March 3 2009 by BW Innsider
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Here at YMBT we understand that travel costs money. But we also understand that travel is a healthy escape, a needed getaway, a necessary business expense or a chance to reconnect with family and friends. And with the constant bad news about the economy, we need those things now more than ever. But there are places to travel that don't have to break the bank. And we want to hear about them. They could be weekend getaway spots, National or State Parks, interesting sites or special places close to home that help you get away from it all.

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    By Faruk Jessa on March 5, 2009 7:06 PM

    I stayed at the Best Western Manila on Del Pillar Street and I must say I was extremely disappointed with the quality of customer service rendered by Sheralyn and Ann. Both made my stay very difficult and additionally when I reported to the duty manager, they were extremely defensive. From there I asked for the GM who was very reluctant to come out and speak to me and the staff was reluctant to give his name out. The entire situation was below my expectations. I am not happy with that property and it leaves a negative impression on me about Best Western!! In today's economy, you can not afford to have seasoned travelers like me upset over customer service.

    By BW Blog Editor on March 6, 2009 3:50 PM

    I appreciate you taking time to send your comments regarding your recent stay. I apologize if you found your last stay not up to your expectations. I would like to share the specific concerns from your stay with our Customer Relations department so that this issue can be discussed with the hotel. Please send us the details of your stay, the issues you encountered and your full contact information to so we may follow up.

    Thank you.
    BW Blog Editor

    By JudyP on March 6, 2009 9:28 PM

    Traveling on the "shoulder" season... maybe these days all things are "shoulder" ... but you can find great deals on those busy tourist traps when the tourist have gone home or are approaching... Arizona in May. Martha's Vineyard right before the summer season hits. California in the Fall...

    By Margaux D. on March 8, 2009 8:23 PM

    Why 24,000 points? What can I do with 24,000 points?

    Budget Destination: Balboa Park - San Diego California, any beach in So. Cal., driving up the Pacific Coast Highway at sunset

    By BW Blog Editor on March 9, 2009 4:38 PM

    Hi Margaux,

    Great question. With Best Western Rewards, our free program for frequent travelers, you can do a lot with 24,000 points and for this giveaway, we thought we'd leave the choice up to you.

    The points can be redeemed for free nights, Best Western Travel Cards, gas cards, restaurant and retail gift cards and more. Check out this page for more information on how you can spend those points:

    Good luck!

    By jessica on March 13, 2009 9:11 AM

    travelling last minute, no matter where you're going is a better deal! there's always last minute deals for vacation packages because they want to fill up the airplanes and hotels for maximum profit. sometimes it also pays to book really early, but it depends on the travel website and where you're trying to go. places like have the former, and the latter are often on specific hotels or airlines like aircanada. I saved 200$ when I travelled by booking early, and i'm going to be saving over 400$ by booking last minute to go down south! its a good idea

    By g morriss on March 13, 2009 9:28 AM

    "Every now and then go away and have a little relaxation. To remain
    constantly at work will diminish your judgment." -Leonardo Da Vinci
    "and when you go choose BEST WESTERN for your stay" -Gail Morriss

    By Barbara on March 13, 2009 9:52 AM

    We recently stayed at the Maui Beachfront Best Western. The prices were extraordinarily good compared to the other hotels/motels in Maui. The service was very good, the atmosphere and rooms were well decorated and quiet (not too roomy but we were not looking for a lot of space or extravagence) and the hotel is conveniently located on one of the nicer beaches. We were very very pleased and will go back and refer others.

    By Kerrieb on March 13, 2009 9:55 AM

    We drove from the Toronto, Canada area to Myrtle Beach in Oct 07 and March 09 and stayed at the Best Western Ocean Sands. Although it is not a "four star resort" type of facility, it was clean, quiet and EXTREMELY REASONABLY PRICED in the off season. Our travelling costs were kept quite low because our vehicle is fuel efficient, we packed snacks for travel and our hotel had a small full kitchen so we could cook our meals! We will definitely do this trip again!!!

    By Charlene Holbrook on March 13, 2009 10:03 AM

    I have started staying at a local Best Western.....not far from my home, although it makes me feel like I am thousands of miles away from it all.

    It feels like a vacation, even though it is not far from home (with gas prices the way they are) is GREAT!

    By Mark Weishaar on March 13, 2009 10:04 AM

    I try to be spontaneous, planning trips based on beautiful weather forecasts, such as fall leaves turning, or spring Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC...........

    Life is short, and I try to live it to the fullest every day....

