Traveling for business, rather than pleasure? Consider staying at a bed-and-breakfast, where you are likely to find the modern conveniences of a hotel, in a setting more conducive to renewing your energy after a long, hard day.
Many inns provide complimentary Wi-Fi – a must-have nowadays for all travelers – and some even offer meeting space, at a cost.
Savvy innkeepers target the business traveler with special discounts. They know that these guests help fill empty beds on weeknights.
At the Black Dolphin Inn, on the Intracoastal Waterway in New Smyrna Beach, single corporate travelers may stay for the relatively low rate of $139 a night, through Dec. 18. However, you must book a room for at least two consecutive nights, Sunday through Thursday. This special is offered through BBonline.com. Wi-Fi is free.
The boutique inn offers space for board meetings, corporate retreats and other small business meetings, indoors or out. The boardroom has built-in automated screen projection and a 47-inch LG HD Smart TV, among other features.
The Coquina Inn, in Daytona Beach, offers businesspeople a nightly rate beginning at $89, valid May 1-Sept. 30. This special is good on weeknights, single occupancy only. Wi-Fi at the Coquina is also free.
At Windemere Inn by the Sea, in Indialantic, the Corporate Special is 15 percent off the regular rate, Sunday through Thursday. Stay four times and the fifth time you visit one night is free, in a comparable room.
The Windemere provides a shuttle service for guests from Melbourne International Airport from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., a handy service for the busy traveler on a tight schedule. Wi-Fi is free in the rooms.
The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, in Orlando, doesn’t offer a standard corporate discount, but its Art Deco apartments are popular with business travelers, because of their size and the inn’s downtown Orlando location. Each suite has a living room, bedroom and bathroom and most also feature a kitchenette. The nightly rate is about $110-$120, depending on the season.
The Wellborn Suites is the newest of the group of four historic buildings that make up Lake Lucerne. The I.W. Phillips House, which shares a romantic garden courtyard with the Wellborn and the Norment-Parry Inn, has space for up to 60 people to meet. Wi-Fi is free throughout the B&B.
With its Business Travel Rewards Program, Port D’Hiver, in Melbourne, goes a step further than most inns to cater to the business traveler.
Stay at Port D’Hiver, across from the beach, five times and your sixth visit is free. Special services that appeal to the guest traveling on business include laundry service, breakfast-to-go, late check-in, free printing and, of course, free Wi-Fi.
Business travelers may stay in any room at Port D’Hiver, Sunday through Thursday, for $225 a night.
These are just a sampling of the discount specials that Florida bed-and-breakfasts offer to lure the corporate customer. Some may not be publicized, so be sure to ask for a deal when you inquire about a room. Don’t forget to check out the B&B Discounts page for all kinds of deals. Let me know about other deals you find and I’ll add them to the list. Email me at email@example.com.
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