I love B&B’s, Riads, Pansions, Auberges, whatever you want to call them. They are wonderful places to stay and each is different, reflecting the owner’s and location’s culture. If possible, I would prefer to stay in one of these unique experiences. But it’s not always feasible. You don’t always have the time to find just the right place to stay, hoping it will enhance your travels. Sometimes you just need an airport hotel or somewhere for a quick overnight stay. In these cases I have a couple go-to options, which only require picking what works for best for budget and location. They are Marriot Hotels for in the United States and Accor Hotels when overseas.
When traveling in the United States, my go-to for functionality (not quaintness) is Marriott. I know it doesn’t sound sexy but sometimes function and efficiency is more important than style. For example, I have recently been calling a Marriott Residence Inn ‘home’ for the last two weeks as we looked for a place to live. However one of the key factors for my favoritism of Marriott is their military discount- which I know is not applicable to everyone out there. Even without the discount they are still worth looking into. My favorite brand of Marriott’s is the Residence Inn. The Residence’s standard room includes a living area, a separate bedroom (sometimes 2 bedrooms), and a kitchen with full fridge. It’s the kitchen that makes this my first choice on road trips. The ability to empty your cooler into the fridge for the night, refreeze your ice packs, and chill a bottle of wine is huge!
They also usually include breakfast, some sort of happy hour, and a light meal at least a few days a week. None of this is fancy, but it’s a nice option to have and helps to cut costs while traveling. While I was happy to be moving into my new home, we couldn’t have made a better choice for our temporary housing than Marriott.