Jack DeBoer, the man who has been largely credited for creating the extended-stay hotel concept, has passed away at the age of 90.
DeBoer designed and built the first Residence Inn, an all-suite hotel, in downtown Wichita, Kansas, in 1975, and built or franchised 103 more properties before selling the Residence Inn Company to Marriott Corporation in 1987. In 1988, he co-founded Summerfield Hotel Corporation, a second-generation upscale all-suite hotel chain, which was sold to Hyatt. In 1995, he founded the Candlewood Hotel Company. After developing 130 hotels, Candlewood was purchased by InterContinental Hotels Group in December 2003. In June 2002, Jack used his extended-stay hotel model to create Value Place, an extended-stay hotel brand. He also founded WaterWalk International, which combines the extended-stay concept with apartment ownership, in 2014. Most recently, WaterWalk partnered with Oakwood to create a new brand, Oakwood WaterWalk.
Photo: Courtesy of WaterWalk International