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We look at stays at 9 hotel chains

We look at stays at 9 hotel chains

From headaches at the airport to traffic jams to packing and unpacking, sometimes travel can be more trouble than it's worth. So sometimes, you just want to stay at a hotel that is familiar to you. A place that feels a little bit like home in a strange land. 

Another bonus to staying at a familiar hotel chain is that many of them have rewards programs that get you free stays. 

I travel a lot between my job as an occasional travel writer and as a hockey mom. When I'm in a new city, I love to stay at a local hotel, a bed-and-breakfast, something historical or unique. But when I'm on the road, needing a stop between towns or just a place to rest between hockey games, I go for chains. Over the past 18 months, I've stayed at nine different chain hotels. I've learned a lot about what I do like (tall ceilings, good air conditioning, refrigerators) and what I don't (windows that don't open, uncomfortable beds), so I thought I'd share what I've learned. 

Sure, it's possible that these particular examples are not great representations of the whole chain, but that's sort of the point. You expect a sameness when you stop at familiar names.  

Note: For prices here, we looked at an average king or double queen room on a weekday in late May, booked directly from the websites. 

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