I travel every 2 weeks to OKC for business. Due to my client's relocation to the south side of town, my company has been booking me at the Best Western Barsana. Like all places, it's got its positives and negatives, but my stays have been mostly positive.
First, the positives:
The staff is uniformly excellent, always extremely pleasant and helpful. By my second stay, I was treated like an old friend.
The rooms are nice and comfortable, with everything I need: a microwave, a refrigerator, a TV with just about every channel you can think of. I've never had a problem with anything not working properly: toilet, shower, heater, internet.
The fitness room has a small set of dumbells and a bench, along with the cardio equipment (treadmill, elliptical, stationery bike). Sometimes when I'm busy I can't get down there until after it "officially" closes at 10PM, but the staff has always let me get my after-hours workout in anyway. Unlike other places, the fitness equipment is well-maintained.
It's conveniently located for me, about a 5-minute drive to my worksite. The area has everything I need in terms of amenities: lots of restaurants, lots of retail stores, Wal-Mart is about a 5 minute drive away, etc.
They have free coffee at all hours in the lobby. I'm not even that much of a coffee drinker, but it's been very cold on most of my recent trips, and I have definitely taken advantage of this in order to warm up, after coming in from the cold.
Now, on to the negatives (there are only three):
Best Westerns unfortunately tend to cater to families, rather than to business travelers. There have been times when it's seemed the entire hotel is overrun with unruly kids behaving badly, which can get annoying fast.
The sleep timer doesn't seem to work on the remote controls in any of the rooms. I've asked the staff about it, but no one seems to know how to make it work. I like to fall asleep with the TV on, and set the timer so it turns itself off. Well, when I'm staying here, I wind up sleeping with the TV on, which usually makes my night a lot less restful.
Finally, the breakfast is absolutely the worst I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of hotel breakfasts. They literally offer nothing whatsoever for a health-conscious guest. My usual breakfast of choice is plain, unsweetened oatmeal, and I'll grab a nonfat yogurt to take with me for a mid-morning snack. Well, this place hardly ever has plain oatmeal, only the packed-with-sugar flavored kind. The only brand of yogurt they offer is the children's brand "Trix", which is loaded with fat and sugar. They have 3 kinds of cereal, all of which are packed with sugar as well, and they don't offer any skim milk to pour on it anyway, only whole milk or 2%. No hard-boiled eggs either. The one time I grabbed an apple to go, it was mushy and inedible. It's literally the only place I've ever stayed where they have absolutely nothing I can eat. I've had to purchase my own breakfasts, which cuts into my per diem. I've complained, but they're obviously not interested in changing anything.
At one point I was so annoyed with the breakfast situation and the bratty kids everywhere that I toyed with the idea of asking my company to book me elsewhere. They must have read my mind because on my last trip, for the first time this year, they had me staying at another, presumably more expensive and more prestigious hotel, which turned out to be a total dump with pretensions of grandeur. I hated every second of my stay there, and it made me appreciate my home away from home, the Best Western Barsana.
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- There are many restaurants nearby. Downtown, airport, and amusement park are all within 5 miles. Easy access to many highways. Your home away from home. ... more less
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- Best Western Plus Barsana Hotel And Suites
- Best Western Plus Barsana Hotel Oklahoma City
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