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Is your Vacation Rental Hotel Quality?

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As you may (or may not) know, there are several known classifications for hotels. You may be thinking, “So?” Well if you own a vacation rental, you are competing with the hotels in your area. Though the motivation for someone to book a vacation rental is very different from those who book hotel rooms, none the less, they will most likely be looking at all their options before booking. So, with this in mind, you should consider what category your vacation rental falls under. For example Smith Travel Research (STR) has a “chain scale” where they break down hotel brands into several different tiers, based on their Average Daily Rate (ADR).

  • Economy

  • Midscale

  • Upper Midscale

  • Upscale

  • Upper Upscale

  • Luxury

Specifically, they state

Brands/Chains are slotted by Chain Scale based on the previous year’s annual system wide (global) Average Daily Rate. Rate ranges defining each Chain Scale are determined by STR. The STR Chain Scales – North America and Caribbean is a subsetof the larger Global Chain Scale list. Brand Chain Scale pairings are consistent with each list. Brands listed above are located in U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and Canada. If you have any questions about the Chain Scales, please email support@str.com. Copyright 2016. STR, Inc. Publishing or reproducing this information is strictly prohibited. www.str.com +1 (615) 824 8664. Last updated May 2016.

Luxury –

Luxury lodging has the following features:

  • Very high reputation and quality

  • Prime locations

  • Distinguished architecture, artwork and design (sometimes they are historic structures)

  • Superior service and staff

  • Numerous and luxurious facilities and amenities

  • Fine dining and 24–hour room service

  • Spacious, beautifully furnished rooms

  • Superior linens, finishes and materials

Upper Upscale –

Upper Upscale lodging has the following features:

  • Well–known, high–quality brands

  • Very convenient, often strategic locations

  • Attractive architecture, artwork, and sometimes dramatic design

  • Very professional service and staff

  • Many amenities and facilities

  • Quality dining

  • Large, comfortable rooms with top of the line furnishings

  • High–quality linens, finishes and materials

Upscale –

Clients can expect the following from Upscale lodging:

  • Very good quality and value

  • Convenient locations

  • Pleasant, often homelike or stylish architecture

  • Friendly and attentive staff

  • Good range of amenities and facilities

  • Pleasant dining in and/or near the hotel

  • Standard–sized, comfortable rooms

  • Quality linens and materials

Upper Midscale –

Upper Midscale lodging has the following features:

  • Simple, pleasant accomodations

  • Very good value

  • Convenient, often roadside or suburban locations

  • Simple, nice appearance, frequently with similar look and design for most properties

  • Helpful staff

  • Limited range of amenities and facilities

  • Dining usually limited, but often convenient to family dining and fast food

  • Standard–sized, nice rooms; but all–suite lodging in this category is spacious

  • Good linens and materials

Midscale –

The features of Midscale lodging are:

  • Simple, low–priced

  • Basic, sometimes older properties; often two– or three–story buildings

  • Adequately staffed

  • Few amenities, facilities and extras

  • Limited dining, perhaps simple breakfast included; family dining and fast food nearby

  • Adequate–sized rooms, with modest materials and furnishings, and average–quality linens

Economy –

Here’s what clients can expect from Economy lodging:

  • Simple, clean, no–frill, low–priced

  • Limited staff and hours

  • Basic amenities and facilities

  • Rarely have on–site dining; some nearby

  • Very modest–sized rooms, with basic materials and linens

Comparing brands and chains

Here are a few examples of some of the hotel chains you may know, and what category they fall under.

Best Western: 

  • Upscale – Best Western Premier

  • Upper Midscale – Best Western Plus

  • Midscale – Best Western

Choice: 

  • Upscale – Ascend, Cambria Suites

  • Upper Midscale – Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites

  • Midscale – Mainstay Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn

  • Economy – Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay

Club Carlson: 

  • Upper Upscale -Radisson Blu (don’t ask me though)

  • Upscale – Radisson

  • Upper Midscale – Park Inn, Country Inn and Suites

Hilton: 

  • Luxury – Conrad, Waldorf Astoria

  • Upper Upscale – Curio, Hilton, Embassy Suites

  • Upscale – Doubletree, Homewood Suites

  • Upper Midscale – Hampton Inn

Hyatt: 

IHG: 

  • Luxury – Intercontinental

  • Upper Upscale – Kimpton,

  • Upscale – Staybridge Suites, Hotel Indigo, EVEN, Crowne Plaza

  • Upper Midscale – Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express

  • Midscale – Candlewood Suites

Marriott: 

  • Luxury – Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott

  • Upper Upscale – Marriott, Delta

  • Upscale – AC Hotels, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott

  • Upper Midscale – Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites

Starwood: 

  • Luxury – W Hotel, Luxury Collection, St. Regis,

  • Upper Upscale – Le Meridien, Sheraton, Westin, Tribute Portfolio

  • Upscale – Aloft, Four Points, element

Wyndham: 

  • Upper Upscale – Wyndham, Dolce

  • Upper Midscale – Wyndham Garden, Tryp by Wyndham

  • Midscale – Wingate by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites, Ramada, Baymont Inn and Suites

  • Economy – Microtel, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn

For a couple of non-chain hotel brands, La Quinta is listed as Midscale while Drury Inn and Suites is listed as Upper Midscale.

