Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Hilton Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings for Hotels

Temkin Experience Ratings

We recently released the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 294 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.

Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Hilton deliver the best customer experience in the hotel industry, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual customer experience ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.

Residence Inn and Holiday Inn Express tied for the top spot out of 21 hotels in this year’s ratings. Each earned a score of 71% and came in 42nd place overall out of 294 companies across 20 industries. Residence Inn and Holiday Inn Express were the only two hotels to improve their scores this year which, coupled with the significant decline in the other hotels’ scores, gave them the boost they needed to reach the top. Hilton, meanwhile, came in second place with a rating of 69% and an overall rank of 60th.

At the other end of the spectrum, Motel 6 received the lowest score of any hotel, earning a rating of 41% and an overall rank of 283rd. Fairfield Inn and Days Inn also received “very poor” ratings (below 50%).


Overall, the hotel industry averaged a 60% rating in the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings and came in 8th place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry decreased by six percentage points between 2015 and 2016, dropping from 66% to 60%.

Here are some additional findings from the hotel industry:

  • The ratings of all hotels in the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings are as follows: Residence Inn (71%), Holiday Inn Express (71%), Hilton (69%), Marriot (68%), Wyndham (66%), Hampton Inn (64%), La Quinta Inn (64%), Sheraton (64%), Courtyard by Marriott (61%), Best Western (61%), Comfort Inn (60%), Hyatt (60%), Quality Inn (60%), Holiday Inn (59%), Crowne Plaza (55%), Radisson (55%), Westin (54%), Super 8 (50%), Fairfield Inn (48%), Days Inn (46%), and Motel 6 (41%),
  • Holiday Inn Express (+3 points) and Residence Inn (+2 points) were the only hotels to improve their ratings between 2015 and 2016.
  • Fairfield Inn (-17 points), Courtyard by Marriott (-13 points), and Westin (-13 points), declined by the most percentage-points between 2015 and 2016.

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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