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Your Favourite Hotel Chain?  
User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 56
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2110 times:

So, most of us travel for business and/or leisure. Some less some more. This thread is open for everyone from million milers to the once-a-year Florida bound.

Simple question: What is your favourite hotel chain/company and why?

NOT a particular hotel, but an entire company with its brands. You may like some outstanding hotels that the world has to offer, but as a company who do you prefer? Are you loyal to them? What do you like the most, the decor, the service, the frequent stay program, or rates?

cheers


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User currently offlineNUair From Malaysia, joined Jun 2000, 1181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2106 times:



Formula 1 in Europe  Smile

Nothing beats a room with bunk beds

For business travel nothing beats OMNI hotels. The one in Houston is one of my favorites.




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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31712 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2098 times:

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regds
MEL



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2095 times:

Hands Down, Marriott.

They have never let me down anywhere in the world . . . the Marriott standard is tough, hard to beat, excellent.


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

My favorite hotel chain is Marriott ... Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, so on ...

I remember Marriott food service trucks at airports ... the good old days



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Vik, did you need to even ask me?!  Smile

Starwood, Starwood, and Starwood baby!

Cheers,
Justin Big grin


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Westin and their "heavenly" beds!


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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Quoting Homer71 (Reply 6):
Westin and their "heavenly" beds!

Westin are part of the Starwood Group! Big grin

Rock on with the beds and the shower!!

Cheers,
Justin  Wink


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2078 times:

Ritz-Carlton (Sometimes way overpriced, but personal attention is wonderful).

Leading Hotels of the World (Has a lot of hotels that are very historic and great service, especially in Asia)

The W Hotels (Great for the young hip crowd. Very modern.)

Then of course, there is the Burj Al-Arab, in which someday I will stay there, just have to save the money first HAHA).

UAL747


User currently offlineFlagshipFalcon From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

I gotta go wit Jkw777 on this one...Starwood rocks. You can't beat Sheraton or Westin. They are among the best in the world. Always look forward to that heavenly bed!

-Falcon


User currently offlineVivek0072 From India, joined Jun 2005, 284 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Marriott, my fav always.


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User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

ANCFlyer, September 11, and Vivek I personally thank you for your endorsements.  

[Edited 2005-06-16 20:49:18]


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User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

Quoting FlagshipFalcon (Reply 9):
I gotta go wit Jkw777 on this one...Starwood rocks. You can't beat Sheraton or Westin.

But thats not all Starwood has to offer. Starwood Hotels & Resorts include Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, W Hotels and The Luxury Collection. http://www.starwood.com

Some of the best hotels in the world.

cheers

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 5):
Starwood, Starwood, and Starwood baby!

 Big grin



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental when it has to be a little bit more exclusive, otherwise I am fine with Sheraton or Holiday Inn.

Patrick


User currently offlineJetBlue190 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 122 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2033 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 5):
Starwood, Starwood, and Starwood baby!



Quoting UAL747 (Reply 8):
Ritz-Carlton (Sometimes way overpriced, but personal attention is wonderful).

Leading Hotels of the World (Has a lot of hotels that are very historic and great service, especially in Asia)

Those three and the Four Seasons make up my favourite chains. And if I ever get to stay at the Burj-al-Arab, I may just change my mind.

-jB190



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2025 times:

Starwood Hotels are a nice moderate chain. Not necessarily luxurious, but definitely a nice stay. And they have lots of benefits, i.e. Frequent Flyer miles, etc. They also have some historic hotels in Europe if I'm not mistaken. When I was in Rome, I stayed at the Excelsior, which I believe at the time was a Starwood product.

I really don't stick with a hotel chain though. I find the best hotel for the best price. I also like historic hotels with a lot of old world charm. JW Marriot is very good as well if you are into the more modern thing.

Quoting JetBlue190 (Reply 14):
Those three and the Four Seasons make up my favourite chains. And if I ever get to stay at the Burj-al-Arab, I may just change my mind.

For some reason, I find the Four Seasons a little bit like a "Cookie Cutter" hotel. There is rarely much difference between them. But, I will say they are one of the best hotels in the world, out performing Ritz-Carlton, but for some reason I tend to like Ritz-Carltons. Especially those huge fluffy bathrobes!

