Let me begin by saying that there is nothing terrible about the Best Western Airport Plaza; it's good, basic lodging. That said, there are plenty of things that could be done to make this a much *nicer* place to stay.
My family and I stayed here one night on our way southwards, and the location is very convenient from I-70. The sign marking the entrance road to the property is non-obvious, but you can certainly spot the hotel easily. The hotel is right next to the airport, but is not noisy at all - we weren't bothered by any jet noise. It overlooks a pretty green space that appears to be an old farmstead, complete with old farmhouse. It would be interesting to see this area 50 years ago.
The initial impression you get from the exterior pretty much held through our stay: this is an older property in need of some maintenance and updates. The parking ramp is old, very tight, and - on our floor - cluttered with things like an old trailer, rusty grill, trash, beer bottles, and other remnants of past (employee?) parties. The exterior door was broken, and didn't require a card-key to enter. Initial impressions like this don't tend to excite customers.
Once inside, you enter the labyrinth: the interior is very confusing. Even though we came in on our floor, we had to go down some stairs and up a different elevator bank in order to get to our hallway. It's easy to get turned around, as it is not laid out very cleanly. The stairways are especially dingy, and the hallways are not very inviting.
Our room was basic, but clean and decent-sized. The two double beds were comfortable, and my spouse liked that - as many hotels do now - they wrapped the blankets in sheets. The main issue again is just one of age: the door was somewhat battered, the furniture somewhat older, walls and outlet areas showing wear. The bathroom was somewhat spartan, but clean. I *did* like the nice Delta shower-head that gave a full, pleasing shower. There was no night-light in the bathroom; again, this is a nice (and inexpensive) touch that many hotels miss out on.
Breakfast is served starting very early - 4:00 am! - which is great for business travelers. The hot breakfast had eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cereals, muffins, oatmeal, waffles, and the standard juices and coffees. The food was average; nothing outstanding, nothing horrible. I love good biscuits and gravy, but this was very run-of-the-mill.
I didn't notice any provision for express check-out (leaving card-keys in room), so I stopped by the desk to check out. We got a Hotwire rate of $64; with taxes the total was about $80. We found this to be a very good value for basic lodging and food. Just don't expect to be "wowed!"
- Also Known As:
- Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel Bridgeton
- Best Western Airport Plaza Inn And Conference Center
- Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel
- Best Western Bridgeton
- Bridgeton Best Western
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