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Extended stay hotels and motels share common features that are unavailable at standard hotels. There are currently 26 chains based in the United States with at least 6 hotels. Each extended stay chain is covered in our reviews. These chains all have self-serve laundry facilities and offer discounts for extended stays, beginning at 5 or 7 days, but there is never a minimum length of stay. They also have guestrooms, i.e. "suites", with a dining table (often doubling as a work desk) and kitchen. Unless noted, the kitchens all include at a minimum: a sink, a refrigerator (full size, except for in a few budget chains), a microwave oven and a stovetop. Some kitchens also offer dishwashers and conventional ovens.

In addition to kitchen variations, there are other important differences among extended stay chains. They differ with respect to the Types of Rooms & room features, Services & Policies, and Amenities (including complimentary food service).

The lists below are in descending order, approximately, according to typical room rate. There is usually a high correlation between price and quality, but not always. Also, keep in mind that weekly rates vary significantly based on room size, length of stay, and location. Many chains offer even lower monthly rates; and hotels are most expensive in the northeastern US and California, and in downtown locations of large cities.


 
 
Surveyed Chains Overviews & Comments

AKA
Launched in 2007, AKA is a collection of luxury extended-stay properties in prime urban locations. Current AKA residences are in New York City, Philadelphia,
Washington DC, Arlington VA, Beverly Hills CA and London. Features at many locations range from free garage parking to ensuite washer/dryer. Specialty suites offer added amenities and space such as outdoor terraces, roof decks and solariums.

Element by Westin
Starwood's entry in the upscale extended stay tier was launched in 2008 with a hotel in Lexington Mass. Current locations include Toronto and Frankfurt Germany. Properties boast a number of environmentally-friendly features. All indoor spaces are 100% non-smoking. Expansion targets include China and Oman.

Hyatt House
This upscale chain has hotels in major US metro areas, with a strong presence in Northern New Jersey. Known as Summerfield Suites until 2012, the chain was originally acquired from Wyndham, with 3 California hotels converted from Woodfin Suites in 2011. In early 2012, 15 Hotel Sierra properties were also converted to Hyatt House. All locations are 100% non-smoking and two-bedroom suites have two bathrooms.

Residence Inn
Marriott's upscale extended stay chain was the first (in 1975), is now the largest, and is one of the best. Marriott has done a good job with the older properties - either keeping them updated, or pushing them out of the chain. Hotels are found throughout the US, including Alaska, plus 20 in Canada and newer hotels in San Jose CR, Edinburgh Scotland, Munich Germany and Bahrain. Many rooms feature fireplaces, and most of the older hotels offer bi-level "Penthouse" suites with 2 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. In addition to evening socials, guests at many hotels enjoy a weekly barbecue. All Residence Inns in North America are 100% non-smoking.

Homewood Suites
Hilton's upscale chain is a close competitor of Marriott's Residence Inn. Two-bedroom suites also have two bathrooms. The chain is expanding rapidly, with hotels throughout the US, including Anchorage Alaska, plus 16 in Canada and 1 in Torreon Mexico. In recent customer satisfaction surveys, Homewood has performed very well. Each suite has a clock radio with MP3 audio jack.

Staybridge Suites
InterContinental's (Holiday Inn) upscale chain usually matches Residence Inn & Homewood in terms of guest satisfaction, but at lower rates. Hotels are found throughout the US, plus Canada (6 locations), Sao Paulo Brazil, Guadalajara, Queretaro and Monterrey in Mexico, Liverpool, Newcastle and London/Olympic Village in England, Saint Petersburg Russia, Cairo Egypt, Abu Dhabi UAE and Beirut. Two-bedroom suites also have two bathrooms. A bagged "On The Go!" continental breakfast is available for guests with no time for a sit-down breakfast. Self-serve laundry facilities are free of charge.

