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Dependable Hotel Chains Around the Globe

It's easy to book a good night's sleep anywhere on earth, when you stick with a trusted local chain. Here are our 35 favorites, worldwide.

By , Friday, Mar 23, 2012, 8:00 AM

Source Article: Dependable Hotel Chains Around the Globe

Ibis Hotel

The Ibis hotel chain has 919 outposts around the world, including this one in Casablanca, Morocco.

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Ibis Hotel room

The furnishings at Ibis hotels tend to be somewhat cookie-cutter, yet comfortable.

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Ibis Hotel reception

Convenience is key at Ibis hotels, which usually have 24-hour snack bars, Wi-Fi, and on-site parking.

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Tryp Hotel

The 91-hotel Tryp chain is a boutique brand under the Wyndham hotels umbrella. Tryp hotels, like this one in Spain, are often trendy and design-oriented.

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Tryp Hotel room

Some Tryp hotels even have in-room workout equipment, like this one in Madrid; all have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi.

(Courtesy Tryp Hotels)

junior suite in Room-Mate Valentina

A "junior suite" at the Room-Mate hotel in Mexico City. This brand is known for its youthful spirit, lively decor, and late-running buffet breakfasts.

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Room-Mate Valentina restaurant

Like most Room-Mate properties, the Mexico City "Valentina" branch has a stylish on-site restaurant.

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Mercure Ouarzazate

Most of Mercure's 725 hotels (across 49 countries) are in Europe, with the remainder in Australia, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Above, the Mercure Ouarzazate in Morocco.

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room in Mercure Ouarzazate

Mercure's three- and four-star properties sometimes incorporate local design elements, as the Mercure Ouarzazate in Morocco does here.

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pool at Mercure Resort Sanur

The Mercure Resort Sanur in Bali has thatched-roof cottages and a terrific pool area.

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reception Mercure Montpellier Antigone

Mercure also has business-friendly city spots, such as the Montpellier Antigone shown here.

(Courtesy Marc Bertrand Libre de Droit)

Rydges South Bank Brisbane

The 40-hotel Rydges chain is Australian-owned, with properties across the continent, in New Zealand, and one each in Dubai and London. This one is the South Bank Brisbane Rydges, in Queensland.

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room in Rydges South Park Adelaide

The rooms at most Rydges hotels—this one's the Rydges South Park Adelaide, in South Australia—don't seem all that over-the-top, but they're famous for their extra-comfortable "Dream Beds."

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reception Rydges South Park Adelaide

The reception area at Rydges South Park Adelaide. The Rydges chain has been around since 1988.

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Motel One

The German chain Motel One has 39 locations; most are in Germany (see Leipzig, above), but Austria and Scotland have one Motel One each. The brand has dozens more hotels in the works, which will expand their reach to Belgium and Poland, among other destinations.

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Motel One room

Each Motel One outpost features the same signature design elements: a damask print here, a wood-grain pattern there, and lots and lots of turquoise.

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Motel One lounge

Mid-Century-inspired, Arco-style lamps and egg chairs are regular features of Motel One lounges; so is free Wi-Fi.

(Courtesy Motel One)

Premier Inn Birmingham Central

Premier Inn is the fastest-growing budget brand in the UK, with more than 600 properties and counting. This one is the Birmingham Central location.

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room at Premier Inn

All Premier Inns stick with this purple palette. If that doesn't please you, the bathtub-equipped bathrooms and on-site restaurants probably will.

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patio at Premier Inn

Premier Inn recently expanded to India with two hotels. This one, with its lovely, semi-shaded patio, is in Bangalore.

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Hotel Median Geneve Aeroport

The five Median hotels in Paris and Geneva are mostly in business suburbs or near convention centers or transportation hubs, like this Geneve Aeroport outpost.

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Hotel Median Geneve Aeroport room

The rooms at most Median hotels aren't particularly modern, but the hotels usually have valuable conveniences like on-site parking, Wi-Fi, and restaurants.

