This is a handy list of UK and international hotel chains and collections. IE. Hotel brands with a portfolio of six or more properties and either based in the UK, or global companies with a marketing presence or reservations office in the UK.
|Accor Hotels||020 8283 4500||Major hotel company in 92 countries with more than 3,500 hotels and 450,000 rooms, ranging from economy to luxury. Brands include Etap, Mercure, Novotel, Ibis, Pullman and Sofitel.|
|AC Hotels||n/a||A Marriott brand, launched in 2011, with over 80 modern city hotels across Europe.|
|Aman Resorts||0800 2255 2626||Luxurious resort hotels - large in scale, small in room numbers - in exotic locations in Thailand, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, India, Indonesia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the USA.|
|Andaz||n/k*||Upmarket design hotel brand by Hyatt. There are 9 so far (2012) - 6 in the USA, 2 Europe & 1 China - with another 5 in the pipeline.|
|Barcelo Hotels & Resorts||0870 168 8833||Spanish chain of 185+ mostly 4-star hotels resort and business hotels in 17 countries through North and South America, Europe and Africa.|
|Best Western||08457 747474|| With over 4,000 hotels in 80 countries, Best Western is the largest group of independently owned and managed, budget to mid-price, hotels in the world. The keyword is 'independent'. BW is unusual in that most large chains own or franchise their hotels.
|Britannia Hotels||0871 222 0100||Chain of 35+ mid-price hotels in the UK ranging from grand seaside hotels and country house hotels to modern airport and city hotels.|
|Choice Hotels||0800 444 444||Parent brand for a range of mostly budget & longstay motel/hotel brands, including in the USA: Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Ascend Collection, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn & Cambria Suites, and in the UK & Europe: Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn & Clarion.|
|Corinthia Hotels||Contact hotels individually||Luxury hotel chain with 10 unique 'grand hotel' style properties in an eclectic mix of cities; London, Lisbon, Prague, St. Petersburg, Malta (the company has Maltese roots), Khartoum, Tripoli, and Budapest, where Wes Anderson may have got the inspiration for his Grand Hotel Budapest movie.|
|Crerar Hotels||0844 950 6282||Small chain of spa hotels in the Scottish Highlands (9) and Yorkshire (1).|
|Crowne Plaza||00 800 8222 8222||400+ upscale hotels in 52 countries, mostly in city centers or near airports focusing on business travellers and city breakers. Part of the ICH group.|
|Days Inn||0800 0280 400||Motel chain (launched 1970) now in 15 countries worldwide including UK, Ireland and Italy in Europe.|
|Design Hotels||0800 3746 8357||A collection of more than 176 hotels with distinctive architecture and interior design in over 43 countries around the globe.|
|De Vere Hotels & Resorts||0844 980 9950||Thirteen business and leisure hotels in the UK, plus approximately 30 conference and meeting "Venues".
|Doubletree by Hilton||0800 2222 8733||In the States it's just "Doubletree" but outside the US they long-windedly call it "Doubletree by Hilton" so us poor hicks get the pedigree. Nice hotels though. 240 "upscale" full-service hotels and resorts in 15 countries. Seven of them in the UK
|Epoque Hotels||Contact hotels individually||Extraordinary collection of elegant and quirky luxury boutique hotels worldwide.|
|Express by Holiday Inn||0800 897 121|
|Fairmont||0800 515 070||Luxury hotel company with its roots in the old Canadian Pacific historic hotels of Canada, but now with 40+ hotels in N. America and 35 worldwide. Sister brand to Swissotel and Raffles under parent Fairmont Raffles Hotels Int.
|Firmdale Hotels||Contact hotels individually||A collection of contemporay hotels in London - The Soho, Haymarket Hotel, Number Sixteen, Charlotte Street Hotel, Covent Garden Hotel, Knightsbridge Hotel - and one in New York - Crosby Street Hotel. Some have private cinemas, so they are keen on mini film festivals.|
|Four Seasons||0800 526 648||Canadian chain of upmarket hotels that launched in the 60's with one hotel. Now there are 85 properties - hotels, resorts and residence clubs - in 35 countries.
