There are many hotels and motels close to the Jacksonville, Florida Airport and with shuttle service to and from the terminals. I don’t remember why I picked the Best Western. I was pleased that we were picked up by the shuttle almost immediately after calling and similarly had no appreciable wait going back the next morning.
I was quite pleased with our first stay, less so with the second. The second time we were in what was officially a nonsmoking room that smelled of smoke, after already having changed rooms once because it was not what we had reserved (a room with two beds).
Still, the hot breakfast the Jacksonville Airport Best Western is good, the WiFi signal is strong and does not require any password rigmarole, the swimming pool is not tiny, there are pool towels, plus the rooms had a refrigerator and microwave, even if they went unused. The tv is larger than at our other two destinations (I don’t carry a tape-measure-30 inches is my guess.)
The two queen beds were firm. Each had three pillows. Each had a reading light with a bedside table between them. There was also a floor-lamp by the table.
A table with two padded desk chairs made it possible conveniently for us both to be on our laptops at the same time (there is also a terminal for guest use in the very large lobby). In the second room, there was also a padded wooden laptop holder to use in bed (to balance the laptop and to protect users’ thighs from the heat).
The armoire had one luggage rack and nine hangers. There were drawers both in the bedside table and in the dresser on which the tv rested. A lower (than desktop-level) table accommodated two open suitcases. An ironing board and iron were in the armoire.
There was ample sink-top, with the sink not being in the bathroom. The hotel provided one bottle each of shampoo, conditioner, and lotion.
Cookies baked on the premises were available in the lobby.
The tv lineup was 68 channels, including HBO.
The included-breakfast featured sausage and scrambled eggs that seem to have been baked in round containers, plus two waffle irons and batter–along with coffee, tea, juice, bagels, fresh fruit, cereals and all the usual cold American breakfast items.
The motel is quite large and was bustling at breakfast time. Most of the trash containers were full both mornings we were there.
The reception staff was friendly and efficient (and made sure we knew about the cookies the presence of which my nose had already detected).
The air-conditioning in the lobby/breakfast area was set at frigid, and all three rooms I entered had the air-conditioning set at 60F, which I think is too cold, particularly for an unoccupied room! An unconcern about consuming electricity was also evident in the lack of energy-saving light bulbs everywhere.
The pool is big enough to swim without immediately crashing into the opposite side, though less than Olympic-sized. Off it is a room with some exercise equipment (and, more importantly to me!) a water cooler.
The Jacksonville Airport Best Western address is 1170 Airport Entrance Rd, which is on the way from the airport to Interstate 95 (the airport is well to the northeast of the city of Jacksonville).