In New York State, there are resident and transient hotels, and hotels that have been converted to single-room occupancy. Most tourists are transient hotel guests, while business travelers on short-term assignments often choose resident hotels.
Transient hotels are often misidentified as flophouses because "transient" is often used to describe homeless people. However, in hotel parlance, transient hotels are standard hotels---ones where the majority of guests stay only for a few nights and do not take up permanent residency. Most transient hotels do not have cooking facilities for guests, and may have room service and/or a restaurant where you can have breakfast (or other meals).
Resident hotels are often called extended-stay hotels, where you can stay for a week or a couple of months. There is often a kitchen or kitchenette where you can prepare a meal or snack. These hotels are hybrids, offering standard hotel services like maid service while functioning more like apartment buildings. These hotels are ideal for families on long vacations, and for business travelers who need to stay in one location for an extended period.
Single Room Occupancy
In the 1970s, many downscale hotels in New York City converted to single-room occupancy (SRO), which are small apartments without kitchen or bathroom facilities (each floor has shared bathrooms). These buildings were used to house the homeless or low-income tenants who paid nominal daily rates for tenancy. As the hotel industry rebounded in the 1990s, many of these SROs became hotels again, though some continued to also serve a homeless population.
When executives are relocated, they often arrive with a family and need a place to stay while house hunting. New York has a number of family-type rentals, for short-term, with kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms for the kids. Extended Stay New York is one place where you can find upscale apartment-like hotel rooms for a month or more.
Another option for long-term stays is corporate housing in furnished apartments. These are apartments owned or rented by corporations and used by their employees; these are rented through companies like SuiteNet. These are the most homey extended-stay accommodations, usually with fully equipped kitchens and living areas and onsite laundry facilities.