always ask the company for its recommendations. The Human Resources or accounting department may know what hotels employees typically stay at and which ones offer specific amenities for business travelers.
  • Business apartments are another option, as the rooms are set up like full apartments, but only for those staying for a few months or less. These are also known as corporate apartments and can be fairly expensive.

Source: USA Today Travel Tips

  • Extended-Stay Hotels Become a Popular Housing Option Guests at extended-stay hotels pay as they go, unlike those at apartment complexes, who are usually required to sign a minimum six-month lease and pay a security deposit. Homewood’s amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness center and a lobby lounge with a commanding stone fireplace. - - New York Times

  • The corporate apartment alternative : Do you get tired of the hotel life? I do. Don't get me wrong; I love room service and maid service. But after a while, I miss the comforts of home even if I have to prepare my own food, do the dishes and pick up after myself. I miss a refrigerator stocked with my favorite foods and a comfortable place to sit and work.
    For travelers who have extended stays in a single locale, there are alternatives to hotels. When Susan Farina was hired by Goldman Sachs in San Francisco as a consultant for a few months, the company put her up in a corporate apartment, per her request. - USA Today

  • Making it easier to get a room. Hotel market expands by two new properties - Winnipeg Free Press

  • Starwood-Led Group Raises the Extended Stay Stakes: The Extended Stay chain, which has 680 properties catering to budget-conscious travelers, is being viewed as a major prize - Wall Street Journal

  • Centerbridge Snares Extended Stay: Hotel Chain Fetches Nearly $4 Billion; Competitive Auction Illustrates Hunger for Distressed Assets - Wall Street Journal

  • Lower-tier extended stay coming back fast: STR categorizes extended-stay hotels as tiered into two categories: upper- and lower-tiered brands. The upper tier includes brands such as Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites, Homewood Suites and Hawthorn Suites. Lower-tier brands include Extended Stay America, Mainstay Suites, Candlewood Suites and Value Place. - HotelsNow 

  • Extended-stay segment mirrors US recovery: The extended-stay segment’s recovery is predominantly occupancy-based like the predictions STR issued for the overall hotel industry. In light of STR’s recently revised forecast for 2010 and 2011, we offer our amended forecast for the extended-stay segment through the same years. - HotelsNow 

  • What Does Extended Stay Hotels Mean?: You may have heard the term "extended stay hotel" and thought that it sounded like a contradiction in terms. After all, hotels were created to give travelers a place to stay when they were far from home, not as a place to live. But what if your travels keep you far from home for a long period of time? Where are you supposed to stay then? If your trip keeps you away from home for months, staying in a traditional hotel would get very expensive. Besides, just how long can a person live comfortably in a one or two rooms.





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