When you’re traveling for an extended period of time for business, you can easily start to miss home. This is why taking advantage of the coziest accommodations available is so important, according to business expert Brian Ferdinand in a recently published article. A popular accommodation choice is an extended stay hotel, but these hotels don’t always check all the boxes. Here’s a look at what you can expect from these types of hotels during a business trip.
Benefits of an Extended Stay Hotel
When you choose an extended stay hotel, one of the key benefits you’ll experience is not having to pay separately for various services as you would in a furnished apartment. For instance, you can bid adieu to an Internet, cable, electricity, and water bill. That will likely free up anywhere from $150 to $300 for you, which you can invest or spend doing something special in the city you’re staying in.
Yet another reason to stay at an extended stay hotel while traveling? You can always come home and see a clean living space after a busy day of meetings or appointments. That’s because these living accommodations come with built-in housekeeping. That means you can consistently enjoy a clean tub, a tidy kitchenette, and fresh linens for bedtime. Plus, because you don’t have to spend a lot of time cleaning, you can spend more time exploring your new city.
Extended stay hotels offer several other benefits over furnished apartments as well. For instance, you can rest assured that your living space will come with a nice bed, toiletries, and towels. Plus, you’ll enjoy soap and toilet paper at no additional charge, which should save you some grocery store runs. You may even be able to take advantage of complementary breakfast, gym access, and pool access.
Reasons Not to Choose Extended Stay Hotels
Although extended stay hotels do offer many pluses, they also come with some drawbacks, according to Brian Ferdinand, SoBeNY’s and parent company CorpHousing Group’s managing partner.
For starters, an extended studio apartment is set up like a traditional studio apartment, so your kitchen amenities, bed, and desk/workstation will all be in one room. In addition, you will likely have to bring any kitchenware needed beyond a plate, bowl, or utensil set. That’s because this type of accommodation is not intended for a long-term stay and thus doesn’t offer any measurable comforts.
Still, an extended stay hotel is certainly a step up from a regular hotel room and does offer some advantages over short-term apartments, according to Brian Ferdinand.