Does It Ever Make Sense to Live in a Hotel?

We tend to think of hotels as fancy places to hang out in while on vacation, but historically, they haven’t always been only for short-term stays. As far back as the 1870s, residential hotels served as permanent addresses for families and single men who unable to afford their own servants; according to the New York Times, the practice increased in popularity (and prestige) through the easy-money 1920s, until the Great Depression brought about its mainstream demise. Yet the residential hotel has never gone away entirely — and amid the current housing crunch, it might even seen like a viable alternative to signing a lease.

As landlords emerge from COVID-mandated eviction moratoriums, rents are rising faster than the Northern Hemisphere heat wave temperatures — four times faster than incomes, with the median rent across the country recently increasing to new heights. These dire circumstances have some considering a counterintuitive solution: full-time hotel living. And there actually are some compelling reasons to consider the option if you’re having trouble finding an affordable place to live — but only if saving money isn’t your main motivation.

Not all hotels allow long-term residents

The first thing to figure out is whether you even have the option. Not all hotels or hotel chains are open to the idea of long-term residents. If you’re searching online, you’ll find that most hotel websites limit a booking to 28 days.

One thing you should not do under any circumstances is book a hotel room and simply refuse to leave. Even if you’re paying your nightly fee, if the hotel has a policy against full-time residents, they will eventually kick you out — and it’s a lot easier for a hotel to evict you than a regular landlord. If you’re planning a full-time stay, you’re going

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