01/30/2013 08:40 am ET | Updated Jan 30, 2013

The Best US Hotels Ranked (PHOTOS)

There's something to the old adage. You don't have to pay a lot to get a lot.

That's the takeaway from a new survey of more than 40,000 travelers who ranked the best hotel brands across the country, putting a relatively small family-owned chain of mid-level properties above the likes of Fairmont, Four Seasons and Ritz-Carlton.

The rankings, compiled by the research firm Market Metrix, cited helpful reservations agents and front-desk staff as well as a "can-do attitude" as the factors that put Drury Hotels at the top of the list.

Other brands that did well in the survey include Marriott, Kimpton, Renaissance and hotels operated by Walt Disney World Resorts.

The Best Hotels in the US