by Courtney Elko
Located near the Fort Wayne International Airport, this hotel is situated near several restaurants and shops. Downtown Fort Wayne, the children’s zoo and the Vera Bradley headquarters are situated nearby as well. The comfortable and spacious guestrooms feature a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, microwave and a coffee maker. The complimentary Wi-Fi access is also nice for families who wish to stay connected to work, home or school while traveling. Families will love to take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool. The kids can swim and splash, while the adults relax. Pets are welcome here for an additional fee so there is no need to leave any four legged family members at home. The free hot breakfast buffet with items like eggs, hot and cold cereal, juice, fruit and more is a great way to start each morning when staying here.
Our Editor Loves
- Fort Wayne International Airport nearby
- Pet friendly
- Outdoor pool
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
Fort Wayne is halfway between Toronto and our destination in St. Louis, so it was our choice for a break from the highways. We picked the Best Western because it was affordable and looked to be clean from the pictures on this site.
We checked in on a Friday night and it must have been a slow time for the Hotel because we were the only car in the lot. The building itself looks very plain and there isn't much around it besides a strip mall and a lot under construction. As we walked in, we were relieved to see that some effort had been put into the Lobby. A nice seating area with a TV was to the left and if you were to keep going, you would walk into a breakfast area. The Front Desk was to the right and we were greeted by Tara.
Tara was very pleasant while checking us in and had a lot of advice for things to see in the area. She commiserated with us that we weren't able to bring our dog with us (as we had indicated in the reservation) and extolled the virtues of the Hotel's pet friendliness and pet rooms on the first floor.
We were moved to a room on the second floor and went on up in the elevator. We saw a few members of staff around; a pair of friendly housekeepers getting off the elevator and what I think was the Hotel Manager passing through to his car at the back door. As we entered Room #205, we had our fingers crossed...
And it wasn't bad. I've attached a picture of the room. It was clean and the air conditioner had kept it cool. Everything worked in the room, bathroom was clean, towels were in good condition. The couch was a bit firm and I could hear the crinkle of plastic underneath the cushions but it was comfortable. The bed was comfy and we slept well.
When we woke up the next morning and went down for breakfast, we found that a lot of other guests seemed to have arrived through the evening and so we had a lot of company for the complimentary breakfast. Biggest plus here, and my wife was looking forward to it, was the breakfast. Good spread of hot and cold food, juices and water.
Checked out with no issues with another young lady on Saturday morning and saw another housekeeper working around the Hotel.
Long story short, for the price we were expecting the worst and were pleasantly surprised by the Hotel and its staff. My ratings for service, sleep quality, etc aren't fives because... C'mon, its a Best Western. Overall I scored it with a five rating because, for its value, the Hotel was exactly what we hoped for.
This hotel is a good deal at the price... but I won’t go back. It has aged well but time to put the old girl down. I have to say I slept well, it was quiet and no mold in the shower — all good things.
It was hard to find - lots of construction. Just old and tired. If you can get it for $100 a night, it’s a good deal.