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Independently owned

Magnuson Hotels visitors enjoy ‘unique as standard’! Stay at any of our independently owned properties today.

Since its founding in 2003  as a home-based USA business by Melissa and Thomas Magnuson in 2003, Magnuson Hotels has been setting records across the globe. First, Magnuson Hotels quickly become the world’s largest independent hotel group in 2009, when Inc. Magazine named Magnuson Hotels the number 1 hotel company on its exclusive annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the USA.

Inc. Magazine further honoured Magnuson Hotels with a number 9 position of it is top companies by revenue, gross dollars of growth, and companies that are women owned. Magnuson Hotels joined past honourees including Microsoft, Oracle, Timberland, Morningstar, Jamba Juice, Domino’s Pizza, Vizio and internet giant GoDaddy.

In 2014, Magnuson Hotels launched its Magnuson Hotel and Magnuson Grand brands as a low-cost alternative to traditional franchising. Today, Magnuson Hotels has become the fastest growing hotel brand in history, adding more new hotels in the last 10 years than 8 of the top 10 chains combined. 

In 2017, Magnuson Hotels formed a global distribution alliance with Chinese hotel operator, Jin Jiang Hotels, as well as Louvre Hotels Group in Europe, creating a consortium of over 8,000 hotels worldwide, equal to the size of a top 2 hotel chain.

In 2019, Magnuson Hotels is headquartered in London UK and Spokane WA, and stands as the world’s largest hotel affiliation group, with over 65,000 hotels and 700 airlines on its worldwide booking platform

Despite its rapid ascent, Magnuson Hotels still stands today by its original mission, to celebrate and advance the principles and success of independence for hotel owners everywhere with simple standards, owner freedom and low costs.

Visitors to independently owned properties of the Magnuson Hotels affiliation group will find more value for less at all of its convenient locations including resorts, city centres, interstate locations, small towns and airports.  

Since all Magnuson Hotels are individually owned and operated, you are always welcomed as a personal guest, often by the hotel owners themselves. 

Chairman and co-founder Melissa Magnuson is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths, University of London.  

CEO and co-founder Thomas Magnuson is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Pepperdine University School of Business and Tufts University. 

Our Hotels

The Magnuson Brands

Looking for mid-priced to upper scale hotels and resorts? A Magnuson Hotel provides travelers with contemporary and authentic accommodation, around the world.

Our collection of premium hotels, Magnuson Grand offers travelers upscale level hotels and resorts complete with the finest facilities and amenities, in a variety of enviable locations.

Our M Star Hotel collection provides a vast and varied group of economy and upper economy level hotels, perfect for travelers seeking affordable comfort.

Our exclusive By Magnuson Worldwide collection allows a property to keep its original name but reap expanded benefits from association with the Magnuson Brand. The Hotels provide value, cleanliness and friendly service in the best locations around the globe.

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