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lobby bar at Hotel Median Geneve Aeroport

The lobby bar at Hotel Median Geneve Aeroport gives both business and leisure travelers a pleasant place to unwind.

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Rotana Centro Barsha

The first Rotana hotel was established in Abu Dhabi in 1993; now there are 70 properties across the Middle East and Northern Africa, including this Rotana Centro Barsha in Dubai.

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room at Rotana Centro Barsha

The Centro sub-brand is Rotana's most affordable hotel category, but even those properties feel upscale, with their floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, and marble-topped desks. Shown, a room at the Rotana Centro Barsha in Dubai.

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lobby in Rotana Centro Barsha

Rotana hotels put a premium on design, even down to the lobby decor.

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pool at Rotana Centro Al Manhal

The rooftop pool area at the Rotana Centro Al Manhal in Abu Dhabi is just one of the perks of staying here; you'll also find on-site dining and fitness centers at most Rotana properties.

(Courtesy Rotana Hotels & Resorts)

Casa Andina - Cusco Cathedral

The Casa Andina has 20 hotels throughout Peru, including this one, the Cusco Cathedral hotel.

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room at Casa Andina

The design changes from one Casa Andina to the next; at this Casa Andina in Lima, the look is elegantly understated.

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balcony at the Casa Andina

This guest room balcony at the Casa Andina Cusco San Blas provides more color—and great views of the city.

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courtyard at Casa Andina

Original architectural details are part of the courtyard ambience at the Casa Andina in Cusco.

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City Lodge

South Africa's City Lodge Family of Hotels is broken into four categories: one-star Road Lodges, two-star Town Lodges, three-star City Lodges (like the City Lodge at Barbara Road shown here), and four-star Courtyards.

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room at City Lodge

Three-star City Lodges hit the sweet spot between style and affordability, as seen in this room at City Lodge at Barbara Road.

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pool at City Lodge

Many City Lodges, like this modern-looking one in Umhlanga, South Africa, have top-notch swimming pools and on-site restaurants.

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Eaton Luxe

The luxury hotel brand Langham recently spun off a super-stylish budget brand in Asia called Eaton, which includes Eaton Luxe properties (like this one in Shanghai), Eaton Smart options, and one Eaton House Apartments.

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room at the Eaton Luxe

Eaton Luxe hotels have 24-hour room service, free internet, fitness centers, and snazzy rooms. Above, a room at Shanghai's Eaton Luxe.

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lobby at Eaton Luxe

Even the lobby at the Eaton Luxe in Shanghai feels sophisticated. Eaton plans to add hotels in China and Bali over the next few years.

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The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep is a new mini-chain of affordable boutique hotels in the UK. So far, this Cheltenham outpost is one of three.

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room at The Big Sleep

Girly-decor alert: There are plenty of pastels and patterns to be found in the rooms at The Big Sleep hotels. Even the executive suite at the Cheltenham hotel piles on the pink. But the rates are rock-bottom (and include a buffet breakfast), and all rooms have flat-screen TVs and tea and coffee makers.

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Yotel in Gatwick Airport

The four Yotel hotels, like this one in Gatwick Airport in London, take style cues from the mod—and modular—design of first-class airplane cabins.

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room at Yotel

Yotel rooms are super-compact, with fold-down work desks, flat-panel TVs, and not an inch of wasted space. (Some rooms even have bunk beds!)

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hallway in Yotel

To save space in the streamlined guest rooms, Yotel built shared kitchenettes on the hallways of its hotels for guests to use. The hotels also have on-site dining options.

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UNA Hotel Modena

Each of the 26 properties owned by the Italian UNA chain has its own distinct look and feel. This one, in Modena, Italy, exudes modern luxury, and has views of both Modena's city center and the Apennine Mountains.

