Residence Inn by Marriott is a brand of extended stay hotels. The chain was launched in 1975 in Wichita, Kansas by Jack DeBoer, and acquired by Marriott International on July 7, 1987. As of May 2011, there were over 600 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 out-buildings similar to condo or apartment complexes. Most had interior corridors. More recent constructions, however, have moved away from the out-building 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 free light dinner or snack reception on weekday evenings, Monday through Wednesday or Thursday.
The first Residence Inn to bear the Marriott name was in Charlotte, North Carolina. Virginia Beach, Virginia has the only Oceanfront Residence Inn.
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. Towne Place Suites operates in the Upper Midscale segment.