Reasons Not To Stay At A Candlewood Suites

Old Mar 8, 2022, 3:12 am
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Old Mar 12, 2022, 9:51 pm
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Old Jun 30, 2022, 6:31 pm
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Candlewood Suites is low-end and they often get shady guests. I use them because they are close to a few of my frequently visited locations. I've lost count of times of smelling marijuana in the hallway or hearing people screaming, yelling and fighting.

I think the demographics of guests is often the key weakness of this brand.
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Old Jul 2, 2022, 8:09 pm
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Originally Posted by wlau
Candlewood Suites is low-end and they often get shady guests. I use them because they are close to a few of my frequently visited locations. I've lost count of times of smelling marijuana in the hallway or hearing people screaming, yelling and fighting.

I think the demographics of guests is often the key weakness of this brand.
I never once smelled marijuana whenever my family and I would stay at a hotel. It means that kids should say no to drugs. Sorry I couldn't resist.
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Old Jul 2, 2022, 11:14 pm
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Originally Posted by wlau
Candlewood Suites is low-end and they often get shady guests. I use them because they are close to a few of my frequently visited locations. I've lost count of times of smelling marijuana in the hallway or hearing people screaming, yelling and fighting.

I think the demographics of guests is often the key weakness of this brand.
I stayed in a Candlewood Suites in Birmingham a long time ago, first experience with the brand. It reminded me of an Extended Stay America (I thought it may have even been reflagged, but it was not). Strong food odors in the hallway, surly front desk staff, noisy, dogs all over, dog poop around the exterior, room was clean, but not the most comfortable bed. I decided Candlewood wasn't for me and did not stay again for a long time.

Then I got in on a Point Break (remember those?) at a Candlewood near MCI. Though the hotel was crowded I was very lucky it was a perfectly acceptable stay. Clean, bed was fine, no issues at all.

The marijuana issue is not limited to just brands catering to the demographic like Candlewood. Unfortunately that is even a problem at much nicer hotels as well.
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Old Jul 7, 2022, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by storewanderer
I stayed in a Candlewood Suites in Birmingham a long time ago, first experience with the brand. It reminded me of an Extended Stay America (I thought it may have even been reflagged, but it was not). Strong food odors in the hallway, surly front desk staff, noisy, dogs all over, dog poop around the exterior, room was clean, but not the most comfortable bed. I decided Candlewood wasn't for me and did not stay again for a long time.

Then I got in on a Point Break (remember those?) at a Candlewood near MCI. Though the hotel was crowded I was very lucky it was a perfectly acceptable stay. Clean, bed was fine, no issues at all.

The marijuana issue is not limited to just brands catering to the demographic like Candlewood. Unfortunately that is even a problem at much nicer hotels as well.
You do have a very good point. Turns out bigger is not always better.
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Old Jul 15, 2022, 3:26 pm
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Originally Posted by Will Stonehocker
I never once smelled marijuana whenever my family and I would stay at a hotel. It means that kids should say no to drugs. Sorry I couldn't resist.
Like anything, location is the key. There are some Candlewood Suites that are located near industrial/technology parks, and they get some professional staying there as temporary housing, then these locations are fine. But by in large, Candlewood Suites are located in less desirable areas, so they have lower rate which attracts certain client demographics.

If you visit any liberal cities like SF, LA, NY and so on, then you will surely find hotels with strong marijuana smells. In fact, I think they are a signature of extended stay hotels.
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Old Jul 16, 2022, 3:46 pm
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Originally Posted by wlau
Like anything, location is the key. There are some Candlewood Suites that are located near industrial/technology parks, and they get some professional staying there as temporary housing, then these locations are fine. But by in large, Candlewood Suites are located in less desirable areas, so they have lower rate which attracts certain client demographics.

If you visit any liberal cities like SF, LA, NY and so on, then you will surely find hotels with strong marijuana smells. In fact, I think they are a signature of extended stay hotels.
I agree.
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Old Jul 16, 2022, 6:56 pm
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Reason not to stay: suites advertised as "one-bedroom" and the photos make it look like a true one bedroom, but when you get there, there's no door and walls that only extend halfway.
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Old Jul 16, 2022, 7:11 pm
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Reason not to stay: suites advertised as "one-bedroom" and the photos make it look like a true one bedroom, but when you get there, there's no door and walls that only extend halfway.
I'm not even sure why someone at IHG thought that would ever fly. The Towneplace Suites has the decency to include a door to split off the bedroom and living room, as does the Home2 Suites (IDK the Mainstay Suites).
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Originally Posted by wlau
Candlewood Suites is low-end and they often get shady guests. I use them because they are close to a few of my frequently visited locations. I've lost count of times of smelling marijuana in the hallway or hearing people screaming, yelling and fighting.

I think the demographics of guests is often the key weakness of this brand.
I didn't want to be the one to say this, but since you brought it up...
We had two Candlewood Suites stays last year. They were both fine as far as the hotel property/rooms. But there were dogs everywhere - on the elevator & left unattended in rooms to whine. And smokers every time we walked outside, whether in front or on the back patio. We joked that it must be a requirement to be a smoker with a dog to stay in a Candlewood Suites.

MTA: I like dogs. But I don't want to be on an elevator with a large dog that I don't know - if you're about to walk your dog outside, why not start off with the stairs?
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 9:24 am
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if you're about to walk your dog outside, why not start off with the stairs?
Because they smoke and dont have the lung capacity anymore...obviously
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by Will Stonehocker
I'm not even sure why someone at IHG thought that would ever fly. The Towneplace Suites has the decency to include a door to split off the bedroom and living room, as does the Home2 Suites (IDK the Mainstay Suites).
Originally Posted by AsiaTraveler
Reason not to stay: suites advertised as "one-bedroom" and the photos make it look like a true one bedroom, but when you get there, there's no door and walls that only extend halfway.
I also love when an open loft is considered a bedroom
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Old Jul 20, 2022, 1:27 pm
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I stay at Candlewood for a few reasons:
1) close to some businesses I need to visit
2) too much travel and I want to feel like home, so the studio/apartment feel is nice
3) small kitchen that I can actually cook - tired of eating out unhealthy stuff constantly
4) able to do laundry for free and they usually have several machines that can be used in parallel

Having said that, outside of a few locations near business parks, most other locations do get shady or questionable guests. If the price stays low, it makes sense but I've noticed that after the recent renovations, the prices have gone up a lot. It's at a point that I rather go to HIX and Staybridge.
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