Having worked in the hospitality industry for the majority of my career, I’ve just about seen it all – the good, the bad, and the really ugly. When searching for quality accommodations, three factors typically come into play — cleanliness, service, and price. The true test of any hotel or hotel chain is not the result of any one stay, but instead the ability to willingly and effectively resolve issues should they occur and provide a consistently reliable product for a reasonable price. Each of the following hotel chains have managed to incorporate these characteristics, enhancing their reputations as leaders in the industry.
As a member of the Hilton family of hotels, this option is one of the best upscale values for your dollar and is especially great for those traveling with families or large groups. All Embassy Suites offer spacious accommodations and include a sofa bed sleeper, kitchen area complete with microwave, coffee maker, and mini-fridge, and free high-speed internet. Each evening a complementary manager’s reception provides free drinks (including alcoholic beverages) and snacks. A complimentary cooked to order breakfast buffet each morning increases the value of your stay. Becoming a Hilton Honors rewards member can save you even more through discounted rates and airline miles.
Hampton Inn hotels provide consistently clean rooms and typically reasonable rates. Offering a complimentary hot breakfast and free high-speed internet only enhances their value in the mid-range hotel category. Their 1500+ hotels located across North and Latin American as well as the United Kingdom make them easily accessible when traveling across the United States, and as part of the Hilton family of hotels, they also participate in the Hilton Honors rewards program.
Their 25 properties define what is hip, trendy and chic in today’s hospitality market. As a branch of Starwood Resorts, the classic boutique style of W Hotels is the definition of sophisticated pop culture. While typically located in urban or downtown environments, their rates can be a bit high but are comparable with other up-scale competitors. Their “Best Rate Guarantee” pledges an additional 10% discount or 2,000 Starpoints (their rewards program currency) if you find a lower published rate for a W Hotel with which you’ve booked, before or within 24 of making your reservations. If you’re looking for a taste of what’s “in,” then this is the place for you.
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORTS
Disney resorts have their own distinct style. With over thirty unique choices, accommodation options run the gambit from budget friendly, to luxury villas, children’s themes to outdoor campgrounds. Extended theme park hours, discounted food, and complimentary airport and resort transportation are just a few advantages that come with staying at a Disney resort. Local discounts abound, but beware, many “discount” providers outside the park look to take advantage of unwary tourists. It is much safer to book through Disney itself or a travel agent.
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