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The Rise of Apartment Hotels: A New Era in Accommodation

CEO Khai Intela
Imagine having the comfort and convenience of an apartment combined with the amenities and services of a hotel. That's the concept behind apartment hotels, also known as aparthotels or residential hotels. These innovative accommodations are...

An apartment hotel in Hammond, Indiana

Imagine having the comfort and convenience of an apartment combined with the amenities and services of a hotel. That's the concept behind apartment hotels, also known as aparthotels or residential hotels. These innovative accommodations are changing the way people stay, offering a flexible and home-like experience for both short-term and long-term guests.

Embracing the Freedom of Apartment Living

An apartment hotel is like renting an apartment, but without the commitment of a fixed contract. Occupants have the freedom to "check out" whenever they wish, while still enjoying the benefits of a hotel-style booking system. This concept has been particularly popular in holiday destinations, where families often prefer the space and comfort of an apartment over a traditional hotel room.

The Harrison Hotel, an SRO hotel in Oakland, California. The Harrison Hotel, an SRO hotel in Oakland, California.

A Complete Home Away from Home

Apartment hotels are designed to provide a fully-fitted apartment experience. These complexes are custom-built and offer a variety of apartments to suit different needs. The length of stay can range from a few days to months or even years, making them ideal for both short-term business travelers and individuals in need of temporary housing.

The apartments in these hotels are equipped with everything you would find in a typical home, including kitchens, laundry facilities, and living spaces. This makes apartment hotels especially appealing to those who prefer the flexibility and independence of self-catering accommodations.

Extended Stays Made Comfortable

Extended stay hotels, also known as serviced apartments or aparthotels, take the concept of apartment hotels to the next level. With a focus on providing more home-like amenities, they cater to business travelers on extended assignments, families relocating, and others in need of long-term accommodation.

An apartment hotel in Hammond, Indiana An apartment hotel in Hammond, Indiana

Extended stay hotels typically offer discounts for longer stays, usually starting at 5 or 7 days. They feature guestrooms or "suites" with kitchens that include essential appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops. Some even offer additional amenities such as dishwashers and ovens.

Several hotel chains specialize in extended stay accommodations, such as Residence Inn, Staybridge Suites, and Homewood Suites. These brands understand the unique needs of long-term guests and strive to create a comfortable and convenient environment.

Affordable Housing for All

While apartment hotels and extended stay hotels cater to a wide range of guests, there is another form of accommodation that focuses on providing affordable housing for individuals with low incomes - single room occupancy (SRO) hotels. These residential hotels offer small single rooms within shared buildings, often without amenities like kitchens or bathrooms.

SROs have historically been an affordable housing option, particularly for those in need of permanent or primary residence. However, the gentrification of urban centers has led to the displacement and elimination of many SRO units. Housing regulations requiring higher standards of amenities have rendered the construction of new SRO hotels illegal in many cities.

Despite the challenges, SROs continue to serve as a crucial form of housing for individuals with minimal incomes. They provide an essential lifeline for those who would otherwise struggle to find affordable accommodations.

A Changing Landscape of Hospitality

The rise of apartment hotels, extended stay hotels, and SROs has transformed the hospitality industry. These innovative accommodations offer a range of options to cater to different needs and budgets. Whether you're a business traveler, a family on vacation, or someone in need of affordable housing, there is an option that suits you.

As the demand for flexible and home-like accommodations continues to grow, we can expect to see even more exciting developments in the world of apartment hotels. So the next time you plan a trip or need a temporary home, consider the comfort and convenience offered by these unique and evolving accommodations.

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Apartment hotels were first created in holiday destinations as accommodation for families that needed to "live" in an apartment rather than "stay" as they would in a hotel. The apartments would provide a "holiday home" but generally be serviced. Later, these apartments evolved to be complete homes, allowing occupants to do everything they would at home, such as cleaning, washing, and cooking.

Extended stay hotels

Extended stay hotels, also called serviced apartments or aparthotels are a type of lodging with features unavailable at standard hotels. These features are intended to provide more home-like amenities. There are currently 27 extended stay chains in North America with at least 7 hotels, representing over 2,000 properties. There is substantial variation among extended stay hotels with respect to quality and the amenities available. Some of the economy chains attract clientele who use the hotels as semi-permanent lodging. Extended-stay hotels typically have self-serve laundry facilities and offer discounts for extended stays, beginning at 5 or 7 days. They also have guestrooms (or "suites") with kitchens. The kitchens include at a minimum usually: a sink, a refrigerator (usually full size), a microwave oven, and a stovetop. Some kitchens also have dishwashers and conventional ovens. Extended stay hotels are aimed at business travelers on extended assignments, families in the midst of a relocation, and others in need of temporary housing.

Single room occupancy

Single room occupancy hotels (more commonly abbreviated to SRO), also called "residential hotels" are a form of housing that is typically aimed at residents with low or minimal incomes. They usually rent small single rooms without amenities such as kitchens, toilets or bathrooms, which are rented out as permanent residence and/or primary residence to individuals, within a multi-tenant building with shared kitchens, toilets or bathrooms. SRO units are typically 8 feet by ten feet. While roommates sharing an apartment may also have a bedroom and share a bathroom and kitchen, an SRO tenant leases the SRO unit individually. SRO units are the least expensive form of non-subsidized rental housing, with median rents even in New York City ranging from $450 to $705 per month.

SROs may constitute a form of affordable housing, in some cases for formerly or otherwise homeless individuals. The term is primarily used in Canada and US. Since the 1970s and 1980s, there has been an increasing displacement of SRO units aimed at low-income earners due to gentrification, with SRO facilities being sold and turned into condos. Between 1955 and 2013, almost one million SRO units were eliminated in the US due to regulation, conversion, or demolition. The hotels were once a ubiquitous feature of densely-populated urban centers, filling a crucial niche as flexible, inexpensive housing with bare-minimum amenities. Housing regulations mandating higher standards of amenities, such as requiring off-street parking, or private kitchens and/or bathrooms in each unit, have rendered the construction of conventional SRO hotels illegal in many cities. That existing hotels are substandard under such regulations has been often used as justification for their demolition, often as part of Urban renewal programs.

The term refers to the fact that the tenant rents a single room, as opposed to a full flat (apartment). SRO units may be provided in a rooming house, apartment building, or in illegal conversions of private homes into many small SRO rooms. There is a variety of levels of quality, ranging from a "cubicle with a wire mesh ceiling", at the lowest end, to small hotel rooms or small studio apartments without bathrooms, at the higher end. They may also be referred to as "SRO hotels", which acknowledges that many of the buildings are old hotels that are in a poor state of repair and maintenance. The acronym SRO has also been stated to mean "single resident only".

See also

  • Hotels portal
  • Housing portal
  • Serviced apartment
  • Studio apartment
  • Corporate housing