|Grange Hotels||0845 450 4400||A collection of 15 independent luxury hotels in London.|
|Guoman||n/k *||Guoman has five luxury hotels in London and one in Shanghai.|
|H10 Hotels||020 928 4062||Spanish chain with 41 modern hotels mostly on the Spanish mainland and islands, some in Spanish speaking countries like Cuba, & Mexico, and one each in Rome, Berlin and London (Waterloo Rd).|
|Handpicked Hotels||0845 458 0901||Collection of 17 independent country house hotels in the UK.|
|Hilton||0800 856 8000||Hilton Hotels Corporation has more than 3,300 hotels in 77 countries. The company owns, manages or franchises some of the best known hotel brands including Hilton, Conrad, Doubletree, and the Waldorf Astoria Collection.|
|Holiday Inn||0800 897121||Over 1300 popular upscale mid-priced hotels worldwide. Classic example of "from small acorns" growth. In this case, from a Memphis motel in 1952 to one of the world's largest and best known hotel brands. Now a part of IHG group.|
|Hotel du Vin||Contact hotels individually||Fourteen modern boutique-style hotels in the UK. Sister brand to Malmaison.
|Hotel Indigo||0871 423 4876||Modernist boutique brand mostly in North America (36) but with 8 properties in the UK, 3 in mainland Europe and 5 in the Asia-Pacific region. Styled in retro 1970s bright colours (lots of orange) and thin stainless steel legs. An Intercontinental Hotels group brand.|
|Hyatt||0845 888 1234||One of the biggies with 445 properties in 45 countries on five continents (2010). Sub-brands include Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Andaz, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place and Hyatt Summerfield Suites.|
|Ibis Hotels||n/k*||Economy hotel brand by Accor, with 900+ properties worldwide (mostly France & Europe). A little more upscale than Accor's Etap brand, EG they have 24hr reception, but less so than their Mercure brand.
|InterContinental||0871 221 2478||Originally, InterContinental was Pan Am's hotel chain developing classic luxury hotels in prime locations on the airline's route network. Now the brand has over 150 hotels and resorts in 65 countries.|
|Kempinski||00 800 426 313 55||Europe's oldest luxury hotel group (since 1879), now worldwide with 74 hotels in 34 countries. Founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) of independent hotel brands.|
|Lake District Hotels||0800 840 1240||Six hotels in the Lake District.|
|Leading Hotels of the World||0800 2888 8882||A consortium representing over 430 independent hotels and resorts worldwide.|
|Le Méridien||020 7301 2000||Originally (1972) Air France's network of hotels, Le Méridien these days is a global hotel brand, part of the Starwood group, of more than 100+ modern, luxury hotels in over 50 countries worldwide.|
|Macdonald Hotels||0844 879 9000||Macdonald have 48 x 4 & 5-star hotels throughout the UK, in town/city centres and in the country.|
|Malmaison||0845 365 4247,||Twelve stylish boutique hotels in UK cities, and pet-friendly! Dogs welcome.|
|Marriott International||0800 221 222||Marriott is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world with over 3,400 business and leisure hotels in more than 70 countries.|
|Meininger Hotels||n/a||Fast-growing funky brand for urban travellers, be they backpackers, business travellers or families. Their roots are German (5 cities) but they've expanded into Austria (Vienna & Salzburg), and to Brussels, Amsterdam and London.|
|Melia||0808 234 1953||Was known as "Sol Melia" until 2011. Spanish hotel chain since 1956. They used to focus on leisure and business hotels in Spain Portugal and Latin America for the Spanish market. In the nineties they started expanding to other international destination (inc London) and now they have more than 350 hotels in 35 countries.|
|Mercure||0871 663 0627||Midscale brand by Accor. 700+ mostly 3/4-star properties worldwide. There is a Grand Mercure luxury 5-star sub-brand in China, Australia & New Zealand.|
|Millennium Hotels||0800 41 47 41||Part of the Millennium & Copthorne group. There are 50+ Millennium Hotels & Resorts mostly in the USA, Europe, the Far East, Middle East and New Zealand.|
|Mövenpick||020 7690 0609||Swiss hotel brand with 78+ "upscale" business & leisure hotels in 24 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.|
|NH Hoteles||0870 807 1359||Spanish chain of 400+ mid-priced, modern styled hotels with 60,000 rooms in 25 countries across Europe (mostly), America and Africa. NH originally stood for Navarra Hoteles, after the region where it grew from just one hotel in 1978.
