Chain Hotels Worth Booking Now Slideshow
January 19, 2012
Extended Stay: Staybridge Suites
Staybridge Suites are ideal for travelers seeking a residential-style hotel for business, relocation, and vacations. Amenities include multiple suite types (one-bedroom, two-bedroom/two-bath), fully equipped kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary deluxe daily breakfast buffet, evening receptions, 24-hour business services, and complimentary laundry facilities. Their cleanliness and standards are rigorously enforced, and any issues are rectified professionally and promptly.
Business: Radisson Hotels
There are more than 400 Radisson Hotels globally, with another 100 on the way. Designed to service the needs of busy business travelers, Radisson offers competitive business rates, worldwide locations, and consistent quality and range of service. The introduction of the complimentary Grab & Run breakfasts makes getting the most important meal of the day easier and more enjoyable.
Business: Hilton Garden Inns
Hilton Garden Inns offer a complimentary Big Day Breakfast each morning to their guests, which is meant to give guests the right kind of health benefits to accomplish whatever they're doing that day. The foods on the menu are "rich in iron, fiber, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients."
Boutique Brand: Kimpton Hotels
With more than 100 boutique properties and restaurants, Kimpton Hotels give off a sophisticated yet welcoming vibe, complete with pet concierges, goldfish companions, and evening wine receptions. Kimpton dining experiences are first-rate, with new restaurants like Lantao in the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami, which serves Southeast Asian drinks and delights; Area 31 in Miami's EPIC Hotel (pictured); and San Diego's Hotel Palomar's Saltbox. This gastro-lounge serves up an impressive dose of cocktail culture and farm-to-table cuisine.
Vacation-Worthy: Ace Hotels
If Palm Springs, Seattle, Portland, or New York are calling you to visit, plan to stay at one of the kitschy-cool Ace Hotels. You can share a bathroom and bunk bed in Portland, order Stumptown coffee to your room in New York, or float the day away in the pool in Palm Springs — all for reasonable prices. The "swim club" (pictured) often features DJs, poolside yoga, and impromptu parties. That's not to mention the locally sourced, seasonal culinary creations at each location that make the whole visit simply sumptuous.
Vacation-Worthy: Barceló Hotels & Resorts
The Spain-based chain Barceló Hotels & Resorts boasts more than 180 properties in 17 countries, including the moderately priced Barceló Comfort hotels and the more stylish Barceló brand. Great for business or pleasure, Barceló resorts are found in major cities and holiday destinations around the world. Early dinner services, board games, and even a "tuck-in teddy" service for bedtime have been introduced for young families. Two children up to the age of 16 can also stay at any Barceló hotel for free when they share a room with their parents.
Family Fun: Embassy Suites
Owned by Hilton, Embassy Suites is the largest brand of all-suites hotels. Guests enjoy complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts and evening Manager's Receptions with complimentary snacks. The two-room suites make traveling with children comfortable and affordable. The Embassy Kids program gets the whole family involved in the fun.
Family Fun: Disney All Star Resorts
When traveling to Orlando, Fla., for a visit to Walt Disney World, consider one of the five value-level Disney All Star Resorts priced below Disney's moderate and deluxe accommodations. The benefits of staying at a Disney property include free admission to all Walt Disney World theme parks for kids under 3 and a transportation system of buses and monorails to help save on gas and parking fees. Each of the value-resorts has a fun, commissary-style eating experience that features healthy, delicious, and affordable options.