Choosing The Best Wichita Hotel For You

Thousands of people come through Wichita each year to attend conventions and conferences, sightsee, or visit family and friends. Eleven airlines fly in and out of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, which offers non-stop flights to ten "hub" cities. If, while you are in town, you plan to stay in a Wichita hotel, you have many choices, from the charming bed-and-breakfasts to the convenient airport hotels. This article takes a look at some of the best places to stay when you visit Wichita.
Wichita is a strong, vibrant city with much to offer those who visit. Six museums stand ready to teach visitors unique tidbits of Kansas history. If animals and nature are more to your liking, you can't go wrong with the Sedgwick County Zoo or Botanica: The Wichita Gardens. Every October, Wichita even hosts its own film festival (Tallgrass Film Festival). Other festivals include the Wichita River Festival, a fun day of crafts, performances, and activities; and the three-day Wichita Flight Festival.

No one will ever be bored while visiting Wichita. But where will you stay while you're enjoying the treats Wichita has to offer? This article looks at several different hotels for different needs and tastes. Whatever you want, there is a Wichita hotel for you.

Bed and Breakfasts

Many people are enchanted by these cozy little inns that more closely resemble a friend's house than a hotel. Wichita offers multiple bed and breakfasts to choose from. One of the more popular is The Castle Inn at Riverside (1-800-580-1131). If you thought Europe had cornered the market on castles, think again. This beautiful castle was built in 1880 by a designer with a love of Scottish Castles. Each of the fourteen guest rooms is decorated with a different theme. Over the years, the castle has become a popular site for conferences and for weddings.

If you are a golfer, you need look no further for a bed and breakfast than The Inn at Willowbend (1-800-553-5775). Situated on an exquisite golf course, the inn offers golf memorabilia with each room bearing the name of a famous golf tournament and sporting its own unique golfing theme.

Conventions

If it's a convention that brings you to town, your best bet is probably the towering Hyatt Regency Wichita (316-293-1234). The Hyatt Regency offers a large banquet room and meeting room, as well as an elegantly appointed boardroom. Each guest room features a desk with a rolling chair as well as a 32" flat screen TV. Good news for the weary executive.

Low Cost

If you're watching your money, you'll find several hotel chains in Wichita whose prices are quite reasonable. Possibilities include Howard Johnson, Econo Lodge, and Super 8. These places won't be quite as fancy as some of the others described above, but they'll provide a decent room for around $50 to $100 per month. Book as early as possible to get the very best rates.

Airport

If you're spending the night in Wichita before flying out of Mid-Continent Airport, you'll probably want to stay at one of the handy airport hotels.

One popular choice is the Four Points by Sheraton Wichita Airport Hotel (formerly known as the Canterbury Inn - 316-942-7911). The hotel offers basic room and dining choices, as well as complimentary transportation to and from the airport. What it lacks in ambience, it makes up for in comfort and convenience.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotels and Suites - Wichita Airport (316-522-0008) is a new hotel which opened in March, 2007. It offers a fitness center as well as features such as a meeting center to attract business travelers. Like the Sheraton, the Holiday Inn Express offers a complimentary airport shuttle.
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