Ellen Creager spends a good bit of time on the road so has come to appreciate the not-so-subtle relative qualities of reasonably-priced chain hotels. The Detroit Free Press writer says her criteria for rooms are simple: night-time quiet and darkness; cleanliness; free Internet, free breakfast, and a comfortable bed.
While on a recent road trip, she tried out four different business hotels, each of which averaged $114 per night with tax: Marriott Courtyard in northeast Atlanta, Country Inn and Suites near the Nashville Airport, Hampton Inn in Bardstown, Ky., and a Holiday Inn Express outside of Cincinnati.
The winner? Country Inn and Suites. But she concludes that all of them beat her expectations. Here's her story.