(Courtesy UNA Hotels)

room at UNA Hotel Venice

This UNA Hotel in Venice is all old-world romance, with exposed beams and Murano-glass chandeliers.

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roof at UNA Hotel Roma

UNA's new 197-room Rome hotel goes for an urban-chic aesthetic—and has a killer roof deck.

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hall in UNA Hotel Vittoria

The UNA Hotel Vittoria in Florence plays up the city's arts-rich history, with ground-floor tilework that evokes needlework tapestries.

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Jurys Inn

Jurys Inn has 32 properties in city centers all across England, Ireland, and Scotland, plus one in Prague.

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room at Jurys Inn

Rooms at Jurys Inns are consistently high-quality, with contemporary furnishings and plenty of space to move around.

(Courtesy Jurys Inn)

Tune Hotel

The Malaysian chain of Tune Hotels—which also has outposts in Bali (shown), Thailand, the Philippines, and London—delivers rock-bottom prices, with specials starting at as low as $1 per night. You pay for all the extras, though—including towels, air conditioning, and TVs.

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room at Tune Hotel

Rooms at Tune Hotels don't feel dirt-cheap. They come with 250-thread-count bedding, power showers, and little flourishes like oversized floral designs on the walls.

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Centara Duangtawan Hotel

Centara is Thailand's largest hotel chain, with properties in most of the country's major tourist destinations, as well as in the Maldives, Bali, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It has several sub-categories at different price levels; this one, the Duangtawan Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is in the affordable, four-star Centara group.

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room at the Centara Villas

With their fancy pool decks, on-site spas, and concierges, properties from the Centara brand all feel like splurges—even if they're not. Shown, a room at the Centara Villas in Phuket, Thailand.

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pool at Centara Duangtawan Hotel

A hotel with an amazing pool like this one, at the Centara Duangtawan Hotel in Chiang Mai, can be had for less than you might think. Always watch for deals when booking a Centara stay—the online rates are often much lower (up to 60%) than the standard published prices.

(Courtesy Centara Hotels)

NH Hotel Fierra

Started in Pamplona, Spain, in 1978, NH Hotels is one of the 20 largest chains in the world. It has more than 400 properties in 26 countries, including these off-kilter towers at the Fierra in Milan, Italy.

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room at NH Hotel Musica

It's common for NH to have multiple hotel options within a single city, each with its own style. Here, a cheery room at the NH Hotel Musica in Amsterdam.

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lobby at NH Hotel Tango

The NH Hotel Tango in Buenos Aires picks up on the city's dramatic vibe, with its red-upholstered chairs and curtain-draped wall.

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bar at NH Hotel Anglo American

At the NH Hotel Anglo American in Florence, a more subdued—but still chic—theme prevails.

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LemonTree Amarante Beach Resort

India's Lemon Tree brand has locations in many of India's industrial centers, but it's the chain's resort properties, like this LemonTree Amarante Beach Resort in Goa, that feel like real getaways.

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room at LemonTree Amarante Beach Resort

Even at the city-center properties, rooms are decorated with colorful bedspreads and interesting artwork, and have LCD TVs and high-end mattresses. Shown, a garden room at the LemonTree Amarante Beach Resort in Goa.

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pool at LemonTree Amarante Beach Resort

Most Lemon Tree hotels also have above-average swimming pools, like this one in Goa.

(Courtesy LemonTree Hotels)

room in Omena Hotels

The 14 Omena hotels in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland are more or less identical: All have a sleeping area with a double bed, a separate sitting area (with two armchairs that fold out into extra beds), an en-suite bath, and a TV, mini-fridge and microwave. Plus, they're all fabulous bargains in otherwise-expensive destinations.

(Courtesy Omena Hotels)

Husa Imperial

The Spanish chain of Husa hotels has 101 properties, divided into five categories: Urban, Luxury, Holiday, Well-Being, and Mountain. The Husa Imperial in Andorra, shown here, is one of the Mountain hotels, thanks to its scenic Pyrenees location.

