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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1645 times:

Here are the rules.

1) it has to be a single hotel/motel (dont say choice hotels, say whichever hotel owned by choice hotels)
2) it has to be a chain, dont say The bellagio in vegas  



my opinion it has to be


1) Omni
2) Hyatt
3) Raddison

[Edited 2006-03-28 03:41:54]

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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1640 times:

My choice hands down is Marriott. Great hotels and they have a great points program.

Second would be Residence Inn by Marriott.... love the fireplaces



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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

The Four Seasons are pretty swanky. I miss the days when my sister was the room service manager at TFS in Austin and got all sorts of sweet hook-ups.

Since I can't currently afford fancy schmancy hotels, I've had great experiences staying at Super 8 Motels all over the country.


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

1) Burj Al Arab - Dubai
2) Peninsula Hotels


User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 3):
Burj Al Arab - Dubai

Damn i knew that would come, READ THE RULES!!! lol, tell me, when did the Burj Al Arab become a chain?


User currently offlineDeltaFFinDFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 1):
My choice hands down is Marriott. Great hotels and they have a great points program.

Marriott has to be the most average hotel out there. You get a consistently mediocre product.

W Hotels - hip, swanky, great cocktails.
Westin Hotels - always named as one of the better upper scale hotels.
St. Regis & Luxury Collection - great higher end hotels all over the world.

Starwood Preferred Guest program - always the run away winner of the Freddie Awards.
Named best hotel program - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Best Elite Leval Program - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Best Award Redemption - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.
Best Customer Service - 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

http://www.freddieawards.com/

www.starwood.com


User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9507 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1620 times:

In my own personal experiences of what to expect & preference in booking because of location, price, what to expect, and number of disappointments once on the property

1. Marriott Family of Hotels
2. Hyatt
3. Drury Inns
4. Embassy Suites
5. Doubletree



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User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 5):
Marriott has to be the most average hotel out there

I work for an airline.. what do you want?? I don't get to stay in anything real fancy.... besides, you roast me for Marriott when reply #2 has Super 8!!!!


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User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Quoting Garri767 (Reply 4):
Damn i knew that would come, READ THE RULES!!! lol, tell me, when did the Burj Al Arab become a chain?

Sorry, I thought part one was that you wanted an independant individual hotel, part 2 was a chain.

In any event, it is part of a chain

http://www.jumeirah.com/portfolio/


User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1617 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 7):
I work for an airline.. what do you want?? I don't get to stay in anything real fancy.... besides, you roast me for Marriott when reply #2 has Super 8!!!!

Hey, I'm a student! I can get away with mediocrity! Big grin


User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 9):
Hey, I'm a student! I can get away with mediocrity

No offense intended!!! I just found it funny that Marriott was picked on. I just basically use the room to sleep, so to me there is no need to spend $200.00/ night at a fancy hotel!!



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9507 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Quoting Senorcarnival (Reply 2):
I've had great experiences staying at Super 8 Motels all over the country.

so have I, and I've stayed there by choice a couple of times. there's absolutely no sense in my book of spending a gargantuan amount of cash for a bed when I plan on being in the room only to sleep and I don't care how much I've got in the back pocket. just doesn't make sense to me.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7810 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Probably a little biased since most of my hotel stays in the past 2 years have been at Marriott properties (7 nights already this year), but I'll say that my personal favorite as far as a chain goes is Marriott. They offer a quality, consistent product across the board. Stuff like professional and courteous staff, good beds and nice linens (I like the new upgraded linens they've had since the beginning of the year), and a good standard of amenities in all hotels. I like being able to get a Marriott burger and then be able to swim it off (or rather soak it away in the hot tub). But to be honest I kind of prefer the decor of the Renaissance to the Marriotts.



Only stayed in one Hilton property recently and was disappointed with the room, otherwise the staff was top-notch. And only stayed in one Starwood property (a Four Points) and I was pretty impressed, though that location was a bit lacking on the amenity side.

I've also stayed in one Wyndham property this year too and was generally impressed. I loved my welcome basket and the Aeron chair in the room, but I found the general decor to be a bit on the stodgy side... even when compared to a run of the mill Marriott.



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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 10):
No offense intended!!! I just found it funny that Marriott was picked on. I just basically use the room to sleep, so to me there is no need to spend $200.00/ night at a fancy hotel!!



Quoting STLGph (Reply 11):
so have I, and I've stayed there by choice a couple of times. there's absolutely no sense in my book of spending a gargantuan amount of cash for a bed when I plan on being in the room only to sleep and I don't care how much I've got in the back pocket. just doesn't make sense to me.

No offense taken, Nkops. I agree with the both of you. I'm only sleeping and taking a shower in there so I don't need a huge suite with two rooms. Holiday Inns are ok too, but they tend to be at least 30% more expensive than Super 8 and IMO the product is only marginally better.


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3645 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

I've always enjoyed the Courtyard Mariott chain.

User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

Zippy is a fan of:

Marriott (J.W.s if available)

Westins are spiffy as well (The Harbour Castle ahh)

The Notells are super when need be (

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User currently offlineFanoftristars From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

I think you have to allow all the brands of a specific hotel chain into the mix, because they are so much a part of what makes it better. Marriott Hotels themselves are not all that great, but when you take their rewards program into account, as well as all the properties in which you can earn and redeem points, Marriott hotels are much better.

Holiday Inns suck, but when you take Priority Club Rewards into account, they look better an better. I stayed in hotels over 100 nights last year, and I don't think I could state one hotel chain as my favorite. I have favorites at every price level.

Overall, for what I can afford (based on my personal travel and company travel) Courtyard Marriott is an all around good hotel.

Money no object? I really like the the Intercontinental. Most properties are a little older with a lot of personality. I love the Willard Intercontinental, or the Steve F Austin Intercontinental.

Cheap Cheap? Holiday Inn Express. Great rooms, good rates, cinnamon rolls for breakfast. 10,000 reward points per night.

FYI, I am Priority Club Platinum, and Marriott Gold. I was Hilton gold last year, but I dropped all of my business with them in favor of PCR. Best availablity for reward nights, at low price levels!

Starwood comped me gold status last year, and the one time I stayed at a Westin, they didn't do crap for me in the way of upgrade, view room, etc. Sure the heavenly bed is nice, but they were putting non-elites on the SPG levels, and put me on the ground level.



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User currently offlineDeltaFFinDFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

Quoting Nkops (Reply 10):
No offense intended!!! I just found it funny that Marriott was picked on. I just basically use the room to sleep, so to me there is no need to spend $200.00/ night at a fancy hotel!!

I didn't mean to pick on anyone, but it's so funny to me because Marriotts are a nice, very consistent product, but they are just very average in general. JW Marriott is very nice. Finally Marriott is getting the picture and upgrading their beds.

As for just a room to sleep, since I stay in hotels about 90+ days a year, it does matter to me. I love the Heavenly beds at Westins, the new Sheraton Sleepers and even the 4 comfort beds at newer (and I stress NEWER) Four Points Sheratons.

I have been Hyatt elite & Marriott elite in the past. I am and will continue to be a Starwood Platinum and Hilton Gold member. Hilton is my #2 since Starwood doesn't have as many properties as Hilton or Marriott. I like the Embassy Suite chain of Hilton - with free cocktails in the evening and free hot breakfast in the morning.


User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 5):

Starwood I think is the best hotel chain out there which satisfies every market segment. The Starwood preferred Guest program has won so many accolades because there are NO BLACK OUT dates. I cannot tell you how huge that is, getting the room you want with your points when you want it.

Also, to your comment, the company is now upgrading a lot of the Four Points properties (most of which are franshise properties) and those that are non compliant have been thrown out of the system. So you should see a more consistent product in the Four Points brand in the near future.

Also, one of the biggest news of this year has been Starwood's acquisition of Le Meridien hotels. It has given Starwood loyal guests, access to many European, Middle Eastern and African hotels and resorts like never before.

cheers



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User currently offlineJetset25j From New Zealand, joined Feb 2006, 156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

For quality and consistancy: SLHW and Four Seasons.


For business and variety (esp in the Asia-Pacific Market): Accor..I have to say that as I work for them. Accor has the biggest variety of accomodation types from backpackers (Base) to high end luxury (Sofitel) to boutique hotels managed by Accor. Its also one of the worlds largest chains.



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User currently offlineChrisrad From Australia, joined Dec 2000, 1071 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1531 times:

I like Marriott, especially J.W Marriotts, they have a consistency, and they are available on priceline.com!


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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

From personal experience my choices would be

  • Taj - absolute luxury at a reasonable price.
  • Radisson
  • Holiday Inn Express - in the UK these cheap roadside places are consistently the best of the bunch.
  • Hotel du Vin - a small UK chain specialising in "boutique" hotels with an emphasis on excellent food and wine.


