The Extended Stay segment is the last of the hotel market segments covered in the JD Power 2010 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. These are apartment style rooms generally with a kitchen and dining table and usually one or two bedrooms, although studios and three-bedroom facilities are available in some locations. This is the territory of business folk sequestered away in a remote work site for weeks or months.
These hotel accommodations are also a good alternative to Embassy Suites for families seeking a cheap hotel location with plenty of room. Weekend rates at extended stay hotels are typically about 50% of the weekday rates when business travelers are filling rooms. The drawback is these hotels are usually near business parks and may require a drive to get to markets and shopping malls.
The advantage of extended stay locations include the ability to save big on food expenses by grocery shopping and cooking at the hotel rather than dining out frequently. Some extended stay hotel properties even have outdoor barbeque grill facilities.
Another common feature of extended stay hotels are recreational facilities for games like basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, pools, ping-pong tables and pool tables. Some or none of these facilities may be present at any specific location. Check with the hotel. My general observation though when visiting extended stay properties is at least a couple of sports areas are available to enhance the social atmosphere of a property where some guests are on site for several consecutive weeks.
The main drawback as a hotel loyalty program member when staying at extended stay properties is the lower earning tier typically applied.
Priority Club Rewards only earns points at 5 points per $1 spend when staying at Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. This is 50% earning rate compared to Holiday Inn Express at 10 points per $1.
Marriott Rewards members also earn points at only 50% rate for stays in Residence Inn and TownePlace Suites. Marriott’s extended stay brands earn points at the rate of 5 points per $1 spend whereas all other brands earn 10 points per $1.
Hilton HHonors members earn full points credit when staying at Homewood Suites, however, members choosing fixed miles only earn 100 miles per stay with most airlines and several international airlines do not earn any miles for Homewood Suites stays.
JD Power 2010 Extended Stay Segment Satisfaction Index
There are only seven hotel brands rated in the JD Power Extended Stay Market Segment.
The study indicates Hyatt Summerfield Suites, Hawthorn Suites (Wyndham), MainStay Suites (Choice), and Studio 6 (Accor) have too few hotels to rate in the index.
Extended Stay Hotel Brands by Number of Hotels
These Extended Stay hotel brands were too small for JD Power ratings.
Suburban Extended Stay (Choice Privileges) = 63 hotels in U.S.
MainStay Suites (Choice Privileges) = 36 hotels in U.S.
Homestead Studio Suites and Extended Stay America are hotel brands under the same parent company – Extended Stay Hotels. Extended Stay Hotels does not operate a points-based hotel loyalty program. The company has a direct marketing approach to hotel loyalty. Get $10 off your next stay just by signing up to receive email discount offers and promotions for the hotel brands in the 700+ hotel chain Extended Stay Hotels.
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