Irvine, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2005
In what is certain to be a valuable resource for travelers, relocators and the hospitality industry, Biz-stay.com has issued a comparison of room types, amenities, services, pet policies and loyalty programs at the 27 largest extended stay hotel chains in the United States and Canada.
Extended stay is the fastest growing hotel segment in North America. Extended stay chains all offer discounts for long stays, usually beginning at 7 days, and feature "suites" with kitchens. They also have self-serve laundry facilities. However, there are many important differences across brands. The extended stay segment is relatively new, with little standardization. Some hotels offer suites with one or two separate bedrooms, while others have only one-room studios. Some provide complimentary hot breakfast buffets and evening socials; others have only a vending machine. Some feature business centers, swimming pools and 24-hour fitness rooms; others have only a front desk - closed outside of business hours.
Biz-stay.com's comparison matrix covers 19 key features, with extended stay chains ordered according to typical room rate (http://www.biz-stay.com/home.cfm?page=extendedstaychains). The information is continuously updated. It includes room types and amenities, for example availability of high-speed internet access and VCRs. It also covers property amenities, such as convenience stores. The tables also detail services, such as dry cleaning and frequency of housekeeping. The information is invaluable, given that long-term guests tend to be very particular about the amenities available during their stay.
"There's a tremendous difference between Residence Inn and InTown Suites," observed Kerry Knight, president of Biz-stay. "Yet these are typically lumped together in the same category: Extended Stay. It can be very difficult for travelers to locate a hotel that suits their specific needs. And if someone is staying for 5 or 6 weeks, it's critical to know in advance what they are getting. Without the Biz-stay.com comparison survey, one would need to dig through each official website, and in many cases call or email the individual properties directly. Now, travelers can quickly determine which chains provide the amenities and services they need. Likewise, travelers with only very basic needs can easily see where the most economical rates are found."
For nearly five years, Biz-stay.com (http://www.biz-stay.com) has helped business travelers and relocators find extended stay accommodations. Biz-stay's global directory includes over 10,000 listings of short-term corporate housing providers, extended stay hotels, serviced apartments, suite hotels and vacation rentals. Biz-stay.com connects travelers directly with sponsors' official websites.