How Suite It Is (aired 8/8/04)

With summer just around the corner and summer traveling season set to begin, you'll want to know which hotels offer the best value. Consumer Reports just rated 50 chains to see where you can get the best deal for the money.

When Emily Sharko got married recently, she invited a lot of
out-of-town friends and relatives to her wedding. She's glad she had them stay in this all-suite hotel. Each suite comes with a living room, a kitchen area and a separate bedroom.

"A suite had its appeal — a room and then a separate room to get ready in. The size of the rooms was great."

Consumer Reports just rated 50 hotel chains and says suite hotels offer some of the best accommodations for the money.

"The ratings are based on our most recent survey of 35-thousand readers who spent a total of
157-thousand nights in hotels."

In the survey, suite hotels — like the one where Emily's wedding guests stayed — generally got high marks for value and overall satisfaction.
Among upscale hotels, Embassy Suites was one of the highest rated.
Consumer Reports also top-rated several moderately priced suite hotels, including SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Homewood Suites by Hilton.

"You don't necessarily pay more to stay in an all-suite hotel. And you often get extras, like laundry service, a free breakfast, free Internet access."
Another bonus — Emily says the suites provided plenty of room for her out of town guests to visit with one another.

Consumer Reports says if you're thinking of staying in a suite, be sure to ask just what you're getting. Suite accommodations vary. While many have a separate bedroom, in some hotels the bedroom is just an annex off a living room with no door.

Before you book a hotel, you'll want to have Consumer Reports' advice for getting the best rate. It can save you lots of money. We'll have that story next time.

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