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5 Cheap Extended Stay Hotels in Macon, GA | Affordable Hotel Blog

Med students. General contractors. Architects. Traveling businessmen and entrepreneurs. Home transitions. Healthcare professionals.

These folks often find themselves traveling often and in need of cheap extended stay hotels in various cities across the USA such as Macon, GA. Luckily, there are several options to choose from. The following list is arranged by most affordable rate to least affordable rate scheduled for a week-long stay from Sept 1, 2013 to Sept 8, 2013.

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Extended Stay Hotels in Macon, GA:

  1. Value Place Macon North Extended Stay Hotel and Value Place Macon West Extended Stay Hotel – At Value Place West on Harrison Road, you will pay $159 for the week. At the Value Place on Bowman Road (Macon North), you will pay $179. One interesting observation about the Value Place websites is that they automatically schedule the booking for one week. This is indicative of an establishment that truly wants extended stay travelers only. All other “extended stay” websites automatically schedule for a single night, just like a traditional hotel.
  2. Extended Stay America – At $43.99 for one night (which is a great nightly rate), you will pay $308 for the week.
  3. Intown Suites – A very appealing rate of $159 per week! Take a look at the TripAdvisor reviews – 1 out of 5 stars with two terrible reviews.
  4. Candlewood Suites – At $82 per night, you will pay $574 for the week. Yikes. You could stay at Value Place West Macon for over three and a half weeks for the same price.
  5. Residence Inn – At 109 per night, you will pay $763 for the week. But with this property you pay for the Marriott brand name. 

So there you have it. A VERY brief comparison of cheap extended stay hotels in Macon, GA by rate. Which one will you choose?

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Free Discounts at a Cheap Extended Stay Hotel

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Value Place Extended Stay Hotels are for budget-conscious travelers.

Let’s talk.

On our Facebook pages, we offer monthly promotions to our fans so they can save money and have an enjoyable extended stay at each of our locations. For our next promotion, we want to hear from you – what sort of free discounts would like to see?

Some examples are:

  1. Money off the bottom line. This will most likely be $20 off the weekly or monthly price.
  2. Laundry credit. Receive $10 worth of laundry money to keep your clothes clean and fresh.
  3. Free Wi-Fi. Rather than paying for the password to access our high-speed internet, we can give it to you for free.
  4. Reserved parking spot for the most loyal guest. For the guest that is staying for multiple months, or whoever is the Mayor on Foursquare, will get a designated parking spot close to the door.

Now, it’s your turn. What sort of discounts would you like to see? Post your responses to us on Twitter @ValuePlaceHotel (to the right of this blog post!)

Our locations are:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceEvansvilleIN – Evansville, IN
  2. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceDuncanSC – Duncan, SC
  3. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceElginSC – Elgin, SC
  4. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceLexingtonSC – Lexington, SC
  5. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceJohnsonCityTN – Johnson City, TN
  6. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceSimpsonvilleSC – Simpsonville, SC
  7. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceGreenvilleChalmersSC – Greenville, SC
  8. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceMaconNorthGA – North Macon, GA
  9. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceMaconWestGA – West Macon, GA
  10. https://www.facebook.com/ValuePlaceChampaignIL – Champaign-Urbana, IL

Making Back to School More Affordable | Value Place Extended Stay Hotel

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And maybe a pencil…

Whether you are a parent driving your new Freshman student to college many hours away or a student looking for off-campus housing for the school year, finding an affordable place to stay can be a challenge. Everyone else is trying to do the same thing at the same time. If you didn’t book months in advance, finding an open hotel room or apartment can be a near impossible feat.

But here’s some news: a lot of people don’t think to stay at an extended stay hotel. But the fact is, according to HR Magazine, extended stay hotels are a growing segment in the travel accommodation industry. CCIM says that extended stay hotels are intended for stays lasting 4 nights to 4 months+. The extended stay business model relies on both higher occupancy for longer periods of time which cuts down on overhead and also simple, basic amenities so that the price is significantly reduced for guests. For example, a traditional hotel will cost anywhere from $65 to $120 for the night while an extended stay hotel will cost $28 dollars for the night. But you have to stay for four nights. See how it works?

