Today’s post relates to my vacation in December when I observed so many other people seem to have more money. Thank you so much for your comments on that one. I need your inputs again.
It was a road trip. We flew into Arizona and then drove around. We didn’t have a fixed itinerary except for the arriving and returning flights. Every night, we would figure out the the place to go for the next day. This also involves finding a hotel for the next night.
Over the course of about two weeks, we stayed at more than 10 hotels of different brands: Days Inn, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Holiday Inn, La Quinta, Best Western, and Hampton Inn. They were really a hit-or-miss. A Comfort Inn in one town was good but the Comfort Inn in the next town was really bad. We looked up reviews on Trip Advisor before we booked. Even that didn’t help.
I realize most of these hotels are operated by local franchisees. The franchisees make the hotels either good or bad. However, chain restaurants don’t seem to have this problem even though they are also owned and operated by franchisees. I can’t tell the difference between a meal at a chain restaurant in one town and another meal at the same chain restaurant in a different town. Somehow the restaurant chain is able to instill consistency among the franchisees.
What I really want are consistently dependable hotels for my vacation travel. They don’t have to be fancy but I want them to be consistent enough above my minimum standard. If there’s a cheap Sheraton, I’d go for it. Some Sheratons are better than others but so far I haven’t stayed at a Sheraton that’s below my standard. Too bad there aren’t as many Sheratons, especially not in small towns.
What hotels do you stay at when you travel on vacation? Is there a chain that’s more consistent than others? After a grand tour of different hotel chains, I’m leaning toward Hampton Inn. It seems to be a cut above the other leisure chains in terms of quality and consistency. It’s also more expensive than the others, somewhat above what I’d like to pay. That’s why I’m looking for inputs from all of you.