Holiday Inn vs Best Western

Does one hotel chain stand head and shoulders above the other? Compare Holiday Inn and Best Western here.

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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.

Holiday Inn vs Best Western: Compare hotel chain features

FeatureHoliday InnBest WesternVerdict
Where does each chain have hotels?
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • USA
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • USA
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:
  • InterContinental
  • Kimpton
  • HUALUXE
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Even Hotels
  • Candlewood Suites
Best Western is part of Best Western Hotels and Resorts and its sister brands include:
  • Vib Best Western
  • Premier Best Western
  • Executive Residency
  • Best Western Plus
  • BW Premier Collection
  • GLO
  • Sure Hotel
  • Sure Hotel Plus
  • Sure Hotel Collection
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?
  • American Express
  • Business Advantage
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • BW Australia charge card
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover Network
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
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
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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.

The verdict?

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.


What are Holiday Inn and Best Western deals like?

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.

The verdict?

Best Western offers a greater variety of offers on its deal pages.

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