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Anyone looking to learn a little more about the world of extended-stay hotels ought to take a look at the brief report we posted last week. If, however, you're all too familiar with the notion of week-long or month-long hotel stays, and have been doing them for years, then you're aware that things can get boring. Fast.
Thank goodness, then, that Staybridge Suites has teamed up with TV personality G. Garvin to film a 25-minute video clip that helps travelers deal with the strain of being alone in a hotel room every night with nothing fun to do.
Garvin apparently knows a thing or two about being lonely on the road. That's what leads him to say things like, "I feel your pain," and then launch into a 25-minute discourse on life-saving matters like how women should pack less shoes, and how turkey chili, turkey quesadillas and turkey tacos are actually a really great "quick" meal to whip up in a hotel kitchenette.
Moral of the story: G. Garvin has a real thing for turkey.
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A one-bedroom suite at The Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano
What’s the deal with extended stay hotels? Some people think they’re those seedy-looking places along a highway that house transient folks unable to commit to monthly rent or a mortgage. But while there are some questionable establishments, HotelChatter is fascinated by the surge in the more upscale extended stay properties and packages seemingly cropping up left and right.
The industry generally defines an “extended stay” as 5 or more nights in the same hotel. Once you pass five nights, the discounts start rolling out, starting at around 5% and get deeper once you get to 12 nights, usually up to 15%. The lowest rates are for those staying longer than 30 days.
We did a little digging and found out who’s booking these stays and why.
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This chain has over 600 locations across the country, with their latest international hotel opening last December in Bahrain, the first outpost in the Middle East. So, who would spend over 30 days in Bahrain? Diane Mayer, RI's VP and Global Brand Manager says, “Our typical business guests are professionals working on projects, such as consultants, engineers, IT professionals and government employees. We also host training sessions and a small portion of our business is relocations.”
She goes on to say that a key component the extended-stay traveler is looking for is a spacious suite which allows them to spread out and be productive on the road. They also want a daily hot breakfast as well as health and fitness options so they can maintain their normal routines and a sense of balance while away from home.
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We were cruising through the middle of Old Town Scottsdale yesterday and lo and behold the Hyatt House logo jumped out at us. It was our first time seeing a Hyatt House in the wild!
As you may recall, Hyatt House is Hyatt's revamped extended-stay brand which has taken over all 38 of the Hyatt's old Summerfield Suites and 15 Hotel Sierras. Inside Hyatt Houses, guests can expect to find more home-like public spaces and guestrooms, a new lobby concept called The Great Room, a hotel bar called The H Bar and these awesome proprietary chairs that our designed with power outlets in the arm rests.
As of January 24, all of the old Summerfield Suites and Hotel Sierras have been officially rebranded, meaning they are now using the Hyatt House name and logo. But several of them still have to undergo service upgraded and remodeling throughout the year.
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Fayetteville, North Carolina, may not be high on your travel list, but what may be is Hilton's new hip, extended-stay brand, Home2 Suites, which opens there today.
If you need somewhere to bunk up for a longer period of time, you won't have to worry about emptying out your checking account. The budget-friendly hotel's rooms are going for $116 a night.
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But now it looks like the hotel will be opening on February 3. (Yes, we've already added it to The List.) That's the official word we got from Home2 Suites but online, we couldn't find rates until February 25.
So, what do you get at a Home2 Suites? For $129 a night, you can get a studio suite with a king bed, a full kitchen, a sitting area, 42" flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. (If you book in advance, you can even get that sweet suite for just $116 a night.)
We're also excited about Home2 Suite's promise of a "working wall" that runs the full length of the suite and provides extra room for personal storage and place to work. You can even print documents wirelessly from your room which can then be retrieved from the lobby's Oasis area, a common hangout space/modern business center.
Extended Stay Hotels has had a tough year after filing for bankruptcy protection last summer. The 680-property chain has been dragged all over the auction block with Barry Sternlicht fiercely attempting to snatch up the goods. But in the end, a group of other investors, Centerbridge Capital, have emerged as Extended Stay's new owners (at a cost of nearly $4 billion.)
But now that the bankruptcy saga is over, Extended Stay is being targeted by another group--this time to help them make some money. PETA wants to advertise these witty little pillowcases on the beds at Extended Stay Hotels that promote veganism. And indirectly, some baby-making.