So for the parents or students looking for an extended stay at one of the following universities or colleges, look up Value Place Extended Stay Hotels – the best in the market – known for shocking affordability and brilliant cleanliness:

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Learn from the best.

How To Make Your Current Cup of Coffee Twice As Good… For the Same Price

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Brand New Coffee Maker from Value Place Extended Stay Hotels

For guests who stay at an extended stay hotel like Value Place Extended Stay, the grocery list will often be just for the week or in other cases for the month. For the coffee drinker, this will entail buying a bag or container of coffee. Forget your coffee maker at home? Don’t worry. Value Place keeps brand new coffee makers available for purchase behind the front desk ($20).

 

How to make any coffee brand you buy twice as good. When it comes to coffee, fresh is best. When selecting coffee, you will notice that the same brand will sell its coffee in two forms: whole bean or ground. Also, you’ll notice in most grocery stores, there is metal contraption in the aisle where you browse coffee brands.

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Grocery Store Coffee Bean Grinder

This is the bean grinder. HERE’S WHAT YOU DO TO MAKE YOUR COFFEE TWICE AS GOOD: Instead of buying the grounds as you have always done up to this point because you don’t have a grinder at home, buy the whole bean bag. Open it up and pour it into the bean grinder. Set it to “espresso” or “coarse” grind and grind the whole bag. The finished product will be a bag of ground coffee – what you came to buy – but instead it is instantly fresh. You can tell by them smell.

Back at the hotel room, simply brew the coffee the same way you always do but this time use the fresh grinds that you ground yourself.

You’ll notice the difference in the first sip.

Trying to Choose the Right Hotel? 6 Objective Recommendations:

Picking a hotel can sometimes be a challenge. With over 228 hotel brands in the USA, it can tenuous. But don’t worry. Below I have outlined recommendations based on the experience you are looking to have.

  1. Comfort. Often when people refer to “comfort” in terms of a hotel room, they are most often refering to one element: the bed. The bed is where you spend most of your time in a hotel, no? So it is pretty important for the bed to be GREAT. For this category, your best bet (or should I say your best bed) will be staying at a Ritz-Carlton or Marriott hotel.
  2. Status. Where do celebrities stay when they travel? First, these hotels will only be in cities like Vegas, LA, New York and Chicago. Second, celebrities tend to not stay at any “chain” hotel. Usually, they stay at a famous local hotel. Examples of these include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Chateau Marmont, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Culver Hotel, the Bonaventure Hotel, etc.

    The Culver Hotel [Photo Cred: NBC]

  3. Pets. The W Hotel caters to cats and dogs with their P.A.W.  (Pets Are Welcome) program, many traveling pet owners find this city chain an accomodating fit for the “whole family”. Pets get their own beds, mats, toys, tags and treats.

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  4. Price. Where will you get the best value out of your hotel? At Value Place Extended Stay Hotel, guests pay an average of $28 per night. This rate not only includes all the typical amenities of a high-rate hotel, but also has a full kitchen so guests can save money by eating in.

Value Place Extended Stay Hotel: The Best Hotel Option for Price

5. Ubiquity. There are over 4,195 in 100 countries of this highly visible hotel chain. Best Western’s are EVERYWHERE. If you are looking for the same setting and conditions across many locations, Best Western will be a top pick.

6. Continental Breakfast – The best, free continental hotel breakfast is still being served by the first hotel to ever offer it: Hampton Inn. The mid-priced hotel keeps families top of mind with waffles, oatmeal, eggs, sausage and fresh fruits. On the Run breakfast bags packed with fruit, a muffin, box of mints and a cereal bar are also available weekdays.

Hope you found this article helpful. Next time you are choosing a hotel, keep these recommendations in mind! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on Twitter @ValuePlaceHotel!

7 Biggest Factors in Choosing a Hotel

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Decision Time.

