The Difference Between Corporate Housing and Extended Stay Hotels in the DC Metro Area

If you're planning to travel to the DC Metro area for business, and you're planning to be there for at least thirty days, you're probably asking yourself (at least) one question: Where should you stay? Should you stay in a corporate apartment, or should you stay in an extended stay hotel? Which one is better for you?

Let's look at the options available so you can make the decision about whether a corporate apartment or an extended stay hotel in the DC metro area will be the best choice for your long-term stay. 


In the DC Metro area, it's much easier to find a corporate apartment near your place of business than an extended stay hotel. Corporate Apartment Specialists has locations in most neighborhoods, so you're sure to find a spot that will be convenient to walk to, not to mention proximity to the Metro. 

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If you're looking to accommodate visitors at some point in your stay, then a corporate apartment is probably the best choice for you. DC is a fantastic spot for a "staycation"; bring your family out to visit for a long weekend and explore all of the wonderful museums and  monuments, as well as some of the spots that are off the tourist track. You'll have more space to put everyone in a corporate apartment than you would in an extended stay hotel. 


If you're looking for an upscale experience, you're far more likely to find that with a corporate apartment than  an extended stay hotel. (Sure, you might be able to find one, but they're more difficult to find in the DC Metro area than in the suburbs.) A corporate apartment can offer you options that will make you feel pampered far from home.  Some corporate apartments offer amenities like a king sized bed, maid service, 24-hour concierge service, and more! 

Garage Parking

Parking is at a premium in DC, so this is a must. Unfortunately, not every extended stay hotel offers this option; Corporate Apartment Specialists offers garage parking to their  residents, ensuring that their cars are enjoying safety and security in a covered space. This knowledge will allow you to pursue your work in peace. 

Laundry Services

If you're going to be staying for at least thirty days, this issue is going to come up! If you've got the time and the inclination to do your laundry yourself, it's much more convenient to have a washer and dryer in the apartment rather than a few floors down in a communal laundry room. Corporate apartments are far more likely to have an onsite unit than an extended stay hotel. 

Fitness Center

As a traveler, you understand that it's important to maintain your healthy lifestyle on the road; it's much easier to do this if there's a state-of-the-art fitness center onsite. Most of our corporate apartments offer their residents access to a fabulous fitness center, allowing them to achieve their exercise goals far from home.  Sure, an extended stay hotel might have a small gym with a few bikes and a couple of weights, but it won't be as nice as what you will find at a corporate apartment. 

Kitchen Access

While most extended stay hotels have kitchens, they're rarely as well stocked as the kitchen in a corporate apartment.  The kitchens in corporate apartments don't just have the bare necessities, but all the kitchen implements that make the apartment feel like home, such as knives, measuring cups and spoons, baking sheets and mixing bowl sets. You can cook a gourmet meal or bake a batch of cookies, should the mood strike. Just like home. 


This is frequently what the decision comes down to— the price. It's more cost-efficient to stay in a corporate apartment leased on a month-to-month basis than it is to stay in an upscale extended stay hotel. You'll be getting better amenities for less, and you'll get them in a homier environment; you can move the furniture to suit you and cook in the fully-equipped kitchen. If you're interested in learning more about the cost of staying at a corporate apartment, simply request a quote

Bottom line? A corporate apartment is a great choice, for a lot of reasons. Proximity, price, and pure luxury are yours in a corporate apartment. 

If you're planning a trip to the DC Metro area for 30 days or more, check out our furnished temporary apartments to find a corporate apartment that will provide all the amenities and the price that's right for you. 

Whether you need a furnished apartment for one month, one year, or somewhere in between, allow the furnished housing experts at Corporate Apartment Specialists to assist you in finding your perfect interim home.

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