|Novotel||0871 66 306 26||Mid-range modern hotel brand with 400 hotels and resorts in 60 countries, located in the business and tourism districts of major cities and tourist resorts. Novotel is an Accor brand.
|Oberoi||00 800 1234 0101||17 luxurious hotels and resorts, many of them former palaces, throughout India, plus single properties in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Mauritius, Bali & Lombok. They also have two Nile cruise ships and one in Kerela.
|Oetker Collection||n/a||A small collection of some of the most distinguished hotels and spas in the world.|
|Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts||0800 169 6128||35+ individual and upmarket hotels in key cities worldwide such as Bangkok, Beijing, Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, Budapest, Tel Aviv and Sao Paulo. In London they recently (Feb 2010) opened the 1,000-room Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London, one of the largest new hotel developments in Europe. It also has a sub-brand Art'otel (See Art Hotels list)|
|PentaHotels||+49 69 256699-0||A "neighbourhood lifestyle hotel aimed at independent travellers" is how PentaHotels describe themselves. They've been around since 1971, mostly in Germany, when they were lauched as a joint venture by five airlines. They now have stylish modern hotels in the UK (4), China (3) Germany (11) Austria (1), Belgium (1), Czech rep (1).|
|Preferred Hotels & Resorts||00 800 3237 5001||Independent collection of luxury hotels.|
|Premier Inn||0871 527 8000||580+ budget hotels in the UK & Ireland. This is the Lenny Henry brand.|
|Pullman Hotels & Resorts||An Accor brand. Expanding (60 by end of 2010) upmarket 4/5-star business hotels in business district locations in regional and international capitals around the world.|
|QHotels||0845 074 0052||A collection of 21 individual four-star hotels in country and city locations throughout the UK.|
|Radisson Blu||0800 3333 3333|| 158+ Chic & stylish luxury hotels, usually in historic city centre locations (See the lobby of the Berlin Rad Blu as an example of their design conscious style - ed). This is the Radisson hotel brand outside the USA & Canada, licensed and operated by the Rezidor group. It used to be called "Radisson SAS"
|Raffles Hotels & Resorts||Contact hotels individually||Small chain of nine luxurious hotels mostly in the Far East and Indian Ocean taking their name from the flaghship hotel in Singapore. A Fairmont brand.
|Ramada||0808 1000 783|| A Wyndham hotel brand with almost 900 mid-range hotels in 50 countries worldwide.
|Red Carnation||Contact hotels individually||Luxury 4&5 star collection of family-run boutique hotels in London, UK, South Africa, Geneva and Palm Beach.
|Renaissance Hotels||n/k*||Boutique-style brand from Marriott with 80+ properties in North America and another 75 scattered around the world.|
|Regent International||20 8795 2608||Established upmarket hotel brand with 16 properties mostly in the Far East.|
|Relais & Chateaux||0800 2000 00 02||Well known luxury brand with landmark properties all over the world.
|Ritz Carlton||0800 856 8000||Well-known luxury hotel brand with 77+ hotels worldwide.
|Rocco Forte Hotels||Contact hotels individually||Thirteen luxury city centre hotels in Europe and the Middle East, with more on the way.|
|Rosewood Hotels & Resorts||020 7781 8888||Rosewood has 18 luxury properties in nine countries including The Carlyle in New York and the new (Oct 2013) Rosewood London, in Holborn.|
|Rotana Hotels||0800 5510 55||Luxury (5-star) hotels & resorts in the Middle East. Across the brands of the Rotana group there are now 85 properties from Egypt to Iraq.|
|Sheraton||0800 353 535||One of the longest-standing international hotel brands with over 400 hotels and resorts in 70 countries worldwide. Part of the Starwood group.|
|Sofitel||020 8283 4570||130+ luxury business & leisure properties around the world. An Accor brand.|
|Soho House||Contact hotels individually||Soho House was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. Now the group includes restaurants, spas and club hotels in the UK (4), Europe (1) and the US (2).|
|Steigenberger||+49 (0) 69 665 6401||German chain of 35 mostly traditional hotels that has expanded to Austria (4), Switzerland (3), Holland (1), and Egypt (4)|
|Summit Hotels||020 8604 2005||More than 135 hotels and resorts in over 40 countries around the world - a mix of city centre business hotels & country|
|Swissôtel||0800 637 94771||International chain of 'highly polished', modern, deluxe business & leisure hotels and resorts.|
|Thistle||n/k *||33 mid-range hotels across the UK (not N. Ireland) plus 2 in Malaysia and one in Shanghai. That's because the Shanghai hotel is part of the Guoman Collection (of luxury hotels) and Guoman (owned by a Singapore investment company) is the parent of Thistle.|
|Travelodge||n/k *||High quality budget hotels. Travelodge has 452 of them across the UK, Ireland and Spain.|
|Warwick International||00 33 1 45 61 82 42||Started with the Warwick Hotel in New York in the eighties. Now they have over 40 city hotels and resorts worldwide in Austria, Belgium, China, Fiji Islands, France, Bali, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA, Tahiti, Thailand, Netherlands and Vanuatu.|
|Westin Hotels & Resorts||n/k *||Upmarket Starwood brand, famous for innovations like its 'Heavenly® Bed', with 160+ hotels and resorts worldwide. Slow, non-user-friendly website.