Sonesta ES Suites
This upscale chain was formed in mid-2012 with former Staybridge Suites and Residence Inn hotels

GrandStay Residential Suites
This small chain is located in smaller cities of the Midwest, plus Oxnard California. GrandStay hotels have received good guest reviews.

Larkspur Landing
This small chain is located in northern California, Oregon & Washington. Properties feature high-quality, artistic decor. Cordless phones & CD players are standard. One-bedroom "Executive" suites have sofabeds. One-bedroom "Boardroom" suites include a conference table and wall-mounted presentation board. Many extras are available, such as complimentary laundry facilities, Starbucks coffee, fresh-baked cookies, and a welcome basket. 5 of their hotels were converted from Candlewood Suites in 2004.

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Hawthorn Suites has more than 80 properties. Most feature studio, one-and-two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, and free wired and wireless Internet access. All hotels offer complimentary hot breakfast buffet, exercise facilities, concierge and guest laundry. Select properties allow pets. All properties in the US offer Wyndham Rewards points.

Chase Suites
Hotels are scattered throughout the US. Two-level penthouse suites are available at many locations. Suites often feature fireplaces, and sometimes Jacuzzi tubs. All suites and public areas are smoke-free.

MainStay Suites
MainStay belongs to the Choice Hotels family. Locations are scattered throughout the US, with 2011 additions in Edmonton and Winnipeg Canada. Some locations offer an impressive array of services and amenities. Others less so.

TownePlace Suites
Marriott's midrange extended stay chain is represented throughout the US, plus Sudbury and Thunder Bay Ontario. TownePlace (commonly misspelled "Townplace") is usually one of the highest rated chains in its class. Some suites have sofabeds. Since 2006, all TownePlace Suites have been 100% non-smoking.

Home2 Suites
Hilton's entry into the midpriced extended stay market was launched in 2009 in the US. Home2 Suites opened its first Canadian property in 2014 in Edmonton. Unlike other extended stay chains, Home2 Suites have no stoves in their kitchens. However, portable hot plates are available on request, and kitchens are equipped with dishwashers. One interesting innovation: the self-serve laundromat is combined with the fitness room, so guests can work-out while keeping an eye on their laundry.

Candlewood Suites
InterContinental's midpriced chain is found throught the US (plus Montreal), and is growing rapidly. Current expansion plans include 15 new hotels for Canada. Customer satisfaction is generally quite high. All suites are equipped with a recliner; One-bedroom suites also have sofabeds. Free laundry facilities are available. New in 2014 is the Lending Locker, where guests can borrow items ranging from blenders to board games.

Home-Towne Suites
Home-Towne Suites is affiliated with Crestwood Suites and Sun Suites. Hotels are located in smaller cities of the southeastern US. Most suites have a recliner. "Family suites" have a separate bedroom, plus a bed and pull-out sofa in the main room.

Extended Stay Deluxe
Extended Stay Deluxe hotels began as converted Sierra Suites & Wellesley Suites purchased by the owner of Extended Stay America in 2005. The hotels in the US have all been converted to the Extended Stay America brand. Three hotels in Canada have been rebranded as "Extended Stay Canada".

StudioPLUS
Sister chain of Extended Stay America, with hotels scattered throughout the US. All suites include a sofabed. StudioPLUS hotels have all been converted to the Extended Stay America brand.

Homestead Studios
Hotels are located throughout the US. Homestead Studios hotels have all been converted to the Extended Stay America brand.

Extended Stay America
Very large chain with hotels throughout the US. Launched in 1995, ESA is credited with popularizing extended stay hotels with economy travelers.

My Place
Economy chain based in the North Central United States, and expanding rapidly throughout the US. All hotels are newly built. The first two locations opened 2012 in Dickinson and Minot ND. Services are sparse, but room comfort and amenities compare very favorably with other economy extended-stay hotels.

Crestwood Suites
Crestwood Suites is affiliated with Home-Towne Suites and Sun Suites. Hotels are mostly in the southeastern US. All suites have a recliner, and there is a coffee bar in the lobby. In 2005, 6 Hearthside Studios were converted to Crestwood Suites - in Las Vegas, Colorado & Texas.

Suburban
In 2005, the chain was acquired by Choice Hotels, the owner of MainStay Suites. Suburban Extended Stay Hotels are located throughout the southeastern US, plus Albuquerque, Iowa City, Northern Virginia, Dayton Ohio, Boston and a 2011 addition in Manitoba.

Affordable Suites of America
Hotels are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia & Augusta Georgia. The mininum lengh of stays is one week. Children are not permitted. Kitchen wares are only available for an additional fee.

Studio 6
Studio Six is the extended stay affiliate of Motel 6, and has locations scattered throughout the US, plus Toronto Canada.

Sun Suites
Sun Suites is affiliated with Home-Towne Suites and Crestwood Suites. Hotels are found in the southeastern US, including Texas.

Savannah Suites
Hotels are in Georgia, Colorado & Greenville South Carolina. Suites have mini refrigerators (not full size).

Crossland Economy Studios
Budget sister chain of Extended Stay America, with hotels scattered throughout the US. Many have mini refrigerators (not full size).

Value Place
Launched in 2005 by the founder of Residence Inn, Summerfield Suites (now Hyatt House) & Candlewood Suites, Value Place is designed for extended stay travelers and also for those who wish to "minimize the upfront costs and hassles of renting." The minimum charge is the weekly rate. Kitchenware and a coffee maker are available only for purchase. Value Place properties first opened in the central US, but nationwide expansion is aggressive.

InTown Suites
InTowns are found throughout the US, concentrated in the southeast. Rates start at just $150 per week. (The minimum charge is the weekly rate.) In 2006 InTown acquired all SuiteOne hotels.

For info or reservations at a particular hotel, find your destination's page in our directory:
(where you'll find a list of all suite hotel options in the area)

Room Types & Features
Upscale Chains Number of Properties Loyalty Program Studios One Bedroom Two Bedroom Hi-Speed
Internet
Video
AKA 9   most yes yes free DVD
Element 13 Starwood Preferred Guest yes yes some free DVD
Hyatt House 60 Hyatt Gold Passport some yes yes free DVD
Residence Inn 680+ Marriott Rewards yes yes yes free  
Homewood Suites 340+ Hilton HHonors some yes yes free yes
Staybridge Suites 200+ InterContinental
PriorityClub
yes yes yes free  
Sonesta ES Suites 12 Travel Pass yes yes yes free  
GrandStay Residential Suites 7 Grand Returns 482 sf 408 sf 601 sf yes VCR
or DVD
Larkspur Landing 11   448sf 600-700sf   free VCP/
free videos
Hawthorn Suites 80+ Wyndham Rewards yes yes some free DVD/VCR
Mid-Range Chains Number of Properties Loyalty Program Studios One Bedroom Two Bedroom Hi-Speed
Internet
Video
TownePlace Suites 240+ Marriott Rewards yes yes yes free  
Chase Suites 10   some 480-540sf 840sf yes  
Home2 Suites 37 Hilton HHonors yes yes no free  
MainStay Suites 44 Choice
Privileges
yes some some free  
Candlewood Suites 300+ InterContinental
PriorityClub
yes yes   free VCR/DVD
free videos
Home-Towne Suites 11   yes   yes free  
Extended Stay America 655+   yes some   free  
Economy Chains Number of Properties Loyalty Program Studios One Bedroom Two Bedroom Hi-Speed
Internet
Video
My Place 8   yes     free  
Crestwood Suites 19   yes yes   yes  
Suburban 50+ Choice
Privileges
yes     yes  
Affordable Suites of America 18   some yes   most/
free
 
Studio 6 50+   yes     wired/wireless  
Sun Suites 25   280sf     yes  
Savannah Suites 9   yes        
Crossland 46   yes     free  
Value Place 185+   yes     yes  
InTown Suites 130+   yes     free  

