on January 3, 2007
Even though we had a reservation in the Marriott Rivercenter for New Year’s Eve, we decided it would be easier (and much cheaper!) to stay in a hotel nearer to my friend (whose family had invited us to spend New Year’s Eve with them)’s house. Since she lives in northwest San Antonio, we booked a room at the Best Western Posada Ana Inn, located near the intersection of I-10 and Loop 410 at 9411 Wurzbach Road.Because of the holiday season, rooms that normally cost $75 a night became over $100 a night. With the extra adults in the room, the total became $120 for the night, but this was still a steal compared to anything in the downtown area. Plus, we were within 5 minutes of my friend’s house, multiple restaurants, plenty of shopping (Target and HEB, to name a few), and Fiesta Texas.The hotel was an indoor one, so our door was off of an indoor hallway, rather than an outdoor walkway, as many Best Westerns and Motel 6’s have. Our room was a typical mid-range hotel room. We had two double beds, a chair, table, TV, and enough room on the floor for my brother (who is six foot three) to be able to stretch out in two different directions. The beds were comfortable enough and gave us no surprises when we pulled back the sheets (meaning no dead insects or unsightly stains). We were on the first floor, facing towards the nearby freeway, yet there was very little noise.Something that I noticed on this trip more than any other, since we stayed in two hotels in two nights, was the difference between midrange and high-end hotels. The Best Western offered us a free continental breakfast, which ended up not only including “continental” foods, but also sausages and eggs. We had free access to the parking lot outside, as at most hotels, and inside, we had free access to the wireless network. This is in stark contrast to the Marriott, which charged upwards of $12 for the same breakfast, $19 for the right to park in their garage for a day, and $9.99 for 24 hours of wireless network access. You would think that the less you pay, the more extras you would have to pay for, but instead, the more you pay, the more money they think you have and are willing to part with for extras.The only problem we had at all with this hotel was the fact that they put us in a smoking room when we had specifically requested non-smoking. However, this was quickly remedied before we even walked in the door when my mother looked at a map and realized our room was starred as smoking. After a quick chat with the front desk, we were switched to a room across the hall that smelled odd, but didn’t have the strong odor of cigarettes.I got a decent night's sleep here, and that's all I really ask for!
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