Vacation Agent, a trade magazine for travel agencies, recently released the results of a reader survey that asked travel agents to share their favorites in everything from rental cars to hotels. The survey was sent to the more 100,000 travel agents, including 18,000 home-based agents. The agents were asked to write in their picks as opposed to choosing from a list of suggested brands.
The end result is a list of hotel chains across the world that, at the very least, have made a positive impression on a lot of travel agents. If you’re trying to decide which rewards program to sign up for and rack up points with, this list might provide a good starting place.
Now, the envelope please….
Best Hotel & Resort Chain Overall: Starwood
The Starwood chain includes a variety of well-known brands, including W Hotels, Westin, Sheraton, Four Points, Le Meridien and St. Regis. Their loyalty program spans all of the brands, meaning you can earn points across a wide range of properties.
Awards were also given in several sub-categories, including:
Best All-Inclusive Chain: Sandals
Best Luxury Hotel Chain: Four Seasons (as a die-hard Ritz fan, this makes me wonder if I need to sample more Four Seasons properties)
Best Mid-Market Hotel Chain: Marriott
Best Economy Hotel Chain: Best Western
The awards did not name specific properties. However, Florida and Las Vegas received awards for best state and city tourism bureaus.