UAL


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8468 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2022 times:
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NUair where in South Africa is that Formule 1?


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User currently offlineTom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

We'll stick with the Holiday Inn group. We used to be a Hampton Inn family, but they got too pricey for what was delivered.

Nowadays, it's Holiday Inn Express as a 1-night stay, this past weekend, we spent 4 nights in the Staybridge Suites in Houston. We were quoted $89.99 a night for a two-room suite with a daily full breakfast and midweek supper, and was upgraded to a 3-room, two-bedroom suite at the same rate (usually $240.00 a night).

Tom at MSY

[Edited 2005-06-16 22:09:49]


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7653 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Marriot's are always really good. I also don't mind Best Western or Holiday Inn.


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1997 times:

I either stay at the Holiday Inn or Days Inn.

Whenever im at IAD overnight, I use the Days Inn.

However there is an exception, when im at ORD I use the Hilton  Smile



Lee



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User currently offlineJetBlue190 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 122 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1994 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 15):
For some reason, I find the Four Seasons a little bit like a "Cookie Cutter" hotel. There is rarely much difference between them.

I find that somewhat true, especially in the quality of service, there isn't much difference. But having stayed at their Las Vegas and Great Exuma (Bahamas) locations, maybe I wouldn't have picked up on more of what you're talking about.

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 15):
But, I will say they are one of the best hotels in the world, out performing Ritz-Carlton, but for some reason I tend to like Ritz-Carltons. Especially those huge fluffy bathrobes!

The Ritz-Carlton is very nice as well, unfortunately, my last experience with them was in an unpleasant area. I stayed in the room for pretty much the entire one-night stay due to the area. The bathrobes are nice though.  Smile

-jB190



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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3149 posts, RR: 57
Reply 21, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Best two Hotel chains IMO

are:

1. Meliá
and
2. Marriott


Cheers! wave 
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User currently offlineWindowSeat From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1312 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 15):
Starwood Hotels are a nice moderate chain. Not necessarily luxurious, but definitely a nice stay.

er...if I may, Starwood Hotels may have some moderate hotels, like a few Sheratons or Four Points, but you gotta admit, the Westins are really nice with the Heavenly Shower and the Heavenly Bed.

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 15):
When I was in Rome, I stayed at the Excelsior, which I believe at the time was a Starwood product.

Yes the Excelsior is a Starwood hotel. There are some really really beautiful hotels as part of 'The Luxury Collection'. If you get to stay at one of those, you'll never call Starwood a moderate chain.



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

Forgive me Windowseat, as my only experience with starwood is the Galleria Westin in Dallas, and the Excelsior. Though, I must admit that The Luxury Collection looks great. Doesn't Starwood also own the W hotels?


UAL


User currently offlineSignalOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1972 times:

I have a lot of experience with all the Hotel stuff.

A family member used to work in the industry and my friends family manage 2 Hotels in the Area. (Days Hotel and Holiday Inn express).

I used to go to work with my mum at the Marriott near me, and I must say, despite being able to see the "Back of House" operation (stuff guests don't normally see) I think that the Marriott brand is the best Hotel chain. They strive for perfection every time.

Marriott is part of the Whitbread group in some hotels in England, who also own Travel Inn Hotels and a number of Marriott Courtyard and Country Club hotels.

Whitbread have dropped a number of Marriott hotels though in the U.K, as they are not making enough profit as far as I know. The one I used to help out as has been dropped by Whitbread I think, and is now just a fully Marriott Hotel.

Another good Hotel Chain in England is Swallow Hotels. Marriott purchased a number of their Hotels a few year back, but they are slowly expanding their Location Portfolio.

There isn't a Hotel Group in the U.K that I would consider as bad. I don't think.

