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Global directory and history of hotel, resort, and lodging brands - 2020

For more than a century, the global lodging industry has been creating distinctive or simply innovative hotel properties, growing brands, acquiring brands, joint venturing, and consolidating within parent company holdings.   Almost every multi-brand parent company for hotel brands, is itself a result of myriad of dealmaking that makes the story of each brand rather difficult to compile.


Today, the array of lodging brands may be at an all-time high due to very particular product offerings intended for specific guest segments.


This history and directory has been helpful to us over the years, to keep track of management companies and their brands, as they may be suited to development and operating opportunities.   We thought we’d share – we’re inputting now and double-checking for any changes since our 2019 update.  Check back soon as this directory grows.

Hotel BrandParent CompanyCategoryYear Est'dAbout
AC HotelsMarriott International2011
AirbnbNathan Blecharczyk, Joe Gebbia and Brian CheskyOvernight reservations service2008Peer to peer lodging service, co-founded by Brian Joseph Chesky.
Aloft HotelsMarriott International2005Aloft Hotels was conceived in 2005 by Amal Abdullah.
Aman ResortsAman Resorts Group LtdLuxury1988Founded by Adrian Zecha with Anil Thadani and two other friends; first unit in Phuket.
America's Best Value InnRLH Corporation1999
AndazHyatt Hotels Corporation2007The stylist Andaz brand debuts on Liverpool Street in London.
AngsanaAccor S.A. / Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd.2004
Ayres HotelsAyres Family2001Three First Unit properties in 2001, including the Ayres Hotels at Laguna Woods, Anaheim, and Seal Beach.
Banyan TreeAccor S.A. / Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd.Luxury1994The first Banyan Tree resort opened in Phuket (Thailand).
Best WesternBest Western International, Inc.
Best Western PlusBest Western International, Inc.
Best Western PremierBest Western International, Inc.
Bulgari HotelsMarriott International2004First Unit in Milan (Italy).
BW Premier CollectionBest Western International, Inc.
Cambria SuitesChoice Hotels International2007
CampanileGroup du Louvre1976
Comfort InnChoice Hotels International1981First Unit in Atlanta.
Country Inn & Suites by RadissonRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorUpper Midscale1987
Courtyard by MarriottMarriott International1983
Days InnWyndham Hotels & Resorts1970First location in Tybee Island, Georgia, a concept of Atlanta developer Cecil B. Day.
DelanoAccor S.A. / SBELuxury1995Legendary hotelier opened the revamped South Beach hotel in 1995, with renovations designed by Philippe Starck. Designed by architect Robert Swartburg, the Delano was built in 1947 by Rob and Rose Schwartz.
Dolce Hotels and ResortsWyndham Hotels & ResortsUpper Upscale1891Dolce historically has been a conference center brand.
Dorchester CollectionBrunei Investment AgencyLuxury2006Founded in 2006 to manage a portfolio of nine top luxury hotels in the U.S. and Europe.
Doubletree by HiltonHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., public company1969The first DoubleTree hotel opened in Scottsdale, Arizona.
EditionMarriott International2008Bill Marriott and Ian Schrager officially announce the EDITION brand.
Element by WestinMarriott International2008The first Element hotel opened in Lexington, Massachusetts in July 2008.
Embassy Suites HotelsHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., public company1984The first Embassy Suites hotel was located in Overland Park, Kansas.
Fairfield by MarriottMarriott International1987
Fairmont Hotels & ResortsAccor S.A.Luxury1907First Unit to bear the name was in San Francisco.
Four Points by SheratonMarriott International1995
Gaylord HotelsMarriott International1977First unit in Nashville was opened as Opryland Hotel.
GLōBest Western International, Inc.
Golden TulipGroup du LouvreLuxury1962
Grand HyattHyatt Hotels Corporation1980
GuestHouse InternationalRLH Corporation1982Brand got started in San Antonio, in 1982.
Hampton Inn by HiltonHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., public company1984The first Hampton Inn opened in Memphis, Tennessee.
Hard Rock HotelSeminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.1995Hard Rock International was purchased by the tribe in 2007 from British gaming and leisure company Rank Group Plc.
Hawthorn Suites by WyndhamWyndham Hotels & Resorts1986
Herods HotelsFattal International Hotels & Resorts1998
Hilton Garden InnHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., public company1990The Hilton Garden Inn brand began in the late 1980's under the name CrestHill by Hilton. The brand was reintroduced in 1990 with its present name.
