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What Is Your Favorite Hotel Group?  
User currently offlineFastEddie07 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 243 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2784 times:

What is your favorite hotel-chain or group? Also where is your favorite hotel and why?

[Edited 2008-07-14 02:25:29]

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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9302 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2770 times:

favorite chain is the Doubletree.

the cookies are wonderful. and i love their beds.



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User currently offlineIflyatldl From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1936 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

I'm partial to Marriott, where as my partner is loyal to Hyatt.


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User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2743 times:

My favourite is Starwood group (Westin and Sheratons). Number two would be Fairmont. I have never had a bad stay at a Starwood or Fairmont hotel.




Liam spin 


User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2741 times:

I sold my soul to Hilton HHonors long ago; within the family the majority of my stays are at Hampton, but Embassy or Homewood is probably my favorite -- but it's difficult to say based on how much variation there is between properties. The Hilton family has the distinct advantage of being everywhere I want to be -- I've never not been able to find a family hotel within a reasonable distance of my destination.

I was in a Hayatt last year (Anaheim, near Disneyland... it was for a convention) that was probably the nicest hotel I've stayed at, but it helps that I was upgraded to a 2 bed / 2 bath + living room suite that was possibly larger than my first apartment  Smile

Linoln



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2735 times:



Quoting STLGph (Reply 1):

The cookies are amazing, I stayed at the Arlington/DCA one last week and the guy at check in loaded us up with them, oh man they rock.

Doubletree would have to be my favorite brand, and Hilton would be my favorite group. Always decent rates and lots of choices.



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

Of the big three (Starwood, Hilton, Marriott) I prefer Marriott. Basically for the simple fact that all properties are non-smoking and consistent across the brands.

Hilton perhaps has the better spread of brands covering all price points. I think that Hampton > Fairfield.

At the higher end I think Starwood is better. A Westin is a superior hotel to a Marriott any day of the week.


The other major hotel groups (Holiday Inn/Intercontinental, Wyndam, etc) are just too inconsistent at this point. Or are just a mishmash of franchisee brands like the Wyndam Rewards group.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2713 times:

I've grown up almost exclusive to Marriott, however now that I'm married I really like Westin and Hyatt.


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User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

My favorite hotel chain is Hilton, followed by Marriott.

My favorite hotels are:

1) Rome Hilton
2) Parker Meridien Palm Springs
3) Hotel Des Bains Venice
4) Sheraton Hammamet



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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2688 times:



Quoting DesertJets (Reply 6):
Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn is the only (entire) chain that is on my personal "Do Not Stay" list -- every one has been a dilapidated mess with poorly mantained rooms and equal customer service.

On one stay, the power in 1/2 of my room (the entire bathroom and tv, but not airconditioner or alarm clock) for over 6 hours and they didn't offer to move me to another room or to refund any part of the stay -- as a result I'm very weary of the entire Intercontinental "family", though my experiences at Holiday Inn Express have at lest been forgettable -- nothing good, but nothing bad either.



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User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

I have always been a huge fan of Starwood. The Westin and W brands rock. I also like the fact that they have a lot of one off type historic hotels. There are always really cool places to stay that don't look like you every day Marriott.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39698 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

I have no preference.
I like the lowest rates.
Clean & quite rooms, soft bed and a working air conditioner.
That is all I want in a hotel.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2660 times:

Hyatt for two reasons:

1=Great rooms, reasonable prices for what you get, when I asked for a quiet room I was given one that was quieter than an empty cave!

2=I lost my virginity in one of their regency locations Big grin


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

My favourite hotel group is Marriott. I have stayed in many Marriotts all over the world but my favourites are Marriott Vienna as its right on the Park ring next to the Stadtpark. Also the Marriott Warsaw, they have an amazing coffee shop that serves amazing cakes. The Marriott London Heathrow is very handy for stopovers. The Marriott Hanbury Manor near Stansted airport is a nice place to go for a Spa break. The Renaissance Times Square is a fav of mine when I go shopping in NYC.

After Marriott my favourite is Hyatt.


User currently offlineHywel From Uganda, joined Apr 2008, 801 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

Best Western for me Big grin

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3701 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2624 times:

Of the big five (Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Starwood, Priority Club/IC):
Hilton - Enough presence that you can find one pretty much anywhere so making elite status and getting even more for your money is easy. Love the Conrads  thumbsup 

Favourite chain:
I'm torn between Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons...don't make me decide! Never had anything but excellent stays at either chain. Love the great service and excellent rooms whether modern or old school hotels.

Favourite hotel stay:
Peninsula Hong Kong - superb from start to finish. The start being the meet and greet service a the gate with golf cart to immigration, baggage assistance and RR Phantom to hotel...great restaurants, superb rooms and just faultless service. Wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in Hong Kong.



