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What matters to you most when you stay in a hotel? Price? Amenities? Location? Or the ability to take your pet along with you?
Find out how Holiday Inn and Best Western measure up to each other on all the above factors and more in the easy-to-read table below.
|Feature||Holiday Inn||Best Western||Verdict|
|Where does each chain have hotels?||Both|
|Is there free breakfast?||Breakfast is included at Holiday Inn Express hotels.||At some hotels.||Both|
|Is there a loyalty scheme? Is it free to join?||IHG Rewards Club – free to join.||Best Western Rewards – free to join.||Both|
|Which chains is it partnered with?||Holiday Inn is part of IHG Hotels group. Its sister brands include:||Best Western is part of Best Western Hotels and Resorts and its sister brands include:||Holiday Inn|
|Is there free Wi-Fi?||Free Wi-Fi is available in Holiday Inn Express Hotels.||Yes.||Best Western|
|Is there an executive lounge?||In some hotels.||In some Premier hotels.||Best Western|
|What style of accommodation does it offer?||Mid-range, family.||Mid-range, family.||Both|
|Are hotels pet friendly?||Some.||Some.||Both|
|Is there online chat?||Yes.||No.||Holiday Inn|
|What are my payment options?||Both|
|Can I price match?||Yes.||Yes.||Both|
|Does it allow for cancellations/changes?||Cancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be cancelled at 24 hours’ notice.||Cancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be cancelled at 48 hours’ notice.||Holiday Inn|
|Does it have smoking rooms?||Yes.||Yes.||Both|
|Book||Book a stay with Best Western|
Who offers the best price?
A room with a king-sized bed and free Wi-Fi at Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar in Sydney costs $348.
On the same date, a room with a king-sized bed in the Holiday Inn Darling Harbour – 15 minutes from Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar – costs $369. This hotel offers a restaurant and fitness centre, which the Best Western does not.
In a like-for-like rate comparison, a Best Western and a Holiday Inn in Sydney came out with very similar rates. The Best Western was marginally cheaper, although it had fewer facilities. It did, however, offer free Wi-Fi.
Any other differences worth noting?
Children aged 12 and under stay free at Best Westerns in North America. Many North American family-friendly hotels also allow children 18 and under to stay free.
Numerous Holiday Inns also allow up to two children – aged 18 and under in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America; aged 17 and under in Europe; and aged 12 and under in Greater China and the Asia Pacific – to stay for free when sharing a room with up to two adults.
Best Western often has sales of up to 30% off as well as free breakfast. Under the IHG brand, similar sales apply to Holiday Inn hotels.
Best Western offers discounts for American Express or MasterCard payments and an early bird discount of 10% off.
Best Western offers a greater variety of offers on its deal pages.
Latest Holiday Inn and Best Western deals
Free nights with Best Western Rewards points
Earn points and redeem a free night on worldwide stays. Destinations include Canada, USA and more. T&Cs apply.
15% off international stays
Must be aged 55+ and proof to be presented at check-in. Available on select hotels in Australia, Athens, New Orleans, Las Vegas and more. T&Cs apply
Up to 30% off Europe stays
Available on select stay dates at participating Best Western® Hotels & Resorts when you book 21 days in advance. T&Cs apply.
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