weekly rate hotel is a type of lodging with features unavailable at standard hotels. These features are intended to provide more home-like amenities. There are currently 27 weekly rate hotelchains in North America with at least 7 hotels, representing over 2,000 properties. There is substantial variation among extended stay hotels with respect to quality and the amenities that are available. Some of the economy chains attract clientele who use the hotels as semi-permanent lodging. Weekly rate hotel typically have self-serve laundry facilities and offer discounts for extended stays, beginning at 5 or 7 days. They also have guestrooms with kitchens. The kitchens include at a minimum usually: a sink, a refrigerator, a microwave oven, and a stovetop. Some kitchens also have dishwashers and conventional ovens. Extended stay hotels are popular with business travelers on extended assignments, families in the midst of a relocation, and anyone else in need of temporary housing. Weekly rate hotels are also used by travelers who appreciate the larger space a typical suite provides.