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User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9302 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2616 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
That is all I want in a hotel.

i can roll with that. if i'm going to a concert or whatever, we'll take a hotel either close to the venue, or close to where we want to end up. Comfort Inns work just as well, but sometimes, a lot of the Doubletree properties have their own individual websites ... you can book rooms for $69 a night at some places. such as downtown Minneapolis ... $69 a night in downtown ... through their website.



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User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1949 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2609 times:

For me, it depends on whether it is business or pleasure travel.

Overall, I'd give it to The Leading Hotels of the World

http://www.lhw.com

It's hard to knock Four Seasons.

I can rarely justify the expense of either chain. In Europe I usually enjoy small places and in the US, I rarely enjoy much of anything as most have little character as I'm less willing to pay a huge premium.


User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

I cannot think of the last time I have [i]not[/i[ stayed at a Starwood hotel. Three main reasons:

1. Preferred Guest is by far superior to any other frequent stayer program
2. The beds are by far the most comfortable than any other hotel (even at four points)
3. Consistent properties.



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

I much prefer Starwood, but recently I have given more of my business to Hyatt - sorry WindowSeat!  Sad There is a Westin and a Summerfield Suites close to where I work in NJ and I always used to stay at the Westin, but their prices have really gone up and I cannot justify paying $20 for breakfast. The Summerfield Suites is much more reasonably priced.

At least it has been this way - if the Summerfield Suites increase their prices, as I expect they will now that they are in the Hyatt family, I may end up back at the Westin! I do miss the Heavenly Bed.



But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

Hello,

Accor for me ... I am not a member but often get the opportunity to stay in Sofitels around the world (hard to accept less with their famous "My Beds").

Memorable destinations :

* Bercy (Paris, which is now a Pullman)
* Buenos Aires (both)
* Los Angeles (after revamp)
* Beijing
* Montreal
* New York




Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineAsuflyer05 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2371 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2566 times:

I'm a big fan of Starwood products except for pretty much anything under the Four Points marquee. The Westins are awesome and the Heavenly Bed is heavenly.

User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2563 times:



Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 21):
except for pretty much anything under the Four Points marquee.

There are a few I prefer to some Sharatons. They all have the Four Comfort Bed, most have Queen sized beds (as opposed to Full), and most have plasma TV's.



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3188 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (6 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2542 times:



Quoting Boston92 (Reply 22):
most have plasma TV's.

I'm finding the whole thing of putting HDTVs (and it's probably an LCD, not a plasma) in hotel rooms a bit silly. I've been in a few different hotels that have had LCD TVs recently, and all they had was the lousy analog cable signal going to them. I've only been at one hotel, the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas (operated by Sheraton, btw), that had high definition channels listed on the channel list, but my room hadn't been upgraded with a HDTV.

Starwood is usually my first choice; the points are transferable to several airline programs at a 1:1 rate (much better than Hilton) and the Westin Heavenly Bed is great and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper isn't bad, either. At the moment Hilton is my second choice as I've stumbled into Silver status with them, but most of the time I'll go with whatever has the best combination of price and good reviews on TripAdvisor.


User currently offlineBoston92 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3390 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (6 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2538 times:



Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 23):
and it's probably an LCD, not a plasma

Most are LCD, but (at Starwood at least), all are advertised as plasma. Also, even if there is just basic cable, there will be some that recieve a 1080p signal (last time, I got NBC, ABC, and PBS, but it will differ by property).



"Why does a slight tax increase cost you $200 and a substantial tax cut save you 30 cents?"
25 Post contains links and images WindowSeat : YAY! Starwood is the best hotel group ever! Btw, Liam, did you know that Starwood has more brands than just Sheraton and Westin. Le Méridien, St. Re
26 QXatFAT : Agreed! My family always tries to stay at Doubletree Suites. The one we really love and go to alot is the one in Bellevue, Washington. We go to Seatt
27 AirCop : Embassy Suites -bar none, with a government rate it's a steal..free happy hour, real free breakfast are winners in my book.
28 AirStairs : Starwood, Hilton, Four Seasons. When I roll out the big dough it will be Jumeirah and Mandarin Oriental. AirStairs
29 N22237 : Jumeirah. filler.
30 Super80DFW : For years, we've been loyal to the Marriott brands. We like that all locations are consistantly clean and comfortable. We are have elite status with M
31 Cadet57 : You mean to say "For years, My parents have been loyal to the Marriott brands, I just stay in the rooms"
32 Super80DFW : For as long as I can remember thats how its been. I will probably be partial to Marriott years from now to.
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