5 Best Hotel Brands, According to Our Readers (2022)

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  • TravelAwaits’ Best Of Travel Awards 2022, presented by Medjet, showcase our readers’ favorite destinations and businesses. Nominations took place in early March and voting for finalists closed in early May. We hope these choices inspire your future adventures; Congratulations to all the winners! All products featured on TravelAwaits are independently selected by our editors and editors. We may earn a commission when you click on or make a purchase through our links.

    Choosing the right hotel for you is important, and with options ranging from budget to luxury, the choice isn’t always easy. Whether you’re looking for an affordable place to get a good night’s sleep while exploring the region, or a one-of-a-kind destination, each of our readers’ top brands is ready to give you a place to sit back and relax. Hotel brands work hard to win your business and keep you coming back again and again, and their focus on customer satisfaction is a win-win situation for their customers. Here are the brands our readers picked as their favorites this year.

    Ocean View from Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

    1. Marriott (Winner)

    Interestingly, the Marriott brand began as an A&W Root Beer stand in the DC area in 1927, and it wasn’t until the late fifties that they even entered the hospitality industry with their first hotel. Yet even in their early days, the Marriott family’s driving principle of putting people first was evident. From the world’s first motor hotel in 1957 to the 31 upscale and luxury brands that make up its portfolio today, Marriott has continually refined and refined the hospitality industry as a whole.

    Marriott Group hotels are found in more than 130 countries around the world, guaranteeing that they will welcome you just about anywhere your travels take you. Experience the luxury of The St. Regis Toronto or relax in the sun at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. Enjoy the Berlin Marriott Hotel while you explore the city’s fascinating history, or use the Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel as a base to explore southern Brazil. Pick your destination and decide how much you’re willing to spend, and a Marriott hotel will likely be right around the corner.

    Marriott seeks to make you a lifetime guest, honoring the loyalty of guests who stay regularly. Learn more about the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards program and how it was named best hotel rewards program by our readers this year.

    Brand strengths:

    • Access to over 8,000 hotel properties in over 130 countries.
    • Over 30 unique brands ranging from upper midscale to luxury, with traditional, long-term and boutique accommodation options available.
    Grand Lobby of DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, UAE
    Grand lobby of the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island in the United Arab Emirates
    (Photo credit: Kyiv.Victor / Shutterstock.com)


    Conrad Hilton entered the hotel business just after World War I with the purchase of the Mobley Hotel in Texas. The Hilton empire only grew from there, with Hilton hotels popping up all over Texas and eventually across the country and around the world.

    The name of the game with Hilton Hotels has always been innovation. Today, many stalwarts of hospitality were unheard of in the early to mid-1900s, and the Hilton brand has changed that. Hilton claims to be the first hotel company to list on the New York Stock Exchange, the first to offer a reservation system serving multiple hotels, and the first brand to provide in-room TV access, at the Roosevelt Hilton in New York.

    Get a taste of island life at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, or head to the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, a charming desert oasis. Be prepared to spend upwards of $800 a night at the Parisian-style chateau at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, or find a comfortable stay at the more modest Hampton Inn for less than $100 a night in some locations. Choose the name that represents hotel innovation since the 1920s.

    Brand strengths:

    • Access to over 7,000 hotel properties in over 120 countries.
    • 18 unique brands ranging from high end to luxury accommodation.
    View of the white stone facade of the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace in Budapest.
    Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest Hotel

    3. Four seasons

    Similar to Marriott, Four Seasons’ first foray into the hospitality game came in the form of a motel. Over the years, the brand’s business model has evolved to focus on the consistent, luxury service for which it is known to this day. Whether you’re looking for a wellness retreat, a place to hit the slopes, or a bed within walking distance of the beach, Four Seasons has you covered. Or select a Four Seasons Villa for a private retreat in a luxury vacation home.

    Gaze out over the water from your room above the ocean at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, just north of Miami Beach, Florida; walk to the famous Sydney Opera House from your room at the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney; or discover the wonders of Macau from your perch at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao Cotai Strip in the Macau region of China. With only 124 locations worldwide, you might not find a Four Seasons everywhere you’re traveling: But don’t worry, Four Seasons is a destination unto itself, and once you set foot on the property, you won’t want to leave!

    Brand strengths:

    • Intimate collection of 124 hotels and resorts under one brand.
    • Fly in style aboard the Four Seasons luxury jet.
    Bedroom interior at the Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Oriental Shanghai.
    Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Oriental Shanghai


    The Wyndham hotel group is surprisingly diverse. With budget brands like Days Inn, Travelodge, and Super 8, a convenient night’s stay is within reach in most major cities across the United States. You won’t find any true high-end luxury brands within the Wyndham Group, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be roughing it: Wyndham and Dolce brands will let you relax in style.

    Wyndham Group hotels are found in far fewer countries than the other names on this list, with just over 80 in total. This is likely due to the emphasis on economic prioritization and diversification, with many economy brands spread across North America, with fewer brands globally. Wyndham is a great option for travelers who want to be able to choose the quick and inexpensive option one trip, while splurging on the next while earning rewards points through the same program.

    Brand strengths:

    • Access to over 9,000 hotel properties in over 80 countries.
    • 22 brands with everything from budget to high-end chic.
    High-ceilinged, pillared dining room at Café de la Paix, InterContinental Paris - Le Grand.
    Café de la Paix, InterContinental Paris – Le Grand

    5. InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)

    Another name that knows the importance of diversification is InterContinental Hotels Group. Whether it’s a quick layover at a Holiday Inn while traveling across the state or a longer stay at one of the many luxury Kimpton, Regent and InterContinental hotels around the world , IHG has something for everyone.

    The InterContinental Paris – Le Grand offers a breathtaking view of the Palais Garnier, the opera house located just opposite. Set your sights on the Yucatan and plan a well-deserved retirement at the InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort in Mexico. Head to Thailand and experience the luxury of beachfront Kimpton Kitalay Samui, taking time to enjoy the on-site full-service spa.

    Brand strengths:

    • Access to over 6,000 hotel properties in over 100 countries.
    • 17 brands with everything from budget to high-end chic.
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