Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
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!
stabilator From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2029 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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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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N776AU From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 881 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1759 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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MadameConcorde From Monaco, joined Feb 2007, 11332 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1687 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.
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7906 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1677 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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