Choice Hotel Brands
I’m enamored with Choice Hotels on multiple levels. I enjoy the some of their hotel brands, the Choice Privileges program, redemption quirks, and the Wells Fargo Choice Select card, among other things. We’re focusing on that first one today. The Choice hotel brand variety runs the gamut, and it’s gotten even busier and wackier with the recent addition of Radisson Americas properties. Choice is my second favorite hotel points currency out there, but they’re far from perfect. They span from some brands I absolutely enjoy (FTW) to ones I never plan to visit (NFW), and plenty in between. I have my beliefs about the brands, but I’m willing to be convinced otherwise. Let me know your experiences in the comments!
I’ll start with a few Choice hotel brands that are clear winners for us. I’m a big fan of the following:
- Radisson Blu
- Comfort Inns/Suites
- Country Inn and Suites
Cambria seems remarkably consistent across properties. I’m excited to stay in more Radisson Blu locations at reasonable points rates. My family and I do our homework researching Ascend, Comfort Inns/Suites, and Country Inn and Suites before any stay, and these brands have delivered reliably for us.
In The Middle
There’s a hearty middle section where I have no passionate feelings one way or the other. My family and I have limited experience at these properties but would consider them again under the right circumstances:
- Quality Inn
- Sleep Inn
- Econo Lodge
I haven’t had a stay at any of these properties recently. While I’ve considered them over the past few years, specific properties which aligned with our travel goals weren’t our first choice. I still feel optimistic about these brands, though, and won’t blindly throw them out.
Econo Lodge is a hair from being on the NFW list. But I have an odd fascination with the Econo Lodge Inn and Suites On The River in Gatlinburg, TN. Staying here in a riverfront room is a random goal I still hold to this day. Shocker, my family has no interest in joining me.
I have zero plan to ever give these Choice hotel brands a whirl. Here we go:
- Woodspring Suites
- Suburban Studios
- Rodeway Inn
I’m generally not an always/never guy, but I don’t see us staying at any of these places. My only experience, somewhat tangential, with any of these brands is my parents staying at a Woodspring Suites. They chose this property because it was the only lodging in a somewhat convenient proximity to us in the past. I vividly remember my mother, who speaks a negative word close to never, saying, “it was fine, but we won’t be staying there again.”
Incomplete Grades on these Choice Hotel Brands
I have zero experience at any of these properties, but I’m open, and in some cases excited to try them:
- Radisson Red
- Radisson Collection
- Radisson Individuals
- Park Plaza by Radisson
- Radisson Inn & Suites
- Clarion Pointe
- Park Inn
- Everhome Suites
- MainStay Suites
Choice Hotel Brands – Conclusion
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Choice eliminate some of these as they more fully take over the Radisson Americas brands. I’m interested to see how that works out and the Privileges program evolves. But in the meantime, hotel dorks like me have plenty to consider with Choice. It’s nice to have options. What do you think of the Choice hotel brands? Do you suggest I take a closer look at certain ones or have horror stories from some of my favorites?
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