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.