As a traveling nurse or other traveling healthcare professional, your time on the job is spent on the road. During your two- or three-month assignments, you want the place you stay to as much like home as possible—convenient, comfortable, and with the amenities you value. Many healthcare travelers choose to stay in extended stay accommodations because they provide exactly these features. Over the past several years, extended stay hotels have really upped the ante in terms of quality and service. Here are some of the top choices for extended stay hotels around the country.
Extended Stay America
Extended Stay America is perhaps the most well-known brand in the long-term stay category. With properties located just outside most major cities, it provides the largest collection of options for healthcare travelers. The suites feature kitchens with full-sized appliances, free breakfast, free wi-fi, and everything you need to relax after a long day. About half of the hotels have recently been renovated, and the company is working on bringing the other half up to date. The rates vary by location, but rooms can be found on Hotel Engine for around $50 per night. Extended Stay Hotels also owns Crossland Suites, which is an economy long-term stay chain with fewer amenities for the uber-budget-minded traveler.
Value Place is currently one of the fastest growing hotel chains in the United States. This chain was founded as a practical accommodations option for people who need longer-term accommodations but don’t have a cushy corporate expense account. The average weekly rate at these hotels is about $240. Many Value Place properties are currently being renovated in ways that will make them even more cost effective; for example, they are being outfitted with hard-surface floors (easier to clean), LED lights (more energy efficient), and new room locking systems (less hardware).
TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Marriott’s TownePlace Suites has been Business Traveler News’s top extended-stay mid-price hotel for three years in a row. The chain has 200 properties in the United States, located mainly near major cities. Fitness center, pool, free breakfast, wi-fi, and more come standard. The suites are also pet-friendly, for healthcare professionals traveling with their four-legged friends. Marriott also owns the higher-priced Residence Inn hotels, which tend to be located closer to the center of town and feature perks like free dinners (with beer and wine) a few times a week.
For healthcare travelers looking for something a bit more upscale, Hyatt House is one of the best. These apartment-style suites rival many people’s regular apartments! The upscale luxuries include upgraded breakfasts (think: make-your-own omelet bar) and full dinners four nights a week. Travelers who stay longer than 30 nights are entitled to additional perks like free grocery shopping and laundry services.
Trendy international hotel chain Sonesta has recently opened a line of all-suite hotels called Sonesta ES Suites. These properties are currently found mainly in the Midwest and in the South. The suites are spacious, ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments. The rates at Sonesta are higher than most of the other chains, but they also offer several perks the others don’t, like bigger rooms and free evening socials.
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