HotelPlanner & Meetings.com Reveal Top 100 Best U.S. Hotels for Group Travel

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Philadelphia, Tampa and Chicago Emerge as Standout Cities

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Quick response times, a willingness to be flexible with groups booking business, and customer feedback put these properties and their respected cities above the rest.

Today, HotelPlanner and Meetings.com revealed the top 100 best hotels for group travel and meetings in the U.S. The list recognizes those hotels that successfully manage and experience continued YOY growth in group hotel stays booked through HotelPlanner and Meetings.com. Nominations were conducted by the company’s local planners in each region based on a combination of factors including YOY growth, quality guest services, the best value in group rates, and positive client feedback. Nominees include a range of accommodations from five-star luxury hotels to two-star budget stays.

Emerging from the list are Philadelphia, Tampa, and Chicago, three standout cities with the highest number of nominated hotels, further driving group travel to those areas. Philadelphia’s rooted American history, with popular attractions like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, makes it an ideal destination for all types of group travel to the area, notably from June to August when the pleasant weather attracts summer vacationers. With three professional sports teams to its renowned theme parks and universities, Tampa is also an attractive city for groups. The busiest time of year is January through mid-April, when the city sees an influx of more than 400,000 visitors for its annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival, paying tribute to legendary pirate Jose Gaspar and his band of buccaneers. Lastly, Chicago, from June to August, provides a number of events for groups, including the Chicago Blues Festival, Pride Fest, the Jazz Festival and the Chicago Air and Water Show. The city’s impressive skyline and waterfront activities alone draw an impressive number of groups year round.

“We are honored to recognize the top hotels that set the standard for hospitality,” said Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner and Meetings.com. “Quick response times, a willingness to be flexible with groups booking business, and customer feedback put these properties and their respected cities above the rest.”

The top 100 group-friendly U.S. hotels include:

U.S. – Northeast:

Best Western Plus BWI Airport Hotel/Arundel Mill- Elkridge, MD (3 Star)
Best Western Plus Philadelphia Convention Center- Philadelphia, PA (3 Star)
Best Western Plus The Inn- King Of Prussia, PA (3 Star)
Boston Park Plaza- Boston, MA (4 Star)
Cambria Hotel & Suites New York Chelsea- New York, NY (3 Star)
Comfort Inn- Oxon Hill, MD (2 Star)
Comfort Inn at the Park- Hershey, PA (2 Star)
Comfort Suites Hummelstown Hershey- Hummelstown, PA (2 Star)
Days Inn Philadelphia Convention Center- Philadelphia, PA (2 Star)
Embassy Suites Philadelphia Center City- Philadelphia, PA (3 Star)
Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center- Philadelphia, PA (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Alexandria at Carlyle- Alexandria, VA (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia Penns Landing- Philadelphia, PA (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor- Baltimore, MD (3 Star)
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor- Baltimore, MD (3 Star)
Hyatt Place Baltimore/Inner Harbor- Baltimore, MD (3 Star)
Hyatt Place Boston Braintree- Braintree, MA (3 Star)
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall- Washington, DC (3 Star)
Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center- Lancaster, PA (3 Star)
Loews Philadelphia Hotel- Philadelphia, PA (4 Star)
Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg Hershey- Harrisburg, PA (3 Star)
Residence Inn Pittsburgh Monroeville- Pittsburgh, PA (3 Star)
Row NYC- New York, NY (4 Star)
SpringHill Suites- Annapolis, MD (3 Star)
The Liberty Hotel- Boston, MA (5 Star)
The Kitano Hotel New York- New York, NY (4 Star)
The Normandy Hotel- Washington, DC- (3 Star)
The Stewart Hotel- New York, NY (4 Star)
Omni Providence Hotel- Providence, RI (4 Star)
Omni William Penn- Pittsburgh, PA (4 Star)
One Washington Circle Hotel- Washington, DC (3 Star)
Park Central Hotel- New York, NY (4 Star)
Park Lane Hotel- New York, NY (4 Star)
Wingate by Wyndham Lancaster/PA Dutch Country- Lancaster, PA (3 Star)
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown- Pittsburgh, PA (3 Star)
Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District- Philadelphia, PA (3 Star)

U.S. – South:

Ashton Inn & Suites- Pensacola, FL (2 Star)
Best Western Palm Beach Lakes- West Palm Beach, FL (2 Star)
Best Western Plus Cypress Creek- Biloxi, MS (3 Star)
Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Center- Dallas, TX (3 Star)
Comfort Suites Lake Norman - Huntersville, NC (2 Star)
Country Inn & Suites- Nashville, TN (3 Star)
Country Inn & Suites DFW Airport South- Irving, TX (3 Star)
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown- Atlanta, GA (3 Star)
Crowne Plaza- Greenville, SC (4 Star)
Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown- Memphis, TN (3 Star)
Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore- Tampa, FL (4 Star)
Embassy Suites Downtown- Fort Worth, TX (4 Star)
Hampton Inn Dallas North- Dallas, TX (2 star)
Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention Center- New Orleans, LA (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Charlotte University- Charlotte, NC (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome- New Orleans, LA (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown- Atlanta, GA (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt- Nashville, TN (3 Star)
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown- West Palm Beach, FL (3 Star)
L'auberge Casino Resort- Lake Charles, LA (4 Star)
Millennium Maxwell House Hotel- Nashville, TN (3 Star)
Rodeway Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Air & Cruise- Fort Lauderdale, FL (3 Star)
Seychelles Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals- Panama City Beach, FL (3 Star)
Shephard's Beach Resort- Clearwater Beach, FL (3 Star)
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel- Atlanta, GA (4 Star)
Sheraton Sand Key Resort- Clearwater Beach, FL (4 Star)
SpringHill Suites Tampa Westshore Airport- Tampa, FL (3 Star)
Tampa Marriott Westshore- Tampa, FL (4 Star)
Tidewater Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals- Panama City Beach, FL (3 Star)
Westgate Resorts- Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN (2, 3, 4 Star)
Wingate by Wyndham Charlotte I 77/Tyvola- Charlotte, NC (3 Star)
Wyndham Garden Dallas North- Farmers Branch, TX (3 Star)

