Did anyone notice that the "ranking" seems to be gone when making a reservation? Either it was gone before and I didn't notice or it's removal is part of the "re-launch". I am speaking of the "Excellent", "Commendable", etc. rankings that used to appear on the reservation list. This was a helpful reference when trying to decide on numerous properties located within a reasonable distance from each other. As a road warrior sometimes staying in small towns where there are no SPG's, Hyatt's, or even Marriott Courtyards, I've come to really like the newer Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn hotels. In fact, I'm staying in one tonight, near Seabrook, TX, and according to the front desk person, it's been open about 8 months - really nice, very modern, great lobby - could easily be another upscale brand if I was blindfolded and put in my room or lobby. Anyway - if I were an operator of a sub-standard property, I guess this ranking thing would be something I'd complain about - I wouldn't want a better run property 5-7 miles away 'taking' my business. On the other hand, it seems that the ranking was something the decent properties valued - one HIX in Amarillo (Wolfin location) comes to mind. High ranking, EXCELLENT customer service, very, very clean property - - they EARNED the ranking and were rewarded with many repeat visitors. I don't why IHG changed this - I don't find the trip advisor reviews particularly helpful - and when I am in a new town looking for a hotel in an out of the way place, that system always served me well. Am I wrong, but is IHG misguided in removing this important feature? Promoting a race to the bottom, perhaps?