The term “extended stay” sometimes leads people to believe that they can only book the hotel if they’ll be there for many weeks or months. However, that isn’t the case.
The big difference between an extended-stay hotel and a traditional hotel is in the room setup and the added amenities included in your per-night cost.
We’ll look at the major differences you can expect when considering an extended stay versus a traditional hotel.
A traditional hotel provides a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and maybe a small microwave. Some traditional hotels don’t even provide a mini-fridge. Cooking in a traditional hotel room will be challenging. If you plan to stay in one of these rooms, make sure you’re ready to eat takeout for every meal.
In contrast, an extended stay hotel room generally has a fully-equipped kitchen. This includes a stove, full-size microwave, and larger refrigerator. Some extended stays even have a dishwasher. Inside the cabinets, you’ll find cookware and dinnerware to make eating meals in your room simple.
Traditional hotel rooms don’t generally come with personalized services since guests come and go so frequently. However, at an extended stay, you might be able to personalize your voicemail message for your room phone, accept mail and packages at the hotel and have access to laundry facilities or in-room laundry machines.
Because an extended stay hotel is a temporary home for its patrons, it offers many services that traditional hotels do not.
- Room Setup
A traditional hotel room will be one large room with a private bathroom. Your bedroom and living space are all-in-ones. Instead of a closet with a door, you might have a bar where you can hang a few clothing articles.
Extended stay hotels offer suites with a separate bedroom, living room, and kitchen. These rooms tend to be more like an apartment than a hotel. You can expect a full closet to hang your wardrobe and the ability to designate the desk for workspace, the couch for watching TV after a long day, and the bedroom exclusively for unwinding and resting.
Extended stays are often more cost-effective for longer stays or many guests. For example, one hotel in Juneau costs about $130 per night. But if you stay for 30 days or more, rates are as low as $60 per night.
And for many travelers, an extended stay allows you to book one room but have plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the trip together. Suites often include more beds or pull-out sofas to provide separate sleeping areas to help everyone get a good night’s rest.
- Pet Friendly
Many extended stay hotels are pet-friendly since they provide temporary housing. So even if you’re looking for accommodations for just a few nights for you and your furry friend, consider an extended stay.
You might pay some fees for bringing your pet along in an extended stay, but traditional hotels are often off-limits for your pets.
Deciding between an extended stay and a traditional hotel will come down to your preferences and the amenities you need during your stay. Just know that an extended stay can offer many great added benefits and amenities for longer travel.