Baymont Inns & Suites have been around since 1974, when the first one was opened by entrepreneur Steven Marcus in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He called it Budgetel. Later changed to Baymont, the name still represents value in lodging and is part of the Wyndham Worldwide group of hotels, which also includes Days Inn, Microtel, and Ramada.
Start-up Cost: $195.87K - 5.49M
In 1939, a group of hotel owners joined efforts and created an industry standard in an effort to improve public perception of hotels. This unofficial alliance held themselves to certain principles of cleanliness, upkeep, and service. In 1941, the partners made it official and formed the United States’ first hotel chain, which they called Quality Courts, United Int’l. They began franchising in 1962, changed their name to Choice Hotels Int’l in 1990, and have expanded to include the Quality, Comfort, Clarion, Sleep, Roadway, and Econolodge names in their chain. Over 6,000 Choice brand hotels are in operation around the globe.
Start-up Cost: $1.27M - 14.64M
The Country Inns & Suites By Carlson chain of hotels is named after its founder, Curtis Carlson. The hotels offer suite style accommodations for travelers. Rooms include comfort amenities like microwaves and refrigerators. Carlson is also the entrepreneur behind Radisson Hotels and TGIF restaurants. Country Inns are individually owned by franchisees.
Start-up Cost: $4.21M - 6.54M
Cruise Holidays was founded in 1984 as a franchise opportunity operating through independently owned, home-based brokerages. Franchisees sell cruise packages to vacationers. The company provides owners with marketing materials, training, advising, and access to inside deals which allows them to offer their customers very competitive pricing.
Start-up Cost: $10.35K - 160.35K
In 1994, Cruise Planners was started by Marvin Davis, Lynn Korn, and Michelle Fee. Long time colleagues in the travel industry, the three decided to pool their collective skills and knowledge to form an agency to help match customers with their most ideal cruise. Cruise Planners sells home-based franchises through which trained agents broker cruises for vacationers. There are nearly 1,000 Cruise Planners franchises.
Start-up Cost: $1.6K - 19.49K
CruiseOne offers customized travel packages for their clients. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, CruiseOne was formed in 1992 and is now a part of World Travel Holdings (WTH). CruiseOne sells franchises to independent agents who help customers book cruises through several major cruise lines. Nearly 800 of these franchises exist today.
Start-up Cost: $4.58K - 26.17K
Tybee Island, Georgia is where Cecil B. Day opened up the first Days Inn in 1970. Within 2 years, the chain was franchised is now 2,000 locations strong. Part of the Wyndham Worldwide lodging group, Days Inn offers a diverse array of amenities to business travelers and vacationers alike
Start-up Cost: $202.17K - 6.76M
With over 250 locations in nearly 20 countries, DoubleTree sets a standard for lodging luxury by treating each guest like a VIP customer. From serving fresh baked cookies to everyone at check-in to providing indulgent high-end bath products in every room, the DoubleTree brand tries to distinguish itself by pampering its guests.
Start-up Cost: $33.85M - 56.78M
Embassy Suites provides upscale accommodations for guests, including suite-style rooms that feature flat-screen TVs and wet bars, made-to-order breakfasts, reception and meeting areas, and more. Embassy went into business in 1983, and began franchising the following year. There are currently around 200 franchisee owned Embassy Suites Hotels.
Start-up Cost: $24.52M - 34.35M
The Hampton Hotels franchise began in 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee. Hampton set itself apart from other hotels by offering free cable TV and complimentary continental breakfast. Eleven years later the brand expanded with its concept, Hampton Inns & Suites, which offered condominium-like accommodations such as kitchens, living rooms, and separate bedrooms. Shortly after introducing Hampton Inns and Suites, the Hampton Hotels franchise was purchased by Hilton Worldwide whose other brands include Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts.
Start-up Cost: $3.75M - 13.11M
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham operates under the U.S. Franchise Systems name (which also includes Best Inns & Suites and Microtel). Hawthorn was first opened as a subsidiary of Hyatt Hotels in 1986. The concept is an extended-stay home-like lodging environment with extra amenities geared toward the modern business traveler. There are currently 74 hotels in the Hawthorn Suites chain of franchises.
Start-up Cost: $208.12K - 10.55M
Hilton Garden Inn is a part of the Hilton Worldwide family of hotels. The chain started in the 1980s and despite slow growth in those early days, the Hilton Garden Inn has become a leader in the upscale mid-priced hotel niche. Over 500 of these popular hotels exist today.
Start-up Cost: $11.35M - 20.68M
More than 500 Hilton brand hotels and resorts operate in almost 80 countries around the world. Offering upscale lodging with amenities galore, including gourmet restaurants, fitness centers, spas, and luxury pools, the Hilton hotels provide a luxury experience for travelers. The Hilton service model focuses on sincere hospitality, stat-of-the-art design principles, and its high-end list of features.
Start-up Cost: $53.49M - 90.17M
The Homewood Suites by Hilton franchise specializes serving travelers seeking more home-like accommodations like living rooms, full kitchens, and gourmet meal services in their lodgings. Homewood is part of the Hilton Worldwide group of hotels, a portfolio which includes the DoubleTree, Homewood Suites, and Hampton lodging brands - among others.
Start-up Cost: $10.67M - 18.91M
Since 1982, Hospitality International has dealt in hotel franchises. The company offers opportunities in the hotel franchise industry to entrepreneurs seeking an investment. Franchisees get to choose from a handful of brands that operate under the Hospitality group. The concept is not to take away from each hotel brand’s unique style, but to add a more streamlined and consistent service and maintenance model that comes from working with a large, established hotel franchisor.
Start-up Cost: $133.6K - 2.6M
InterContinental Hotels Group was first started by Pan American Airlines as a concept to serve the international travel market. Pan Am sold their successful franchise to the Bass company in 1998. Bass, which was initially a brewery, owns several groups of hotels and motels in the U.S. and abroad.
Start-up Cost: $5.14M - 93.86M
Knights Inn is a part of the Wyndham family of hotels, which also includes Microtel, Ramada, and Super8, among others. Knights Inn specializes in a low-cost, streamlined travel experience offering basic amenities and services. Knights Inn lodgers are far from deprived, though, and enjoy plenty of perks like the complimentary continental breakfast now being offered at all locations. Almost 350 independently owned and operated Knights Inn franchises exist in North America and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $116.5K - 4.93M
Microtel was the first of any major hotel chain to offer long distance phone service and complimentary internet access to its guests, both of which are now standard in the lodging industry. The first Microtel was opened in 1988 in Rochester, New York and the franchise is now 300 locations strong.
Start-up Cost: $4.81M - 7.18M
The Motel 6 lodging franchise originated in Santa Barbara, California where the first one was opened up in 1965 by founders Paul Greene and William Becker. The name comes from the original nightly rate of six dollars. Former building contractors who worked predominantly in low-income housing projects, the two were able to apply their knowledge of economical building practices to build their budget motels. It was a pared-down, simplified option for travelers. Basic lodging, without the bells and whistles, for a very low price. There are more than 1,000 Motel 6 locations in the United States and Canada.
Start-up Cost: $2.43M - 3.18M
Radisson is an international chain of hotels, most of which are independently owned and operated by franchisees. Radisson, originally founded in 1962, is a member of the Carlton Rezidor group of hotels. Carlton Rezidor includes other franchised hotel chains like Country Inns & Suites, Hotel Missoni, and Park Plaza.
Start-up Cost: $2.95M - 7.31M