The next time you're traveling to a big city on a business trip or for a convention, consider staying in a smaller-town or rural hotel nearby. Many of these establishments are just a short drive from a metropolitan area, and they offer several advantages you may find quite attractive. The guest experience at hotels is commonly viewed as even more important than location and price, so consider the various benefits of these lodging facilities. 

Smaller Sizes

Small-town and rural hotels are typically much smaller than those in cities. The staff isn't as harried, and the buildings are quieter without the large numbers of guests coming in and out of their rooms, talking and slamming doors.

Staff members also are better able to stay on top of situations that could disturb their guests. Rowdy parties won't be allowed, whereas in a large hotel, the manager or front desk staff may never even be aware of what's going on. 

A Warm Welcome

The smaller size of these hotels typically means a friendlier relationship with the staff members. This may not matter to you if you're only staying overnight, but if you'll be there for several days, you'll appreciate building a warm -- albeit brief -- relationship with the hotel owner or manager and the front desk staff. 

Owners and managers are more likely to go out of their way for you because they rely on repeat customers and recommendations from satisfied guests. They have a lot of competition in the cities and must find ways to attract people to their lodging establishments instead. 

Peaceful Settings

If you find the idea of peace and quiet appealing, try a hotel that's on the edge of a small town or in the country between towns. You may find one that has a farm field or a big wooded area in the back, or situated next to a community park. You might even get a room with a view of a lake. These settings can provide a much-needed break from the hassles of the city where you're doing business or attending a conference.

In a small town, you can walk along quiet streets reminiscent of old-fashioned communities where people are friendly and you never have to be concerned about your personal safety. Stop at some of the local shops that sell items crafted by area residents, which adds a unique appeal. 

Small-Town & Rural Restaurants 

Instead of the homogeneity of dining experiences at chain restaurants that proliferate near metropolitan hotels, you'll have an easy time finding local establishments where you can get a true sample of the regional cuisine.

Instead of that chain Italian, Mexican or generic family-style place you probably would go to in the city, try a small-town diner, pizzeria or historical restaurant. Enjoy conversing with the friendly wait staff as well as local residents who are dining there or relaxing at the bar.

Lower Prices

Do some price comparisons of room rentals and you will discover how much cheaper a hotel typically is when it's not situated in a big city. The same chain of facilities tends to offer much lower prices when you're out of a metro area. You'll probably find it's well worth a short drive to the city when you compare the price you'll pay for gas with the savings you'll get for your room. 

Concluding Thoughts

Staying in a little town or in the country doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite amenities. For example, these hotels usually have free wireless Internet access, cable or satellite TV and coffee makers in the rooms. If there's no restaurant inside the hotel, there is likely to be one within walking distance. Take a look at hotel options outside the metro area where you need to be and consider making a reservation. Then enjoy a nice change of pace from hectic urban life.