    By Linda on March 13, 2009 10:42 AM

    We travel from ILL. to Mi. and stay at the Best Western, to budget our trips we plan around the time the hotel has a special like stay a couple nights and receive extra points.

    By David Sargent on March 13, 2009 10:55 AM

    My wife and I attended a Marriage Retreat in Orofino Idaho of all places. At first we where like "Orofino"?! But after seeing the Hotel, the river and the cute little town we where in love (with each other for sure, but also with the scenic beauty!) After the retreat my wife said she wanted to come back for our wedding anniversary, which blew me away as we usually travel up to Spokane and stay in a very expensive hotel. The hotel is the Lodge at the Rivers Edge and I can't recommend it enough. The scenery is breathtaking. You can go on hikes, take tours of the damn or fish hatchery or visit all the cute shops all for way less money than we would have spent at that expensive hotel!

    By Mary Chernin on March 13, 2009 11:06 AM

    Our favorite vacation spot is San Simeon.
    It is only a 4 1/2 hour drive from home.
    We stay at our favorite Best Western Cavalier Resort which is right on the beach.
    There are miles of beach to walk on and walking paths at Moonstone Beach which is only a few minutes away that are beautiful.
    At night, the hotel has fire pits on the beach and the guest sit around the fire and exchange stories.
    Going to San Simeon is a budget vacation.....and one of the most beautiful spots to visit and releax.

    By Lisa Markovitz on March 13, 2009 11:09 AM

    Leesburg VA is a nice travel destination. It is close to Washington DC and Baltimore. There are great wineries to visit, antique shops, excellent restaurants, spas, etc.

    By monique philips on March 13, 2009 11:42 AM

    I feel one of the best travel destinations on a budget is Myrtle Beach, SC; and plan to stay at the Best Western Grand Strand Inn and's brand new and offers the ocean, golf, shops, great restaurants and lots of exciting places to visit! It's about a gas tank away from most major southern cities. We have great golf courses, many tennis clubs, beautiful BrookGreen Gardens, many state parks....the list goes on. And if you want to visit Plantations, there are many only miles away. How about spending the day in Charleston? That is about one and half hours from Myrtle Beach. See? Our great town has lots to offer all members in the family!

    By Carol on March 13, 2009 11:46 AM

    Our kid are grown so we like to go to the coast in the middle of the week. We take our longer vacations in the off season. We also go to the mountains durring the summer and the coast durring the winter. Not only are rates cheaper but we have these places to our selves.

    By Carolyn Coe on March 13, 2009 11:47 AM

    In the last year for the first time in my life, I became the owner of two horses. Now, I am immersed in all things horsey! Throughout the rest of this year, I will be traveling around Southern California frequently to different inspections and events. I will look to Best Western Hotels to find the best rates.

    By Ray. on March 13, 2009 11:55 AM

    Used the Best Western airport in Barcelona Spain. Wanted to relax before our flight home the next day and not spend too much money. We were able to take a local bus into Barcelona very cheaply. Walked the beautiful streets of Barcelona and had a wonderfull Spanish meal that was very inexpensive. The shuttle of the hotel brought us to our flight at the requested time. We had some food left over from our travels for breakfast. Great stay and a relaxing time.

    By Carleen Blankenship on March 13, 2009 12:14 PM

    Cheap trip from Fl to Macon,GA for the Cherry Blossom Festival-

    Stay at the pet friendly BW which boasts a grand southern entry on Riverside dr. which is right off 1-75.

    By John Maybury on March 13, 2009 12:27 PM

    Two-for-one hotel deals at and cheap fares on Amtrak train and bus service from California

    By M. Nelson on March 13, 2009 12:32 PM

    We love to go to Yellowstone NP. We always stay in Best Western hotels on the way there and back and camp in the campgrounds while in the park. It is a very inexpensive way for our family of 5 to have a great vacation!

    By Wol on March 13, 2009 12:32 PM

    Has a really nice surprise when I checked into the Best Western Inner Harbour hotel in Victoria BC. Never stayed there but what a great property. It was nice and fresh and right on the water front with a great vie of the marina. Step away from the downtown area and lots of restaurants to choose from!
    I am going to stay there again on my next trip to Victoria!

    By Lydia Hubbell on March 13, 2009 1:01 PM

    As a Best Western Diamond customer I have stayed and quite a few! Every once in awhile you get a bad seed 99% of the time everything works out.
    Last year my mom and I took a drive to South Dakota (she's 72) She has a mission to see all the states before she leaves this earth.....So I try to economize from California to South Dakota and then to Washington and back down to central California- we stop and buy groceries for lunch and keep a cooler- so the free Breakfast at many Best Westerns helps us save our $'s.
    We stayed at many BW's along the way, but DEADWOOD, in SD was Great!

