Extended stay hotels are not all that common in Europe. Major chain extended stay hotels are even less abundant.
So Residence Inn's foray into two European markets -- a first for the extended stay brand in Europe -- is interesting news. Properties in Munich, Germany and Edinburgh, Scotland are now open.
Extended stay hotels are not necessarily designed for budget travelers. The suites tend to cost a bit more than a standard mid-range hotel room. The rate structure caters to people who can spend at least five consecutive nights. But with the higher prices come amenities that offer added value to the trip, especially for budget travelers who like to establish a hub and then make day trips in a region.
Why plan hub travel at an extended stay hotel?
Among the benefits are unpacking only once, getting to know the hub city better, enjoying daily free breakfasts and other perks such as a bigger suite that includes a fully-equipped kitchen and a 24-hour store in the lobby.
The Residence Inn choices of Munich and Edinburgh hold promise for hub budget travelers. Both cities are situated in regions well suited for day-trip explorations. One could easily spend five consecutive nights in either place and see many other cities via day-trip (Glasgow, St. Andrews, Salzburg, Rothenburg and Nuremburg come to mind immediately).
As a jump-start to your hub travel planning, take a look at two features that will help determine if this option fits your budget and how it can work: