Have You Stayed in a Best Western Premier Hotel?
This morning we got an announcement that Best Western Hotels recently opened two new Best Western Premier hotels (one in Melbourne, Australia and one just outside of Moscow) and it got us wondering--have you ever stayed in a Best Western Premier hotel before?
In case you aren't familiar, BW's Premier brand offers guests upscale amenities, personalized guest services and an overall luxury hotel experience but at a value price point that folks come to expect from the Best Western name.
The Best Western folks are so gung-ho about this Premier brand they are plotting quite a busy and exotic expansion path with openings for Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nairobi and Oman expected for this year. In the next 12 months, the number of BWPs (can we call them that?) in North America will increase by 50 percent thanks to the opening of nine hotels throughout US, Canada and the Caribbean.
So if you haven't stayed in one yet, you very well may in the next year.
Most of the BWPs (yeah, we're calling them that) in the U.S. are in smaller cities and markets but we checked out the Best Western Premier Ivy Hotel in Napa, Calif. which describes itself as a boutique, avant-garde hotel and found that for $289 a night in mid-August, we could get a non-smoking king room with 42-inch TVs, pillow top mattresses, free high speed internet and free breakfast. There's also free parking and a weekly wine reception on Fridays.
Despite the freebies, a lot of you may balk at $289 a night for a Best Western stay but this is during a relatively popular time for Napa and that's a weekend rate. And those bedrooms sure do look pretty. For a little comparison, the Best Western Mariemont Inn in Cincinnati was going for $169 that same weekend. Still too high for you? Then sound off in comments below!
Have you stayed at a Best Western Premier before? How did it compare to a regular old BW stay? Let us know in comments below!
[Photos: Best Western Premier Napa]