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Old 11-03-2011, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Cortyards, Rennaissance Inn's & Fairfield inns are all owned by Marriott.

Super 8, Best Western, Eco-Lodge (??), a few others I forgot are Clarion Hotels. I think Holiday inn is a Mariott too but I'm not exactly sure.
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Old 11-03-2011, 02:21 AM
 
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Cortyards, Rennaissance Inn's & Fairfield inns are all owned by Marriott.

Super 8, Best Western, Eco-Lodge (??), a few others I forgot are Clarion Hotels. I think Holiday inn is a Mariott too but I'm not exactly sure.
Not quite.

Courtyards, Renaissance, and Fairfield Inns are all Marriott brands.

Super 8 and Econolodge fall under the Wyndham banner.

Best Westerns are independently owned. The BW classification is just a trade organization to allow independents to have a central reservation system.

Holiday Inn is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Clarion is a brand of the CHOICE Hotels.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:21 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I usually read reviews like crazy but lately, due to being in the Hilton rewards program, I've been booking their chains as I've never had a bad experience at any of their properties ... My favorite are the Garden Inns.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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chain isn't as important to me as style of hotel. i prefer all-suite hotels like residence inn, staybridge suites, summerfield suites, embassy suites, etc.
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Terra
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Most of the time I travel for work, thus I prefer chain hotels. One time I had to stay in a hotel for so long that I racked up enough points to book a room in a large city at the last minute during one of the busiest long weekends. Love the perks.

On the other hand, if I'm traveling on my own dime, I go for the most affordable option. If it's in Europe, I'd even stay at hostels. There are some really nice ones out there.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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brand loyalty programs are obsolete with sites like priceline IMO.
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Old 11-06-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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brand loyalty programs are obsolete with sites like priceline IMO.

For people like us, I would agree. I have accrued points on perhaps THREE hotel stays in the past two years.

However, I think that they are doing better than ever. There are a LOT of people (generally using OPM) who live to see how many points they can accrue in a given year. They may pay SIGNIFICANTLY more to get those points than if they would find the best deals in the area.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Hotels/Motels that are corporate owned are generally, IMO, maintained better than their franchised partners. Best Western is a good example. We've stayed at many a BW and the franchised ones in many cases were no better than a Motel 6. We did complain to BW headquarters and have noticed that they pulled their franchise on some of them.
When travelling check with a AAA book or google ahead of time for reviews on the place you want to stay at.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I stay at whichever is cheapest. That can include sleeping on park benches, or when I have the van with curtains, in the vehicle. (Just kidding about the second sentence)
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:29 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Around the U.S. I usually stay at national chain hotels. Once in a while I might stay at a mom and pop place. Most of the hotels I stay at in Africa are brands I have never heard of. However most of them actually have an affiliation with one or another of the major hotel chains.
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