What To Look For In a "Stop-Over" Hotel

November 1 2011 by Bryson Forbes
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iStock_000017536501XSmall.jpgAs we head deeper into fall and temperatures start to require a heavy jacket, many Canadians are planning their winter escape. For many of us, a week away on a tropical beach in the dead of winter makes the harsh weather somehow bearable.

I get asked all the time for tips to make this escape an even better experience, and for those who live more than an hour from the airport, I often suggest staying at a "stop-over" hotel. There are a number of reasons why you should consider this but the main reason is that either the outbound or return flight, or sometimes both, can have you at the airport very early in the morning. A "stop-over" hotel can help reduce stress, save you in tricky driving winter conditions and ultimately make your overall experience much better. Here are some things to consider when looking for a good play to stay:

- Obviously proximity to the airport is going to be important, but unless you are actually staying at the airport, look for a hotel that provides shuttle service. Also check the hours of operation, given my earlier comment about early mornings - look for 24-hour service!

- Ask about parking. In Toronto, for instance, leaving your car at the airport could cost you as much as your trip. If you are able to park at the hotel for the week this could save you more money than the cost of the room for the night!

- Complimentary Wi-Fi is always on my list of and if you want to check flight status, this always helps. Best Western always includes free high-speed Internet. Those of you that follow my posts know that this is something super important to me!

- Speaking of complimentary, eating breakfast before you go stand in the security line helps make that process go much more smoothly (and more economical - airport food can be pricey!). When I am at a Best Western I often grab a quick muffin and a coffee and it always seems to take the edge off.

- Look for reward promotions. Best Western ran a recent promotion that rewarded travelers when they stayed on two separate occasions - pre-trip and post-trip certainly qualify! Cha-ching!

Do you usually take advantage of a "stop-over" hotel when you travel? Let me know some of things that you look for when making your decision.

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    By rob plummer on November 14, 2011 8:46 AM

    we look for best westerns close to restaurants since travelling from the northern start of I75 to lousiana it takes us two and a half days driving to get there so you don't have alot of spare time looking for eating establishments at the completion of a days driving

    By Chuck C on November 21, 2011 2:21 PM

    I would take my wife to a retirement destination, so that she could see the benefits and joy of retirement and she would seriously consider retiring now while we are both young enough to really enjoy things and not wait too long.

    By Jack Barta on December 3, 2011 11:07 AM

    I would take my wife to Arizona so we could visit all the neat western tourist areas. I would also give a Best Western Travel card (if I won one) to my travel companions (my brother and sister in law).

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