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Can you name all 14 Hilton hotel brands? If not, you might overlook some of the options where you can use your Hilton points.
Through May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have the highest sign-up bonuses ever. So you’ll have lots of hotels to use your points for! I’ll help you make sure you know all your options.
Here is a quick explanation for each of the Hilton hotel brands!
Hilton Hotel Brands
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Hilton, like other hotels, categorize their hotels according to brand. That’s because each hotel brand has distinct characteristics they use to market their hotel to a certain kind of traveler.
There are currently 14 Hilton hotel brands:
- Embassy Suites
- Hampton Inn
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hilton Grand Vacations
- Homewood Suites
- Waldorf Astoria
Here’s what they’re all about!
Conrad is one of Hilton’s luxury brands. But it’s not as stiff-collared as you would expect a 5-star hotel brand to be. It’s a modern and fun atmosphere with great service and facilities.
Curio is a brand of independent hotels Hilton brought into its program. Each is completely unique, with very different personalities. But they are categorized together because they’re all one-of-a-kind.
DoubleTree is a brand that focuses less on flashy and more on comfort and friendliness. The hotels aren’t outstanding, but they DO give you a cookie at check-in!
5. Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites is another all-suite hotel brand. And it’s ideal for both business travelers and families!
Every suite has a separate living and sleeping area. Breakfast is free every morning, as well as free snacks and drinks (including alcohol) for 2 hours each night.
6. Hampton Inn
Hampton Inn is a huge hotel brand, with 2,000+ hotels around the world! However, Hampton Inn is one of Hilton’s budget hotel options, so they aren’t always great quality. That said, they do come with free hot breakfast.
Million Mile Secrets team member Scott had a very good experience using Hilton points for a free room at the Hampton by Hilton Warsaw City Centre in Poland.
Note: You can NOT reserve Hampton Inn hotels in China with Hilton points.
7. Hilton Garden Inn
Hilton Garden Inn is a pretty ordinary hotel brand. Not a lot about the hotel stands out. The hotels do not have a fun or unique atmosphere, and they don’t usually have interesting locations.
Hilton Garden Inn is more about convenience, with 650+ locations. It’s a slightly upscale version of Hampton Inn.
8. Hilton Grand Vacations
Hilton Grand Vacations is a timeshare program that also allows folks to use points. You can find them around the US in popular destinations like California, Florida, and New York. But you can also find them in fun destinations like Italy, New Zealand, and Thailand!
These hotels are good for folks traveling with family or groups, because the suites usually have full kitchens, separate living areas, and even laundry facilities!
Million Mile Secrets team member Jasmin stayed with her family and friends at the Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld in Orlando. The kids loved that there were several swimming pools to choose from, and they saved money by cooking meals in the fully-equipped suite kitchen.
Hilton hotels are the company’s flagship and best known hotel brand. Hilton brand hotels are upper-upscale, and not difficult to encounter. There are 550+ hotels worldwide.
Team member Harlan prefers the Hilton brand because it (and a few other brands) give folks with Hilton Diamond elite status access to an Executive Lounge, with free breakfast, snacks, and appetizers.
10. Home2 Suites
Home2 Suites is an all-suite extended-stay hotel brand. It’s a lesser version of Hilton’s Homewood Suites brand. It has all the essentials for a longer stay, like laundry facilities, mini kitchens, and usually a small gym room.
You won’t earn as many points at Home2 Suites as you will at most other Hilton hotel brands. At most Hilton hotels, you’ll earn 10 points per $1 on your room rate, but at Home 2 Suites you’ll only earn 5 points per $1.
11. Homewood Suites
Homewood Suites is the all-suite hotel brand between the upscale Embassy Suites and mid-scale Home2 Suites. You’ll get a proper kitchen, full-size refrigerator, and separate living and sleeping areas.
12. Tapestry Collection
The Tru brand was introduced in early 2016, and currently only has 2 hotels. It’s very minimalist and modern, with a young, social vibe. And it’s cheap!
14. Waldorf Astoria
Waldorf Astoria is Hilton’s highest-class hotel brand. All its hotels are 5-star, and you can find them at the top destinations and cities around the world.
Emily and I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Wailea several years ago and really enjoyed it! I loved the gigantic open-air lobby, pristine gardens, and incredible spa. The hotel definitely lives up to the 5-star Waldorf Astoria brand!
Stay at These Hotel Brands With the Improved AMEX Hilton Card Offers
The AMEX Hilton cards currently have the highest bonuses ever! Until May 31, 2017, the Hilton Honors™ Card from American Express and the Hilton Honors™ Surpass® Card from American Express have increased sign-up bonuses.
And you’ll earn 100,000 Hilton points after you make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of opening the AMEX Hilton Honors Surpass card. Plus, you’ll get a free weekend night certificate after your first anniversary date. The certificate is good at nearly any Hilton hotel, with a few exceptions.
Hilton has 14 hotel brands, all a bit different from each other. This is to help you choose the perfect hotel for your trip faster!
If you’re traveling for romance, consider 5-star brands like Conrad or Waldorf Astoria. Or, if you will be staying for a couple weeks, check out extended-stay hotels like Home2 Suites or Homewood Suites.
Do you have a favorite Hilton hotel brand?