Posted by Ric Garrido

Candlewood Suites offer an apartment style room with a one bedroom suite containing a living room, separate bedroom, kitchen, table and bathroom. On my road trip across the west this month I had the opportunity to revisit Candlewood Suites in Craig, Colorado after a couple of years since last staying in the hotel brand. The room looked exactly like I remember the room where I stayed in 2011 in a different city and state.

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Living room at Candlewood Suites, Craig, Colorado.

Each one bedroom suite has a sofabed in addition to the bedroom Queen bed.

 

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Kitchen with full size refrigerator, microwave, stovetop and utensils.

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Bedroom with a separate desk/vanity and TV. The only award options were Queen size bed for this hotel on PointBreaks at 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night.

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Bedroom TV.

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Bathroom with tub/shower.

Candlewood Suites in Craig, Colorado had a small workout room and swimming pool.

IHG Candlewood Suites are the lower hotel market segment as a midscale brand according to Smith Travel Research U.S. Chain Scales for ranking hotel brands. Staybridge Suites is an upscale extended stay brands in the IHG chain. Average daily rates are higher at Staybridge Suites.

IHG Rewards Club earns points for hotel stays at a lower rate of 5 points per dollar for the two IHG extended stay brands of Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites. All other IHG brands earn 10 points per dollar at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, and InterContinental Hotels in North America.

Extended stay brands tend to have many business and corporate travelers on projects requiring an extended stay at a hotel. These properties also tend to be a good value for families since two adults and two children can comfortably stay in a one bedroom suite. Prices tend to be far less than Hilton Embassy Suites or IHG Staybridge Suites. Candlewood Suites are comparable in market segment and price to Marriott’s TownePlace Suites.

The main difference from TownePlace Suites is the Marriott brand includes complimentary breakfast while Candlewood Suites offers items for purchase.

IHG links:

Candlewood Suites Hotel Amenities.

Suites Overview: One BEdroom Full Suite is 525 sq. ft. of room space. Studio suite is 350 sq. ft.

Pet-friendly policy: $75 nonrefundable fee for up to 6 nights stay. $150 for 7 or more nights.

Candlewood Suites video tour.

Candlewood Suites Hotel Directory (300 hotels).

 

Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.

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3 Responses

  1. I love candlewoods but the 5 points per $ earn rate makes me avoid them for my normal weekly business travel.

    Comment by Daninstl on July 27th, 2013 at 7:03 am
  2. I had tried to book Candlewood on pointbreak,but only rooms available are limited to two people. Is the sleeper sofa a sure feature of the this brand?

  3. Sleeper sofa is a feature in the one bedroom suites.

    Comment by Ric Garrido on July 30th, 2013 at 2:46 am

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