Cheers, Ryan

[Edited 2005-06-16 23:12:13]

25 Bongo : Nothing beats Marriott and its brands. In addition, the Marriott Rewards programs is quite so good, in fact I'm Elite now which means I stay at Marrio
26 WindowSeat : Yes absolutely! W Hotels has been immensely successful for Starwood as a hip trendy and a very contemporary brand! W hotels have a fierce cult-like l
27 ScarletHarlot : Starwood, Starwood, Starwood. I LOVE Starwood. I try to always stay at Westins or Sheratons on my trips. SPG is great. When I went to Australia earlie
28 Post contains images WindowSeat : Thats awesome!! I was gonna say, I am adding you to my Respected Users list, but you're already on there
29 AGC525 : I'm simple, I like the Hilton chain, Hampton Inn if I can. Their nice and affordable, I've never had a problem or found them to be unsatisfactory.
30 ASMD80 : I think that it depends on the individual hotel rather than the chain. However, me and my dad both like these chains: Four Seasons Hilton Starwood (We
31 Searpqx : Starwood - my partner is Activities Bus. Mgr. for one of the Westin's on island. Also like Hyatt, though I've lost my Diamond status with them - sigh.
32 Allstarflyer : Hilton group - Hampton Inn, Doubletree, etc. - I worked for them before and during my time with the airlines, and they always had the best group of ho
33 Post contains images TedTAce : Anywhere kids stay and eat free!!!!!
34 AC_A340 : Any of the Sheraton brands are usually high quality. For a good price though, you can't beat a Super 8.
35 Saxdiva : I've tended to stick with Hyatts for some reason--probably out of familiarity more than anything else. When Dexter is along, though, we either go to H
36 WindowSeat : Starwood has a lot of presence in Hawaii. Which hotel does he work for? I work for Starwood too. cheers
37 Diamond : I actually prefer the Four Seasons because they are just a little bit more hip and progressive. Every time I stay in a Ritz-Carlton I am afraid to go
38 DeltAirlines : Well, I'm a Starwood Platinum, so I think that means I spend a lot of my times there (I've stayed in Westins, Sheratons and the St. Regis in Washingto
39 Post contains images Singaporegirl : my husband and i are obsessed with the aman resorts!
40 Misbeehavin : My top 6, in order of preference: Four Seasons Inter-Continental Ritz-Carlton (very nice, but too stuffy; almost feels like a geriatric ward) JW Marri
41 WindowSeat : Did you know we're opening a St. Regis in San Francisco this year? The height of San Francisco Style - opening November 2005. cheers
42 DeltAirlines : Might have to consider it then...I might have to go out to San Francisco in the fall...maybe right before Thanksgiving...I'll have to consider it then
43 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : ***** / **** = Sofitel *** = Novotel UTA
44 BNE : Holiday Inn 500 points per stay plus bonuses on my Qantas Frequent Flier program. Gotta get those points you know.
45 Wunala : Shangri-La, Ritz Carlton, Outrigger and the Formule 1 at Melbourne airport. You can't beat 69 bucks 5 minute walk from the check-in. There are other c
46 JGPH1A : I'm rather partial to Leading Hotels of the World, but I've only stayed in a very few... Otherwise Grand Hyatts are nice.
47 Post contains images UTA_flyinghigh : Let's not forget 707cmf's house, stayed there a couple of times, free Internet and okay food, cheap prices but unfortunately loud snoring from the hot
48 Shamrock104 : Swissotel, hands down.
49 DesertJets : Marriott, Marriott, and Marriott. No matter what property I have been at, and what type of property (Courtyard, Marriott, or JW) the level of service
50 Syncmaster : As long as I earn my Hilton HHonors points I'm happy. So I guess that pretty much sums up my preferred "group". -Charlie
51 787 : Marriott? NO! Too incosistent. Overall my picks are (in no order) Ritz Carlton Four Seasons W Mandarin Kimpton Lungarno It all depends on where in the
52 Post contains images TUNisia : in this order: 1) Mövenpick -Best food of any hotel chain hands down! Service and Swiss efficiency can't be beat...even by Four Seasons or Ritz Carlt
53 Post contains images WindowSeat : I was wondering when Le Meridien would be mentioned.... Soon to be part of Starwood!!! Next time try the Sheraton Park Tower, The Park Lane Hotel or
54 Post contains links TUNisia : I'm sure they'll all be Category 4, except for those in the Middle East/North Africa. It's amazing that with Starwood you can stay at a 5 star resort
