Small Hotel vs. Big Chain
Debating between a small hotel or a big chain? Here are a few things to consider before making your decision.
- Local Culture
Want to truly get to know an area? Stay in a small locally owned hotel. True locals know the local experience. They can steer you to the best restaurants, the best tour guides, or the best of whatever you are looking to experience on your trip.
- Intimate atmosphere
Get off the cattle car and find out what it is like to check into a small hotel where they are truly excited to host you. When you visit a small locally owned hotel like Sauerdough Lodging, you’ll see the same friendly faces over and over again, instead of a staff of hundreds. Small hotels create a warm ambiance you just won’t find in a large-scale chain.
- Unique Experience
While a chain hotel in Seattle will usually look identical to the same chain hotel in Miami, a small hotel with one or few locations will be designed and decorated to fit exclusively in its location.
- Customized Guest Experience
Large hotel chains build their success off of finely tuned strategies that fit the needs of the masses. In other words, they have rules to running their hotels based on what most people want. But maybe you’re not most people. Or maybe you have needs that are a little different. Small hotels are flexible in that they can customize their guests experience. They don’t have rigid rules to follow.
- Customers Are More Highly Valued
Hotel chains are all about profits. The faster they can churn out customers, the faster they can make money. Small hotels tend to value their customers more highly. Their reputation can be changed by only a few customers. Additionally, when you book at a small hotel, you may actually interact with the owner or a family member, rather than someone who was hired to run the front desk. With so much at stake, a small hotel will prioritize your comfort and happiness over everything else.