U.S. – Midwest:

Cambria Chicago Magnificent Mile- Chicago, IL (4 Star)
Comfort Suites Chicago- Chicago, IL (3 Star)
Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown - St. Louis, MO (4 Star)
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Louis- Chesterfield, MO (3 Star)
Hard Rock Hotel Chicago- Chicago, IL (4 Star)
Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North- Chicago, IL (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Columbus Downtown Capital Square- Columbus, OH (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza- Kansas City, MO (3 Star)
La Quinta Inn & Suites St. Louis Airport-Riverport, MO (3 Star)
Sheraton Grand Chicago- Chicago, IL (4 Star)
The Westin Chicago River North- Chicago, IL (4 Star)
Westin Cincinnati- Cincinnati, OH (4 Star)

U.S. – West:

Ayres Hotel & Suites- Costa Mesa, CA (4 Star)
Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport- Los Angeles, CA (4 Star)
Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown- Seattle, WA (4 Star)
Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Pruneyard Plaza- Campbell, CA (3 Star)
Downtown Grand An Ascend Hotel Collection Member- Las Vegas, NV (3 Star)
Hampton Inn Tropicana- Las Vegas, NV (3 Star)
Holiday Inn Express in Downtown- Salt Lake City, UT (3 Star)
Hotel Angeleno – Los Angeles, CA (4 Star)
Hotel Diva & Hotel Union Square- San Francisco, CA (3 Star)
Hyatt House Seattle/Downtown- Seattle, WA (3 Star)
Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport- Los Angeles, CA (4 Star)
New York New York Hotel & Casino- Las Vegas, NV (4 Star)
Portland Marriott City Center- Portland, OR (4 Star)
Quality Inn Placentia Anaheim- Placenta, CA (2 Star)
Red Lion Hotel- Bellevue, WA (3 Star)
San Diego Marriott La Jolla- La Jolla, CA (4 Star)
Sir Francis Drake a Kimpton Hotel- San Francisco, CA (4 Star)
Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower- Las Vegas, NV (3 Star)
Treasure Island Hotel & Casino- Las Vegas, NV (4 Star)
Wyndham Anaheim- Garden Grove, CA (4 Star)
Wyndham San Diego Bayside- San Diego, CA (3 Star)

U.S. – Hawaii:

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach- Honolulu, HI (3 Star)
Royal Garden at Waikiki- Honolulu, HI (3 Star)
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki- Honolulu, HI (3 Star)

About HotelPlanner & Meetings.com
HotelPlanner.com is the leading provider of online services in the global group hotel marketplace. Listed among the top 50 travel sites in the world and ranked number one in group travel, HotelPlanner.com is on track to produce nearly 1 million group leads this year, and is providing group hotel booking services to over 3,000 groups per day. The company’s robust technology and automated rate checkers provide customers with the guaranteed lowest available rates from a network of more than 100,000 quality hotel partners worldwide that are experts in servicing group travlers, making it easier and faster to book hotels for any corporate and leisure event. With its new eRFP group booking system, “Book-in-Block” and licensing technologies, HotelPlanner.com continues to advance the group booking process online for direct clients, market leading affiliates and hotel partners worldwide.

The company owns and operates Meetings.com, a premier site that provides information, planning and booking services for meetings and hotel stays for corporations, associations and business-to-business enterprises. By combining advanced technology with a highly experienced staff of professional meeting planners and travel specialists, Meetings.com quickly finds clients the perfect space at the best price for meetings large and small.

Customers can visit HotelPlanner.com online at http://www.hotelplanner.com, or on its mobile app, which provides users with the lowest, real-time hotel rates and availability, detailed hotel information and an easy booking tool right from the palm of their hand. They can also follow HotelPlanner.com on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and its Everything’s Better Together blog.

Founded in 2002 by CEO Tim Hentschel and CIO John Prince, the company provides 24/7 customer service and has offices in London, England (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asian Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.

HotelPlanner.com is proud to provide hotel reservation services to valued clients within the sports team and university, corporate, and government organizations. The company’s Pro Sports Team clients most notably include Matchroom Sport, Washington Redskins, Euroleague Basketball, Professional Bowlers Association, European Professional Golfers (EuroPro), Super League (Rugby), AFC Wimbledon, Millwall F.C., Swansea F.C., and Inter-Milan. In terms of college travel, Universities such as Texas A&M, New Mexico State, Saint Mary’s College, Bradley University, University of Reno-Nevada, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northeastern University, Cal Poly, and California State University Northridge use HotelPlanner to negotiate their group travel and recruiting stays. Corporations such as CROMPCO, Jackson Motor Sports, National Grid, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Publix, Servpro and Government clients such as the State of Louisiana, State of Arizona, Government Services Agency, and US Communities also utilize HotelPlanner.com as their hotel procurement provider to negotiate hotel rates, book hotel reservations and provide excellent service year-round.

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