By Travel + Leisure
August 10, 2015

By Melanie Lieberman, Travel + Leisure

While the words “hotel chain” may drudge up thoughts of cookie-cutter interiors, dusty bed runners and carpet long overdue for a refresh, the world’s best brands are proving that sharing the same proprietary name doesn’t mean a property is destined to be bland or mediocre.

In fact, the top hotels in the world are proving that there may very well be strength in numbers.

Shared management provides, if nothing else, consistency. Our favorite hotel brands foster loyalty and set reliable standards: guests know they can count on exceptional service, food and beverage programs that will rival the best independent restaurants, and design that conjures a sense of place. You should know exactly where you are just by drifting along the Rosewood Mayakobá’s mangrove-fronted lagoon or lounging in the Four Seasons Hotel Miami’s Art Deco lobby.

A stay at any one of these hotel chains, from the first trademarked Ritz-Carlton property in Boston, launched in 1927, to the hotly-anticipated grand openings set for later this year, could easily banish your fears of brand-name boredom with a single step through the front door, which will inevitably be held open by a cheerful attendant or a bellhop in full regalia.

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