Thursday, January 31, 2013

Plan An Extended Stay

As I mentioned in an earlier post, our family just left on an extended trip. We'll actually be gone a total of almost 3 weeks, so everyone is really excited! We have plans to visit with friends, visit some fun places (think Disney World, LegoLand...) and stay in some neat hotels. One thing I wish though, is that all our stops were closer to one area, because I really enjoy staying at the extended stay hotels. The extended stay Lubbock wouldn't work for this trip, but we will have to check it out on our trip to Texas towards the end of this year!

There are several reasons why extended stay hotels are beneficial. First of all, they're designed for longer stays (obviously). This means most of them come equipped with a small kitchen, have laundry facilities on site, and offer a low cost alternative to staying at the normal hotel. 

Quite a few years ago, we took a trip to the Columbus, OH. area, and stayed at one of the extended stay hotels. I believe this was our first time at one of these, and I was really not prepared for how pleasant the stay was! I thought a hotel designed for longer stays would be pretty basic, and not quite as luxurious. Well, I was wrong. Extended stay hotels make your visit so much easier! With 8 people in our family, one of the biggest benefits is the ability to cook a real meal in the room. Usually a road trip for us means a lot of fast food (yuck!) and no home-cooked meals. I mean, you can't exactly microwave up a nice meal for 8 people!  So, even though the kitchen in these hotels are usually a little smaller, they still provide ample room to cook up a meal.

Another thing we enjoyed at the extended stay hotel was the ability to bring our pets in to the room. I'm not sure if all extended stay hotels allow this, but it was so nice to bring both our dogs up, and enjoy them while on vacation. Most times we have to find someone to leave them with, so it was very nice to have the family pets along with us on this trip. 

Let me know if you've every stayed at an extended stay hotel, and if so, how you liked it!

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