The race for favorite hotel chain was a nail-biter right until the end. Marriott edged out InterContinental by just a few votes, with Ritz Carlton coming in a respectable third place.

The “best hotel” category is unusual, because it was open to any hotel chain with a domestic presence, from budget to upscale.

Here are the top hotel companies of 2013 according to the readers of this site.

1. Marriott
2. InterContinental
3. Ritz Carlton
4. Four Seasons
5. Hyatt
6. Best Western

Congratulations to all the winners.

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