(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
Our preferred hotel chain is Hampton Inn. Second in line has been Fairfield Inn. Until this trip.
I guess I've been used to the newer Fairfield Inns, with all rooms off inside corridors. This trip we stayed at two that had outside corridors. Whether the building has always been a Fairfield Inn or it had been another motel/hotel at some time and Marriott bought the building and re-branded it, I don't have a clue.
Either way, the two facilities with outside entrances were old and tired, with small rooms and old, noisy air conditioners. In the future, I plan on only staying at a Fairfield Inn if all of the rooms are off inside corridors.