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What is a residence?

A residence is a fusion between a classic hotel and a place of living. Often referred to as hotel residences or serviced residences, they contain lounges, hallways, and often kitchens. They also boast services like housekeeping and communal facilities like pools and spas.

Why should I stay at a residence?

A residence promises a way to vacation in style and autonomy. Whether you're on a city break or a business trip, they offer a great way to feel like a real local in the place you're visiting. They offer a homely sort of pad that lets you cook your own meals and relax in your own lounge spaces. All that comes with the added comfort of a managed property, which means housekeeping and front-desk services are usually close by.

What do residences offer?

Whether it's a condo or a standalone short-term villa rental in a complex, you can often look forward to plenty more square meterage when staying in a private residence near popular attractions. These stays have communal amenities: gyms, pools, in-building restaurants, and shared rooftop terraces. And there's the added dash of hotel service, coming with dedicated reception and cleaning staff in some properties. The main perk of a residence is the feeling of being home despite being away.

Where do you find residences?

Because of their popularity with independent travelers, families, and business people, it's now possible to find a residence in most corners of the globe. That said, this sort of accommodation is largely limited to big cities and towns, where they can be found dotting suburban neighborhoods, Chicago or other bustling CBD districts, and even monument-rich areas like old towns and main squares. From Dallas to Montreal and everywhere in between.

Residences vs hotels

So, weighing the options, what is the difference between residences and hotels? While a hotel is an out-and-out vacation choice, a residence aims to create somewhere you can feel at home, even if on a quick visit. Instead of small suites and a focus on room service and complementary breakfast, a residence is all about larger bedrooms, family rooms, kitchens, and greater flexibility. There may be housekeeping. There might be a pool. Residences are as diverse as the cities where you find them.

How much does it cost to stay in a residence?

While residence hotels tend to be considered a premium accommodation choice, offering guests extra space and flexibility over a normal hotel, along with luxurious communal features, these stays can actually be nice and cheap. That's especially true of condo residences on the outskirts of major destinations – you can use Expedia's map tool to search for those.

How to book a residence

You can go through exactly the same process you would when booking a hotel or an inn for booking a residence. That's because Expedia puts all accommodation in the same search engine and makes it easy to sort through different types with its filtering options. From this page, simply use the above wizard and only residences will show.

Remeber, it's possible to save money by booking flights, car rentals, and other add-ons as part of a single package, enhancing that fine penthouse, modern condo flat, or stylish villa resort stay.