I'm starting a blog soon that is primarily focused on budgeting and financial literacy, but I wanted to throw in some budget travel pieces as well, because everyone really wants to travel, they just may not think they have the means to, even if that only means domestic travel. One thing that I haven't seen discussed on blogs or on here that much (likely because my target isn't people that frequent here or FT) is what the best entry-level hotel chain is, not only for value for cash reservations, but brand consistency and any points/reward earning as well. I would weight the points/rewards earning a little less here, but still want to give it some consideration. The players: (I'm using a sub-$80 average price per night per full-price room as my definition) 1) Choice Hotel Group 2) Wyndham Hotels 3) LaQuinta Hotels 4) Best Western Hotels From my experience, LaQuinta wins, but Best Western isn't that far behind. What are your thoughts and experiences? I've never had a poor experience at LQ (nor at BW, but haven't stayed there as often), but I think the Wyndham Hotels are VERY hit or miss. The FORMER Super 8 in downtown Atlanta would be a great example of how awful they can be, although I give them credit for pulling the brand name not long afterward. It's now a Holiday Inn Express & Suites (which it appears they did a MASSIVE renovation to - 111 NW Cone St). I had never been to a hotel where I wasn't comfortable sleeping in the room until that place.