Are there brand standards?

Old Dec 27, 17, 9:48 pm
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Are there brand standards?

I was 1 night short of requalifying for Diamond status, so I booked a 1 night stay at the Travelodge College Park near the Atlanta airport.

I only booked the room for the night credit and to get an impression of the hotel to compare with all of the poor TripAdvisor reviews.

This brings me to my question, are there any standards that these hotels must meet? What can a guest passing through do to make future stays better for others?

Most of the poor reviews for this specific hotel mention issues with roaches. I was in the room for a couple of minutes and I counted 3 roaches. I would be pretty upset if I had to actually sleep there.
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Old Dec 28, 17, 12:27 am
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Originally Posted by animalj7 View Post
<snip>...Most of the poor reviews for this specific hotel mention issues with roaches. I was in the room for a couple of minutes and I counted 3 roaches. I would be pretty upset if I had to actually sleep there.
Ever been to Waikiki? Bugs don't care about star ratings. You might be be surprised how much I paid for for a 4-star high$ room there and found a snail the size of my fist eating the plaster. I wish I were kidding.

It's a Travelodge. If the franchisee(s) had a property worth the name, it'd be a Baymont, maybe even a Tryp. It isn't, and they know it. Wyndham knows it. Branding and rates reflect that.

When I book a Knights Inn, I know what I'm getting into. It might be cheap, but I know it isn't good by any stretch. HoJo's to Travelode is kind of lateral (I'm looking at you Parsippany NJ- What was the point!?). Super-8 is marginally better, but below Days-Inn which is below Ramada (I've been in some really dumpy Ramadas- (Parsippany NJ again- (what's up with that?) (corporate headquarters even!)) which is below Baymont (let me tell you about Baymont Nashville TN sometime) and work your way up from there.

That said, in 600+ nights over ~4 years of coast-to-coast per-Diem scrounging of mainly Choice, then Wyndham, sometimes Best Western and occasionally IHG or independent hotels/motels, I've found more drastic swings between brand/franchise/rating standards in Choice properties than any of the others by far, particularly EconoLodges.

Maybe a remodel is long overdue for that Travelodge and a re-brand to Knights inn is forthcoming, Maybe they'll lose their franchise and become an America's Best Value like Choice's EconoLodge Whippany NJ (...OMFG, what a dump!- (that place broke me of ever booking more than a night or two in a new to me property)) , or knocked down and turned into a used car lot like Wyndham's Days Inn Meridian KS...
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Old Dec 28, 17, 1:00 pm
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Ever been to Waikiki? Bugs don't care about star ratings. You might be be surprised how much I paid for for a 4-star high$ room there and found a snail the size of my fist eating the plaster. I wish I were kidding.

It's a Travelodge. If the franchisee(s) had a property worth the name, it'd be a Baymont, maybe even a Tryp. It isn't, and they know it. Wyndham knows it. Branding and rates reflect that.

When I book a Knights Inn, I know what I'm getting into. It might be cheap, but I know it isn't good by any stretch. HoJo's to Travelodge is kind of lateral (I'm looking at you Parsippany NJ- What was the point!?). Super-8 is marginally better, but below Days-Inn which is below Ramada (I've been in some really dumpy Ramadas- (Parsippany NJ again- (what's up with that?) (corporate headquarters even!)) which is below Baymont (let me tell you about Baymont Nashville TN sometime) and work your way up from there.
I presume your experiences are exclusively in the US?

In much of South America (for example, Argentina), just about all Wyndham has is HoJo's. Are they the same as the US ones, or different in quality? (The reviews seems to indicate they might be different.)

I know there are some other brands (in other programs) that are international but the brand standards are quite different in different countries or regions of the world. For example, Holiday Inn Express (IHG program) without a free breakfast buffet in some parts of the world.
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