|W Hotels||+353 21 4930494||A Starwood brand. W Hotels (don't ask me what I think of the name!) is a contemporary design brand with over 40 properties - hotels, retreats and residences - in cities and exotic destinations around the world, and plans to expand to 60 by 2015. The emphasis is on fashion, music and entertainment.
|Wyndham||020 8350 1001||Wyndham claims to be world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels. They offer "upscale" hotels and resorts throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, China and the Caribbean.
|Zuri Hotels||Small chain of six luxury resort hotels, four of them in India (Bangalore, Goa & Kerala), one in Kenya and one, The Liner, in Liverpool.|
|* n/k = Not Keen You could maybe find a phone number if you delved deep into their website, but it's obvious they'd prefer you to book or query online! I think this is bad practise.|
- I don't know what to call the Orient Express Hotels collection anymore (because they are not just hotels), and neither, it seems, did they, so they've renamed themselves Belmond (July 2014) to bring a little "clarity to our brand architecture". It is a global collection of luxury hotels, restaurants, safaris, and travel experiences including rail (6 trains) and river cruises (3).
- Edition Hotels are a new joint venture between Marriott and Ian Schrager. Contemporary luxury, "exclusive" (no riff-raff) boutique (Schrager invented the term), hotels. The first is in Istanbul and the second will open in London (former Berners hotel) in the autumn 2013, with more planned for New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi and Gurgaon.
- Franklin Hotels & Resorts (Formerly 'Stein Group') is a collection of five elegant hotels in Italy, Mallorca, London and Beijing.
- Hip Hotels is an online guide to cool hotels around the world.
- The Maybourne Hotel Group has just three hotels in London, but what a collection - The Berkeley, The Connaught and Claridges.
- Chapter Hotels are a newish hotel brand in the UK from the Swire group. The idea is to put contemporary hotels in traditional buildings and central locations in UK towns and cities. There are two so far, in Exeter and Cheltenham.
- The Register is a guide to UK hotels with ABTA, the British Hospitality Association, and National Tourist Boards as Associate Publishers. Refreshingly - like Travel-Lists - it is one of the few places on the Internet where you can research accommodation that they are NOT trying to sell.
- Dakota opened its first hotel on the outskirts of Nottingham in July 04. That one has gone but there are two stylish Dakotas in Scotland.
- Abode Hotels is a cool UK hotel chain launched (Jan 06) by the chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon (2-star Michelin), Michael Caines and hotelier Andrew Brownsword. With four hotels, it falls just short of the threshold for the above list.
- ...As does Bridgehouse Hotels with four country house hotels in England.
- ...Likewise Tomahawk Hotels whose 'thing' is to take grand old buildings and renovate them into stylish new upmarket hotels. They have three in Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford.
- ...Do I detect a trend? Is it time for a new list? A.
- And another. nitenite cityhotels, launched in 2006, is a new generation of budget hotels for cost-conscious travellers who don’t always need views or lots of space. (So the 104 compact rooms in their first property, the nitnite Birmingham, have high-tech electronics and stylish furnishings but only 7 sq metres of space and no windows). nitenite plans to launch 30 hotels in the next five years in the UK and Ireland, Europe, USA, Canada and Argentina.
- Tune Hotels are an expanding Malaysian brand with seven hotels in Malaysia, one in Bali and one in London (Westminster). The concept is budget hotel with upmarket facilities and high quality beds.