Hawthorn Suites is among the key players in the upper midscale hotels category, according to CNN.com[ Most Hawthorn Suites offer amenities such as meeting rooms, exercise facilities, swimming pools, and a free hot buffet breakfast and dinner. It competes with Hilton's Homewood Suites, Hyatt's Summerfield Suites, Marriott's Residence Inn, and InterContinental's Staybridge Suites in the upper moderate to low upscale segment of the extended-stay market. It may also compete with Marriott's SpringHill Suites and Comfort Suites in the non-extended-stay, all-suite segment of the market.
On July 21, 2008, Wyndham Worldwide purchased US Franchise Systems, Inc., owner of the Microtel Inns and Hawthorn Suites brands for $150 million. US Franchise Systems had previously sold the America's Best Inn (formerly Best Inns) chain to the Country Hearth Inns chain in 2005. That holding company is now known as America's Best Franchising Inc.