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Look for hotels with fewer amenities for a less expensive room

PortlandStar ratings for hotels refer to the amenities found in a property, not customer reviews. While four- and five-star hotels are great, they’re usually more expensive.

Almost three-quarters of respondents would choose a less expensive, but nice room over a more expensive hotel with many amenities, according to a CheapTickets survey.

The researchers found the six domestic markets with the most positively reviewed three- and three-and-a-half-star hotels are:

  1. Portland, Oregon – Average review - 4.23/5
  2. Washington, D.C. – Average review - 4.22/5
  3. Houston – Average review - 4.21/5
  4. San Antonio – Average review - 4.21/5
  5. Denver – Average review - 4.2/5
  6. Chicago – Average review - 4.19/5

Current hotel trends suggest that travelers opting for a three- or four-star hotel are giving up less than ever before, said Ramses Meijer, director of CheapTickets.

“The fastest growing segment of the hotel industry is the ‘select service’ property, said Meijer.

These hotels are competing on the kinds of in-room amenities that would have only been found in much higher tier hotels just a few years ago, he said. “High thread count sheets, designer rooms, and upscale bath products are just some of the perks that are defining these new boutique inspired select service properties.”

Good reviews put these properties within 3 percent of four- and four-and-a-half-star hotels in the same markets. However, the price of a three- or three-and-a-half star room is more than 30 percent less than that of a four- or four-and-a-half-star room. During a week of vacation, this could mean a savings of several hundred dollars, which could help cover the costs of eating out or tickets to shows or sporting events.

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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