When Best Western decided to open its third Vib hotel in Springfield, it was a bit of a surprise. Even Jackie Smylie, Best Western’s manager of boutique and upscale brands, was taken aback. “Best Western looked at all markets for its first Vib location in the United States,” she says. “But Gordon wanted to build one in Springfield, and we weren’t going to say no.” Gordon is Gordon Elliott, of Elliott Lodging, and he’s a longtime Best Western property developer. Elliott has 22 hotels in his portfolio, including the Coach House and the Rail Haven. Both properties fall under the Best Western umbrella. The Coach House opened 65 years ago, and the Rail Haven, which serves as a boutique hotel for the Route 66 fan base, is one of Best Western’s oldest hotels. Both are what Gordon calls roadside motels—economy lodging with parking right outside your room’s door.