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6 Top Hotel Brands for Your Summer Road Trip

Discover top hotel companies well-suited for couples, families and getaways with the girls.

U.S. News & World Report

6 Top Hotel Brands for Your Summer Road Trip

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With kid-friendly features and cutting-edge amenities, these hotel companies stand apart.

If you're hitting the road this summer, now is the time to book hotel rooms along your route. But with dozens of well-known hotel brands vying for your attention on multiple hotel booking sites, it's hard to know which one deserves your hard-earned vacation dollars. That's why U.S. News pinpointed the top brands, from trendy collections with urban allures and first-rate service to internationally recognized chains with kid-friendly perks, to help direct you to your ideal retreat on your summer drive. Here's where to stay, whether you're embarking on a classic road trip with the family or escaping for a quick weekend getaway.
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Embassy Suites

Best for: families

With the kids in tow, a hotel room with a little more space and perks such as complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi access is always appreciated. Opt for a room at Embassy Suites, and you can enjoy family-friendly amenities and earn Hilton Honors points. The complimentary breakfast at most locations includes made-to-order offerings, and two-room suites are the norm. Many Embassy Suite outposts are located in downtown city centers, allowing families to easily walk to top attractions. Plus, you can always count on a hosted happy hour each evening, complete with treats for the kids.
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With kid-friendly features and cutting-edge amenities, these hotel companies stand apart.

If you're hitting the road this summer, now is the time to book hotel rooms along your route. But with dozens of well-known hotel brands vying for your attention on multiple hotel booking sites, it's hard to know which one deserves your hard-earned vacation dollars. That's why U.S. News pinpointed the top brands, from trendy collections with urban allures and first-rate service to internationally recognized chains with kid-friendly perks, to help direct you to your ideal retreat on your summer drive. Here's where to stay, whether you're embarking on a classic road trip with the family or escaping for a quick weekend getaway.

Embassy Suites

Best for: families

With the kids in tow, a hotel room with a little more space and perks such as complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi access is always appreciated. Opt for a room at Embassy Suites, and you can enjoy family-friendly amenities and earn Hilton Honors points. The complimentary breakfast at most locations includes made-to-order offerings, and two-room suites are the norm. Many Embassy Suite outposts are located in downtown city centers, allowing families to easily walk to top attractions. Plus, you can always count on a hosted happy hour each evening, complete with treats for the kids.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations

Best for: families

Want to upgrade to a resort with a dizzying array of perks? Book a stay at a Holiday Inn Club Vacation resort and you can get a spacious villa or condo, access to resort-worthy pools and play spaces and amenities that can help trim vacation costs such as full kitchens and laundry facilities. What's more, Holiday Inn Club Vacation properties are abundant in popular tourist destinations such as Florida and California, making them a good choice at the end of the road.

W Hotels & Resorts

Best for: couples

On a romantic road trip, you may want to splurge a little. It's possible to find an intimate atmosphere at a well-known hotel chain, with an attentive hotel staff who will know how to pamper you and your better half. Take W Hotels & Resorts, which offer properties that aren't just well-suited for business travelers and are no longer located only in bustling urban districts. At W properties, couples can earn Starwood points while enjoying perks such as sleek cocktail bars, upscale dining options and tech-forward features like high-speed internet. Many locations cater to wellness-seekers with fitness center access at nearby city clubs or yoga classes.

Ace Hotel

Best for: couples

Prefer a boutique hotel that's intimate, stylish and personalized? The Ace Hotel collection offers locations across vibrant cities in the U.S. and worldwide. Whether you're planning a scenic road trip out West in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, LA or Palm Springs, California, or organizing a trip to the Midwest or the South in places such as Chicago or New Orleans, there's an Ace outpost for you. Best of all, couples can bypass the corporate feel of bigger hotel chains and enjoy culturally immersive experiences that reflect their respective locale. Most Ace properties also include inviting common spaces such as lounges, lofts or rooftop gardens ideal for social couples who enjoy mingling with travelers and locals.

Kimpton Hotels

Best for: girlfriend getaways

Hitting the road with your posse this summer? Whether you're planning a weeklong vacation or a quick weekend escape, you and your friends will want the hotel scene to match your sense of adventure and fun. Few hotel brands understand the concept of relaxation paired with artistic style like Kimpton Hotels. Housed in historic buildings, Kimpton properties combine overstated, bold decor with top-notch on-site dining and excellent downtown city locations. At Kimpton properties, you'll enjoy local flair and earn Kimpton Karma Rewards points to apply for a future stay, too.

Hotel Indigo

Best for: girlfriend getaways

Hotel Indigo properties values exploration, and most hotels are located in hip neighborhoods, within walking distance of (or a quick drive from) must-see attractions. Like Kimpton, another chain within the IHG Hotels portfolio, no two Indigo properties are alike, so each getaway can have a different flair. Plus, the hotel's attentive staff is always happy to give local tips to make your trip even more special.
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