Expedia, Marriott and others have all opened extended stay hotels to accommodate travelers who want to stay in a major U.S. city, but some have a bit more on their minds.
Hotel Transylvana 2 in Orlando, Florida, opened for extended stay guests Friday, June 23.
The hotel, located at the end of a long, steep and winding drive that winds around Broadmower, has been the focus of some controversy.
On May 31, Expedia’s CEO, Michael Pachter, announced that the company was considering closing the hotel, but not until May 29, the next day, due to safety concerns, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The news led to outrage and protest from many travelers who took to social media to voice their displeasure, calling it “disgraceful” that Expedia was closing the resort for its safety, and also a threat to the city’s economy.
Hotel translvency 2 has had a long history of complaints and legal challenges from travelers, but in April, it finally reopened after being closed for several years.
In July, Marriott announced it would also open extended stay properties to guests with no plans to stay at its hotels.
“This decision was made based on safety concerns and on the company’s long-standing commitment to the local community,” a Marriott spokesperson said in a statement.
At the same time, Exponent announced it was expanding the number of its hotels in Orlando to accommodate extended stay customers.
According to the company, its Orlando hotel, which opened in 2004, has a capacity of up to 2,500 guests.
However, Expansions also face criticism for their pricing, with the company charging $1,400 for a single night, and $1.80 per night for an extra night.
Expedia says that the hotels are designed for travelers who are interested in staying in a hotel but are not ready to pay more.
Expedia and others said they would be willing to offer more space for travelers with higher rates, though many travelers do not like to spend money on a room at a hotel.
The debate over extended stay accommodations has caused some problems for Expedia.
A survey by the travel company found that the majority of customers who were surveyed would not be comfortable with having their rooms booked for $600 or more, and most of those surveyed also said they do not want to pay additional for rooms they do NOT want to rent, according the Orlando Sun.
For Expedia to reopen the hotel and then close it for safety reasons, it would have to meet certain safety standards, according a letter from the company.
Other hotel expansions in the Orlando area include the Riverwalk in Orlando’s Downtown, which is now called the Marriott Downtown and the Sheraton Orlando Resort.