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Staycation: A Vacation without Leaving Home

You’ve likely heard the term for taking a vacation without actually going out of town—staycation. This is a growing trend that is especially popular among younger people. According to Regency Hotel Management, the millennial generation is on average taking over three staycations per year. More people being able to work remotely, combined with the financial benefits of staying local as opposed to traveling, are two big factors driving this. The proliferation of hotel day rooms, however, is also changing how people spend their leisure time. 

In the past, booking a hotel room meant going out of town and paying a premium for the convenience of staying overnight. While there are obvious benefits to this kind of travel, it’s can be time-consuming, exhausting, and expensive. 

Want to use your time more efficiently and save money while doing? Reconsider how you vacation and explore staycation hotels from HotelsByDay.

Reasons to Staycation Over Vacation

There’s a reason why more people are choosing to staycation over traveling. Even before the restrictions put in place due to the Coronavirus, people were seeing plenty of reasons to stay close to home instead of getting away. These are a few of the top reasons staycations are so appealing:

  • Less effort than taking a larger vacation. Time off work should be spent decompressing, not running around like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, the latter is often what ends up happening when people put too much stock in an all-out vacation. It’s been hyped up so much, you can’t relax unless you exhaust yourself. With a staycation, the goal is more to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. This is more easily accomplished when you’re not worried about timelines.

  • Less expensive to have a staycation than a full-on vacation. Plane tickets, multiple nights at a hotel or resort, eating out every meal, souvenirs—travel expenses can add up quickly. With a staycation, you’re just bringing yourselves. Booking a room for the day is affordable for just about every budget.

  • A different way of prioritizing. Staycations are about experiences and spending time with the people most important to you, not sight-seeing and taking pictures. If you’re seeking depth over breadth, a staycation is the way to go. 

Make Your Regular Life More Leisurely 

The thing about staycations that makes them unique from vacations is that they don’t need to be considered special events. There’s always this fear of getting sick right when you’re about to travel, as it can totally ruin something you’ve spent months (if not years) looking forward to. Staycations normalize the idea of leisure in a way that’s been lost to most people. A staycation doesn’t require much planning or money—just the desire to live life to the fullest. 

HotelsByDay Gives You Another Reason to Staycation

The most memorable experiences are usually from seamless, hassle-free moments. That’s exactly what you get with our flexible booking platform. Whether you’re trying to get away for the whole day or just a few hours, pay for the time you want and not a moment more.



Same day last minute, early check-in, late check-out - whatever your schedule, in an elegant Dayroom, all over the galaxy.


Private, clean, safe spaces for digital nomads, from Workations to Daycations, at half the night rate.


Join our #MasterKey Loyalty Club and immediately earn points towards a free stay (simply "sign-in").


From "cancel-anytime" bookings to non-refundable offered at better rates: Pay now or Pay later. We got you covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, day rooms are 'run of the house' - meaning that whatever room is vacant will be assigned to you.  If you have a specific room request, we suggest you write on the 'message' section during your booking, or simply request it at check-in. 

Yes. The hotel is under contract to keep your room until one hour prior to your day room check-out time.

You have two options to book with HotelsByDay:

You can "pay at the hotel" which grants you free cancellation up to the same day.

You can also select a "non-refundable" booking. This means that you'll need to provide credit card details to book a day room. Once booked, the hotel will not allow us to change the date, cancel, or refund the stay.

For 'Pay at hotel' bookings there are no card details taken at the time of the booking non the website, and you will pay at the hotel upon check-in. 
However for 'non- refundable' bookings, a card is required and payment is processed at the time of the booking.

In both cases, you are asked to check-in at the hotel with a matching ID and Credit Card, matching the name on the reservation.

No - our bookings come manually and are entered into the hotel's reservation system ONLY on the day of your check-in. All you have to do is to show up with a copy of your reservation, as well as a valid ID & credit card that matches the name on your reservation.

Please note that regardless if you pre-paid for the room or not, the hotel will momentarily charge your credit card for incidentals. They will refund the hold within four business days post-stay.

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