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Favorite US Hotel Chain?  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

Hi!

Thought I'd ask what everyone's favorite US hotel chain was. I would have to say for me now it is Courtyard by Marriot followed closely by Hilton. The rooms can be a bit smaller in the Courtyard by Marriott but their prices reflect that. The places we stayed at all had a pool and their service was excellent and reminded me of what I like about customer service in the US that you can never quite get in Europe. The normal Marriott was excellent too although my memories might be clouded by the fact that the hotel was inside an airport (Tampa). I know there are some newer chains like Wyndham and stuff but I have never tried them because I always think if it ain't broke why fix it!

Any thoughts welcome.

Many thanks.

Pierre

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24830 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

US chain then its Ritz Carlton. If I can include a Canadian owned brand its the Four Seasons.

For other favorite global brands, the Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental.



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User currently offlinestabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

I really enjoy Sheraton and Westin. Not sure if they are "technically" a US chain, but since you mentioned Marriott I think they are valid mentions. My family owns a Westin timeshare on Maui. Sheraton and Westin are part of the Starwood group. The normal Westin hotels I've been at are top-notch, as are a vast majority of Sheratons I've stayed at.

Before you find my opinion biased, I feel it's necessary to point out my family also owns a Marriott Vacation Club property, and we spend a fair bit of time in Courtyard and Fairfield Inn's by Marriott.

I've found the service provided by the Starwood partners is superior to that of the Mariotts I've been to. It's also my beliefs that all chains have bad apples.



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User currently offlineJaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

Personally my favorite US chain is Embassy Suites by Hilton. I love their large rooms, complimentary happy hour and breakfast as well as how nice the hotels generally look inside.

User currently offlinejpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4378 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 1508 times:

I would have to say Hyatt and Embassy Suites, personally.


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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4161 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

Courtyard by Marriott. Those beds are just ******* amazing!  


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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2963 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

Of the normal, three star hotels, I like the Hilton Garden Inn. They are the best in their class. Of nice hotels, I like Marriott over most other brands.


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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26848 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

I love Marriott / JW Marriott. Always consistant and safe. My hotel chain of choice all over the world .

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

Four Seasons and Fairmont
only they are not US

ok I will put Conrad in - not to be off topic. This is "high end" for Hilton.


 



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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
Four Seasons and Fairmont
only they are not US

Who owns them?

I like Marriott. I think they are American. The rooms always feel very homely. A bit like having a studio flat in the centre of town.


User currently offlineairtran737 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3702 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1381 times:
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Homewood Suites by Hilton. You have your own apartment, and they cook dinner in the lobby four nights a week.


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 1375 times:

Quoting Babybus (Reply 9):
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
Four Seasons and Fairmont
only they are not US

Who owns them?

Canada it seems.
In truth, it must be the shareholders.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16819 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

My top three would be;

Marriott (including Courtyard )
Westin
Hampton Inn



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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24830 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 5):
Courtyard by Marriott. Those beds are just ******* amazing!

You really need to get out and try more hotels if Courtyard bedding appeals to you so much  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 11):
Canada it seems.
In truth, it must be the shareholders.

Four Seasons is now a private corporation which originally started as a Canadian family business in 1961 and went public in the 1980s. Its today owned by a Toronto based investment firm with has Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal and Microsoft’s Bill Gates as its largest shareholders, along with the original family trust.

Fairmont while original started in the US (San Francisco 1907) was acquired by Calgary based Canadian Pacific group. It subsequently has been merged with Raffles Hotels and Swissotel and is now the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International family grouping which ironically also has Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal as a major shareholder.



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Quoting Jaws707 (Reply 3):
Embassy Suites by Hilton.

Agreed. Most of them are awesome. Don't stay at the one at DFW South though...god awful.

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 6):
Of the normal, three star hotels, I like the Hilton Garden Inn.

  

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 8):
ok I will put Conrad in - not to be off topic.

  . I have only stayed in two, Chicago + Hong Kong, but they were both phenomenal.


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Sheraton is my #2 chain.


User currently offlineJetBlue777 From Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1330 times:

My top 2 would be:

Courtyard by Marriott
Hampton Inns

I pretty much like every hotel chain, Best Western, Holiday Inn, etc.. Motel 6 is the only chain I swear to avoid.



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

Speaking as an airline staff trying to nonrev on a budget, I'll have go to with the Holiday/Days Inn and Courtyard Marriott selections... 

