I’m a 3.5-star hotel traveler, and I’m happy with that

I had to laugh when I read this Real Life Adventures comic by Gary Wise and Lance Aldrich. Sometimes something HotelRatingsso simple really hits a nerve. I travel for business – a lot. Sometimes it’s a few times a month and other times it’s less, but anyone who has been on the road knows there are some things that ring true. A good hotel can mean the difference between a great trip and a crappy one. And by good hotel I don’t mean 5-star ratings. I like breakfast. I eat it every morning, and as anyone who has traveled with my can attest, without it I am not a happy person. So I usually book myself at 3.5-star hotels because they offer a free continental breakfast. Is it super fancy? Nope – but it gets something into my stomach and makes me a happy person. I am sure it doesn’t take much to realize that a happy person on the road is going to have a better business trip. The other thing I expect from my hotel is wi-fi. And I want it for FREE. And at the 3.5-star hotels I usually get that.

So tell me this… why do I get these amenities at a 3.5-star hotel and not at the 5-star hotel? Why when I go to a 5-star hotel do I pay $15.95 for breakfast in the restaurant and $9.95 a day for wi-fi? It seems like since I am paying 25-40% more for a 5-star resort I should have more amenities, not less. So for now I’ll stick with Hampton Inn, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Express and all the other 3.5-Star hotels out there on Hotels.com and be a much happier traveler.

What are your go-to hotels for business travel?

Amy Bailey (103 Blog Posts)

Amy Bailey is the VP of Marketing at VXSuite has been with the product line for over eight years. Over the years she has filled may roles including Sales Manager and Project Manager. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with BA's in Speech Communication and Liberal Arts. Amy was Associated Students' President while at SDSU and has several years of sales and management experience in the high-end retail clothing industry. She enjoys knitting, country music and spending time with family.