Working in hotels for 22 years has made me a bit of a hotel snob. I have worked in both old and new hotels. Small and large management companies. Different brands. From lower budget to full service hotels. One thing I can say for certain is that I know a great hotel when I walk in the door...sometimes as I'm pulling into the drive.
Hands down, the Hampton Brand is my favorite of all service levels. They give so much bang for the buck and the personality of the each hotel is something I enjoy. They are designed well and decorated beautifully.
Homewood Suites, or duck hotels as my son likes to call them, takes second place. I love the spaciousness. Their rooms are comfy and make me feel at home. I'm not generally a fan of their lobbies or breakfast areas. They never seem inviting.
Full service hotels seem to vary immensely. I'm not sure why. They all have standards to follow, yet they are so very different from one full service Hilton or Marriott to the next.
I had the privilege of staying at this beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites in Columbia, SC.
At 1:00 am, I just want to get to the hotel and go to bed. As I pulled up the hotel, I was instantly invigorated. It was well lit and looked inviting. The outdoor seating area was calling to me.
The night auditor was friendly and offered to help me with the packages I had shipped to the hotel.
Before going to my room, I checked out the meeting room I was to use the next morning. It was perfect. I didn't have to spend time adjusting tables and chairs or resetting anything. Whew! I wanted to sleep. But I couldn't. I had to have pictures of this hotel at night. Once that was taken care of, I went to my room.
What a room! It was spacious, clean and comfortable. I didn't want to get up in the morning. I was so cozy.
The breakfast person was bright and bubbly. Front desk people were welcoming and warm. My meeting went very well. I was sad to leave such a nice hotel.