A hotel may promise all the comforts of home, but it can be an unfriendly environment for smokers when they're banned from taking a puff on the premises. As of 2010, tobacco use was the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Snuffing out second-hand smoke from first-rate hotels may be the trend in the hospitality industry, but some hotels still welcome guests who light up.
More than 500 hotels and resorts operate under the Hilton brand name as of 2010. All of these hotels accommodate smokers. The flagship Hilton hotel brand sets aside 10 per cent of its rooms for smokers, while other Hilton brands, such as Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites, set aside between 5 to 15 per cent of their rooms as tobacco friendly.
Hotels by Hilton 800-445-8667 hilton.com
Intercontinental Hotels Group
Intercontinental Hotels Group lists more than 4,200 hotels under its brand. They include Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Since its inception in 1946, Intercontinental Hotels has allowed smokers in designated rooms, but some of its franchises today are independently owned and operated, so guests should check with individual hotels, which are listed on the Intercontinental Hotels Group website.
Intercontinental Hotels Group 877-660-8550 ichotelsgroup.com
As of 2010, 434 hotels and vacation properties operate under the Hyatt name, all of which offer smoker-friendly rooms. As part of the online reservations process, guests can select their smoking preference, but availability is limited. Hyatt also offers its Gold Passport program for frequent guests. Gold Passport guests have their smoking preferences on file and their rooms are guaranteed.
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts 888-591-1234 hyatt.com
Extended Stay Hotels
Smoking is permitted in designated suites at Extended Stay Hotels. Described as a home-away-from-home, Extended Stay Hotels are ideal for those in need temporary or even long-term housing. Smoking rooms feature in-suite kitchens and guest laundry facilities and the hotel offers nightly, weekly and monthly rates. Hotels operating under the Extended Stay brand include Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel, Extended Stay America, Homestead Studio Suites, StudioPlus Deluxe Suites and Crossland Studios. All of these hotels accommodate smokers.
Extended Stay Hotels 800-804-3724 extendedstayhotels.com
With more than 593,300 rooms in 7,090 hotels in 65 countries as of 2010, the smoking policy at Wyndham hotels varies by franchise, but some do offer smoking rooms. Guests should check with specific locations. Hotels under the Wyndham brand include Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8, Wingate, Baymont Inn & Suites, Microtel Inns, Hawthorn Suites, Howard Johnson, Travelodge and Knights Inn.
Wyndham Hotel Group 973-753-6000 wyndhamworldwide.com