Otherwise I quite like JW Marriott and Westin. The Westin beds are incredible...



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User currently onlineN776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 754 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

I definitely try my hardest to stick with Marriott. I'm not particular about which of their brands I stay in, Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield. It really doesn't matter. I always know I'll be in a good hotel if I stick with that


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User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1225 times:
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For work trips:
Hyatt
Westin

For pleasure trips
Rosewood
RockResorts



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
the Fairmont Raffles Hotels International family grouping which ironically also has Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal as a major shareholder.

Prince al Waleed owns the Fairmont Monte Carlo (the building). This sea front property - formerly known as the Loews - is worth a fortune. He has got his own private quarters in the hotel for when he visits - which is quite rare. I had no idea that he was part in the capital.

He also owns the famous George V hotel property in Paris - a Four Seasons hotel.

Quite a seasoned man.


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1213 times:

I've always liked staying at Marriott properties simply for the reason that regardless if you are in Buffalo, Atlanta or Washington DC you can pretty much expect the same thing.



That said I am often more interested in the lower-end of the scale now that most of my travel is on my dime and having a decent place to sleep for the night is a higher priority than a full-service 3/4 star hotel. At the lower end of the scale, the kind of hotel/motel that exists within half a mile of an interstate off-ramp consistency is almost non-existent. I once stayed at a Travelodge near BUF that was absolutely horrible - though it was the least expensive option. And I once stopped for the night in Morristown, TN while driving back home and stayed in what must have been the nicest Super 8 in the world.... huge room by any standard and a comfy king sized bed. I do generally find the "continental breakfast" that one-star hotels offer to be pretty much a joke. Once you get to the two-star level properties (Hampton Inn, Fairfield, HI Express, etc) the product seems much better and far more consistent.



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User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3579 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

When I can find them, I like Wyndham's. Frequent visitor to the Boca Raton location, and the service is consistently great.

Had stayed at the one in Boston Financial District several years back, and then it was bought out by Hilton.

Hilton does a great job too.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6299 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 21):
Had stayed at the one in Boston Financial District several years back, and then it was bought out by Hilton.

Is it the Hilton Boston Financial Center now? I've stayed at that one and the building is beautiful.


User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3579 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1181 times:

Quoting SW733 (Reply 22):
Is it the Hilton Boston Financial Center now? I've stayed at that one and the building is beautiful.

Thats the one...and you're right, the building is wicked nice indeed. The restaurant next door to it, the Caliterra (?), has a wonderful menu too.



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User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7191 posts, RR: 86
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 month 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1167 times:
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Best Western but I did stay at a Holiday Inn two nights a go.   

25 Post contains images rutley21 : I definitely prefer any Marriott, For two reasons. A. The quality of service I get, and B. Because my sister works at Marriott, I get an amazing disco
26 Post contains images SW733 : Easy - have my company pay $140 a night, get the points and then spend $0 for my personal travel
27 Post contains images fxramper : A bed is a bed is a bed. For me, I'll take the $250 per diem nightly from my company and stay at the Best Western for $100 and pocket $100/night for
28 JBirdAV8r : Hard to beat a Westin Heavenly Bed! I also dig their "scent" -- all their hotels have the same perfumed air. When you're traveling a lot in strange ar
29 Post contains images fxramper : That is good to know since I'm living in one in West Orange for 5 weeks.
30 L1011 : I really like Hilton Garden Inns. The rooms are just as comfortable as a Hilton, and the free hot cooked-to-order breakfast is a real plus. They also
31 Ps76 : Hi! Just wanted to say many thanks for the replies. It does seem a little that it's just too good in the US. Here in Europe we're used to paying a for
32 deltaownsall : Ritz-Carlton, by a mile. Honorable mentions: Hyatt, Westin. Not an American chain, but I still have to ask: Why do so many people favor Four Seasons o
33 BNE : Quite a few high end hotel chains in the list, something I didn't expect on airliners.net Generally Hilton Garden Inn is rather good for the price. Ho
34 sw733 : I couldn't agree more...I have stayed at a Ritz twice (Atlanta and Osaka), and really didn't like them all that much. Yeah, they were fancy and all,
35 Sulley : I'm a Starwood man (Westin, Sheraton, W, Four Points, etc). I've been Platinum now for 8 years. I don't understand the love for Marriott - their prope
36 AKLDELNonstop : So I used to be a Marriott person but then I stayed at the Westin Montreal (and encouraged by status match), I have started staying at SPG too. Here's
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