Whether you travel all the time for business or just do so once or twice a
year on vacation, where you stay can make the difference between a great
trip away from home and one that is not so great.
The leading hotel chains tend to offer fairly predictable services and
quality levels at each of their properties. Some lodging companies
and franchisors, like Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood, InterContinental,
Choice, and Cendant feature several brands, each catering to a different
lodging market. Others, like Best Western, feature more diverse
properties and levels of service under one brand. Lodgings are often
grouped into five rated categories, ranging from 5-star luxury hotels and
resorts to 1-star budget hotels and motels.
The best way to choose a hotel is to list your lodging requirements, and
then search for hotels that will meet them. For example, if you are
traveling on business and need access to the latest technology and
communication gear in order to interact with the home office, your needs
are going to be quite different from the family of four who puts a pool
and game room on the top of their priority list. Most hotels have
web sites that provide expansive photos and descriptions of their
amenities, so you can determine whether the hotel is suitable before you
book your room. Travel web sites also do a great job of rating
hotels and giving unbiased views of their pros and cons.
Another good way to find a suitable hotel is to ask friends and family
members for recommendations. People who have traveled to the same
locations in similar circumstances can give you a first-hand account
of their experiences.
You may also want to consider whether you belong to any hotel rewards
program. Whether you travel a little or a lot, hotel reward programs
are a great way to make traveling work for you. Hotel reward
programs are free to join, can be managed online, and allow you many ways
to earn and redeem rewards. Best of all, people who belong to
frequent flyer programs can often add their points to their miles.
While some programs, like Choice Privileges, apply to a group of hotels,
others, like the reward programs at Hilton or Marriott, are specific to
On this site, HotelReviews.us, you will find a list of top luxury hotels,
a selection of leading lodging and travel guides, plus convenient
directories and ratings of leading hotel chains with properties in the
USA. If you are looking for suite accommodations or plan to visit
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Note that the facilities at individual hotel locations may vary,
and you should check a variety of travel resources before making
travel arrangements. In addition, your experiences and the
quality of service at individual hotel locations may vary, and we
are not responsible for errors, omissions, or misjudgments about
the quality of these lodgings or their parent companies.
Hotel Reviews and Ratings
- Trip Advisor
Popular travel site features travel deals and unbiased
reviews of hotels, attractions, and restaurants around the world.
- Startle - Forbes Travel Guide
This trusted travel guide features thousands of restaurant
and hotel reviews, with rankings based on a 5-star rating system.
- Hotels.com Star Rating System
This popular lodging information site rates hotels as
Economy, Moderate, First Class, Superior, or Deluxe, with corresponding
ratings from 1 star to 5 stars. Here you will find an explanation
of their hotel-star ratings criteria.
- Fodors.com > Hotels
This popular online travel guide features hotel reviews
and guest ratings for lodgings at top business and vacation destinations
in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America,
- AAA Rating Process for Lodgings
The American Automobile Association rates lodgings on a
scale of one to five diamonds. Read this overview of the AAA's
Diamond Ratings process and learn their criteria for evaluating
- USA Today City Guides - Where to stay
USA Today travel section offers lodging recommendations
for over 40 major cities in the USA and worldwide. Find information
about hotels in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Orlando
and many other domestic cities, as well as international cities
like London and Paris.
Hotel Operators and Franchisors
Hilton Hotels Corporation is a widely recognized name
in the global lodging industry. Founded in 1919, the company has
grown to over 500 hotels in cities spanning the globe. Brands
include Hilton Hotels, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inn,
Hilton Garden Inn, and Homewood Suites by Hilton.
Chicago-based firm operates over 200 hotels and resorts
in over 40 countries around the world under the Hyatt, Hyatt Regency,
Grand Hyatt, and Park Hyatt brands. They recently acquired the
upscale, limited service AmeriSuites hotel chain, and they franchise
the Hawthorn Suites, Microtel, and America's Best Inns & Suites
Worldwide hospitality company with more than 2,600
operating units in the United States and over 60 other countries
and territories. Marriott Lodging operates and franchises hotels
under several brands including Marriott Hotels & Resorts,
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn
by Marriott, Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Springhill Suites by Marriott,
- Starwood Hotels and Resorts
Starwood is one of the world's largest hotel and leisure
companies with a portfolio of over 700 hotels in more than 75 countries.
The company features three mid-range and upscale lodging brands —
Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis hotels.
- InterContinental Hotels and Resorts
Global hospitality group, with more than 3,500
hotels and half a million guest rooms across major countries, destination
cities, and island locations throughout the world. Brands include
Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, and
- Choice Hotels
This hospitality firm franchises a range of mid-priced
and affordable lodgings including Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites,
Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites, and Econo Lodge
- Wyndham Worldwide
This hotel franchisor with over 6,000 hotels and over
one half million rooms on five continents. Hotel brands include
Amerihost Inn, Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Ramada, Super 8,
Travelodge, and Wingate Inn.
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