    By RA on March 13, 2009 1:15 PM

    Our family stayed at the Icicle Inn recently in gorgeous Leavenworth, WA. This town is a wonderful getaway spot and although we've been there many times over the years, it was our first at the Best Western Icicle. What a great staff and great location! The breakfast was terrific and there was even an adjoining family fun center, complete with a movie theater. It was a quite an outing for us and we are looking forward to going back again.

    By Simon Chadwick on March 13, 2009 1:40 PM

    We enjoy traveling to Ashland, Oregon as a get away. There are two Best Western Hotels available. There are numerous theatrical performances every day from which to choose at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or the Oregon Stageworks. You can attend a Shakespeare play or some other type of performance from comedy to drama. If you are not in the mood for plays, then there are plenty of places to walk including Lithia Park with a lovely wooded stream running next to the path. You could also take a day trip to Crater Lake National Park. In the evening, there are a variety of good quality small restaurants with an assortment of foods on their menus.

    By Laura L on March 13, 2009 1:47 PM

    For those living in the midwest, I highly reccomend a drive to Lake Geneva, WI (just a short 1:30 from Chicago and hour from Milwaukee). The Best Western Harbor Shores is located right on the lake and in the heart of downtown, making it possible to get out and walk and enjoy the area. Lake Geneva is a very affordable, family friendly, scenic resort town. The restuarants are reasonably priced and delicious. Beaches, boats, bike trails, hiking, spas, shops, and the cutest arcade ever will keep you busy all day. It's such a lovely place to spend a weekend, that I am planning my wedding there and booking my guests at the Best Western!

    By Sharon S on March 13, 2009 2:03 PM

    We stayed at the Best Western in Dillsboro, NC. IT was right on the river and just lovely!

    By Kathy R on March 13, 2009 2:28 PM

    When traveling West, before you get to Yellowsone Park and Jackson Hole, there is a wonderful travel destination in the middle of Wyoming called Thermopois. The Best Western is in Hot Springs State Park, with warm mineral hot springs to soak the weary travelers muscles. Other sights of interest in Thermopolis include Wyoming Dinasaur Center, Petroglyph Site, Hot Springs History Museum and the beauty and geological wonder of the Wind River Canyon. One hour northwest of Thermopolis is Cody Wyoming which is the East entrance to Yellowstone Park and the home of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Historical Center.

    By Holly on March 13, 2009 2:33 PM

    The Southwest offers a wonderful array of national parks, all within a dayís drive from each other. My favorites are Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon because they are so breathtaking and very different in landscape. You can experience a wonderful day of hiking and photography and then take a well deserved rest at a nearby Best Western, conveniently located by each national beauty.

    By Chris on March 13, 2009 2:38 PM

    Every time we travel we always stay at a Best Western,we travel alot and we are always happy with every thing at a BW. Price, clean,staff A+++++++ THANK YOU*****

    By Nancy Schwab on March 13, 2009 3:55 PM

    San Diego is a good destination for a low cost vacation. The beaches and Balboa Park are free. Best Western provides a coffeemaker, microwave, and refrigerator in the room. We visit a local grocery store for snacks and some meals.

    By Christine on March 13, 2009 4:16 PM

    Our family took a baseball vacation, traveling to 6 different major league baseball parks, plus a trip to the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame museum. Along the way, we stayed in Best Western hotels. One of our favorite was the Best Western Inn of Cobleskill in Cobleskill, NY. This Hotel was attached to a bowling alley. We arrived at our hotel late at night and after checking in to our rooms, went next door, and were the only ones in this bowling alley. What fun entertainment on a trip that had been entirely devoted to the sport of baseball. We had gone to a baseball game at a different stadium every night and spent the days sightseeing in the next town before the next game. Cobleskil Best Western Inn was a nice place to relax after visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

    By John P on March 13, 2009 4:19 PM

    With 2 adults and 4 children it is more economical for us to drive rather than fly south.

    We stay in a hotel with kitchenette and bring grocereries from home

    We usually go after the peak season for two reasons - cheaper rates and the ocean is warmer than the beginning of the peak season.

    I use my Best Western rewards earned throughout the year to stay overnight on the way to and from our destination if the drive is too long for one day.

    I also earn points rewards at the gas station I regularly fill up at and I use these towards a free fill up before we head out.

