Major lodging companies' phone numbers and websites are listed below. Several hotel and motel brands may be managed by one umbrella company. Thus, different chains may share central reservation staffs and Internet systems. That's why callers to Comfort Suites, for example, may get a reservation agent who says, "Thank you for calling Choice Hotels," a reference to Comfort Suites' parent company. And it's why Internet users logging on to www.westin.com get the URL for corporate parent Starwood Hotels & Resorts. To reduce confusion and indicate which brands may share frequent-guest programs, corporate affiliations are noted in parentheses.
Here are selected hotel associations, loose marketing alliances of independently owned and managed lodgings. Members of a group usually meet a set of criteria, and the association acts as a referral service of sorts, booking reservations and guiding prospective guests to member hotels.