Residence Inn by Marriott
|Industry||Extended stay hotels|
Residence Inn by Marriott is a brand of extended stay hotels. The chain was launched in 1975 in Wichita, Kansas by Jack DeBoer and Robert L. Brock (the then-largest franchisee of Holiday Inn), and acquired by Marriott International on July 7, 1987. As of September 2017, there were over 735 Residence Inn hotels in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The brand's slogan is "It's not a room. It's a Residence". It was the first extended-stay brand in the United States, and was a key player in launching the concept of a "suite" in a hotel.
Historically, the usual appearance of a Residence Inn was a main building, called the "Gatehouse," which houses the front desk, a common area for meal service, an on-site coin-operated laundry, a swimming pool and exercise room and often several outbuildings similar to condo or apartment complexes. Most had exterior corridors. More recent constructions, however, have moved away from the outbuilding style and instead have a more traditional layout with all suites in the same building. The suites are much larger than traditional hotel rooms, however. They are typically around 450 square feet for a standard suite and 750 for a two-bedroom suite. Residence Inns typically feature a complimentary small hot breakfast in the morning and a complimentary reception on Monday through Wednesday evenings called "The Mix".
In contrast to Marriott's other extended-stay brand, the low-cost TownePlace Suites, Residence Inn competes in the upscale industry segment, along with InterContinental's Staybridge Suites, Hyatt's HYATT House, and Homewood Suites by Hilton and the former Starwood's Element.
A Typical Residence Inn, this one in Moncton, New Brunswick
An example Residence Inn room interior, in Arlington, Virginia
An example Residence Inn lobby located in Warrenville, Illinois
A typical kitchen in a Residence Inn, also located in Warrenville, Illinois
Residence Inn in Markham, Ontario
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