By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A thin, smoky haze from a wildfire several miles away got a couple of comments from people, but it wasn’t enough to put a damper on the fun at the Best Western PLUS Madison Inn’s Grand Opening, Friday, March 25.
Friends, relatives, representatives of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce and other dignitaries were there to congratulate new owners Lucas and Elizabeth Waring and General Manager Craig Waldrop, wishing them luck and success.
Even the Best Western #00 Street Car, identical to the car driven for the Best Western franchise by NASCAR Driver David Reutimann, put in an appearance for the occasion and proved to be quite popular. Guests at Friday’s event posed beside the car and had their pictures taken behind the wheel.
Owner Lucas Waring took everyone on a tour, first to the facility’s pool area, where old weathered awnings and other worn-looking items have been replaced to give the area a fresh, new look. Inside, the 90s décor has been updated with new crown molding and new carpet. The floor in the meeting area is a ceramic tile that looks exactly like old wooden plank flooring, and throughout the facility, the generic beige walls have been brightened with a warmer, richer palette of saffron and pumpkin colors. Each room, instead of being painted all one color, now has an accent wall of a different hue behind the beds. Each one also now has a new flat-screen TV, in addition to microwave, mini-fridge, and other standard amenities.
The meeting room boasts a breakfast bar with a rotating selection of items, so that guests who stay more than one night will have different choices each morning; and should they overindulge in one or more menu items, there is a fitness center just down the hall, with everything needed to stay in shape while traveling.
For this Grand Opening event, the meeting area tables were loaded with pastries and goodies of all sorts. Friends and family sampled homemade refreshments as well as trying out the tempting breakfast bar.
Just outside the front entrance, the star of the show, the Best Western #00 Toyota Camry Street Car parked under the breezeway, gathered a slew of admirers.
“As a member of the Best Western worldwide family, we are proud to partner with Michael Waltrip racing,” said Craig Waldrop, General Manager, adding that the franchise has a number of on-going special offers and programs for racing fans – North America’s fastest growing sport. In 2004, Best Western launched Speed Rewards, a free, frequent-guest program designed specifically for race fans. Members can earn free nights anywhere in the world, as well as dining and shopping certificates, and are eligible for special sweepstakes and promotional offerings.
Located at 167 SE Bandit St., the Best Western PLUS Madison Inn offers 58 rooms to accommodate guests in total comfort. Contact Best Western PLUS Madison Inn directly at 850-973-2020 or call Best Western’s 24 hour toll-free reservation number at 1 (800) WESTERN, or visit the web site at www.bestwestern.com
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By Lynette Norris
Best Western International announces the addition of the BEST WESTERN PLUS Madison Inn, located at 167 SE Bandit Street in Madison. Owned by Lucas and Elizabeth Waring, the non-smoking hotel offers 58 guest rooms including three suites.
The hotel was formerly known as the Holiday Inn Express.
Hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour fitness center and a complimentary continental breakfast. Each guest room features a refrigerator, microwave and wireless high-speed Internet access.
For the business traveler, the hotel offers a business center, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access in all public areas and meeting space to accommodate up to 25 people.
“We are proud to welcome the BEST WESTERN PLUS Madison Inn to our chain,” said Mark Williams, vice president, North American development for Best Western International. “This property will give another quality lodging option to business and leisure guests traveling in and out of the Tallahassee area,” Williams said.
Nestled against the Georgia border, guests have easy access to a variety of attractions including Fort Mack, College Art Gallery, Cherry Lake and Madison Blue Springs Sate Park. North Florida Community College is just a short drive from the property, making it a popular lodging choice for those visiting the campus. Plenty of shopping and dining are options are also close by.
Rates start at $89.99 per night. Travelers can contact the property directly for special packages.
Guests can also enroll in Best Western Rewards®, the brand’s free frequent-stay program. Best Western Rewards is one of the industry’s most generous rewards programs and one of few that is truly international. With more than 4,000 locations in 80 countries, Best Western makes it easy for members to earn points redeemable for global free room nights with no blackout dates, dining, shopping and entertainment gift cards, gas cards, airline miles and more. Now more than ever, Best Western Rewards is helping the leisure and business customers travel “smart.” Learn more about the program at www.bestwesternrewards.com.
Reservations may be booked by calling Best Western International’s 24-hour, toll-free reservations number at (800) WESTERN. Reservations are also available from Best Western International’s Web site at www.bestwestern.com.
ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Best Western International, Inc. is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST HOTEL FAMILY®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* BEST WESTERN®, BEST WESTERN PLUS® and BEST WESTERN PREMIER® hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. Each Best Western-branded hotel is independently owned and operated. Now celebrating 65 years of hospitality, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler,
Best Western recently embarked on a mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world’s biggest family, with our hotels and staff sponsoring children in need around the globe. Theirpartnerships with AAA/CAA, Michael Waltrip Racing™ and Harley-Davidson® help guests make the most of every trip. For the fastest way to a free night globally, join Best Western Rewards®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.best-western.com.
*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.