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Out Of Town? Make The Most Of Your Long Term Hotel Stay With These Five Tips

by Lloyd Pearson

Being away from home for a long period of time can be difficult, especially if you are not prepared. Whether you are visiting family or on a business trip, you can follow these tips to make your extended hotel stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Choose the right hotel: One of the most important things you can do is to choose the right hotel. When you know you will be staying for more than just a few nights, choose a hotel than caters to extended stay travelers. In addition to the usual offerings like complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, and conference rooms, these hotels may offer full kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. This not only gives your room a homier feel, but will allow you to cook your own meals and comfortably invite guests over.  
  • Unpack right away: Although you may be tired from traveling, it is important to unpack and store your belongings as soon as possible. Utilize the closet and drawers; don't live out of your suitcase. Bring your toiletries into the bathroom and store them in easy reach just like you do at home.  
  • Research available amenities:  After you are completely unpacked, take a look at the literature provided by the hotel explaining what amenities they offer. This is often provided by the front desk at check-in, but is sometimes left on the desk or table in your room. Take note of where the fitness center, laundry facilities, and business center are so you can find them easily when you need them. Also check the times for any shuttle or dry cleaning services you may need.  
  • Explore the surrounding area: If you are unfamiliar with the area, talk with the front desk or concierge to find out where the closest restaurants, grocery stores, and entertainment are. If you have the time and a vehicle, take a short drive around and locate important places you will need. This can be extremely helpful when you are already out and need to find a store or other location so you don't get lost.  
  • Stock your refrigerator: Take a quick trip to the grocery store, even if you plan on mostly eating out. At the very least, purchase drinks and snacks. When you are up working late and room service is closed, you will appreciate this.

While nothing compares with sleeping in your own bed, you can ensure a comfortable extended hotel stay by following these smart tips. Also, do not hesitate to ask the concierge or hotel staff for help when you need it. Extended stay hotels, such as Hampton Inn Suites, cater to travelers in your position, and will be more than happy to assist in any way they can. In many cases, they will even anticipate your needs, as they are experienced in providing specialized service to long-term travelers.