How to Find Low-Cost Extended-Stay Hotels and Motels

Updated on October 3, 2018
All you need to know about weekly hotels and motels.
All you need to know about weekly hotels and motels. | Source

Weekly hotels—sometimes referred to as extended-stay hotels or apartment hotels—might be the answer to your housing situation if you're new to an area, you're only moving there temporarily, you have low income and can't afford your own apartment, or if you have an eviction dogging your credit and your apartment applications are constantly being denied.

You might be tempted to hit the roommate section on Craigslist, but what you need to know is that it can be awkward and unsafe living with someone that you do not really know.

You can also forget about crashing at a friend or family member’s house because you can very quickly wear out your welcome—you do not want to cramp someone else’s style.

You'll have your privacy if you live in a weekly hotel. You will not be a burden to anyone, and there is nothing better than having your “own place” to crash after a long day at work.

How to Find Cheap Weekly Motels Near You

To save you time and effort, I've compiled a list of weekly motels and hotels that usually offer affordable rates and decent lodging:

There are weekly hotels in the seediest locations that will run you only $99 to $120 a week, and then there are gorgeous extended-stay hotels that will cost you between $325 to $425 a week.

However, hotel quality and rates can vary from location to location. A quick Google search of "extended-stay hotels near me" will turn up a map of your location with nearby extended-stay hotels. Of course, you can also use travel sites like Travelocity or Booking.com.

Things to Consider Before Staying at a Weekly Hotel

There is somewhat of a trick to finding weekly housing. You will need to find an extended-stay hotel that is maintained well enough so that you will want to stay but affordable enough so that you actually can stay.

Just as almost anything else in life, the more money you pay, the more quality you'll get.

1. Safety (neighborhood, security)

Do your research. Check to see if the area around the hotel is walkable—especially if you don't have your own car and need to get groceries, go to work/school, etc. Also see how secure the hotel is. Does it have a history of break-ins or other criminal activity? Cheap motels and hotels are often situated in sketchy areas, so although the cheap rate may be attractive, consider your safety the number one priority.

2. Cleanliness

Cheap hotels may not have the best hygiene and health standards. Problems like bed bugs, roaches, mold, and dirty furniture are not only off-putting, they can also lead to a number of health problems. Spend some time reading reviews from past tenants. If possible, go check out the place to see if it is tolerable.

3. Convenience (near restaurants, shopping, etc.)

Whatever your reason for staying at an extended-stay hotel, convenience is usually a big factor. You may want to look for a place that is closest to your work, grocery stores, or any other place that you plan on visiting frequently. This is especially important if you don't have access to a car. Being able to walk to the places you need to go can save you a lot of money on commute.

4. Amenities

Some contracts include free breakfast, housekeeping, free parking, and access to facilities like the fitness center and swimming pool. Consider whether any of these are a necessity—or something that you're willing to spend a little extra on. Read the fine print thoroughly before booking a stay to avoid any surprise fees.

Pros and Cons of Weekly Hotels

Pros
Cons
No credit checks
Small space
No leases
Limited kitchen
Low move-in costs
Internet can be slow
Utilities are included
TV channel selections are limited
Amenities (fitness center, pool, etc.)
Decorating is also limited
Already furnished
May reflect badly on your credit
Extended-stay hotels can be a great alternative option, but they are only temporary fixes, and there are many factors to consider before booking a stay.

5 Reasons You May Need an Extended-Stay Hotel?

1. You're New to the Area

Being a long way from home, it can take awhile before you really get to know the area. Which neighborhoods are the safest? Which areas are most convenient (e.g. for commute to work, shopping, school etc.)? Rather than rushing to any decisions, staying in a weekly hotel can give you time to plan out the best possible living situation for you.

2. You Only Need to Move Temporarily

You may be a business traveler who is temporarily relocating for work, or you're just scoping out a new area to see if you like it. Your stay may not be long enough to find an apartment to lease or a house to rent, and it may not be short enough to book a hotel. Extended-stay hotels offer a flexible and cost-effective solution for people who only need to move somewhere temporarily.

3. You Can't Afford Expensive Moving Costs

Moving into an apartment can be expensive. Even if you can find affordable housing, you still might have to find the funds to pay for the up-front costs, like a high security deposit, the first month’s rent, and non-refundable application and administration fees—don’t you just love that whole “administration fee” nonsense that many apartment complexes charge?

4. You Have an Eviction on Your Credit History

Not having all of the cash up front is a hurdle in itself. But there can be an even bigger one: Many people do not know that it can be extremely difficult to get approved for an apartment if you have an eviction on your credit history.

Evictions stay on your credit history for seven years, and any time another apartment complex pulls your application, they will be able to see that negative mark.

Most complexes will flat out refuse to rent to you because, as far as they are concerned, you did not pay your rent to a previous landlord, so there is a high risk that you might do the same thing to them.

Even if you've learned your lesson after being evicted—and you swear you'll never let it happen to you again—unfortunately, you now have bad credit. You'll just have to roll with the punches.

Luckily, there are housing alternatives for people with an eviction on their credit, including looking for an affordable extended-stay hotels and motels that charge weekly or monthly.

5. You Have a Criminal History

Another reason you may not be able to get an apartment is if you have a criminal background. Many apartment complexes will check your criminal history. If you have a negative mark against you, the complex might refuse to rent to you.

We all know that the justice system is supposed to rehabilitate those who have committed a crime, but most of us also know that the justice system’s rehabilitation process does not work that well. You cannot really blame an apartment complex for refusing to rent to you if you have a criminal background, but you still need to be able to find safe and decent housing.

Final Thoughts

If you live in an extended-stay hotel, you are technically considered to be homeless in many states. Therefore, you might be able to qualify for low income assistance programs that can give you financial assistance to move into your own apartment if you can find one.

Finally, if you’ve checked out most of the options in this guide, and you still can’t find anything that suits your needs, perhaps it may just be time to relocate....Do yourself a favor and at least check out the link below to the Top 20 Cities in the U.S with the Lowest Rental Rates.

Good luck to you.

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        Susan Tasa 

        6 days ago

        Myson needsa place to stay till he finds another apartment. his income is low, but I can heip out a bit. He is looking for a place in minneapolis,MN, and wantsto jive near or in uptown 55408, because he works in that area and has no car.

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        Mary stockham 

        4 weeks ago

        Me and my husband are new in the area just became homeless in San Diego need some cheap monthly rooms to rent on fixed income

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        Anna 

        7 weeks ago

        I was looking for affordable hotels and saw you on Google, I need a place in Ga. or Chicago For me and my daughter. Its gotten way to expensive in Ft Lauderdale Fl. Its turning into a tourist city and everthing, wheather renting an Apt. or buying a decent house is way to pricey. Its an awesome thing you are doing, helping people find somewhere to live. Its a beautiful thing. ❤Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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        Nicole 

        7 weeks ago

        I'm staying in one. I have housekeeping free WiFi no utility costs free breakfast and it's safe. I live in Seattle and could no way afford the rent so I went 20 min north to a good motel

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        Willie Carter 

        7 weeks ago

        Thank you rachelle!

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        Rachelle Williams 

        8 weeks ago from Tempe, AZ

        Absolutely, jimcarlson1425, it is ideal to go into this type of lifestyle with either a partner or maybe get two beds and split the costs with someone else who might be interested in getting out of the situation as quickly as possible.

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        jimcarlson1425 

        8 weeks ago

        Hello Rachell, one more thing you might want to remind your readers of is if they decide to go the extended stay motel way, plan on staying for a while unless you have financial help from a second party. Once you choose this path, it is extremely hard to save enough money on your own to be able to escape the extended stay way of life. After three years of doing it myself, i know first hand how hard it is. Your article otherwise is very well written and informative. Another option if you have to live this way is if you have someting to offer back to the place youre staying i.e. handyman, bookkeeping, etc. That could knock a little bit off your rent as well. Thanks Rachell.

      • Rachelle Williams profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachelle Williams 

        8 weeks ago from Tempe, AZ

        Hi Willie Carter. I researched a couple of other options for you and created an entire article for weekly housing options in Austin, TX: https://hubpages.com/politics/No-Credit-Check-Hous...

        I wish you the very best of luck.

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        Willie Carter 

        8 weeks ago

        I looked at the list and unfortunately for austin tx I cannot find those prices

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        Rachelle Williams 

        2 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        Paige, I've been thinking about you and hoping you are safe. I wish I could do more for you, if you need additional help, please hit me up on rachellescribes@gmail.com and I'll try to help with more resources.

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        Paige Boehm 

        2 months ago

        Thank you!

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        Rachelle Williams 

        2 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        Well Paige, unfortunately Portland doesn't have any of the normal chains that provide low cost extended stay rates and the hotel chain that actually bears the name, "Extended Stay America" tends to be really expensive.

        I'm so sorry to hear that you're living in your car. You might want to try an organization called "Clean and Safe" @ 503.224.7383 to see if they can help you.

        Otherwise, are you tied to Portland? Have you considered relocating to someplace with better options?

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        Paige Boehm 

        2 months ago

        So, just look up Extended Stays? I'm currently living in my car in Portland Oregon

      • Rachelle Williams profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachelle Williams 

        2 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        You might try signing up on some of the roommate finder websites, and maybe even on Craigslist in some of the less expensive cities where you might like to live, but ALWAYS BE CAREFUL, trust your instincts, and TELL SOMEONE what your intent is every step of the way. Also, make certain the person you finally move in with (if that's your choice) is fully aware that people who know you also know exactly where you are..

      • Rachelle Williams profile imageAUTHOR

        Rachelle Williams 

        2 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        You're welcome!

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        Rachelle Williams 

        2 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        Hi Gee Gee, you might try the Suburban Extended Stay at 3910 Central Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076

        Phone: (615) 871-0505 or The Woodspring Suites 515 Metroplex Dr, Nashville, TN 37211

        Phone: (615) 387-1983 - Both of these chains are known for offering weekly rates and are usually a little bit more comfortable than the flea bag hotels that offer weekly rates for around the same or cheaper rates...

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        Gee Gee 

        2 months ago

        Hi, looking for a hotel in the price range between 250 and 350 a week in Nashville Tennessee. Do you know any places

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        Michael 

        2 months ago

        I will need to move out of my apartment soon in NJ. I don't have all the necessary funds to move into another place immediately. I work from home so I'm prepared to move anywhere in any state where I am able to pay weekly but would need hard cable hooked up to my computer not WIFI. I'm able to pay upwards of $450. per week, any suggestions?

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        Rachelle Williams 

        2 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        That's a tough one, because most decent hotels charge that amount per day. Unfortunately, you're not going to find much for $99 a week, if anything at all - and if you do find something at such a low rate, it probably won't be some place safe and sanitary. I would advised you to search for hostels in Austin, or seek out a homeless shelter and save your money until you can get an actual apartment.

        I wish you the very best of luck.

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        E.Hernandes 

        2 months ago

        Where can l find a 99.00 weekly rate in the austin area let me know

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        Rose 

        3 months ago

        Many thanx Rachelle. This info is so helpful.

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        Rachelle Williams 

        3 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        Indeed, they are way over-priced, because they know they have people who are in between a rock and a hard place, and they'll pay whatever they need to pay to stay off the streets and out of shelters. It's horrible!

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        Keneesha M Hodge 

        4 months ago from Chicago, Illinois

        thank you for this information, but these hotels, the ones available to me are ridiculously priced now. it's just crazy you can end up paying more for a hotel than an actual apt.

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        Jasmine 

        4 months ago

        I need a cheap room for a week I got kicked out of were I was staying I am located on the west side of Jacksonville Florida n I have two baby boys I need to find a place for

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        Tiffany 

        5 months ago

        Need to find a weekly to monthly room rate for the north Dallas area.. My boyfriend and I are on a fixed income with ssi and soon to be homeless...

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        Matthew 

        5 months ago

        Need help finding a motel for 99 a week in Phoenix Arizona

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        Carrie 

        5 months ago

        Looking for a motel or hotel that takes monthly rent payments around the Chicago area.

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        Adam 

        7 months ago

        How do I get in contact with you

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        Donna J Marsh 

        9 months ago

        Looking for a cheap motel for a week

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        Larhonda Woodard 

        11 months ago

        Me and my husband need a place to stay and we stay in galveston tx and we trying to see where can we go tomorrow. Because we getting put out of our apartment and I get ssi and he works but he cut grass and he can do any kind of work

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        Rachelle Williams 

        13 months ago from Tempe, AZ

        You're welcome! I hope it all works out for them...

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        Angela 

        13 months ago

        I am trying to assist a family member and finding the information is very hard but a few minutes of reading your article and clinking the links have provided a wealth of information for me to give to them. Thank you.

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        Lisa 

        5 years ago

        Very good information. I will add also another category who may need an extended stay hotel. Those on unemployment who need a place to stay but can't find because one because they can't show proof of employment. Try renting an apartment without a job. This could be the answer .

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        Rachelle Williams 

        5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

        To TaJuanna Jenkins - If you actually read the article instead of just skimming it you will see a long list of names and a link to their websites.

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        TaJuanna Jenkins 

        5 years ago

        Im sorry to tell you but this information is totally crap. We need actual names and numbers of the programs or complexes that will rent to us, not just an article to read.

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        monicamelendez 

        6 years ago from Salt Lake City

        Very useful. I can see this as a viable option when I sell my place. It will take me some time to find a new one to buy.

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        mountainmike1 

        7 years ago

        Thank you. This as well as your other article are useful and informative.

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