Marriott Hotels & Resorts is the flagship brand of Marriott International of full-service hotels and resorts. It started with one idea for a single hotel in Washington, DC, originally named Quality Inn. The Marriott name was born with the erecting of a second hotel. More than 80 years later, there’s a Marriott Hotel across the globe in over 45 countries for everything from leisure and resort travel, business travel, hosting meetings, to attending a wedding.
Hilton Hotels and Resorts started in 1919, when Conrad Hilton bought his first hotel. Over the years, the Hilton Hotels have grown into a worldwide hotel chain, leading the industry with innovative approach to products, amenities and service. Today, Hilton Hotels & Resorts stands as one of the stylish, forward thinking global leaders of full-service hospitality with a guest-focused initiative.
Holiday Inn was founded by Kemmons Wilson, a Memphis, Tennessee native inspired to build his own motel after a disappointing motel stay during a family road trip. His hotel was initially named the Holiday Inn by the original architect Eddie Bluestein as a joke, in reference to the 1942 film Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. The first Holiday Inn opened in Nashville in August 1952 as Holiday Inn Hotel Courts. Today, as one of the world’s most popular hotel brands under Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), Holiday Inn is the most recognizable tier of service. It has two distinct types: high-rise, full-service plaza hotels and low-rise, full-service hotels. The former also included many high-rises with round, central-core construction—instantly recognizable from the traditional 1970s model. Both offer a restaurant, pools at most locations, room service, an exercise room, and functional but comfortable rooms.
SpringHill Suites was launched in 1998 as one of Marriott’s modern brands serving the next generation of business travelers. The innovative hotel model that Marriott began building first emerged in the late 1980s. Today with over 300 hotels in the United States and Canada combined, SpringHill Suites promises an experience suited for guests to enjoy travel, but to enjoy life as well.
On September 27, 1957 the Hyatt Hotel Corporation was born with the initial location being the Hyatt House, at Los Angeles International Airport. Despite its start in Los Angeles the Hyatt Hotel Corporation is a Chicago based international owner, operator, and franchiser of hotels, resorts, and vacation properties. Hyatt Hotel Corporation has now grown to include over 580 locations worldwide. The corporation is a publicly traded company that can be found on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol H. The current CEO is Mark S. Hoplamazian who was put in place by Thomas J. Pritzker. The Pritzker family bought its initial shares in the company from one of the original owners, Hyatt Robert von Dehn.
The first DoubleTree hotel opened in 1969 in Scottsdale, Arizona. By 1999, DoubleTree Hotels (under Promus Hotel Corporation) was acquired by Hilton Worldwide.
The DoubleTree by Hilton logo and name was officially launched in early 2011, as part of a comprehensive rebranding initiative featuring new advertising, marketing and communications campaigns, as well as new amenities and guest services.
Today, DoubleTree provides guests with upscale, full-service—hosting events at more than 415 locations in 36 countries on six continents.
The first Holiday Inn Express was intended to target the "upper economy" market segment by offering limited service and low-price lodging. The brand was first launched in the U.S. in 1991 and its first European location opened in Scotland in 1996. As of March 2015, there are over 2,300 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide.
La Quinta Inn & Suites all started in 1968 by real estate entrepreneur siblings Sam and Phil Barshop. The name, La Quinta, is Spanish for “The Villa”. The first hotel was opened in San Antonio Texas across from the HemisFair 1968 World’s Fair. Today, a subsidiary of the Blackstone Group, the company owns and operates over 700 properties and franchises approximately 295 under various brand names.
The first Hampton Inn opened its doors in Memphis in the summer of 1984. It was a two-story, exterior-entrance building with 128 guest rooms. Subsequently, Hampton Hotels were launched as a division of Holiday Inn, then owned by a Memphis, Tennessee, holding company named Promus Hotel Corporation. In 1999, Promus Hotels was acquired by Hilton for $3.7 billion. The Hampton brand then became part of the Hilton Focused Service Group, and competing with brands such as La Quinta Inns & Suites, Comfort Inn, and Baymont Inn & Suites. Hampton Inn is currently the largest franchise in the United States. Hotels marked Hampton Inn & Suites offer suites in addition to the standard rooms found at a Hampton Inn.
Best Western Motels was founded by experienced hotelier M.K. Guertin in 1946. The chain begins as an informal “referral system” where each hotel recommends other hotels to travelers using phone calls between hotel operators. With more than 4000 hotels in over 11 countries and territories, Best Western has led the hotel industry for seven decades, earning it more industry awards than any other hotel brand, targeting both leisure and business travelers. Best Western International, Inc. celebrates 69 years of providing quality customer care and dedicated service to Best Western guests across the globe.