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Baymont Inn & Suites

While the Baymont Inn & Suites sign on the side of the road may look just like one of the many new hotel chains that have popped up in the past few years, veteran road warriors should know that this is simply a new name for a previous Business Travel Award winner, Budgetel Inns.

So what's changed besides the name? First of all, Baymont has repositioned its hotels into the midmarket category, meaning average rates currently run in the $55-to-$60 range. At the same time, the chain has increased its value for travelers by enhancing its amenities. For example, Budgetel was once famous for the free continental breakfast it hung in bags on all its guests' doorknobs each morning. Now, guests can enjoy hot waffles or French toast in the hotel lobby.

Rooms at all Baymont Inns include large desks, speaker-phones, task lights and desktop outlets for laptops--some rooms even offer high-speed Internet connections. Other standard amenities include 25-inch color TVs with cable, free local calls, voice mail, hair dryers, irons and coffeemakers. Plus, with the exception of two units in the chain, all rooms face secured interior corridors with electronic card-key locks. Some locations have pools and fitness facilities as well.

There are now more than 175 Baymont Inns in 30 states, and the chain has 34 more hotels under construction.

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This article was originally published in the April 2001 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Quick Guide to Business Travel.

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