    It's become tradition for us.

    By Chris on March 13, 2009 4:36 PM

    My fun get away is to the shore for a nice relaxing weekend.

    By M Getting on March 13, 2009 4:40 PM

    We live in the Bay Area of California, and one of our favorite getaways is South Lake Tahoe, a four-hour drive away. We have discovered a Best Western walking distance from the casinos, movie theaters, shopping, ski lifts, and the lake itself. We even get a free cooked-to-order breakfast at a real restaurant! We can go anytime of year and have a great time. It's a wonderful way to go somewhere close, but far enough away to be completely different, and escape the rat race for a breather!

    By Marlene Thoney on March 13, 2009 5:36 PM

    We left Upper Michigan at -20* We booked a Best Western at St. Augustine Beach. All we had to do was walk across the road for a beautiful beach experience without paying the exhorbitant price. Also, our BW motel by Jacksonville airport was the cheapest and best hotel of our whole week's vacation. Good Job, BW!

    By Stewart Minnick on March 13, 2009 5:56 PM

    We go to Myrtle Beach S.C. usually between Dec 19 to 24th and stay at the Best Western in North Myrtle Beach. The rates are very reasonable and it includes a full buffet breakfast every morning. Golf is also cheaper (about half) that time of year. The Best Western staff is friendly and very helpful.

    By M Rockman on March 13, 2009 9:30 PM

    My husband always wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park, so after searching the internet, I located a Best Western located in West Yellowstone, Montana. We flew in to Salt Lake City (nonstop from Tampa), spent the night, and then headed to Yellowstone. The Best Western was in a great location for visiting the park. Since we traveled in mid September, the rates (and crowds at the Park) were so much lower, yet we still received the quality that Best Westerns have to offer. We found the staff to be helpful, friendly, and loved the town of West Yellowstone. After four days, we headed towards Cody, Wyoming, and ended up at the Best Western in Hot Springs Park at Thermopolis, Wyoming. How we wished we could have stayed more than one night, but unfortunately had a flight to catch!! The Best Western Hotel was historic, and our room felt more like an apartment. The highlight of the visit to the Best Western was our dip in the mineral hot spring located right at the Hotel. That evening, we were able to walk around the park and enjoyed seeing the deer grazing near the hotel.

    What would we do with 24,000 bonus miles---travel, of course, and feeling comfortable in knowing that the Best Westerns are great homes away from home.

    By Kat on March 13, 2009 10:42 PM

    We live in the Bay Area and have found that the Sonora Oaks Hotels in Stansilaus County is a great place to stay when exploring the Gold Country area of California without busting the bank! It's just 2.5 easy driving hours away from the hustle & bustle of the Bay Area. In the winter there is Dodge Ridge(great value family friendly ski resort), Leland Snowplay, Long Barn ice skating and the no-fee Pinecrest Lake for just good ole playing in the snow. In the summer, there is Knight Ferry (class 2 river float), Moaning Caverns ziplines and Columbia State park that's great to explore with the family. We make it a point to stop by the Sonora Oaks once or twice a year. The staff is very friendly and Stella at the restaurant next door always has a warm smile for everyone.

    By Ramona Des Lauriers on March 14, 2009 6:28 AM

    We are planning a trip in the fall and will use one of the family timeshares of the one we have to stay in Williamsburg. The fees are reasonable to go outside the home condo. The exchange allows us to see a part of the nation we haven't see before for a longer visit than we could afford otherwise.

    By Jay on March 14, 2009 8:06 AM

    As I travel every week. I look for Best Westerns because of the friendly people and the atmosphere of the hotel. Always have a great stay with wonderful service.

    By Scott Burgh on March 14, 2009 8:29 AM

    Guatemala proved to be a great budget travel destination. The costs to get from Chicago there were about the same as going to California. There is beautiful colonial architecture in Antigua (a UNESCO heritage site), Mayan ruins in Tikal. a wonderful large market in Chichicastenago, volcanoes, a lake district, and great music. And the costs within the country are very very reasonable as well as a a friendly culture.

    By Shauna Young on March 14, 2009 8:30 AM

    Interested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico but concerned with the prices and the crowded shoreline? Try going up the coast a short ways to Bucerias - get a deal and a quaint vacation.

    By Alisha on March 14, 2009 8:43 AM

    In my opinion, the Best Western Hotels I haved stayed in had poor customer service. Also the roomsI have booked and stayed in were not in the best of shape.

