Holiday Inn vs Comfort Inn

What’s the difference between a Holiday Inn hotel and a Comfort Inn?

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As far as names go, Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn sound pretty similar. So how do you set them apart?

We’ve gone through the offering of each hotel brand with a fine-toothed comb to compare them.

Use the below table to contrast the two brands on everything from pet-friendliness to smoking policy.

Holiday Inn vs Comfort Inn

FeatureHoliday InnComfort InnVerdict
Where are its hotels?
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • New Zealand
  • South America
  • US
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Central America
  • Europe
  • South America
  • US
Holiday Inn has a bigger global presence
Is there free breakfast?NoYesComfort Inn offers free breakfast
Is there a loyalty system? Is it free to join?IHG Rewards Club – free to joinChoice Privileges – free to joinBoth offer loyalty clubs
Which chains is it partnered with?Holiday Inn is part of IHG. Its sister brands include:
  • InterContinental
  • Kimpton
  • Hualuxe
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Staybridge Suites
  • Hotel Indigo
  • Holiday Inn Resort
  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations
  • Crowne Plaza
  • Even Hotels
  • Candlewood Suites
Comfort Inn is part of Choice Hotels and its sister brands include:
  • Comfort Suites
  • Quality
  • Sleep Inn
  • Clarion
  • Cambria Hotels
  • MainStay Suites
  • Suburban
  • Econo Lodge
  • Rodeway Inn
Holiday Inn has more partners
Is there free Wi-Fi?At some hotelsYesComfort Inn offers free Wi-Fi
Is there an executive lounge?In some hotelsNoHoliday Inn offers some executive lounges
How many stars does it have?Mid - upscale hotelsEconomy - upscale hotels and vacation rentalsComfort Inn offers a wider range of options for budgets and styles
Are hotels pet-friendly?Some areSome areBoth have pet-friendly hotels
Is there online chat?YesNoHoliday Inn has online chat
What are my payment options?
  • American Express
  • Business Advantage
  • Carte Blanche
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Discover
  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
Holiday Inn offers a few more ways to pay
Can I price match?YesYesBoth brands price match
Does it allow for cancellations/changes?Cancellation depends on the booking and hotel. Many rooms can be cancelled at 24 hours’ noticeSame-day cancellations are accepted at many hotelsYou can cancel at shorter notice with Comfort Inn
Does it have smoking rooms?YesNoComfort Inn is smoke-free

Which offers the best price?

A room with a king-sized bed at Holiday Inn New York City Times Square costs US$197 (AUD$243), while a room with a king-sized bed at Comfort Inn Times Square West – a 10-minute walk from the Holiday Inn – costs US$163 with taxes (AUD$201).

The verdict?

In a like for like rate comparison, Comfort Inn Times Square came out cheaper than Holiday Inn Times Square. Comfort Inn also included breakfast and Wi-Fi in the rate. However, Holiday Inn had a few more facilities, like a fitness centre and restaurant.

What are the deals like?

Comfort Inn offers special hotel packages, such as those that include free tickets to attractions like the Top of the Rock observatory in New York. Holiday Inn’s offers page features deals like early booking discounts of 10% and deals on dinner, bed and breakfast packages.

The verdict?

Holiday Inn offers discounts as part of its deals pages; Comfort Inn is more likely to throw in extras than offer room rate cuts.

Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn hotel deals


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