Pre-TJ, a hotel suite was a fun but unnecessary luxury. Travelin' Mom and I spent more time standing around going, "Isn't this cool? We have a suite!" than we did actually using the extra space. Post-TJ, a hotel suite ranks up there on our trip checklist between a change of underwear and, oh, oxygen.
You see, TJ's an incredibly light sleeper, which clashes with our preference for staying up past 8 pm on vacation. Because neither we nor TJ like sleeping in the bathroom, the only workable solution is a two-room hotel suite. Since this appears to be our travel M.O. for the foreseeable future, we decided to devote our loyalty to whatever hotel chain had the most suite options. When doing some quick research on all-suite hotels (along with hotels with a large percentage of suites), here's what I discovered:
- Hilton Honors. According to stats on various websites (which we all know are 100% reliable), Hilton Honors has: Hilton Suites (11 nationwide), Embassy Suites (160+), and Doubletree Suites (32). Hilton also has the Hampton Inn and Suites line, boosting the hotel chain's suite hotel options over 200.
- Marriott Rewards. Marriott has Marriott Suites (14 nationwide) and Springhill Suites (130), for just under 150. The chain also has some Marriott Courtyard and Suites and Fairfield Inn and Suites hotels.
- Hyatt Passport. Hyatt has the Amerisuites chain, consisting of about 140 hotels nationwide.
- Starwood Preferred Guest. Of course the loyalty program I have the majority of my points with would be the one with the least amount of suite options. On my count, there are 21 Sheraton Suites hotels. I'll be looking into each one of them before my points expire.
So, by my analysis, Hilton seems to be the clear-cut winner, suites-wise. And that's not even counting the Embassy Suites breakfasts and manager's receptions, or those Doubletree cookies (which I'm guessing will now have to go to TJ, damn it.)