What do you think abouth Best Westerns

Jun 13th, 2001, 01:08 PM
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I completely agree with the last post -- they are simply different hotels, BW doesn't own them or have anything special to do with them so that affiliation doesn't mean anything; you can tell as much about them from the star rating as anything else. YOu need to find out about the hotel as much as you would if it were not a BW. There are no real dumps, but you could tell that from the star ratings. I've stayed in three BWs in Europe: lower than avg, above avg, and avg in comparison to other 3-star hotels in the same cities. I think that BW affiliation may increase the prices a little bit though, in comparison to a comparable property, at least that's my experience (they know they will get a lot of calls from American tourists). They do have a good advantage in reservations and that is the only reason I would seek them out--you can call one 800 number and find out vacancies, rates, etc, so it is convenient for that. If you get their European BW book with photos and info, that is a very convenient thing to have--I got it in the BW I stayed at in London and carried it around Europe with me when I was in a city without a reservation, so it came in handy for that.
Jun 13th, 2001, 02:41 PM
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Best Western has purchased pensions and small hotels in many cities. I can speak for Mexico and Vienna, Austria. I stayed at Hotelpension Arenberg in Vienna (small 4* hotel--24 rooms) within the ring. It has the posh Vienna feel, terrace, queen size beds, full bath with shower and toilet in room and even homemade Muslei. The walls have pictures of older conductors, movie stars, etc., signed to Frau Arenberg. I used the 1-800 number and even got the discounts I get in the States. A friend stayed at one of their small nice hotels in Mexico with the same good experience as I had.
Aug 18th, 2001, 12:10 AM
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I also stayed at Manoir St. Germain in Paris. I'm the picky sort (spoiled brat)and have been known to complain at some of the world's finest resorts. This was my first experience in a small boutique hotel, which I was quite apprehensive about. I was concerned about the size of European hotel rooms. I was worried about how clean the rooms would be. I brought my own toliet paper. But, I will forever cherish this experience.
I have no regrets. I will be posting more on my trip, and more about this hotel after my jetlag passes, and I get caught up with my real life.

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