These hotel chains were ranked the ‘most excellent’ in the world

Two of the top-rated hotel chains can be found in Boston.

The lobby at XV Beacon, which is part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts.
The lobby at XV Beacon, which is part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. –XV Beacon

On Wednesday, TripAdvisor released three lists of the “most excellent” hotel chains in the world, based on chain size. The No. 1 large hotel chain (chains with more than 500 properties) was Preferred Hotels & Resorts, which has properties around the world, eight of which are in Massachusetts.

Boston Park Plaza and The Colonnade Hotel, both in Back Bay, XV Beacon in Beacon Hill, and Boston Harbor Hotel on the waterfront in the Financial District, are part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, as are The Charles Hotel in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Harwich, the Wylie Inn & Conference Center at Endicott College in Beverly, and Beechwood Hotel in Worcester.


Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, which includes Four Seasons Hotel Boston in Back Bay, ranked No. 1 in the medium-sized hotel chain category, which means the chain has between 50 and 500 properties.

The highest-ranking small chain hotel (with 20 to 50 properties) in Massachusetts was, at No. 3, Loews Hotels & Co., which includes Loews Boston Hotel in Back Bay.

To make the “most excellent” list, at least one-third of the chain’s properties had to be TripAdvisor certificate of excellence recipients during the qualifying period between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. For the past eight years, TripAdvisor has given certificates of excellence to businesses listed for at least one year on its site that deliver great service, consistently receive excellent reviews, and maintain an overall rating of at least four out of five.

Here are TripAdvisor’s full lists of “most excellent” hotel chains in the world.

The top large hotel chains (more than 500 properties):

1. Preferred Hotels & Resorts
2. Hyatt Hotels Corporation
3. Hilton Worldwide Holdings
4. Premier Inn
5. Marriott International
6. Best Western International
7. Radisson Hotel Group
8. La Quinta Holdings (Wyndham)
9. Intercontinental Hotels Group  (IHG)
10. Travelodge Hotels Limited (UK)

The top medium-sized hotel chains (50 to 500 properties):
1. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
2. Drury Hotels Company
3. The Indian Hotels Company (Taj and Vivanta)
4. The Leading Hotels of the World
5. Shangri-La Group
6. Paradores
7. Relais & Chateaux
8. Kempinski Hotels
9. H10 Hotels
10. Omni Hotels & Resorts


The top small hotel chains (20 to 50 properties):
1. Belmond
2. The Oberoi Group
3. Loews Hotel Co.
4. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
5. Jurys Inn
6. Jumeirah Group
7. Casa Andina Hoteles
8. Aman Group
9. Pan Pacific Hotels Group
10. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts