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So You Want to Stay Awhile

By Adrien Glover, Friday, Jun 2, 2006, 1:49 PM

Vacations are never long enough, but this morning we found out about a way to make them last while still being affordable.

Some folks from a company called Extended Stay Hotels stopped by our office to talk about one of the fastest growing trends in leisure travel--long-term stays. Extended Stay Hotels has 675 properties in 44 U.S. states and Canada, all of which the company owns and operates, i.e. no franchises.

Destinations include Orlando and San Rafael, Calif. (just over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco). There are four hotels in Vegas alone. The best part is their average nightly rate is $55, which makes it a smart choice for traveling seniors, families contending with overflow during the holidays, and just about any traveler with time on their hands.

All the properties have snappy new looks, and each suite comes with a full kitchen, living and dining areas, satellite TV, and even Wi-Fi.

Extended Stay Hotels charges a refreshing price of $4.95 per stay, not per day, for access. All of their locations are pet-friendly, too. To find out about discounts, we recommend signing up for "Suite Savings" email list. extendedstayhotels.com