Garri767
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Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:40 am

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:44 am

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:45 am

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.
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:00 pm

1) Burj Al Arab - Dubai
2) Peninsula Hotels
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:02 pm

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?
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:02 pm

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.
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:07 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:10 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:11 pm

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

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:11 pm

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
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:15 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:15 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:21 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:22 pm

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.
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:19 pm

I've always enjoyed the Courtyard Mariott chain.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 1:23 pm

Zippy is a fan of:

Marriott (J.W.s if available)

Westins are spiffy as well (The Harbour Castle ahh)

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:04 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:53 pm

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.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 3:48 pm

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.

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 4:39 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:39 pm

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

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:07 pm

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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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:17 pm

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".
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:24 pm

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.

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:47 pm

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 what I've been told by the newsletter of Le Meridien's Moments)


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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:06 pm

Holiday Inn and Radisson - the only chains I have stayed in!
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:15 pm

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. The Hilton is nice, but only if you upgrade your room. Intercontinentals are also very nice.  snooty 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:45 pm

The french chain Campanile is very good, cheap and chherful and the hotels normally have a good restraunt attatched.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:49 pm

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 happiest place on earth!!
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:52 pm

Quoting Nkops (Reply 29):
Does Disney hotels count as a chain?.

No, they're a real Mickey Mouse outfit!  Smile
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:57 pm

Quoting Willo (Reply 30):
No, they're a real Mickey Mouse outfit!

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:58 pm

Kimpton (a chain of boutique hotels)
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:31 am

1) Peninsula.
2) Mandarin Oriental.
3) Starwood W.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:39 am

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 incredible. Wonderful properties, with character and service. Kimpton is generally well priced, too.

For bigger chains, I like Courtyard Marriott but am consistently disappointed with regular Marriotts... I also like Residence Inn. Hampton has always treated me well, and Sheraton (non-Four Points properties) are also usually quite acceptable.

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:28 am

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 Starwood, things are only better!). We own a timeshare at the Westin St. John and my dad therefore has SPG Gold status, and we are always treated very nicely whenever we stay at a Starwood hotel. The no blackouts rule is truely awesome - we're going on vacation to Hawaii in December on Kauai and the Big Island all on points from Dec. 23-31 with no issues at all for reward availability.

And their phone customer service is awesome! The airline reservations agents could learn a thing or two from their agents. Many of them are located in Canada (how unusual is that? - outsourcing to Canada, not India, for a change), and they are just the nicest and friendliest people ever.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:39 am

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 35):
And their phone customer service is awesome! The airline reservations agents could learn a thing or two from their agents. Many of them are located in Canada (how unusual is that? - outsourcing to Canada, not India, for a change), and they are just the nicest and friendliest people ever.

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, Fall River, MA, Cork, Ireland, or even Singapore or Tokyo.
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:14 am

The Peninsula Hotels. No other ones have their service and charming.

http://www.peninsula.com/index.html
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:26 am

#1: Peninsula Hotels

#2: Mandarin Oriental Hotels
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:52 am

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 whatever reason but Ritz has scarcely been anything but perfect in my opinion. I've never stayed at a Four Seasons so I can't include that in the list...as for other chains that I like, Hyatt is very consistent and nice with good rates alot of the time, and Westin tends to be pretty cool too. I don't care what you say, I'm also a Disney hotel fan...hard to beat the atmosphere of the Yacht Club/Boardwalk/Grand Floridian.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:59 am

Quoting DeltaFFinDFW (Reply 5):
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.

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:20 am

Quoting DeltaOwnsAll (Reply 39):
1. Ritz-Carlton (surprisingly absent!?)

I stayed at a Ritz in Naples, FL and while the property was beautiful, I found the staff to be rather arrogant...

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:03 pm

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 off-putting. Call me old-fashioned, but if I spend the kind of tariffs they command, the customer should be well-served, as well as the property being intensely hip.

I must also cast a resounding "me too!" to the votes above for Kimpton's properties. Always interesting (without being "interesting," if you get my drift), and excellent values. Their new Palomar, here in Dallas, should be an excellent addition to the brand, with a great location, reuse of an architecturally-excellent property, and the welcome reopening of the once-fabulous Trader Vic's restaurant.
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:18 pm

http://www.lhw.com/

The Leading Hotels of the World. Like the Hay-Adams in D.C..
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:33 pm

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

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 Seasons seems to be the ideal best hotel chain. There's one here in Toronto, and all the visiting celebrities always stay there (you see these huge private buses parked outside there!)

Just my $0.02 (CDN)

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:16 pm

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 41):
I stayed at a Ritz in Naples, FL and while the property was beautiful, I found the staff to be rather arrogant...

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 degree. The property is of course amazing as well as internationally recognized, but for whatever reason it doesn't seem like the type of place where I would ever feel comfortable...I suppose it's a combination of the hotel's decor and the overall feeling from the staff. I was surprised when I stayed at other Ritz-Carlton hotels, however, that the staff was decidedly more friendly.
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 1:59 pm

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 in I've never had a bad experience with Hiltons. The rewards program (my dad's a diamond member) comes with so many perks such as use of the executive lounge (best was the 32nd floor in Toronto).
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:15 pm

Quoting DeltaOwnsAll (Reply 45):

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 degree. The property is of course amazing as well as internationally recognized, but for whatever reason it doesn't seem like the type of place where I would ever feel comfortable...I suppose it's a combination of the hotel's decor and the overall feeling from the staff. I was surprised when I stayed at other Ritz-Carlton hotels, however, that the staff was decidedly more friendly.

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!!

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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:59 pm

Quoting STLGph (Reply 6):
4. Embassy Suites

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 good value (especially with the government rate).
 
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RE: Best Hotel Chain

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:35 pm

embassy suites
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