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HOTEL BRANDS ARE A WAY TO BE SURE OF WHAT YOU WILL GET 

When I travel, I like to stay at hotel chains because I know what to expect from each brand. Photos on the internet can be misleading. The TV show 20/20  showed how some hotels “photoshop” and airbrush pictures on their websites. You can’t even trust the star rating. (I’ve seen some 4 star rated hotels that should have a rating of one star but have not been downgraded from the 4 stars they got 20 years ago). Also, Most hotels around the world just award themselves stars. In Britain, hotels are rated from one star to five stars, as in many other countries, but the RAC pulled out of accommodation grading in 2008.  Michelin rated reviews are more reliable.Marriott rewards

Hotel chains like Marriott and Sheraton give hotels a category to rank the amount of luxury you can expect. -.Although that can also be misleading because some cities are just more expensive. For example;- a plain Marriott hotel (not a JW ) in NYC costs mega $$$ so it has a high category. The New York Marriott Marquis is a Marriott Rewards category: 8 and would cost 40,000 points to obtain a free night at this New York hotel or at the  Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees . Cat 8 is the highest Category offered by Marriott and Cat 1 is the least expensive in points or in dollars.

IHG Brand Logos

Holiday Inn’s brands (IHG) don’t use a category but they are generally true to their brand. The IHG hotels start at the high end top with the InterContinental Brand then continue in descending  order of price with Crowne Plaza, | Hotel Indigo, | Holiday Inn, | Staybridge Suites, | Candlewood Suites and Holiday Inn Express The Starwood Preferred Guest program allows you to redeem Starpoints for Free Night Awards from all seven  categories. A category one hotel would cost you about three or four thousand points whereas a cat 7 could cost up to 35,000 points for a free night and the dollar amount would be according to category too.

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