For info or reservations at a particular hotel, find your destination's page in our directory:
(where you'll find a list of all extended stay options in the area)

  

Services & Policies
Upscale Chains House
Keeping
Grocery
Shopping
24-Hour
Front Desk
Fax/Copies/
Printing
Laundry/
Dry Cleaning
Pets
Allowed
AKA at extra charge yes yes yes yes yes
Element daily no yes yes yes yes
Hyatt House daily yes yes yes yes no
Residence Inn daily free yes yes yes yes
Homewood Suites daily free yes yes yes yes
Staybridge Suites daily   yes yes yes most
Sonesta ES Suites daily yes yes yes yes yes
GrandStay Residential Suites daily   yes yes yes  
Larkspur Landing daily free yes yes yes  
Hawthorn Suites daily free yes yes yes most
Mid-Range Chains House
Keeping
Grocery
Shopping
24-Hour
Front Desk
Fax/Copies/
Printing
Laundry/
Dry Cleaning
Pets
Allowed
TownePlace Suites daily   yes yes yes yes
Chase Suites daily yes yes yes yes some
Home2 Suites every 5 days   yes yes yes yes
MainStay Suites daily   yes yes some yes
Candlewood Suites weekly     yes yes yes
Home-Towne Suites weekly free       yes
Extended Stay America weekly     yes   yes
Economy Chains House
Keeping
Grocery
Shopping
24-Hour
Front Desk
Fax/Copies/
Printing
Laundry/
Dry Cleaning
Pets
Allowed
My Place weekly   yes     yes
Crestwood Suites weekly   yes yes   yes
Suburban weekly          
Affordable Suites of Amercia weekly          
Studio 6 weekly         yes
Sun Suites weekly          
Savannah Suites weekly     yes    
Crossland weekly     yes   yes
Value Place 2/week          
InTown Suites weekly         no

For info or reservations at a particular hotel, find your destination's page in our directory:
(where you'll find a list of all extended stay options in the area)

  

Food Service & Amenities
Upscale Chains Free
Breakfast
Evening
Social Hour
Convenience
Store
Fitness
Room
Swimming
Pool
Sport
Court
AKA M-F, cold buffet no no deluxe some some
Element hot buffet 3/week yes yes yes no
Hyatt House hot buffet Mon - Thur 24 hours yes yes most
Residence Inn hot buffet 3/week   yes yes some
Homewood Suites hot buffet Mon - Thur 24 hours yes yes some
Staybridge Suites hot buffet Tue - Thur 24 hours yes yes some
Sonesta ES Suites hot buffet Tue - Thur 24 hours yes yes most
GrandStay Residential Suites cold buffet   24 hours yes yes yes
Larkspur Landing cold buffet   24 hours yes    
Hawthorn Suites hot buffet weekly most yes most some
Mid-Range Chains Complimentary
Breakfast
Evening
Social Hour
Convenience
Store
Fitness
Room
Swimming
Pool
Sport
Court
TownePlace Suites cold buffet     yes yes  
Chase Suites cold buffet Mon - Thur some yes yes most
Home2 Suites cold buffet   24 hours yes yes  
MainStay Suites cold buffet 2/week   yes yes  
Candlewood Suites     24 hours yes    
Home-Towne Suites   2/week   off-site    
Extended Stay America Grab & Go          
Economy Chains Complimentary
Breakfast
Evening
Social Hour
Convenience
Store
Fitness
Room
Swimming
Pool
Sport
Court
My Place     24-hour      
Crestwood Suites            
Suburban            
Affordable Suites of America            
Studio 6         some  
Sun Suites            
Savannah Suites       some    
Crossland            
Value Place            
InTown Suites            
 
For info or reservations at a particular hotel, find your destination's page in our directory:
(where you'll find a list of all extended stay options in the area)

  
 

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