No matter what your reason is for needing a room at a long-term stay hotel, there are definitely certain amenities you’re going to want during your tenure there. Having access to certain hotel features can be the difference between a tolerable stay somewhere and a great one, so when you’re considering different locations, be sure to find out whether you’ll be offered these, some of the most requested amenities when it comes to extended stay lodging.
Naturally, if you’re going to be staying in one place for more than a couple of days, you’re going to want some room to spread out, relax, and have the option for a change of scenery—even if that just means having a bed in one room and a living area with things like a sofa in the other room.
Most people staying at a long-term stay hotel will look for rooms that offer them enough space to do anything they might wish to do in an apartment—get their work done, have a place to relax after work, sleep comfortably, etc.
At Barcelona Suites, we offer our extended stay guests a separate living space with a pull-out sofa bed for optimal comfort and convenience.
A lot of people seeking extended hotel stays are traveling for business and need, in addition to space for work, reliable Internet that keeps them connected and productive. Look for a hotel that offers complimentary Wi-Fi for each room.
You may also want to check if a hotel you’re considering has a business center, for even more privacy to work and a dedicated area to get things done—this can be more enjoyable than working in your room.
Having to wash your clothes is an evitable part of life, so having access to it is not so much a bonus or luxury but rather a convenience in terms of proximity—after all, you’d likely have no trouble finding a nearby Laundromat, but that would involve finding transportation to and from, plus planning your laundry according to things like rainstorms or your access to a car or public transit.
Similarly to laundry, eating is a necessity, and dining out isn’t a feasible option for most people who need to stick to a budget. Thankfully, many hotels that have extended stay rooms include things like an in-room kitchenette, or at the very least, a microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator, so you can at least keep some groceries in your room.
Additionally, some hotels offer complimentary breakfast, which can save you even more money and time since you won’t have to seek out other options.
Past standard creature comforts like a large living space and convenient things like laundry and in-room dining options, it’s always nice to have other amenities available as well—ask about things like if the hotel is pet friendly, whether there’s a pool (indoor, outdoor, or both), parking, and if there are any community-style events, like a happy hour, a game room or other fun things planned.
Extended stay hotels should offer you the same levels of comfort that you’d get staying in an apartment—which is why they’re often called “apartment hotels.” No matter what’s necessitating your long-term stay, it’s essential that you’re comfortable and feel like you’re at home.