Choosing a hotel can be a challenging decision. Often, there are many variables that need to be considered before purchasing. Below you will find the 7 biggest factors in choosing a hotel.

  1. Location: This is probably the most important factor as it is essentially the reason why you are staying at a hotel in the first place; you are wanting to stay at a remote location where your home is not. This could be the beach, the city, the countryside or even the roadside. Location is normally the first factor you punch into your search.
  2. Price: Often, travelers are already paying for transportation, food and entertainment so an affordable price is another huge factor in considering a hotel. This is Value Place Extended Stay’s bread and butter.
  3. Extra fees: Hidden fees can turn a good experience sour. These often include wireless internet, cable tv, room service, room upgrades, etc.
  4. Onsite facilities: Laundry machines, exercise gym, pool, etc. are all add-on benefits that may close the deal for you. If you plan on staying a while, these become more appealing features.
  5. Complimentary breakfast: Knocking out accommodation and one meal of the day with one stone is an attractive option especially for larger families.
  6. Local culture versus brand: Depending on the purpose of traveling, one may prefer a local, family-owned single location hotel that exudes the city’s culture or one may prefer the familiar, consistency of a national brand. Adventure-seekers prefer the former, work travelers prefer the latter. 
  7. Reviews: Taking a peak at the reviews is often a helpful informant. Learning from others’ experiences can demonstrate to you the quality of the rooms and staff. Check out TripAdvsior, Google Reviews or Yelp for reviews.

When it comes to picking which hotel you are going to stay at, there is no right answer. It depends on your needs and trust me, there is a hotel for every need, location, price and amenities. I will say though, if you are looking for the highest value for the lowest price, consider Value Place. But that’s just my unbiased opinion. Hope you enjoyed this article!

How To Know If An Extended Stay Hotel Is For You; A Pros and Cons List

You may or may not have heard of an extended stay hotel before, but it is accommodation option for travelers intending to spend an extended period of time at geographic location. Essentially, it is comparable to an apartment but more temporary. Apartments have minimum leases for 6 months to a year while an extended stay hotel will have a minimum booking of a week ( but many locations will do three nights).

The benefit of an extended stay hotel over a regular hotel is most often one element: price. Travelers will easily save hundreds of dollars a week booking an extended stay hotel over a regular hotel. Please see the pros and cons list to an extended stay hotel below.

Pros:

  1. Kitchen included. For example, at Value Place Extended Stay Hotel, you have a full kitchen at your disposal. This allows you to save money at a grocery shop and cook in your room rather than go out to an expensive restaurant + tip.
  2. Call it home. You’ll most likely be staying there a while so you could add some décor personal touches.
  3. Security. At Value Place, you need an access ID card to go beyond the lobby. Many patrons value this aspect to the place at which they will be residing for a longer bracket of time.
  4. In-house laundry services. Laundry machines are located at extended stay hotels. At Value Place, linens are washed for free if you bring them to the front desk!
  5. Cost. As mentioned before, the longer stays allows for a cheaper total cost. In fact, when you break down the average payment for one week, a per-night hotels price range will be $900 – $1000 at $119/night. Meanwhile an extended stay hotel will be a flat one-time rate of $200 which broken down into a nightly rate is about $29/night.

Cons:

  1. Extended stays tend to be simple. Not a lot of “eye candy” or “bells and whistles.” Pictures, décor and technology will be much flashier in a per-night hotel. But as the adage goes, “You get what you pay for.”
  2. Staffing will be more scarce at an extended stay hotel because the company’s margins are slim (to keep the price as minimal as possible). Personnel will be much more abundant at a regular, high-priced accommodation.

Extended stay hotels are suited for traveling workers and guests that are relocating to a new community, building or renovating a new home, visiting for family events, and vacationers looking to stretch their travel dollars. More specifically, they often are a great fit for small business travelers and consultants who foot their own bill for lodging and other travel expenses or are traveling on a strict per diem budget.

To learn more about extended stay hotels and to learn more about our favorite extended stay hotel brand Value Place, visit ValuePlace.com.

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