Hotels & Motels Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 2
Hampton by Hilton

Hampton by Hilton

Initial Investment: $3.8M - $14.1M

# 32
Days Inn

Days Inn

Initial Investment: $179K - $7.7M

# 38
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

Initial Investment: $7.2M - $94M

# 52
Super 8

Super 8

Initial Investment: $134K - $4.3M

# 56
Motel 6

Motel 6

Initial Investment: $2.2M - $3.1M

# 85
Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Initial Investment: $11.7M - $22.3M

# 129
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Initial Investment: $9.9M - $20.5M

# 136
Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton

Initial Investment: $35.5M - $62.4M

# 138
Knights Inn

Knights Inn

Initial Investment: $109K - $7.4M

# 141
Baymont Inn & Suites

Baymont Inn & Suites

Initial Investment: $172K - $6.4M

# 164
Red Roof Franchising LLC

Red Roof Franchising LLC

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $4.8M

# 176
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

Initial Investment: $4.5M - $6.9M

# 180
Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

Initial Investment: $6.6M - $7.9M

# 189
Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Initial Investment: $26.2M - $39M

# 210
Ramada Worldwide

Ramada Worldwide

Initial Investment: $196K - $13.1M

# 273
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Initial Investment: $564K - $65M

# 278
Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Hilton Hotels and Resorts

Initial Investment: $56M - $97.1M

# 290
Travelodge

Travelodge

Initial Investment: $173K - $7.5M

# 306
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham

Initial Investment: $276K - $12.1M

# 331
Studio 6

Studio 6

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $4.5M

# 339
WoodSpring Suites

WoodSpring Suites

Initial Investment: $5M - $7M

# 349
Howard Johnson

Howard Johnson

Initial Investment: $162K - $8.7M

# 372
Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Hospitality Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $134K - $2.6M

# 374
Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton

Initial Investment: $7.4M - $13.7M

# 470
Wingate by Wyndham

Wingate by Wyndham

Initial Investment: $6.9M - $10.6M

# 478
Radisson

Radisson

Initial Investment: $3.2M - $9.9M

NR
Affordable Suites of America

Affordable Suites of America

Initial Investment: $2.8M - $3.3M

NR
Centerstone Inns, Hotels & Plaza Hotels

Centerstone Inns, Hotels & Plaza Hotels

Initial Investment: $3.1M - $19.5M

NR
Choice Hotels Int'l.

Choice Hotels Int'l.

Initial Investment: $88K - $13.2M

NR
GrandStay Hospitality LLC

GrandStay Hospitality LLC

Initial Investment: $5M - $8.5M

NR
Key West Inns, Hotels & Resorts

Key West Inns, Hotels & Resorts

Initial Investment: $3.1M - $4.4M

NR
Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson

Initial Investment: $1.7M - $4.8M

NR
Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu

Initial Investment: $11M - $16M

NR
Red Lion Hotels

Red Lion Hotels

Initial Investment: $635K - $38.7M

NR
TRYP by Wyndham

TRYP by Wyndham

Initial Investment: $1.3M - $22.9M

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