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Extended-stay hotels grow more popular every year. These home-away-from-home properties can feel like a hybrid between a hotel and an apartment. They typically offer larger rooms with separate living and sleeping areas, kitchens or kitchenettes and other home-like amenities.

The first extended-stay hotels served business travelers who needed a place to stay for weeks or months. Over time, the term “extended-stay” has become a misnomer, since now you can stay just one night, if you like. These properties have become extremely popular with leisure travelers, and especially families.

Benefits of Extended-Stay Hotels

One of the most popular features of extended-stay hotels is the kitchen area. Depending on the hotel brand, that could mean a dedicated counter with a sink, microwave, mini refrigerator and wet bar. Or you might find a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and stovetop, full-size fridge, dishwasher and everything you need to cook and serve yourself.

Extended-stay hotels almost always provide more space for your money. Rooms feature a sitting area and a separate sleeping area, desk, multiple televisions and high-speed Wi-Fi. This set-up allows guests to spread out and relax. There is typically a pull-out couch in the room, which is great for families.

Some properties offer fitness centers with weights and exercise machines. Many offer business centers with computers, printers and scanners. The common areas of the hotel typically offer places to relax or work, often with plenty of power outlets to plug in laptops and smartphones.

Expect some kind of eatery at an extended-stay hotel, but not necessarily a full-service restaurant. Grab-n-go cafes are popping up everywhere, which allow guests to find prepackaged sandwiches, salads and snacks and beverages when they are hungry.

Is an Extended-Stay Hotel Right for You?

Residence Inn, the first extended-stay brand in America, was founded in 1975. Today there are dozens of extended-stay brands, from Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn and Staybridge Suites to Candlewood Suites, Homewood Suites, Extended Stay America, Comfort Suites, SpringHill Suites and many more.

Looking for a hotel with many conveniences of home? Extended-stay hotels give you the best of all worlds when you’re traveling. First, you get a home-like experience with a kitchen, living area and separate bedroom. Second, you get a larger space where you can spread out. Finally, you get most of the services that typically come with a hotel.