Depending on your needs and the nature of your trip, extended stay properties can be a great deal.
Extended Stay Hotels: When to Book and What to Expect
Extended stay hotels are becoming an increasingly popular option for travelers on long business trips, families relocating to new cities, or even leisure travelers looking for a more budget friendly option than a traditional hotel.
Many extended stay properties offer low rates under $100 per night with minimal extra amenities. Some locations offer deals at around $125 a night and also include things like free breakfast, complimentary drinks and grocery deliveries. Depending on your needs and the nature of your trip, extended stay properties can be a great value.
For the government or military traveler there are a few things to keep in mind, however, as extended stay properties differ from traditional hotels. Be sure to check ahead of time to see if the extended stay property offers the amenities that are important to you. If breakfast is included, is there a variety of hot and cold options, or is it a continental offering with fruit, pastries and coffee? Is there a fitness or business center? Will the room have an iron and ironing board? Most extended stay properties do not include daily housekeeping with towel/sheet changes; bathroom amenities may also be limited.
Extended stay properties typically offer other amenities like full-size refrigerators, stoves or cooktops, and laundry facilities. These properties can be a great fit for the traveler with a longer stay who wants to prepare his or her own meals (check ahead to see if the property provides pots, pans and dishes) and likes the additional privacy of not having housekeeping staff coming in the room each day. The smaller staff required generally results in a more affordable room rate, but also means that there may not be maintenance staff or management available 24/7.
If you enjoy added amenities while away from home, extended stay might not be your best option. On the other hand, extended stay properties are ideal for travelers who are looking for an economical and budget-friendly long-term stay. Make sure to research a property thoroughly before making a final decision so you will be fully prepared to receive the experience that you expect.
For travelers who are staying 30 nights or more, be sure to check out the GSA Long Term Lodging contractors for more information!