WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California, October 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
- Hilton Garden Inn; Premier Inn; Ramada Hotels; and Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts Each Rank Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Hotel Guests in Europe
After several years of improvement, overall satisfaction among hotel guests in Europe has declined notably, with deterioration occurring across all levels of the guest experience, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 European Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study(SM) released today.
The study, now in its seventh year, examines the overall satisfaction of European hotel guests based on seven measures (in order of importance): guest room; costs and fees; hotel facilities; check-in/check-out; food and beverage; hotel services; and reservation. Forty-five hotel brands are measured and ranked in four segments(1): upper upscale, upscale, midscale and economy.
Overall satisfaction averages 735 on a 1,000-point scale in 2011, down by 10 points from 2010. While satisfaction has decreased across all measures from 2010, the largest decline occurs in the cost and fees measure. Cost and fees satisfaction averages 682 in 2011, down by 32 points from 2010.
Cost and fees satisfaction in 2011 is comparable to 2009 levels (681). However, in 2009, overall satisfaction averaged 746-11 points higher than in 2011. This indicates that aspects of the guest experience outside of cost and fees have deteriorated considerably from 2009.
Prior to the economic downturn, hoteliers improved their offerings, increasing satisfaction with the overall guest experience as well as cost and fees satisfaction. Subsequently, during the recession, hotel chains reduced prices to stimulate demand which continued to improve satisfaction with cost and until higher rates began driving satisfaction back down in 2010. Hoteliers also made cutbacks in staffing levels, services and investment in the property to reduce operating costs during this period, which led to the deterioration of satisfaction with the broader guest experience.
"As guests have been coming back, so have their expectations," said Stuart Greif, vice president and general manager of the global travel and hospitality practice at J.D. Power and Associates. "Hoteliers, like many businesses, are feeling the strain of trying to maintain lower cost structures until they see more sustainable levels of demand. There is danger, however, in allowing their product and service to continue to deteriorate. It is critically important that hoteliers focus on improving the guest experience. If not, they risk losing customers, market share and financial viability."
According to Greif, increasing the frequency of guest interactions with hotel staff can help elevate satisfaction and loyalty. While nearly all guests interact with hotel staff at check-in, each additional interaction with a different type of staff member (e.g., housekeeper, manager, concierge), increases satisfaction by an average of 28 points.
The study also finds that the availability of Internet service at hotel properties has become increasingly important. For the first time, complimentary Internet access has surpassed complimentary breakfast as the most important amenity. In addition, Internet use by hotel guests has nearly tripled during the past six years, with 47 percent of guests saying they used their hotel's Internet connection in 2011, compared with 17 percent in 2005.
"Guests increasingly expect hotels to offer Internet access that is consistently available and working properly, particularly since Internet access is becoming more widely available in non-hotel settings, such as restaurants and cafes," said Greif. "We have reached a point where problems with Internet access will more severely impact guest satisfaction levels with each passing year."
Hotel guests who are required to pay a separate fee for Internet connectivity are considerably less satisfied with costs and fees, compared with guests who receive Internet access for free or as part of their room rate. In addition, among guests who indicate they experienced a problem with Internet connectivity at their hotel, only 13 percent say they would return to the property for a future stay. In contrast, 28 percent of customers who did not experience a problem with the Internet say they would return.
Hotel rankings by segment are as follows:
Upper Upscale Segment
Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts ranks highest in the upper upscale segment for a fourth consecutive year, performing particularly well in all seven measures. Following in the segment rankings are Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, respectively.
Among upscale hotel brands, Hilton Garden Inn ranks highest in guest satisfaction and performs particularly well in four of the seven measures: guest room; hotel services; hotel facilities; and costs and fees. Following in the segment rankings are Riu Hotels & Resorts and Dorint Hotels & Resorts, respectively.
Ramada Hotels ranks highest in guest satisfaction in the midscale segment and performs particularly well in six of the seven measures: guest room; hotel facilities; check-in/check-out; food and beverage; hotel services; and reservation. Following Ramada Hotels in the segment rankings are Holiday Inn and Park Inn, respectively.
In the economy segment, Premier Inn ranks highest for a fourth consecutive year and performs particularly well in six of the seven measures: reservation; check-in/check-out; guest room; food and beverage; hotel facilities; and costs and fees. B&B Hotels and Travelodge, respectively, follow in the segment rankings.
The 2011 European Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study is based on responses from more than 18,000 guests who stayed at a hotel in Europe between April and September 2011. The study was fielded between May and September 2011.
(1) Luxury hotel brands are also included in the study but are not ranked due to insufficient number of award-eligible brands.
Customer Satisfaction Index J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ranking Ratings (Based on a 1,000-point scale) For Consumers Upper Upscale Segment Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts 805 5 Marriott Hotels & Resorts 785 4 Sheraton Hotels & Resorts 775 3 Upper Upscale Segment Average 774 3 Westin Hotels & Resorts 772 3 Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts 768 3 Hilton Hotels & Resorts 767 3 Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts 766 2 Included in the study but not ranked due to small or insufficient sample size are: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Pullman Hotels and Resorts, Renaissance Hotels and Swissotel Hotels & Resorts. Upscale Segment Hilton Garden Inn 792 5 Riu Hotels & Resorts 775 4 Dorint Hotels & Resorts 767 4 Maritim Hotels 759 4 Four Points by Sheraton 758 4 Melia Hotels & Resorts 743 3 Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts 738 3 Iberostar Hotels & Resorts 737 3 Scandic 737 3 Novotel Hotels 735 3 Upscale Segment Average 735 3 H10 733 3 Mercure 733 3 AC Hotels 732 3 Hesperia 728 3 nH Hoteles 714 2 Courtyard 711 2 Included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size are: De Vere Hotels & Resorts, Hoteles Silken, Husa Hoteles, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts, NH Jolly, Park Plaza and Thistle. Midscale Segment Overall Satisfaction Index Ramada Hotels 758 5 Holiday Inn 742 4 Park Inn 739 4 All Seasons Hotels 733 4 Barcelo Hotels & Resorts 733 4 Clarion 733 4 Best Western 732 4 Golden Tulip Hotels, Inns & Resorts 729 3 Holiday Inn Express 725 3 Midscale Segment Average 723 3 Sol Hoteles 721 3 Quality 714 3 Campanile Hotel 707 2 Ibis Hotel 704 2 Comfort Inn/Hotel 694 2 Kyriad 691 2 TRYP Hotels 684 2 NOTE: Tulip Inns is included in the study but not ranked due to small sample size. Economy Segment Overall Satisfaction Index Premier Inn 757 5 B&B Hotels 725 4 Economy Segment Average 699 3 Travelodge 685 3 Etap Hotel 677 2 Premiere Classe 668 2 Hotel F1 662 2 Included in the study but not ranked due to small or insufficient sample size are: Balladins, Days Inn/Days Hotels and Motel One.
Power Circle Ratings Legend:
5 - Among the best
4 - Better than most
3 - About average
2 - The rest
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