Upper-Midscale and Upscale Properties Dominate U.S. Hotel Construction

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics report that together the upper-midscale and upscale hotel construction projects in the United States account for 72 percent of all hotel construction projects in the U.S. pipeline. The upper-midscale category, including unbranded projects, has 2,278 projects/233,150 rooms and is the largest chain scale in the U.S. construction pipeline. The second largest chain scale—including unbranded properties—is the upscale category, which has 1,529 projects/208,334 rooms.

The brands with the largest number of projects in the upper-midscale segment are IHG’s Holiday Inn Express with 438 projects/40,657 rooms; Home2 Suites by Hilton with 377 projects/39,474 rooms; and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton with 316 projects/32,132 rooms. For the upscale segment, the largest brand pipelines belong to Residence Inn by Marriott with 200 projects/24,978 rooms; SpringHill Suites by Marriott with 176 projects/20,124 rooms; and IHG’s Staybridge Suites with 139 projects/14,740 rooms.