Living at a hotel sound appealing to many people, but you might ask yourself, is it actually practical? For some people, they might not have a choice due to their work, but for some other people, they might just want to see how it is, or they might be trying to cut their monthly expenses. Whatever the reason is, here is what you need to know about living in a hotel:
1. Living at a hotel versus living at an apartment
The first thing that you should compare is living in a hotel room vs. an apartment. With hotels, everything will be taken care of for you. There is already furniture in place, someone who cleans your room daily, perhaps there is even a pool, fitness center, and a spa. It is possible to even get a hotel room that has a mini kitchen in it, so you will be able to prepare your own food. However, with apartments, you will also be able to find ones that have furniture in place, but they usually cost more to rent. You will also not get housekeeping (unless you hire someone and take a little bit more from your monthly budget). One benefit of renting an apartment is that it might offer you more space than a hotel room, however, if you wish to rent an apartment for several weeks or months, you might not be able to find someone who will rent you the space for such a short period of time.
2. What is the cost of living in a hotel?
Mortgage, rent, cable TV, Internet, homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, gas, electricity, property tax, water, pest control, yard service, housekeeping, security systems. All of these are bills that you will have to pay if you own or rent a house or an apartment. When you live at a hotel, you will not have to pay for any of them. Living in a hotel can be reasonably priced and it will most likely depend on what kind of room you choose and the duration of your stay. The longer you stay, the better rate you will get. Of course, if you choose a hotel like the Ritz-Carlton, you will be billed a large sum, however, by choosing smaller hotel or motel chains, you will get a more reasonable price. Keep in mind that a lot of hotels offer mini kitchens as well, so before choosing one, do some research on what you might get.
3. Choosing the location
If you are living at a hotel because of your job, then it makes sense that you will choose one that is close to your office. However, if you do not want to be close to your office once your shift is over, you could choose a location that is further away and close to some places that suit your lifestyle, for example, parks, a river, some restaurants, and so on.
4. Choosing the services
Since you will be living at a hotel for a longer period of time, you should wonder and consider what services they are offering. Everyone has different ideas of what is important to them, but we do recommend that you get a room with a mini kitchen in order to have a place where you can store your food or heat it up. If you do not like to prepare food, perhaps a 24-hour room service would be a good choice for you. You will also want to consider amenities such as a fitness center, high-speed Internet, a pool, and laundry service. Make a list of things that are important to you and search for a hotel that offers these services.
If you do not want to search for hotels with specific services that you need, you could always use a marketplace that allows people to live in a hotel. You will be able to get month-to-month contracts, fully furnished room with Internet connection, and you will also have the possibility of paying for it online.