If you work in the consulting industry, hotels are probably important to you. With so much travel needed for projects, it is actually common for consultants to spend the majority of the week in hotels rather than at home. If that sounds like you or if you are an aspiring consultant, you will want to know our Hotel Rankings for consultant travel. Granted, the Pandemic has altered how much consultants are traveling, but it’s steadily coming back as well.
First, it is important to note that we will be ranking overall hotel chains, rather than individual hotels. We know it is always interesting to take a look at the top ranked hotels in the world, but have you seen how expensive those rooms are? Thousands of dollars a night. We know your client is not going to let you expense that!
Second, we know that hotels can vary depending on location. Your Hyatt in Oklahoma probably will not be as nice as your Hyatt in New York City. We are prioritizing the holistic view and looking at hotels overall. Our ranking is based on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Global “Most Excellent” methodology for hotel chains with over 500 properties. So the methodology is largely based on the percentage of actual reviews that were positive for the quality of stay.
Lastly, we are focusing on hotels for business travel. While there are a lot of great boutique and luxurious hotels out there, we want to focus on the ones you are more likely to stay at. As a result, you will probably be seeing a lot of big brand name hotels you are familiar with. There may be some surprises as some typically very nice hotels, are further down the list.
Hotel Chain Rankings
Preferred Hotels & Resorts
At the top of the list is a hotel brand name you probably haven’t heard of before. Preferred Hotels & Resorts comprises of more than 650 independent hotels, resorts, residences, and hotel groups across 85 countries. Interestingly, the company does not actually own, operate, or manage any of the hotels within its broad collection. However, Preferred Hotels & Resorts implements a set of high quality standards and anonymous on-site inspections to ensure their hotels meet the brand’s expectations.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt is a brand you’ve probably heard before. The company has a massive network of 777 hotels across 54 countries. Not to mention it was ranked #186 in Fortune’s list of America’s Best Employers for 2018. Hyatt offers special programs for its business travelers. This includes the Hyatt Business Plan for individual business travelers and the Hyatt Leverage program for qualifying small and mid-sized enterprises.
Hilton Worldwide Holdings
Founded in 1919, Hilton is a name you may know for its infamous unofficial ambassador – Paris Hilton. As of the end of 2018, the company had 586 hotels across 85 countries. Hilton hotels are known to have excellent rewards programs. They offer exclusive discounts and amenities such as free Wi-Fi, digital check-in, keyless entry, and the ability to use a mobile app to choose specific rooms. Recently in January 2019, the company hosted a Business Travel Bootcamp, arming hundreds of young professionals with insider tips on how to maximize their time on the road this year. The company also has an enticing credit card for frequent business travelers with American Express.
Premier Inn is the UK’s largest hotel chain, with 785 hotel properties across the world. Their signature king-sized Hypnos beds are the centerpiece of its “Good Night Guarantee,” which gives travelers their money back if they don’t get a good night’s sleep. The company also has a separate portal for business travelers, providing quicker check out processes and additional benefits.
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The largest international hotel chain the world, Marriott boasts 30 brands with 7,003 properties across 131 countries. The company was ranked 33rd on Fortune’s list of “Best 100 Companies to Work for.” Given its large presence, the brand is a frequent selection for traveling consultants. As a way to enhance brand loyalty amongst business travelers, Marriott offers the Marriott Bonvoy AmEx card and even business hotels.
Best Western International
Best Western owns and operates over 4,100 hotels and motels worldwide, with over 2,000 in America alone. The company offers the Best Western Rewards Business Advantage program, which provides business travelers with many special benefits including discounts, room upgrades, and late checkout.
Radisson Hotel Group
The Radisson Hotel Group is an international hotel chain that owns and operates 7 brands. These include Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Collection, Radisson Red, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza. The company offers its Radisson Rewards for Business, providing exclusive benefits for business travelers and small and medium sized enterprises.
La Quinta Holdings (Wyndham)
Recently acquired by Wyndham, La Quinta Holdings is a budget-friendly hotel chain known for its free hot breakfasts. While not offering specific programs for business travelers, the hotel chain does provide conference rooms and other amenities in many of its hotels.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
The InternContinental Hotels Group operates over 5,600 hotel properties across nearly 100 countries. The company offers a wide variety of experiences, from grand InterContinentals and boutique Kimptons to the classic Holiday Inns.
Travelodge Hotels Limited (UK)
Travelodge Hotels is a UK based budget chain often confused with the US company. The company offers a Travelodge Business program, which includes discounts with every stay, a business account card, comfy king-sized beds.
If you’re a consultant thinking about the best hotels to stay at, we hope our hotel rankings provided some helpful insight. What may be more important, however, is finding out which hotels your firm has the best relationship with. Those hotel chains will likely be the ones you are staying at most, and thus providing you with the most opportunity to earn a lot of loyalty awards.
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