    By Lynn1002 on March 14, 2009 9:02 AM

    My favorite budget travel destination is the Best Western in South Portland, Maine. The hotel is pet friendly and the Portland area is one of the most pet friendly destinations we have found. We save money by using the Gold Crown points and also by joining the Welcome Home Club. We don't need to pay to kennel our pets as they go with us and we use our AAA discounts for local museums and our dogs love the dog parks which are free to use. They also love walking on East End Beach. The malls are nearby and there is plenty to do and see. It is one of the best travel destinations we have found.

    By kenneth mangano on March 14, 2009 9:12 AM

    I enjoy the Best Western on South Dale Mabry in Tampa Florida.
    The manager George Cassanova is very accomodating and the hotel is close to the University of Tampa which I visit often. The breakfast option and pool provide the amenities necessary if you want to stay close by.
    Clearwater beaches are a short distance away as well as shopping at International Mall. The Best Western provides a great stay as well as offering a very fair price in todays market. I recommend the hotel to friends and relatives visiting Tampa

    By Charlene Kerr on March 14, 2009 10:10 AM

    I find that many people always plan for the big expenses of a trip but, where they fall apart is not thinking about the smaller items that add up.

    So, if I want to be budget conscious but still have a great time, I try to only eat out at dinner time. I choose a hotel provides a complimentary continental breakfast and a room that has a fridge and microwave. Breakfast is then taken care of. For lunch, I have snacks, coldcuts and bread that I've picked up at a grocery store -- where possible, I'll turn this into a picnic in a nearby park. And then I've saved enough money on those meals that I can splurge a little on dinner and choose a unique, local restaurant over the typical chains that I'm used to.

    By michelle on March 14, 2009 10:22 AM

    do not wait till you "retire " to travel. Travel often and get out of your comfort zone. In other words, try a place or destination different from the norm. Live each day like it could be your last, so don't wait for some day in the future that may never arrive!

    By Connice Lagace on March 14, 2009 10:37 AM

    My best experience at a Best Western Hotel property has to be in the Best Western Grand Canyon Squire Inn, Arizona. The hotel front desk staff are very delightful, helpful and breakfast was great too! Owls flying around the property as you walk around in the evening was an added bonus too. I like this hotel chain because no matter where I have travelled I have had only one bad experience, in Florence Oregon, USA in 1992, the rooms' floor was slanted toward the ocean (not because we were drinking either!). Great view property though.
    You are the BEST hotel chain (in my opinion anyways!)

    By vernon constantin on March 14, 2009 12:20 PM

    I have found that local county campgrounds here inOREGON to be in general to be as good as ,if not sometimes better,than commercial places.Most of the time they are less crowded and quite often rightnext to rivers, lakes and such ..Of course, when I travel,I stay at BEST WESTERN if at all possible::

    By D. James on March 14, 2009 1:04 PM

    Colony Inn, Atsacadero, CA has been our home away from home for 20 years. The owners and staff make us feel like we are "coming home" when we arrive for our annual vacation. We always encouter improvements on each new visit. The breakfast bar has a tasty selection, the water temperature in the pool is just right, Dennis at the front desk always informs us of the latest, best places to eat and the location can't be beat for day trips to Hearst Castle, antique shopping in Cambria, Cayucos, Morrow Bay and San Luis Obispo. Getting to the coast is an awesome scenic experience. Paso Robles Wine Country is an easy 15 minute drive from the Colony Inn and the restaurants can't be beat. This is where folks from San Diego go on vacation.

    By Robert Love on March 14, 2009 2:46 PM

    Head South from Las Vegas to Bullhead City Arizona... just across the river from Laughlin Nevada... this is the best budget gambling junket you'll ever find... stay at the Best Western in Bullhead and you're within minutes of very inexpensive entertainment and food in Laughlin... you won't find a better budget gambling junket in North America!

    By Lawson Tremellen on March 14, 2009 3:15 PM

    My Wife and I travel from Montreal to Niagara Falls every month. Becuase it is a 7 hour drive we stop over in Belleville, Ontario at the Best Western. This stop over has become part of our monthly short holiday. The staff there are great and the area is filled with many activities including boating and visiting vineyards and wine tasting. In Niagara Falls we stay at the casino but when room are not available we stay at the Best Western Fireside Inn on River Road. My wife says the Dollar Store sign on the Best Western across from the casino puts her off. We find the fireside Innto be very friendly and the activities for everyone in Niagara Falls, Canada , are enormous. There is something toi suit every taste and Niagara on the Lake is just down to road for wine tasting and superb restaurants. We love these trips and never get tired of the journey or the destinations.

