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Travel Smarts

What A Bargain!

Some business travelers may still believe quality hotel service can be found only in places, say, 26 stories high, with sparkling chandeliers and a doorman outside. But with limited-service hotels, such as Days Inn, beginning to provide a higher level of service in recent years, many business travelers are discovering the joys of these more affordable accommodations. In fact, in a recent study by Frequent Flyer magazine, close to 92 percent of respondents said limited-service hotels offer everything they need.

"Originally, limited-service lodgings were thought of as 'econo-boxes,' or kind of a cheap place to stay," explains Karen Goodwin, editor in chief of Frequent Flyer. "But now, they have really set out to upgrade their image. The quality is pretty high, and business travelers are asking themselves, Why pay more?"

Why, indeed, when limited-service hotels boast prices averaging $35 to $79 a night; clean, comfortable rooms; and, in many cases, extras such as free local calls, incoming fax service, continental breakfast and more?

Budgetel Inns, for instance, now offer free incoming fax service, keyless door locks for extra safety, and continental breakfast delivered to your room. In addition, Budgetel has equipped all rooms with large desks and dataport jacks for business travelers, and plans to debut its new business-class rooms in coming months.

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This article was originally published in the August 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Travel Smarts.

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