My room was pretty well equipped. There were TV, CD player, kitchen, microwave oven, coffee maker, refrigerator, dish washer, iron and ironing board. I could use the washing machines (outside the room) for free, though I needed to buy detergent. A gym was located on first floor. The rate? Less than $40 for anyone who stayed longer than a month. (It should be higher now.) That was cheaper than most motels.
How could Candlewood Suites offer so much at such a low price? In most hotels and motels, housekeepers tidy up our room everyday. In Candlewood Suites, they came once a week. That was hardly a problem for me, as I was used to making the bed myself. If I wanted extra soaps or towels, I could get them from the front desk. If a guest checked in late, he or she could collect the key from a safe deposit box. By reducing the number of employees, the hotel was able to keep the operating cost low, and the saving was passed on to the guests.
The catch was, of course, one had to stay for at least a month. If you are merely visiting Disneyland in
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