    By Joanne on March 14, 2009 5:44 PM

    Our budgeted vacation has always been when we would pick an Interstate highway and got in the car and drove on it. We would drive until it got dark and then find a Best Western for the night. Sometimes we would stay for only one night and sometimes we would stay an additional night. Best Western would usually serve breakfast so we didn't need to buy any. We would stop for lunch at a fast food resteraunt and dinner would be microwave dinners that we would heat in our rooms. All we needed money for was the rooms, lunch, attractions and gas. These were our best vacations ever. We got to see this beautiful country and not have to spend a lot.

    By Donna on March 14, 2009 7:03 PM

    A great way to save money on a vacation or even in your home town is to eat at the really good (and expensive) restaurants at lunch. You often get a menu very similar to the dinner menu but at a fraction of the cost and a long leisurely lunch is a decadent treat.

    By Richard Wicks on March 15, 2009 5:18 AM

    To all the snowbirds stop going to the far southeast and go to North Myrtle Beach Bestwestern Ocean Sands Resort for the winter the price and hospitality are just part of the resons I go there when I have had all the snow and cold i can stand. Every room has a balcony overlooking the ocean and in Nov. & Dec. you can watch the sun come up in the morning and go down in the evenng from the same balcony.

    By Vickie Monday on March 15, 2009 7:48 AM

    My husband and I stay at the Best Western at Fort Walton Beach, FLA , usually in January for a little getaway from the cold winter weather. It's reasonable priced, safe, clean and the staff is very friendly and helpful.

    By Mariano G Hawk on March 15, 2009 10:28 AM

    Yuma, AZ in the Winter. The weather alone is worth it. Lots to see and do from the desert flora and fauna to the Colorado River, the nearby Buttercup Sand Dunes, the Territorial Prison, Baja Mexico right across the river. Again, the Winter as it is too hot for most to enjoy in the Summer.

    By Anne Tuesday on March 15, 2009 12:38 PM

    Head to the Oregon coast for whale watching and winter storms---best part there are Best Western Hotels from Astoria to Brookings---winter specials and great views of the coast and no crowds--what are you waiting for?

    By Richard G. on March 15, 2009 5:27 PM

    Over Valentine's weekend my partner and I drove from our home in Spokane, WA up to Trail, BC for a weekend getaway, and we stayed at the Best Western Terra Nova in Trail. It was our first trip to Canada, so we were very excited. It was a bit spur-of-the-moment too. The hotel was very nice. It helped make our first trip up north all the more enjoyable. We'll definately be back again. :)

    By rob a on March 15, 2009 7:15 PM

    The best vacation deal is to drive to Kingston, Ontario (an hour from our home) and stay at the Fireside Inn. Fabulous rooms each with fireplace or a different theme. It just lets you forget about everything and the restaurants located in the hotel at second to none (the best?). There is a Great Room that looks like a log cabin and they serve these large glasses of rd wine. Very excellent over all.

    By Norm on March 15, 2009 9:19 PM

    The best vacation deal is in Victoria BC at the Best Western Inner Harbor Its a quiet hotel walking distance to every thing great staff and Excelent Value and Beautiful area of the world

    By jeremy m on March 16, 2009 6:51 AM

    San Diego is a great place to visit any time of year. The climate is great tnad there are plenty of things to do, even for the kids.

    By Mark on March 16, 2009 7:40 AM

    We recently stayed at the Best Western Lake Lucielle Inn in Wasilla, Alaska. Its a very nice hotel right next to a frozen lake and the mountains. We enjoy the scenic view from our room. It's also an ideal place to stay if you're going to the Iditarod re-start race in Willow Lake.

    By Nicole on March 16, 2009 10:11 AM

    We love to stay at the Best Western Woodsview Inn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's walking distance to Miller Park. It has a pool and hot tub and a fun bar in the basement of the hotel. I highly recommend this hotel especially if your going to a Brewers game.

    By Jeanne on March 16, 2009 11:32 AM

    I have stayed in Best Westerns in South Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, and from Cleveland, Ohio to Texas and have had nothing but good experiences. The staffs were always helpful, letting me know the best places to eat and what to see in the area. When a snow storm hit in Cody Wyoming, there was no problem extending my stay. It is a really neat Western town.