(Courtesy Husa Hotels)

room at Husa Nuevo Madrid

In addition to comfortable rooms, the Husa Nuevo Madrid hotel has a free on-site fitness center and spa, free Wi-fi, and an attractive lobby and restaurant.

(Courtesy Husa Hotels)

One Hotel

Most of Mexico's 16 One Hotels are located near airports or other transit hubs.

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room at One Hotel

The rooms at Mexico's One Hotels aren't exactly glamorous, but they're bright and clean, and guests have access to parking, Wi-Fi, snack bars, and coin-operated laundry stations.

(Courtesy One Hotels)

Citizen M

The new budget brand Citizen M revolutionized the concept of the transit hotel, installing a stylish hotel in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. Now they've expanded to city centers, with one in the heart of Amsterdam and this one in Glasgow.

(Courtesy Citizen M)

hallway in Citizen M

Art lines the corridor of Citizen M's Glasgow outpost, and is a hallmark of the fast-growing chain.

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room in Citizen M

Some of Citizen M's rooms can be small, like this one in Amsterdam, but they make up for the squeeze with their swanky lobbies, outfitted with Eames loungers and 24-hour canteens.

(Courtesy Citizen M)

Protea Hotel North Wharf, Waterfront

Protea is Africa's largest hotel group, with properties in eight countries—Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, and Malawi. (There's also one Protea hotel in London.) This one is the Hotel North Wharf on the Cape Town Waterfront.

(Courtesy Protea Hotels)

room at Protea Sea Point

Protea's urban hotels, like this Hotel Sea Point hotel in Cape Town, tend to be a little more playful or edgy than the brand's countryside resorts.

(Courtesy Protea Hotels)

pool at Protea Hotel Sea Point

The pool at the Protea Hotel Sea Point in Cape Town overlooks the south Atlantic.

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lounge at DusitD2

Thailand's luxury Dusit brand has earned raves for its sleek boutique sub-brand dusitD2, which is both design-focused and more wallet-friendly than its exclusive sibling. Here, the lounge at dusitD2 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

(Courtesy DustitD2)

room at DusitD2

The rooms at dusitD2 hotels are just as stylish as those at their more-expensive Dusit counterparts. There are only two dusitD2s in the world now—one in Chiang Mai and one in Pattaya—but hotels are coming to New Delhi and Pasadena, Calif., soon.

(Courtesy DustitD2)

pool at DustitD2

The dusitD2 hotels come with resort-worthy perks such as on-site spas, concierge service, and gorgeous pools—like this one in Chiang Mai.

(Courtesy DustitD2)

Sorat Hotels

The 13 Sorat Hotels across Germany differ in terms of decor, but all have reasonable rates, solid service, and a not-too-big, not-too-small size that's perfect for folks who don't go for B&Bs or bland business hotels.

(Courtesy Sorat Hotels)

room in Sorat Hotel

This Sorat room is all about no-nonsense comfort—plus a few homey touches.

(Courtesy Sorat Hotels)

Green Tree Inn

With more than 300 properties across China, the Green Tree Inn chain is one of that country's fastest-growing. The hotels tend to be located near universities, train stations, and conference centers.

(Courtesy Green Tree Inn)

 room in Green Tree Inn

Rooms at China's Green Tree Inns are basic but pleasant, with free Wi-Fi, TVs, and all the standard amenities.

(Courtesy Green Tree Inn)

APA Hotels

There are 76 hotels in Japan's APA chain. The letters stand for "Always Pleasant Amenity," and depending on your location, that might refer to, say, a traditional public bath (at no extra cost to guests) or a free breakfast of bread, coffee, rice, and miso soup.

(Courtesy APA Hotels)

APA hotel room

At some APA hotels, you can choose between a standard (Western-style) room or a Japanese room, equipped with tatami-mat floors for lounging.

(Courtesy APA Hotels)

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