Hilton Hotels & ResortsHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., public company1925The Dallas Hilton became the first hotel to use the Hilton name.
Holiday InnInternational Hotels Group PLC1952First Unit opened in Memphis, Tennessee.
Holiday Inn ExpressInternational Hotels Group PLC1991Three First Unit hotels opened in 1991, each located in the U.S.
Hotel RLRLH CorporationUpscale2015
Hôtels & PréférenceGroup du Louvre2000Includes chic & authentic hotels rigorously selected for their impeccable quality of service. Majority interest acquired by Group du Louvre in 2017.
HyattHyatt Hotels Corporation1957First Unit in Los Angeles, a purchase of an existing hotel - the Hyatt House, at Los Angeles International Airport,
Hyatt CentricHyatt Hotels Corporation2015First Unit in Chicago.
Hyatt HouseHyatt Hotels Corporation2012A rebranding of Hyatt Summerfield Suites.
Hyatt PlaceHyatt Hotels Corporation2006First Unit introduced in Lombard, Illinois
Hyatt RegencyHyatt Hotels Corporation1967First Unit in Atlanta featured a 22-story atrium.
Iberotel Hotels & ResortsTUI Group1956
IbisAccor S.A.Economy1974First Unit located in Bordeaux (France).
InterCityHotelDeutsche Hospitality / Steigenberger Hotels AG / Huazhu Hotels Group Ltd.1987
InterContinental Hotels & ResortsInternational Hotels Group PLC1946The first InterContinental hotel opens in Belem, Brazil.
Jaz in the CityDeutsche Hospitality / Steigenberger Hotels AG / Huazhu Hotels Group Ltd.2015The first Jaz Hotel opened in Amsterdam 2015.
JENShangri-La Group
Jurys InnFattal International Hotels & Resorts1881Headquartered in Ireland.
JW MarriottMarriott International1984
Kerry HotelsShangri-La Group
KhosRosewood Hotel GroupUpscale Business2017First Unit is Khos Langfang.
Kimpton Hotel & RestaurantsInternational Hotels Group PLC1981
Knights InnRLH CorporationFull-Limited Service1974First Unit in Columbus, Ohio. RLH Corporation acquired the brand from Wyndham in 2018.
La QuintaWyndham Hotels & ResortsLimited Service1968First Unit opened in San Antonio, across the street from the site of HemisFair '68 World's Fair, a concept by brothers Sam and Phil Barshop.
Langham Hotels International LimitedGreat Eagle Holdings Ltd.Luxury1865Langham Hospitality Group claims a history that dates back to 1865, when The Langham hotel in London opened as the then-largest building in London and Europe's first 'Grand Hotel'.
Le Le MéridienMarriott International1972The first Le Méridien property was a 1,000-room hotel in the heart of Paris, today's Le Méridien Etoile.
Leonardo HotelsFattal International Hotels & Resorts1998
Lexington Inns & HotelsRLH Corporation
Margaritaville Vacation ClubWyndham Destinations Brands2015The Margaritaville Vacation Club in St. Thomas is the first Jimmy Buffett-branded timeshare resort.
MarriottMarriott International1927
MAXX by SteigenbergerDeutsche Hospitality / Steigenberger Hotels AG / Huazhu Hotels Group Ltd.2018
MetropoloGroup du Louvre
MicrotelWyndham Hotels & Resorts1989First Unit located in suburban Rochester, New York.
MondrianSBE / Accor S.A.Premium1996
MontageMontage Hotels & Resorts LLCLuxury2003First use of brand at Montage Laguna Beach.
Motel 6Blackstone’s Real Estate Partners VII1962First Unit of 54 rooms, Santa Barbara, co-founded by William Becker and Paul Greene.
New World Hotels & ResortsRosewood Hotel GroupUpscale1957
NovotelAccor S.A.Midscale1967First Unit launched in Lille, France, inspired by American motels with comfortable rooms, a restaurant and a parking.
NYX by Leonardo HotelsFattal International Hotels & Resorts1998
Omni Hotels & ResortsTRT HoldingsUpper Upscale1983Prior Dunfey Hotels Corporation operation changed by Aer Lingus, creating the Omni brand in 1983.
OnefinestayAccor S.A.Luxury2009Online private home rental platform founded in London.
Orient ExpressAccor S.A.Luxury2020First United planned for Bangkok. The luxury sleeper train was established in 1883, by Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL).
Park HyattHyatt Hotels Corporation1980
Park Inn by RadissonRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorUpper Midscale1986
Park Plaza Hotels & ResortsRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorUpper Upscale1986
Première ClasseGroup du LouvreEconomy1989
Protea Hotels by MarriottMarriott International1984Marriott purchased the Protea Hospitality Group in 2014.
RadissonRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorUpscale1909First Unit in Minneapolis.
Radisson BluRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorUpper Upscale2009The Radisson Blu brand name came into existence in 2009 with a rebranding from Radisson SAS. The name ‘Blu’ was chosen as part of a research project to find a new visual identity as the company looked to replace the familiar SAS blue box.
