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Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:54 pm

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.

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Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:10 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:14 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:32 am

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.
 
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:06 am

I would have to say Hyatt and Embassy Suites, personally.
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:03 am

Courtyard by Marriott. Those beds are just ******* amazing!  
 
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:46 am

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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Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:14 am

I love Marriott / JW Marriott. Always consistant and safe. My hotel chain of choice all over the world .
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:43 am

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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Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:19 pm

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.
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:21 pm

Homewood Suites by Hilton. You have your own apartment, and they cook dinner in the lobby four nights a week.
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:48 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:15 pm

My top three would be;

Marriott (including Courtyard )
Westin
Hampton Inn
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:33 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:42 pm

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.
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:48 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:03 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:29 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:40 pm

For work trips:
Hyatt
Westin

For pleasure trips
Rosewood
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Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:50 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:12 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:28 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:12 pm

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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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:48 pm

Best Western but I did stay at a Holiday Inn two nights a go.   
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:00 pm

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 discount.


Which would you rather pay? $140 a night opposed to $40 a night?

Plus every Marriott that ive stayed at has been gorgeous.


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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:34 pm

Quoting rutley21 (Reply 25):

Which would you rather pay? $140 a night opposed to $40 a night?

Easy - have my company pay $140 a night, get the points and then spend $0 for my personal travel  
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:46 pm

Quoting SW733 (Reply 26):
Easy - have my company pay $140 a night, get the points and then spend $0 for my personal travel  

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 my stay.   
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:19 pm

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 areas, it almost feels like coming home. Plus it's not stuffy.

I also quite like Courtyards. Great hotels for business travelers as well as being pretty family-friendly.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
US chain then its Ritz Carlton

I find Ritzes to be overpriced and pretentious. They seem to be universally populated by self-important snobs--and then there are the guests!
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:32 pm

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 28):
I also quite like Courtyards. Great hotels for business travelers as well as being pretty family-friendly.

That is good to know since I'm living in one in West Orange for 5 weeks.   
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:34 pm

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 have business centers with free computers.

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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:41 pm

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 fortune for terrible hotels. However things are slowly getting better. The UK now has two homegrown chains (I think), Premier Inn and Travelodge which I believe are not too expensive and not too bad and France of course is spoilt being the home of the Accor company so has good hotels for every budget.

One thing you'll never get in Europe really though is the size of room. We stayed at the Hilton in St.Petersburg, Florida and the room size was huge. It's like it's normal for the room to be big enough to need two tv's! Service was of course more than excellent too!

Many thanks,

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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:21 am

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 over Ritz-Carlton? I have always felt like RC generally has better properties, warmer service, etc.
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:44 am

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.

Holiday Inns can usually be a good alternative, but anything in the Hilton stables are usually cost more but you get more for them.
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:17 pm

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 28):
I find Ritzes to be overpriced and pretentious.

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, but...it just isn't for me.

Quoting BNE (Reply 33):
Holiday Inns can usually be a good alternative

I have had hit-or-miss experience with Holiday Inns. Some are actually quite nice...some are just absolute rubbish.
 
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:53 pm

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 properties all have tacky casino carpeting and uncomfortable beds.
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RE: Favorite US Hotel Chain?

Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:04 am

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 my take on both the chains

Marriott (incl. Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, Springhill Suites)

- Very consistent. Exactly the same feel irrespective of whether its a Marriott, JW or Courtyard.
- Easy to rack up the points and a lot of special offers too when it comes to earning points
- Usually no problems redeeming points but the redemption rate sucks
- I find nothing special in their "high end" brands such as Renaissance and JW Marriott.
- Best properties I have stayed at - Renaissance Chancery Court, London
- Upcoming stays - None at this point

SPG (W, Westin, Luxury Collection, Sheraton, Four Points, Aloft, Element)

- Some really great hotels (St. Regis Bora Bora, Westin Montreal, W South Beach)
- Some real crappy hotels (Sheraton Meadowlands New Jersey, The Manhattan New York (disgrace!!!))
- Earning rate sucks
- Redemption rate better than Marriott
- Best credit card IMO (Amex Starwood)
- Upcoming stays - Westin Siray Bay Phuket (Jan '12), Sheraton Royal Orchid Bangkok, W South Beach Miami

Bottom Line - While the top end of SPG is certainly better, you will rarely find a bad Marriott!

Since most of my stays are for work, I try and suck it up at whatever SPG is around, so that I can rack up the points for the resorts whenever I get to take some time off

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