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Extended Stay Hotels Target a New Travel Audience
March 07, 2008
Category: Corporate Travel: Asheville
Meant to serve approximately 20 percent of travelers — many of them on business — who check in for five or more nights, extended stay hotels were a 1980s innovation, offering larger closets, living areas, full kitchens, laundry rooms and discounts for guests who were willing to stay in what were often out-of-the-way suburban locations. These extended stay hotels were primarily aimed at budget customers who were willing to compromise atmosphere and service. But, as the number of such hotels has risen, so has the quality. There are now more services, better designs and, locations in well-known cities.
Popular chains such as Extended Stay, Hawthorn Suites, and Residence Inn by Marriot all offer guests amenities to make a longer stay more comfortable, affordable and home like. However, while these chains offer spacious accommodations, kitchens, and work areas they lack a true, home-like atmosphere or personal touch.
So, what are other choices are available? Many business and leisure travelers in addition to retirees are taking advantage of more luxurious extended stay hotels. Rather than play the snowbird game and have the headache of maintaining two homes, many retirees are opting for convenience and less responsibility. As a result, higher-end hotels are finding ways to cater to this new crowd.
Popular Long-term Stay Hotels: New York, NY to Palm Beach, FL
Whether, you are seeking an escape from sea to mountains, or city to country, hotels in areas across the country are working to provide “home-away-from-home” services and amenities to this burgeoning populace.
New York City
If you love the fast pace of city life, but are not willing to pay those high condo prices and maintenance fees, a long term stay in one of the most exciting cities in the world might be the perfect option and there is an array of places to choose from. The New York Times recently referenced the AKA Central Park which provides four-star apartment-style accommodations. AKA hotels, based in Philadelphia, has opened two properties in Manhattan, two in suburban Washington, D.C. and one in Philadelphia, each with designer kitchens, 400-thread-count sheets and flat-screen TVs.
If a mountain getaway is more your speed, The Residences at Biltmore in beautiful Asheville, NC is the perfect place to hang your hat for a month or two and take in all that this region has to offer. Retirees will be happy to know that Asheville was recently named in the top 10 for places to retire by TopRetirements.com. However, if you are not ready to retire or to settle for just one place during retirement, you can explore other options through these extended stay hotels. Places such as The Residences at Biltmore are also ideal when planning a family vacation or a luxury mountain getaway. These Asheville hotel suites blend cosmopolitan comfort and rustic elegance. Expertly conceived to evoke the feel and spirit of a private residence, each suite is tastefully decorated with warm mountain hues and furniture of the highest craftsmanship.
Suites include an expansive sitting area, hardwood floors, designer linens, and stacked stone fireplaces. In-room amenities include whirlpool baths, private balconies and flat-screen televisions. Gourmet-style kitchens boast granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Palm Beach, Florida
Heading further south, travelers can experience the salty sea air and swaying palm trees, while indulging in a long-term hotel stay at the Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. Many guests are opting out for service and convenience rather than the added responsibility of moving into a condo for the season.
The newly renovated 550 guest rooms, including 58 suites, exude a comforting elegance. Complementary hues of coral and teal welcome guests to richly-designed rooms, complete with Italian armoires and custom-woven carpeting. And, lavish bathrooms in imported marble feature elegant lavatories and comfortable tubs. Balconies are spacious and many offer ocean views.
So, whether you want to climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty, go hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or swim in the sparkling Florida Atlantic, long term hotel stays provide flexibility and convenience. Many will also offer travel concierge services to make the experience even more enjoyable.