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

For me it would have to be the chain that gives consistency of standards and service, no matter where you are. Many of the major chains, particularly Hilton, have standards that vary between country and country. Almost all chains are now leaning towards employing cheap labour - i.e. staff with limited experience and limited knowledge of local language. If the hotel employs cheap labour, then this should be reflected in their prices.

So my choice for the Best Hotel Chain would be
  • Fairmont
  • Four Seasons
  • Marriott
  • De Vere



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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

Quoting BCAL (Reply 22):
Many of the major chains, particularly Hilton, have standards that vary between country and country.

Exactly. Hilton used to be associated with a reasonably high standard in UK. Now the brand has been applied to many places that can at best be described as "mediocre".


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Starwood all the way. Westin, then Sheraton if you want to get into specifics in that order too.

The program is great in that it only requires 25 stays/50 nights to reach Platinum, which is easily attainable. Also, I've gotten several upgrades to great rooms, and the reward program is second to none - for example, for Easter weekend, I will be staying at the Walt Disney World Swan on 20,000 points - much better than spending the cash during Spring Break week on an overpriced Disney room. Even better is the 20,000 SPG Point = 25,000 airline miles...its a nice 25% bonus.

Jeff


25 Simo82 : My personal experience gives the price to both: Le Meridien and Sheraton which by the way from August will be part of the same group (at least this is
26 Mhodgson : Holiday Inn and Radisson - the only chains I have stayed in!
27 Post contains images Raffik : I adore the Four Point Sheraton- I stay there when I travel to Sydney and Beirut. The Holiday Inn isn't bad if I don't want to spend alot of money. Th
28 GSM763 : The french chain Campanile is very good, cheap and chherful and the hotels normally have a good restraunt attatched.
29 Nkops : Does Disney hotels count as a chain?.... there are about 35 of them (including Hilton Head).. If so, then that is my favorite!!! I mean , it is the ha
30 Post contains images Willo : No, they're a real Mickey Mouse outfit!
31 Post contains images Nkops : I can't believe it only took 1 reply for someone to say that!!
32 767Lover : Kimpton (a chain of boutique hotels)
33 Asbg : 1) Peninsula. 2) Mandarin Oriental. 3) Starwood W.
34 JBLUA320 : I'm going to second the vote for Kimpton. Stayed at The Cypress Hotel in Cupertino, CA in February, and The Muse in NY just last week, and both were i
35 Cory6188 : Far and away, Starwood. Within the group, I think that Westins in particular are nice, but they're all very good (and now that Le Meridien is part of
36 WindowSeat : Well, it depends really. A lot of the operations are concentrated now in St. Thomas, Canada, but you could get anyone in Austin, TX, Lancaster, CA, F
37 Post contains links TACAA320 : The Peninsula Hotels. No other ones have their service and charming. http://www.peninsula.com/index.html
38 Propatriamori : #1: Peninsula Hotels #2: Mandarin Oriental Hotels
39 DeltaOwnsAll : 1. Ritz-Carlton (surprisingly absent!?) 2. Peninsula Hotels That's the short list for me...Peninsula tends to get more critical respect than Ritz for
40 Post contains images Komododx : Starwood hotels are best! Stefano
41 JBLUA320 : I stayed at a Ritz in Naples, FL and while the property was beautiful, I found the staff to be rather arrogant... JBLU
42 SCCutler : I also have had generally good experiences at Starwood properties, although I find the overall level of intense disinterest at the W properties to be
43 Post contains links TACAA320 : http://www.lhw.com/ The Leading Hotels of the World. Like the Hay-Adams in D.C.. http://www.lhw.com/property.aspx?num...ooms=1&num_guests=1&propertyid
44 Post contains images Boeingfanyyz : NOT A CHAIN!!! Although I have yet to stay in one, I imagine the Trump Hotels would be pretty nice. Anyone stayed at one yet? Other than that, Four S
45 DeltaOwnsAll : Funny enough, I'm actually from Naples...and I agree with you. I've always found that particular hotel's staff arrogant to an almost ridiculous degre
46 Petmbro : As much as I hate that little stuck up bitch Paris my favorite would have to be Hilton (especially Embassey Suites). Out of all the hotels I've stayed
47 JBLUA320 : Your right about the comfort thing. The staff is so intimidating your afraid to even touch the bed! Heaven forbid they have to MAKE IT!! JBLU
48 AirCop : 1. Large rooms with a separate sleeping area. 2. A real breakfast included in the price. 3. Manager "happy hour" 4. Nice pool and gym area. A really
49 AAden : embassy suites marriot
50 ANCFlyer : 1. Marriott 2. Marriott 3. Marriott Did I say Marriott?
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