According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is ranked highest in guest satisfaction for luxury hotels.
Now in its 13th year, the study measures overall hotel guest satisfaction across six hotel segments: luxury, upscale, mid-scale full service, mid-scale limited service, economy/budget and extended stay. Seven key measures are examined within each segment to determine overall satisfaction: reservations; check-in/check-out; guest room; food and beverage; hotel services; hotel facilities; and costs and fees.
Hotel guests in 2009 express increased desire for comfort and value-related amenities. For the first time since the inception of the study in 1997, bedding and pillow choices and free parking are among the top five “must-have” amenities for hotel guests. Other most-desired amenities include complimentary breakfast, wireless Internet access and pillow-top mattresses. Within the luxury segment, a high percentage of guests express the desire for in-room high-definition flat-panel TVs.
Guest awareness of property-initiated “green” programs has increased significantly in 2009, with 66 percent of guests stating that they were aware of their hotel’s conservation efforts, compared with 57 percent in 2008. Among these guests, 72 percent say they participated in their hotel’s conservation programs.
Awareness of “green” programs has a strong impact on overall hotel guest satisfaction. On average, satisfaction is more than 160 points higher among guests who report being aware of their hotel’s green programs, compared with guests who are unaware of them.
The proportion of hotel guests making reservations online has decreased slightly in 2009, to 54 percent from 57 percent in 2008.