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As part of our 2015 surprise trip, we spent the first evening at the Fairfield Inn Dayton North.  With an early (6am!) flight leaving out of Dayton (an hour away), we didn’t want to have to get up any earlier than we absolutely had to and the Fairfield Inn Dayton North is a nice hotel with free breakfast and free wi-fi close to the Dayton airport

I had booked the room through the Chase Ultimate Rewards mall, and the confirmation number I had was apparently the CHASE confirmation number, as nothing was showing up for me at

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I called the hotel earlier in the day just to make sure everything was all set, which led to the following conversation:

Me: “I have a reservation for tonight that I booked with my Chase points and it’s not showing up so I wanted to make sure everything is all set.”  I then give her my name and information

Hotel: “We’ve been expecting you”

Me: Awkward pause… as that was kind of creepy.  Actually it made me worried that somehow I had screwed up the reservation and it was for the day before and I had missed it.  I give her my information and everything is all set

Hotel: “I got you a great room”

I’m not sure if there was any particular reason I got a “great” room.  Maybe it was the fact that I am a “world” “famous” travel blogger (air quotes around both world and famous), but I kind of doubt it.  I don’t know how they would even connect my reservation to this blog, and even if they did, it’s not like I’m even THAT well-known :-).

We got there about 7pm and it was your basic hotel.  Clean and comfortable – here are a few pictures from our stay, in gallery form.

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Airport shuttle

I had asked on the phone earlier about an airport shuttle.  The lady I spoke to said that I would need to have booked the “Park and Fly” rate.  I explained that I had booked with points so there wasn’t any particular rate.  The last time this happened to me, when I stayed in the Holiday Inn Chicago Countryside before our family vacation to Reno, this explanation got me someone that agreed to waive any daily parking fee.  This time I was told it would be $4 / day extra to park there.

My plan was to try and see if I could get this waived at the front desk, but the front desk agent instead told me it would be $5 / day to park.  Now, I wasn’t going to pay $4 / day, so I certainly wasn’t going to pay FIVE :-D. Parking at the Dayton Airport is only $6 / day, so the added convenience of being able to leave when we want AND return home straight from the airport on our return rather than have to wait for a shuttle back to the airport was definitely worth a couple of extra bucks.


Breakfast was good and the important part was that it started at 4 a.m.  With a 6 a.m. flight, we ended up getting up at 4, and rushing down to breakfast to try and leave the hotel by 4:30.  That meant that we had to rush through breakfast, which I didn’t really like, but I’d rather do that than get up at 3:30 :-/.  They had the regular continental stuff, as well as a waffle maker and eggs and sausage for hot things.

Outside entrance

It does have outside entrances to the first 2 floors.  As mentioned in the pictures, the top floor has a hallway with inside entrances.  Even on the 3rd floor, the elevator exit is outside so you have to go outside and through another door to get into the 3rd floor hallway.  Not a big deal, and especially it wouldn’t really matter in the summer, but it was a little chilly on this cold winter night!

Overall, I give it

4-starsWhen I rate hotels, I rate them for what they are.  You can’t compare a hotel like this to a super-aspirational hotel, but for what it was, it was pretty good.  I would stay here again

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