Ritz Carlton, is my favorite chain, love them! I also love the Four Seasons! But, my all time favorite hotel is The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virgina!
You said it before we did. Those two are tops. Besides the Ritz and Four Seasons, however, if you use a general type hotel, the Hilton chain seems to have good quality in a range of price points...all pretty nice places to stay. We use Holiday Inn Express for business stays and they are very hit or miss. Some are clean and great, others...not so much.
How can anyone possibly choose Holiday Inn and Best Western over Hyatt? Five star rating is awarded for a reason.
I have stayed at some decent Holiday Inn's, however never have I seen or stayed at a Best Western that I didn't think needed major cleaning and work. Musty, and not too clean every time. Will never stay there again. Hyatt's are in a different class...above those other two.
My wife gets Hilton points through work. She hasn't been traveling lately, but she's got a bundle saved up, so we often stay at the Hilton Garden Inn or Embassy/Homewood Suites when we travel together.
By myself, I just get the cheapest local non-chain place I can find. The kind of place where all the rooms smell like cigarette smoke and where it's not unusual to see (or at least hear) a fight. I just look at it as free entertainment.
i chose other as well, i stay in hotels a lot for work and the staybridge im currently in is pretty nice. Best hotel ive ever stayed in was the encore in vegas. It was nicer than the paris by a good margin