55 Post contains images WindowSeat : The way the category is decided is based on the Average Daily Rate (ADR) for the past year. It is calculated in USD and hotels outside the US mostly
56 Fbgdavidson : Feeling flush: MO Four Seasons Less flush: W Westin Intercontinental
57 Sleekjet : Fairmont...can't afford them very much, tho.
58 Post contains images Flpuck6 : I agree with UTA ... I discovered the Sofitel 4-star hotel chain (4-star on the European scale, but 5-star on the American scale) last year and just
59 TUNisia : We're using SPG points for the entire stay for both rooms. I think if we were to pay it would be around 60-80 USD per night w/ half-board. You're luc
60 Post contains images MD11junkie : Agreed. Sofitel Buenos Aires is BE-A-UTIFUL. Just a few steps from my dad's . As for the leading hotels in the world, you should try the ALVEAR PALAC
61 Post contains images UAalltheway : Sheraton, "W" hotels, and embassy suites.
62 Post contains images Espion007 : Hilton or Sheraton. I stayed at a few including the one in De Gualle a few years back and its was awsome. As long as a hotel room has a TV(with cable
63 ANCFlyer : Here's why Marriott gets my vote. Consistency. Consitent quality every where I went . . . Indulge me in a short Marriott story. Back in the mid-1990s
64 Post contains images Hawaiian717 : Since I'm cheap, I often look at budget hotels. I've found Choice Hotels (Comfort, Quality, Sleep, Clarion, etc) are usually pretty good. Surprisingly
65 Zone1 : I have stayed at two Clarions in the last year and found them extremely good values. They have very nice rooms and have great prices. I stayed at the
66 Post contains images SQuared : Fairmont for me! If only I could afford them more often Some of the greatest historic hotels in North America are owned by Fairmont. -The Plaza (Turni
67 WindowSeat : What do you mean "original" Fairmont?
68 DesertJets : I have never particularly understood why higher end hotels do not offer a complimentary continental breakfast, when most pedestrian hotels (like Hampt
69 WindowSeat : The biggest challenge for hotel companies to get consistency in their hotels, especially in the budget and economy chains, is because majority of the
70 Shawn Patrick : ROFL! Never get a massage there... the "conservativeness" will undoubtedly take control of your mind, body, and spirit!
71 Andersjt : As someone who has been in and consults for the hospitality industry, I am most impressed by the "Little America" group based in Salt Lake City. The o
72 Hawaiian717 : This is pretty much the reason that was explained to me. People paying more for the room are more price-tolerant, and thus willing to pay for ameniti
73 SASlover : Well iam not that rich so i get a nice hotel then i will just go for the Days Inn/Suites
74 SQuared : The Fairmont San Francisco is the original hotel, under which all subsequent hotels are now named. "Fairmont" as a brand was acquired by CP Hotels, s
75 COrocks : I travel most weeks out of the year, and have to say that Starwood is my favorite. I used to be a Marriott guy but I think their product has started t
76 Basas : I find this kind of a difficult question seeing as I like different chains for different times. (Aka: interstate stop versus a 1-week stay at a resort
77 Post contains links Ejmmsu : I'm generally always on a budget, but with the magic of www.priceline.com, I've managed to stay at some really nice hotels for a really nice price. Fo
78 Post contains images NYCFlyer : Four Seasons is the best! Unsurpassable! But only when someone else is paying for it. Starwood is good, but I've had some hit-and-miss experiences wi
79 Post contains images AA777 : Hilton....esp when you're staying on the executive floor . The best hilton's Ive stayed at are the: -Hilton Buenos Aires (Most modern, very nice locat
80 JBLUA320 : Based on the places I've stayed, I'd say that I am definately a Ritz-Carlton and a Starwood person! The Ritz was nice, as are all of the Starwood prop
81 Post contains images LOT767-300ER : Cant believe no one has said it yet!
82 Post contains images Basas : I can.
83 Post contains links and images WindowSeat : The Westin Heavenly Beds are indeed Heavenly. They are available for sale through the website at westin.com. The Heavenly Shower is also sought after
84 707CMF : Formule 1 ? A bit too expensive in my opinion. We tend to go to Novotel and Mercures. Much cheaper, and much more comfortable. Cheers, 707
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