Tracey Reiman, executive vice-president for PETA has written a letter to the CEO of Extended Stay Hotels, Gary DeLapp with the following:
I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters to offer a little financial assistance to Extended Stay Hotels as it emerges from bankruptcy. We would like to pay to place ads on your hotels' pillowcases reading, "A vegan lover gives you something to wake up for in the morning: Eating meat can cause impotence. PETA."
Calling April Rhodes! If you're looking to head to the great Broadway, Staybridge Suites Times Square is offering aspiring Broadway performers the chance to win a 6-month stay at the hotel, $5,000 in spending money, and a series of Broadway Classroom courses as well as the opportunity to meet with Broadway influencers to speed up their chances of getting that big Broadway break.
Broadway hopefuls just have to submit a video of their talents by singing either "Give my Regards to Broadway" or "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" to Staybridge Suites' Facebook page from now through June 18, 2010.
Tired of playing Craigslist Roulette to find a New York crash pad with the three Cs—Cheap, Clean, Convenient? Look, we're down with renting apartments when traveling for a week or more, but we've also seen friends visiting New York subjected to unrelenting bar noise and questionable bathroom options when they've gone the sublet route. Which is why today we're going to get behind that most uncool of concepts: the extended stay hotel. With AKA Hotels' latest deal, it's pretty hard not to.
The AKA Summer in the City promotion offers 20% off for stays of seven nights or more between July 1—September 6. But it does require booking 21 days in advance, so start planning your summer sunning in Central Park pronto.
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AKA Hotels --there are five in New York, one in Philly and two in the DC-area-- are hotels for the extended stay/business traveler and the room sizes range from studio suites to two bedroom suites with either half or full kitchens. Even better, just because you get more room doesn't mean you have to pay more as room rates start at $295 a night.
So what do you get for all this space? Let us tell you now.
Check-In: We arrived close to midnight in the pouring rain. There was no bellman to open the door or assist with luggage since the hotel has somewhat limited services at night. But this was fine with us. We lugged that bag through two airports and to the taxi stand at JFK. We were perfectly capable of pulling it through the hotel lobby. The front desk then checked us in with no problems and we were on our way to the 12th floor.
And now we know of three people who have stayed at an AKA Extended Stay hotel (so many celebs grabbing headlines from their stays at AKA these days!): Page Six is reporting today that the AKA Times Square, the ultra-luxe extended-stay property in Manhattan, may have been the birthplace of a hip-hop power couple as badass and song-worthy as Beyonce and Jay-Z.
From the NY Post:
Could this be the start of a match made in hip-hop heaven? A source tells us rapper 50 Cent and Ciara recently shacked up together for a night in one of the penthouse suites at the AKA Times Square Hotel & Residences on West 44th Street. "And there was only one bed in that penthouse," our source observed.
In all fairness, there is more than one penthouse at that property, and they can have both one or two-bedroom layouts depending on which one they chose. And um, in case you want to live out a romantic evening a la Fiddy and Ciara: rates for a one-bedroom penthouse start at $2,995, and we're assuming the security here is a little better than at the Philly AKA property.
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Now feast your eyes on this. This is a video tour of the corner suite on the 2nd floor, overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard and our favorite hangout spot, Barney's Beanery. But even if this room was mired in anti-views, we would still have lots to make us happy.
Check-out that kitchen! And the sitting area! And the bed! Don't forget the C.O. Bigelow bath products! Or the washer and dryer! (Ok, that bit you can't see as it's hidden.)
We know we sound overly excited about this place but since we see a lot of hotels for this gig, this is one of the few urban properties in recent memory that has made us giddy.
More visual treats after the jump.
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We actually don't want to call this place an extended-stay hotel because it's just way too cool for that sort of corporate terminology.
Essentially, Brosh took all that he liked about independent boutique hotels (like the Mercer, the Bowery, THOR and UK's Firmdale hotels) and mashed them together with his own little twist. For instance, he's hand-picked every item in all the rooms and public spaces and he and his team custom-designed the furniture.
This here is the reception area which is tucked off to the side when one first enters the building. Already, you can see this place is very different from any other extended-stay brand.