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Living In a Hotel short term??

Anyone ever do a monthly thing at a hotel that has a kitchen, etc? I may be doing this for my move while I find a place but it could be several months. Any tips on this for those who have done it? Thanks!!

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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-24-2010, 09:50 PM
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theres a chain of hotels I think they're called Extended Stay or something of that nature that are basically apartments you can rent long term
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theres a chain of hotels I think they're called Extended Stay or something of that nature that are basically apartments you can rent long term
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The Extended Stay company also owns Homestead Suites. I have stayed at both and found the Extended Stay to be kind of divey/dirty/old. Only stayed at a Homestead once, and it was much nicer, but it's $10-$20 more per night. I used to stay there for a week at a time for work so I'll base my advice on those two places. YMMV

If I had to stay for a whole month and had the money, I'd pick the Homestead. You could always go and check out the rooms beforehand.

The kitchens are outfitted with at least one (usually two) set of silverware and plates, dish towels, bath towels, and some basic cookware. It was kind of a crap shoot, sometimes there was a bottle opener, or a small serrated knife, sometimes not. Only toiletries offered is a couple bars of soap.

For a month, I would pack a travel bag of toiletries, nice towels if you're picky, and a small set of kitchen essentials including dish soap and a scouring sponge. Check if there's a dishwasher in the room. If you like cooking, bring a good knife, small cutting board, and cookware you can't live without if you're picky because the stuff they give you functions, but is pretty crappy. There's some storage space in the kitchen and the usual hotel closet and dresser. There should be a DIY laundry in the building.

The staff comes in to clean and change linens once a week. They don't do dishes.

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As noted, there are several hotel chains specializing in extended stays. By far the most comfortable and most expensive are the Marriott Residence Inns. But Homestead Suites, Extended Stay America, Shorewood Suites, and others are out there as well.

I've stayed for as much as a month at a time in these kinds of places. Best thing I'd offer is to stay for a week at first. You may find that the cooking practices of others either set off the fire alarms a lot, or leave the place smelling strangely. I stayed at one place last year for two weeks, and the fire alarms were set off every 2-3 days by bad cooks. It's not so bad at 4PM, but at midnight, it's a pain. The cheaper places will have a microwave, but no real oven. Most all use electric burners on the stovetop. Fridges range from tiny to full-sized. Some have dishwashers, and some don't.

Look for a place where the windows actually open and have screens. You'll want some fresh air in your place. Most places come with basic utensils and dishes, but if you need something special like a blender, be prepared to bring your own.

Another option is corporate apartments. These are usually available by the month, and are much more comfortable, but usually run in the $2K-3K/mo range. However, they often are close to business centers. Again there are national chains like Oakwood, and smaller regional or local outfits.

I found it better for my recent LA assignment to rent a room with kitchen privileges in a home. Look in the local papers of the area you want under "rooms to rent, furnished" (or unfurnished, if you are willing to bring your own furniture). This option takes more time to search out and verify compatibility, but will be more comfortable in the long run. In my case, I was able to negotiate parking and security for a motorcycle as part of the rent.

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I work at the hotel in bensenville and we can get you a good deal. Pm me how many nights you wanna stay and ill talk with my manager on Monday.
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As Bug said, talk with the head manager of wherever you are thinking about... for that long, especially if you can put forth a good vibe as a 'needed customer', you might be surprised at what's thrown out for a price... Don't under-estimate the value to a manager of a 'good responsible and sensible customer' on the premises for that long of a duration.... so make him know you are one from the get-go.

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Check out Hyatt Place. They are very nice, have large rooms with a sitting area, desk/kitchen area plus the bed area. Very new and modern looking rooms with huge flat screen TV's, super comfy beds and a great free breakfast. They are pretty inexpensive in general (I've paid $79-109/night on a weekend) but I know they will work with you for cheaper rates for long term stays. It might be a little more than Extended Stay but it is so worth it.
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I've got a customer who has really nice short term rental condo's in Barrington. I think he has stuff starting at around $2500 a month it would be much nicer than living in a Hyatt.

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Candlewood Suites are nice. They have a little kitchen, fridge, stove, ect...

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I agree with Nick on the Candlewood Suites. I stayed with them in Utah for a few weeks. Nice staff, very quiet, and accomidating. Ours had a video collection that we could borrow movies at no cost. The food area was pay on your honor. Maybe these things were only in Utah (only time I stayed with them) but it was nice.
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Dave, that is a standard at ever Candlewood I have stayed at. They are priority club which is the same as Holiday Inn.

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in any of those two cases I recommend switching hotels at least every other night.


I used to stay in extended stays for a few month when I moved here, also our technicians from Germany stay usually there. If you stay for a longer time they usually offer you a decent deal. The Extened stays where I stayed at were newer and clean.

I stayed for work in a "Comfort Inn" in KC for three month and in Baton Rouge for two month, they don't have a kitchen corner and stuff, but when I'm on the road for work, I don't get back until late and usually grab something to eat on the way back from the jobsite...

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