    By Paula on March 16, 2009 5:55 PM

    My family and I took a trip to see The Grand Canyon in Arizona. We stayed in a Best Western in Ok, TX, NM, and AZ. Each stay was an enjoyable stay. My family enjoyed the free hot breakfast with each stay. It made it easy not to have to rush to get dressed to go find a place to eat in the morning. Our faimly was able to take our time an relax without have to worry about eating breakfast - it was provided for us. In NM, we truly enjoyed the indoor swimming pool. My son and I will be headed for Gerogin in the morning, and we will be staying at a Best Western there. I hope we will have a good
    experience there.

    By Emily on March 17, 2009 10:54 AM

    Navajo National Monument ( in Tonalea, Arizona is an incredible National Park. A short drive from the popular tourist attraction of Monument Valley, this park offers a tranquil experience with native guides. They take you on a free guided hike to Pueblo cliff dwellings. The setting is spectacular and it's a great way to learn about the native culture. One of my favorite Southwest experiences!


    By sara renee on March 17, 2009 11:45 AM

    Budget Travel Destination:


    In mount vernon they have a tulip festival that only cost 3 dollars to go to these fields and look at thousands of tulips, there are festivities that go on all through the month of April and at the Cotton Tree you are very close to the fields. The rooms are very large and they do a hot buffet breakfast bacon eggs waffels biscuits and gravy. Its great!

    By Mike on March 17, 2009 4:21 PM

    I had a nice stay at the BW Sunnyside in Portland Or.

    By henderson on March 19, 2009 6:14 PM

    Well,best budget of course would be to stay at Best Westerns & earn points for free stays with AAA discount.Enjoy their free breakfasts(waffles are the best!)Take advantage of the hot tub & pool,and talk to enjoyable staff or the locals about the best & cheapest fun around town.Anywhere can be a fun time,it all depends what you put into it-life is good-especially at Best Western!

    By lorraine robledo on March 21, 2009 12:36 PM

    We recently traveled to Los Angeles and stayed at your hotel we had a
    reservation mix up but it got worked out quickly . the rest of our stay was good the place was clean no body bothered us and it was an easy check out employees were polite and helpfull.

    By Don on March 22, 2009 6:45 AM

    I frequently travel to western Canada on business, and stay at Best Western hotels in Calgary and Vancouver. Until recently, Best Western has not had a very high profile in my home area of the Maritimes. But last year they opened a beautiful facility at Chocolate Lake, on the outskirts of the delightful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and I was pleased, on a recent trip through New Brunswick, to see several new Best Western hotels along the tran-Canada highway there. One could now tour the Maritimes and stay at Best Western all along the way!

    By Linda Slamann on March 22, 2009 11:27 AM

    My daughter is a freshman at Butler University in Indianapolis. My husband & I stayed at a Best Western for campus visits. registration, move in and several football games since she is a member of the Butler University Band. We have driven through Indianapolis many times going to other destinations, but now have taken the time to explore the city. We look forward to our get aways not only to see my daughter, but also to stay at the Best Western which we are thoroughly happy with and have "mini" vacations, checking out a new part of the city. We plan on utilizing the Best Western chain for the next five years as she continues her schooling.

    By bk on March 23, 2009 10:35 AM

    My best budget advice....Stay at the Best Western Emerald Beach in St. Thomas, USVI

    You can WALK from the airport to the hotel and save cab fare. There is a sidewalk all the way and it's less than 10 minutes away. The hotel is on a beautiful, calm water cove, with a full service restuarant and beach cafe/bar. There is a sister property for dining as well. All the rooms face the water and have a balcony. You can snorkel from the beach. The hotel provides a small refrig and coffee pot (bring snacks). This is an easy in and out distination and one that I plan to return to.

    By Jax T. on March 27, 2009 12:22 PM

    A fun way to get away and not break the bank is to pick a town not to far away and make it a fun day seeing sights along the way and then check into the Best Western for an AWESOME overnight stay and then go home a different way and see more sights. Take lots of pictures!! It really is fun to do!! Take care, drive safe, and buckle up for safety!
    Bye now, Jax

    By Susan T. on March 27, 2009 5:39 PM

    Always join the loyalty clubs when you are on a business trip. We have always combined business with family pleasure afterwards. We have always tried to something that would be a learning experience- like National and State Park facilities that have Ranger programs. Or "Watch it made in the USA"- one great one was a free tour of a Saturn Plant watching cars being made right from metal! Our Country (USA) is so beautiful you just have to get out there and see it :)

    By Kathleen on March 27, 2009 6:56 PM

    Driving to our destination was our travel budget idea. Paying for 5 airline tickets was not a cost effective way to spend our Spring Break. Plus, the kids love swimming in the hotel swimming pool! We're in Twin Falls, ID on our way to visit family in Nevada.