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Inspirational Space: ANdAZ Maui


Here is another inspirational space, this time from Wailea Maui, Hawaii! The ANdAZ hotel is a great modern design. It has a refined simple elegance to it with natural elements and neutral colors. 


This entry makes such a statements with these gemoetric beams framing the lobby space. 

This entry makes such a statements with these gemoetric beams framing the lobby space. 

A truly zen lobby space with a sand floor.

A truly zen lobby space with a sand floor.

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And what a beautiful ceiling detail!

And what a beautiful ceiling detail!

Learn More:

 

Andaz Hotel

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Inspirational Space: Delano Hotel


DELANO HOTEL

Las Vegas, Nevada


One of my favorite hotel lobbies in Las Vegas is the Delano. The Delano has a sort of refined sexiness that seamlessly mixes feminine and masculine elements together. You can tell that each item chosen for this lobby space was carefully considered to keep this design intent clear. If Don Draper (from the TV series Mad Men) were a modern man, he is the kind of man that would stay at the Delano.      

From the minute you step out of your car, the Delano will give you an experience unlike any other hotel in Las Vegas. 

From the minute you step out of your car, the Delano will give you an experience unlike any other hotel in Las Vegas. 

The lobby is lined with structural columns that are hidden behind sheer drapery, making this space feel warm and cozy. These sheer drapes also give the space that little touch of sexiness, reminding you of bed sheets.   

The lobby is lined with structural columns that are hidden behind sheer drapery, making this space feel warm and cozy. These sheer drapes also give the space that little touch of sexiness, reminding you of bed sheets.   

The Franklin Bar in the Delano Lobby is very reminiscent of the 1960's with subtle details in the furniture. The cool colors really make this space feel sexy, but elegant, and simplified in a city where bigger is always better, the Delano takes this notion and flips it on its head in a very refined and subtle space.   

The Franklin Bar in the Delano Lobby is very reminiscent of the 1960's with subtle details in the furniture. The cool colors really make this space feel sexy, but elegant, and simplified in a city where bigger is always better, the Delano takes this notion and flips it on its head in a very refined and subtle space.   

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Inspirational Space: Scorpio Mykonos

Changes are coming! I have been focusing on educating for so long, I thought it was time to switch things up a bit and start sharing projects that I find inspirational. Being an interior designer, you must be creative, and to be creative, you must have inspiration. So for the next several weeks I am going to share spaces that I enjoy and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 


SCORPIO MYKONOS HOTEL

Kikladhes, Greece 


I love the neutral rustic look of this outdoor dining and lounge space. It feels like a space where you could lounge all day, admiring the beuatiful views. 

I love the neutral rustic look of this outdoor dining and lounge space. It feels like a space where you could lounge all day, admiring the beuatiful views. 

I love everything about this space. The mixture of textures really make this space unique, warm and inviting. The large windows and rustic minimalism of the furniture make you focus more on what is happening in the space rather than the space itself.   

I love everything about this space. The mixture of textures really make this space unique, warm and inviting. The large windows and rustic minimalism of the furniture make you focus more on what is happening in the space rather than the space itself.   

I love the juxtaposition between the cement floors, plaster walls, and unique wood ceiling pattern in this room. And what beautiful doors!  

I love the juxtaposition between the cement floors, plaster walls, and unique wood ceiling pattern in this room. And what beautiful doors!  

I love how this patio space is built into its surroundings. This space doesn't scream "I'm new, look at me!" In fact, it is a very calm and serene space that seems to embrace the natural beauty of the landscape by not calling attention to itself with bright colors or flashy materials.  

I love how this patio space is built into its surroundings. This space doesn't scream "I'm new, look at me!" In fact, it is a very calm and serene space that seems to embrace the natural beauty of the landscape by not calling attention to itself with bright colors or flashy materials.  

These rustic canoes seem to blend in with this lounge space. I love how this place is able to look like it has been here for hundreds of years. This place really is timeless, and has such a unique charm to it, unlike any hotel I've ever seen before.  

These rustic canoes seem to blend in with this lounge space. I love how this place is able to look like it has been here for hundreds of years. This place really is timeless, and has such a unique charm to it, unlike any hotel I've ever seen before.  

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