Radisson CollectionRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorPremium Lifestyle2018A brand for a premium collection of exceptional hotels in landmark locations, starting with an initial set of 14 properties.
Radisson RedRadisson Hotel Group - - formerly Carlson RezidorUpscale Select Service2014The Radisson brand was launched in Radisson Red Shenyang Hunnan in Northeast China.
RafflesAccor S.A.Luxury1887Established by the Sarkies brothers in 1887.
RamadaWyndham Hotels & Resorts1954Ramada opened its first hotel, a 60-room facility, on U.S. Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Red Lion HotelsRLH CorporationFull-Service, Midscale1959Tod McClaskey and Ed Pietz purchased the 89-room Thunderbird Motor Inn in Portland, Oregon in 1959, the first property in what was initially called Thunderbird-Red Lion Inns.
Red Roof InnWestmont Hospitality GroupEconomy1973Contractor and future Indy-winning race team owner James R. Trueman opened the first Red Roof Inn in Columbus, Ohio.
Renaissance HotelsMarriott International1975Acquired by Marriott International in 1997.
Residence Inn by MarriottMarriott International1975The chain was launched in 1975 in Wichita, Kansas by Jack DeBoer and Robert L. Brock
Acquired by Marriott International in 1987.
RIU Hotels & ResortsTUI Group1953Spanish hotel chain founded by the Riu family as a small holiday firm in 1953.
Rixos HotelsAccor S.A. / Rixos HotelsLuxury2000Founded by Erik Gustavsson. Accor S.A. invested in a 50% share, in 2017.
Robinson ClubTUI Group1970
Rosewood Hotels & ResortsRosewood Hotel GroupLuxury1979First Unit was the Mansion on Turtle Creek, in Dallas.
Royal TulipGroup du LouvreLuxury2006Created in 2006, all 5-star Royal Tulip hotels are appointed with ultramodern, elegant and luxurious facilities for an exceptional experience.
SarovarGroup du Louvre1994Founded by Anil Madhok.
Serena HotelsTourism Promotion Services Ltd1970The largest shareholder (45%) of TPS Ltd. is the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), with a further 4% owned by the Aga Khan University Foundation.
Shangri-La HotelsShangri-La Group1971The first hotel of the luxury Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Group was the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, opened in 1971.
Signature InnRLH CorporationUpper Economy2017
Sleep InnChoice Hotels International1989Initially called McSleep but changed following litigation with McDonald's
SLSAccor S.A.Luxury2002
Sofitel Hotels & Resorts1964Banque Paribas opened the first Sofitel in Strasbourg (France) on 26 June 1964, the Sofitel Strasbourg Grande Île, the city's first 5-star hotel.
Sofitel LegendAccor S.A.Luxury2009Le Metropole Hanoi was the first hotel to bear this hotel brand.
Springhill SuitesMarriott International1998
St. RegisMarriott International1904The brand traces its roots back to 1904, when John Jacob Astor IV opened the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.
Staybridge SuitesInternational Hotels Group PLC1998The first Staybridge Suites opened in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Swissôtel Accor S.A.Premium1980In 1980 a management contract with Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, founded by Swissair and Nestlé, was signed, to manage the property formerly known as Hotel International Zürich.
TemptingPlaces by Hôtels & PréférenceGroup du Louvre2010
The House of OriginalsAccor S.A. / SBELuxury Lifestyle2019Brand established with media release in 2019. SBE has noted that House of Originals hotels will create a “community” for guests centered around luxury experiences in “inspiring” properties, as well as culinary and mixology offerings.
The Ritz-CarltonMarriott International1983Ritz-Carlton Hotels had been operated in the U.S. prior to the formation of the operating company in 1983. Marriott International purchased the brand in 1998.
Towneplace SuitesMarriott International1997
TradersShangri-La Group
TravelodgeWyndham Hotels & Resorts1940First Unit in San Diego, a concept was created by Scott King.
Tui BlueTUI Group2014
Tulip InnGroup du Louvre1993Offers 3-star comfort.
VībBest Western International, Inc.
ViceroyViceroy Hotel Group / MubadalaLuxury1999Viceroy Hotels was known as the Kor Hotel Group when it launched.
W HotelsMarriott International1998Launched in 1998 with the W New York,[
Waldorf AstoriaHilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., public companyLuxury1931Built on Park Avenue, replacing two side-by-side hotels, The Astoria Hotel and The Waldorf Hotel.
Westin Hotels & ResortsMarriott International1930
Xanterra Travel CollectionXanterra Parks & ResortsUpper Midscale1876Associated with Phillip Anschutz.
Zleep HotelsDeutsche Hospitality / Steigenberger Hotels AG / Huazhu Hotels Group Ltd.2003Chain of budget hotels based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Deutsche Hospitality acquired a 51% interest in 2019.

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