There are times when making use of a hotel for periods longer than a week would make sense.
I’ve done it — I stayed in a cheap extended stay hotel for 3 months!
A longer hotel stay of 1 month or more might become necessary due to:
- A change in your employment circumstances
- A big move
- A death or divorce of a family member
- An extended vacation
The big question becomes: are extended stay motels a practical option?
How Extended Stay Motels And Hotels Work
Whether or not a hotel can accommodate extended stay patrons is determined by the licensing requirements set forth by their local zoning authority. Each city or municipality has the right to set their own standards on this issue.
Often, as is the case where I live in Duluth Minnesota, special circumstances present themselves that are an answer to a local problem.
For example, snowbirds (people who migrate between the northern states for the summer months and southern states for the winter) are very popular in this area. Many people live in RVs here year round — while others simply come north during the hottest months.
During the middle of the summer, the local college dorms are empty due to summer break. With these empty rooms being a financial burden when unoccupied, the solution became to rent them out to snowbirds for those summer months. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Another example: construction workers. They typically travel from job to job within a specific region — often staying put for a matter of months. Signing a year-long lease isn’t practical and staying weeks at a time in a hotel becomes quite expensive. Extended stay hotels become the perfect option!
My Personal Experience Living In A Motel
My own experience living in extended stay motels included a 3-month period between the sale of an existing home and waiting for construction to finish up on our new home.
We were able to stay close to our neighborhood and schools — which meant that our routine was hardly disturbed, while most of our household items were boxed up and stashed away in a storage unit.
How Much Does It Cost To Live In A Hotel?
Many extended stay motels (especially older ones) will have a certain percentage of their rooms set up with kitchenettes.
With a kitchenette, you have the ability to cook meals and store food supplies — removing the cost of eating out at restaurants from your budget.
Believe it or not, you may find that staying in an older motel with a kitchenette is only a little bit more expensive on a monthly basis than you would pay for a local apartment rental with a year-long lease.
So to answer the underlying question, “Can you live in a motel?” The answer is YES, you most definitely can!
“How much does it cost to live in a hotel?” is the next most logical question. There isn’t one single answer to this one. Monthly hotel rentals can cost $800 a month and up — it depends on the hotel you choose and where it’s located.
Benefits Of Paying Monthly Rent At At A Cheap Extended Stay Hotel
When you’re on a budget, it’s important to know what you’ll be paying for and what will be included for FREE. As I see it, these are the benefits of living in a motel:
- Bed linens are usually changed out once a week — but you can forget about the maid making your bed each morning.
- It’s very much like living in a completely furnished small apartment.
- The necessities of life are provided — including dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, toilet paper, local phone calls, and other utilities (cable, electricity, water, heat/AC, garbage, laundry).
- Some extended stay hotels provide a FREE continental breakfast each morning and FREE coffee throughout the day.
- Depending on the hotel’s amenities, you could also use things like the gym and swimming pool for FREE.
Compared to renting an apartment, living in a motel also has these benefits:
- No credit check
- No lease
- Utilities are included
- No utility deposit
- Low move-in cost
- Not a good environment for kids (if you’re a fan of peace and quiet)
What You Can Expect To Find Inside Extended Stay Motel Rooms
As you can see in the following videos, cheap extended stay hotels can be quite comfortable and practical for a few months:
More About Extended Stay Hotels & Motels
In addition to the links I’ve included above, here are some other resources to help you decide if living in a motel is the right option for you:
- Do This Before You Start Living In A Motel
- Tips For Living In Extended Stay Hotels
- Living In A Motel vs Renting An Apartment
- Discount Coupons For Extended Stay Hotels
- Living In Extended Stay Motels As A Freelancer
- Condo vs. Extended Stay Hotel For Your Next Vacation