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Old 07-19-2011, 06:07 AM
Location: UK
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We're coming to Dallas for 12 days in October and were wondering if it would be cheaper, or even if it is possible, to rent an apartment in Dallas or if we should stick to a hotel!!
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:36 AM
Location: Simmering in DFW
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How about Extended stay hotels?

I think corporate apartments are somewhat pricey if they are at all nice. But if you prefer to have meals in, then an apartment or Extended stay hotel is your answer and might be less expensive than dining out for all meals. I prefer the concept of extended stay, too, because if you are unhappy or want to change physical location it is a lot easier than getting out of a commitment made for a corporate apartment. I stayed for a period of a few months at an extended stay hotel because it was close to a hospital where my late husband was undergoing treatment. It was nice to go "home" to a little suite with a small kitchen. That particular hotel also had a really decent breakfast buffet and a happy hour each night with heavy snacks....all included in the price.
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:34 AM
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Yeah, I agree w/Squirl. We are currently staying in D.C. and are at a Residence Inn (Marriott) which is an extended stay hotel. We get breakfast every morning and some type of dinner Monday to Thursday. Our room is cleaned everyday and we also have the little kitchen whenever we want to cook anything. Granted, this particular Residence Inn has been updated so we are pretty happy w/this place. I wouldn't know of the look of any Residence Inn in the Dallas area, but Residence Inn is not the only extended stay hotel I'm sure. So you really might want to look at one of these type of hotels.

*Just a side note Bathonian, we lived in London from '08 to '09 and got to visit Bath; I assume you are from there, beautiful city!
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Old 07-19-2011, 07:56 AM
Location: Ken Caryl, CO
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You might try finding something here:

Vacation rentals, private rooms, sublets by the night - Accommodations on Airbnb

Some of the home/apartment rentals are pretty reasonable.
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:24 AM
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check VRBO--that is well-run home/condo rental service---deals short/long term stays all around the world
started as "by owner" but depending on the area many management companies of vacation property post there
We have rented homes via vrbo from owner-lessor and mgmt company and they were all in good shape and as advertised--
would definitely have no problem checking there--
and--my suggestion--if you make reservation with something like Staybridge or Residence Inn--make sure you know the cancellation policy for full refund/no charges for cancelling

and then scout out properties in Dallas area--see which ones have dates open for your stay
compare the fees--remember there will be additional cleaning fee normally for home/apt rental this way and also some type of security deposit--which your credit card does for you at a hotel w/o you actually having to make deposit and get refund...
so renting home/apt via VRBO or other property mgmt way can be more expensive but you are usually wanting someting you can't get at hotel--

if you see several possibilities you have couple of choices--you can contact the owner/leasing agent and try to negotiate a deal that is less than what their advertised rates are for your stay--they might/might not go with that depending on several variables--
if you are comfortable just paying what they want--fine--make the deal
if you want to see if they will go lower if unit stays open closer to your dates--you can book the hotel knowing your final cancel-by date and then hope to get last-minute reduction at the rental...
that is more risky
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:09 PM
Location: UK
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Hi Moorhen, yep, I'm from Bath. It's beautiful isn't it!
Thanks everyone for your suggestions, got to find some time now to do some searching!!
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