    By Georgia on March 27, 2009 9:48 PM

    A secretative tropical (Best Western Islands) getaway on Shelter Island in San Diego. Spacious rooms, only two stories, Danny at the desk makes you feel like it's paradise. The whole area of Shelter Island is just so peaceful away from all the high-rise Harbor and City hotel bustle. Easily ride their free "fat tire" bikes around the island for cocktail hopping, food, appetizers, scenary (fab views), yachts, fishing (see the city across the bay). Easily accessible to all the main attractions. Pssss...don't tell.

    By Sharon Janousek on March 27, 2009 9:51 PM

    San Francisco is our favourite US city to visi and we always stay at a Best Western there. There is always so much to see in the "City by the Bay" and whether we are there for a weekend or a week, we always have a most enjoyable and relaxing holiday there.

    By NW on March 28, 2009 3:15 AM

    Regardless of where you go, the best idea is to check online for the best rates in booking your travel. Any destination can be done on a budget with a little bit of planning.

    By P Frayne on March 28, 2009 5:51 PM

    Heard about† place called Shelter Island† in San Diego- would love to go

    By C Donna on March 28, 2009 5:55 PM

    Edmunston, New Brunswick Ontario

    no carpets, clean, friendly. We love it there

    By Anne Reilly on March 28, 2009 6:05 PM

    When traveling in Italy, it's a better deal to pay for hotels in dollars, with an American hotel chain. And the cancellation policy is usually more lenient, with American chains. There are many Best Westerns in Europe to choose from. We found an ideally located BW in the lovely seaside town of Santa Margherita de Ligure.

    By donna finstad on March 29, 2009 8:17 AM

    The Helena Best Western, by the Carousel, does an excellent job and should be commended.

    By Dan Nehus on March 30, 2009 3:33 PM

    The McGeehee Best Western is a plesant place to stay. It is clean and all the staff is friendly and helpful.

    By Heather Hernden on March 30, 2009 6:49 PM

    Trying to save money on a holiday? Check out FREE Best Western Gift Cards by redeeming airmiles. As a family travelling to California on the March Break, we redeemed airmiles points for gift cards. Then, to add even MORE SAVINGS, we used our CAA membership when booking hotel rooms. So, we not only negotiated a great price for each room, the gift cards paid for everything!

    Oh yeah, I always look for a Best Western that INCLUDES breakfast so we save on meal expenses. It makes it more relaxing as a family to start our day with a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, before heading out for a day of sight-seeing.

    The most BEAUTIFUL hotel we stayed at a few weeks ago was the Best Western Tuscan Inn on Sunset Strip in L.A. (West Hollywood). The poolside rooms are exceptional! And I still can't believe we stayed there totally FREE (thanks to airmiles and CAA).

    By Linda on April 24, 2009 7:23 AM

    I stayed at the Best Western in Atmore Alabama and the atmosphere there was wonderful. The people were very nice and the rooms clean and very comfortable. If we needed something they were ready to serve you in any way they could. I would recommend this place to anyone.

    By Mike on May 31, 2011 4:19 PM

    Reward points RED TAPE. After staying at best western hotels for the last few weeks I attempted to use my reward points. sounds like a great idea I have 15,899 of them and I only need 8000 for a night stay. No No No says the cust/serv rep. you need 32,000 to stay at the same hotel (at a single local hotel). I Need help please find me that one hotel out there that only charges 8,000 reward points for the night stay.


    By Mike on May 31, 2011 4:20 PM

    Reward points RED TAPE. After staying at best western hotels for the last few weeks I attempted to use my reward points. sounds like a great idea I have 15,899 of them and I only need 8000 for a night stay. No No No says the cust/serv rep. you need 32,000 to stay at the same hotel (at a single local hotel). I Need help please find me that one hotel out there that only charges 8,000 reward points for the night stay.


    By Mike on May 31, 2011 4:21 PM

    Reward points RED TAPE. After staying at best western hotels for the last few weeks I attempted to use my reward points. sounds like a great idea I have 15,899 of them and I only need 8000 for a night stay. No No No says the cust/serv rep. you need 32,000 to stay at the same hotel (at a single local hotel). I Need help please find me that one hotel out there that only charges 8,000 reward points for the night stay.


    By Kalea on June 23, 2011 2:21 AM

    Haha, shouldn't you be charging for that kind of knwoeldge?!

    By Armena on June 23, 2011 1:42 PM

    Now I know who the brnaiy one is, I’ll keep looking for your posts.

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