Find out all you need to know in one place – about Hilton Worldwide, the facts and figures, the brand experience and the Hilton Honors rewards program! Get an overview of the distribution of Hilton Hotels across regions, brands and price categories. Understand the different brand experiences from Conrad to Hampton Inn. And get the highlights of the Hilton Honors rewards program!
The Hotel Group: Hilton Worldwide has more than 4,200 hotels in 97 countries around the world, one of the biggest hotel chains in the world! Almost 90% of hotels are in the Americas, a higher percentage than most chains, making it a convenient option for US travelers. The three biggest brands are Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn and the flagship Hilton brand, accounting for 75% of all properties! You can also find over 400 extended stay hotels and 50 luxury hotels, giving you broad coverage. You can find more details about Hilton Worldwide in my detailed review here!
The Experience: Most of the hotels are mid-level, limited service hotels. They have grown quickly, following a proven formula, so if you like what you see at Hampton or Hilton Garden Inn, you’ll have a reliable experience around the US. I found rooms to be large and clean, although an old-fashioned design. Fortunately, new European hotels (see above) feel a little more fresh! Hilton has launched a more modern alternative at a lower price point: Tru! The flagship Hilton brand offers you a more upscale experience and I found their properties in Europe and Asia to be much nicer than in the US! The luxury chains Waldorf Astoria and Conrad offer the type of experience you’d expect at that level, but there are only 50 hotels around the world, giving you less choice for luxury stays than the InterContinental, Accor or Marriott groups! Click on the brands to find out more about the experience at each chain and to read reviews of specific hotels I’ve stayed at!
The Rewards Program: The Hilton Honors rewards program has a few things in its favor: With more than 4,200 hotels, it has great reach, especially in the US! Wherever you are going in the US, you should find one (or many) to stay at.
They also make it very easy to rack up lots of points at their hotels and plenty of partners from car rentals and airlines, to merchants, an online portal and many credit cards with great sign up bonuses and good earn rates!
And it is very easy to get Gold status in the program, through credit cards or their frequent promotions, so you can take advantage of room upgrades, lounge access and free breakfast!
Unfortunately, redemptions for rooms are pretty expensive and there are only a handful of luxury hotels for aspirational reward redemptions, so this works best for use at mid-scale hotels in the US! You can find my full review of the program here and learn more about how to earn points, what credit cards to sign up for and how to make the most of the redemptions and membership perks!