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Old 07-03-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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So I'm getting my plans in place and one of them is to possibly stay at an extended stay hotel when I first arrive in Dallas. Even if I am lucky enough to land a job before I move, I decided I would do the hotel thing about a month so I could take my time to learn the different areas and pick a nice apartment complex without having to rush it.

I have found Extended Stay and they have several in the area, Irving, Plano, Mesquite. I am thinking Irving since it's fairly central. Has anyone ever stayed at these places? I understand the room is just like a motel room, and that's fine because it'll be just me. What I'm concerned about is the type of people that stay there. Are they mostly relocators like me? Or, is it just another "weekly motel" meaning the low income, drug infested types stay there? Please forgive me for questioning this but in my town the weekly motels are full of the druggies and prostitutes, but not the executive suite type places. But those are much more expensive...I'm trying to stay around $25-30 a night or $900/month.

I don't mean to sound like a snob and am not expecting luxury but also don't want my first experience in my new home town to be one of sketchy neighbors or worrying about my car or safety.

Thanks everyone!!! Am getting so excited to get there and call Texas my home once again!
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Kaufman County, Texas
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Extended-stay places are not like the sleazy weekly motels. Yes, the clientele is mostly people like yourself, plus construction/repair crews who are only here temporarily, people who are having work done on their house, etc.

Where is your job located? Irving is the most central, but if your job is in Richardson, it would make more sense to stay in Plano.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:20 AM
 
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Thanks Christie! That's good to hear...kind of what I was thinking/hoping but wanted to make sure since I won't get a chance (I don't think) to visit again before I move. I don't have a job yet...I'm going to start applying before I move but have read a lot on other forums about how hard it is to get a job from out of state. I am prepared to move without a job and just hit the ground running when I get there.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:20 AM
 
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We just spent 2 weeks at the StayBridge Suites in Plano near Coit. It was friendly, clean, easy access to all the shopping and George Bush Tollway, or back roads. Our room was in a quiet spot, so I can say our room was very quiet, but a room by the elevator had a barking dog in it,,so you may want to request a room away from someone with a dog if that matters to you. It has basketball courts, an indoor pool and other social,activities. Right within like 2 minutes is a Central Market (kind of similar to Whole Foods) and a Walmart and Sam's.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Oh and when we were there it looked like mostly families probably waiting on houses/relocating and quite a few international visitors, I guess on vacation for extended periods of time, and some business people. I never once felt unsafe.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:24 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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I stayed at an Extended Stay for about 1 1/2 months when moving back here in 2005. Decent choice since we didn't want to rent with long rental agreements we were coming here to purchase.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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All of the extended stay hotels I've visited have been really nice. A few years ago I had some coworkers travel to Plano for about 8 weeks total for training at our headquarters. I would sometimes pick them up and got to see the hotels and the amenities.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:41 AM
 
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Awesome! Thanks, I feel good about going that route then. Miz77 I'll have to look those up...the ones I'm looking at don't have a pool and that sounds nicer. Yikes $80/night! lol I don't need a pool that bad. :-)
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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StayBridge also had meals provided, wifi and the room we were in had a small kitchen.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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Our extended stay was a two bed apt -with breaky thrown in plus theme nights for dinner twice a week-we would of stayed there the whole time if we could have while we were waiting for our house to be ready...
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