Home2 Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites also caters to business travelers and family vacationers. They particularly attract visiting professors, consultants traveling for training, and relocations, including the military. By the end of this month, Home2 Suites will have 12 extended-stay hotels throughout the U.S., and Hilton has nearly 70 more properties in the development pipeline. There are currently nine properties under construction in Houston, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Denver.
Hilton says that unlike the luxury traveler, the bells and whistles, while good, are not the most important in the extended-stay market. What do they want? Just three things. Free WiFi, a full-sized refrigerator, and a microwave. All of these are standard at Homewood and Home2 hotels. And the average price is appealing as well. Home2 begins around $95 per night, and Homewood starts at $125 depending on the location, dates, and stay length.
Avalon Hotel, Beverly Hills
The Avalon, part of the Viceroy Hotel Group’s Urban Retreat Collection, is now offering a long-term stay package for guests who book a minimum of 30 nights. Unlike a traditional corporate hotel, this is a stylish retro-luxe hideaway with a bit of character. It's in the heart of L.A., so it does appeal to business travelers who also appreciate the easy access to shops, trendy restaurants, and galleries. While luxury apartments in this area can cost thousands of dollars a month, renting a room at the Avalon can cost as little as $165 a night. Plus you’ll get all of the amenities of a hotel guest such as free WiFi and daily housekeeping.
Book a premium room or suite and they’ll even toss in discounted or complimentary valet parking. So, who would this deal appeal to? We’re thinking that budding actor who’s heading to Hollywood, the screenwriter trying to sell that script, or the bicoastal exec with commitment issues.
Next month we’ll take a look inside Istanbul’s Swissôtel The Bosphorus. These luxury apartment rentals are part of the Swissôtel Living division.
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