Choice Hotels International opens 113 hotels in Q2 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD - Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world's largest hotel companies, announced robust system growth with the addition of 113 domestic and international newly opened franchise

Choice Hotels International opens 113 hotels in Q2 2013

ROCKVILLE, MD – Choice Hotels International, Inc., one of the world’s largest hotel companies, announced robust system growth with the addition of 113 domestic and international newly opened franchised properties during the second quarter of 2013. Additionally, the company has executed a total of 187 new domestic franchise agreements during the first six months of 2013, a 10-percent increase over the same period last year.

The second quarter of 2013 saw the opening of hotels under the new generation Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites new construction prototypes. These design concepts for the company’s largest and iconic brand were created in collaboration with Gensler, a leading design and strategy firm with world-renowned brand and hospitality practices. The overall aesthetic of the prototypes is contemporary while still maintaining the Comfort brand’s warm and inviting signature look and feel.

In May 2013, the upscale Ascend Collection reached a milestone 100 properties. In total, the second quarter of 2013 welcomed the opening of 29 new Ascend Collection member hotels, including the newly constructed Hotel Florence in South Carolina, the first Ascend member hotel in Australia and the addition of 20 Bluegreen Vacations properties located in highly desirable destinations including Orlando, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Ascend Collection is made up of unique independent hotels and resort properties.

Choice Hotels International’s emerging, all new-construction upscale brand, Cambria Suites, continues to make great strides. During May 2013, Choice Hotels reached an agreement in principle to create a joint venture with private investment firm Fillmore Capital Partners, LLC and its affiliates to develop multiple Cambria Suites hotels. This marks the brand’s first institutional investor, underscoring the confidence developers have already expressed for the emerging brand’s potential. During the second quarter of 2013, the brand also celebrated groundbreaking events in Plano, Texas and Fargo, North Dakota, propelling the portfolio to 30 hotels open or under development in 2013.

During the second quarter of 2013, openings included hotels in 38 U.S. states and 9 countries, including the first Choice Hotels branded property in Panama. This development activity adds more than 8,000 guestrooms to the company’s existing rooms, which now stand at more than half a million. The Choice Hotels International portfolio of franchised hotels offers leisure and business travelers a full spectrum of options from economy to upscale hotels and resorts.

“It has been a very exciting quarter, especially with the landmark growth of Ascend Collection and its continued expansion into key travel destinations. We are also extremely pleased with the positive response we are experiencing with our Comfort refresh strategy for the company’s largest brand,” said David Pepper, senior vice president of global development for Choice Hotels International. “Choice Hotels is fully committed to refreshing the Comfort brand through its investment of $40 million of incentive funds in the existing system of Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites hotels, as well as moving forward with a contemporary new look for new properties.”

Select properties that opened during this year’s second quarter include:

Comfort Suites & Conference Center Worthington, Minn. – This 75-suite, new construction hotel is among the first new generation prototype Comfort-branded hotels to showcase the brand’s new, more contemporary look and feel. The Comfort Suites & Conference Center is attached to the new Worthington Conference Center, offering event space to groups and parties of up to 560 guests. This property offers guests free services and amenities, which include hot breakfast, a daily newspaper and wireless high speed internet access. The Comfort Suites & Conference center also features a heated indoor pool, state of the art fitness center, a 24/7 business center with access to printing, faxing and copying services. All guest rooms include a microwave, refrigerator and pull-out sofa. Guest laundry service is available as well as plenty of parking.

Hotel Florence, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, Florence, S.C. – A multi-million dollar renovation preceded the grand re-opening of this historic hotel and restaurant/bar in May 2013. Located in the heart of the historic downtown, the new property serves as a hub for the city’s revitalization efforts. Hotel Florence’s contemporary new design pays homage to the hotel’s historic roots with exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and two 19th century writing tables in the lobby that serve as the front desk. Many rooms feature large windows with splendid city views. For on-property dining, Victor’s Bistro is a full-service, upscale restaurant and bar consistently voted by local press as among the city’s finest. The hotel is within easy walking distance of lively shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, businesses, Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center and the Florence City-County Complex.

Carnegie Inn and Spa, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, State College, Pa. – Overlooking the 17th green of the Toftrees Golf Course, Carnegie Inn and Spa is Central Pennsylvania’s first AAA Four-Diamond hotel. The 21-room lodging is home to the full-service Carnegie Inn Restaurant, Carnegie Library Lounge and the ESSpa Kozmetika Spa, which specializes in organic facials, massages, body wraps and more. With its award-winning 1,600- bottle wine cellar, Carnegie Inn Restaurant is consistently named as the area’s best fine dining experience, as ranked by State College Magazine. Mornings at the inn begin with a complimentary made-to-order hot breakfast. Carnegie Inn and Spa is minutes from University Park Airport, Penn State University, Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center arena for concerts and sporting events.

Sleep Inn & Suites, Moundsville, W.V. – Conveniently located to shopping centers and area attractions such as the Strand Theatre, Fostoria Glass Museum and the Historic Cocayne House this 69-room, new construction hotel showcases the brand’s simply stylish Designed to Dream design concept, which was also developed in collaboration with leading design and strategy firm with world-renowned brand and hospitality practices, Gensler. Designed to Dream offers guests a welcoming and restful environment with warm colors, fresh graphics and soothing nature-oriented art. In Moundsville, W.V. travelers can expect a relaxing stay as well as the following free services and amenities: hot breakfast, wireless high-speed Internet access, daily newspaper and fitness center. Meeting space can accommodate groups of up to 50 people.

Clarion Collection Makeney Hall Hotel, Belper, United Kingdom

This magnificent 46-room Victorian country mansion is situated in the heart of Derbyshire and set in six acres of landscaped gardens with views across the Amber Valley. With the Derby train station and East Midlands airport nearby, it is ideally situated for local business destinations and the nearby Peak District, making it an attractive base for both business and leisure travelers. All public areas showcase a contemporary style but still reflect the historical character of the property while offering the standard of a four-star hotel. This includes the oak-paneled Conservatory Restaurant and Bar which is open to both guests and non-residents and is ideal for a romantic dinner, business meal, family get-together or large gathering.

Choice Hotels also introduced the following hotels during the second quarter of 2013:

DOMESTIC
Ascend Resort Collection and Ascend Hotel Collection

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Cibola Vista Resort and Spa, an Ascend Resort Collection Member
Peoria
AZ
59

Daytona Seabreeze, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Daytona Beach Shores
FL
21

Hammocks at Marathon, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Marathon
FL
20

Fountains, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Orlando
FL
226

Grande Villas at World Golf Villas, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
St. Augustine
FL
40

Solara Surfside, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Surfside
FL
20

Casa del Mar, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Ormond Beach
FL
30

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The Studio Homes, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Savannah
GA
18

The Soundings, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Dennis Port
MA
30

Mountain Run at Boyne, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Boyne Falls
MI
77

Paradise Point, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Hollister
MO
35

South Mountain, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Lincoln
NH
24

Atlantic Palace, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Atlantic City
NJ
145

Club 36, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Las Vegas
NV
275

Suites at Hershey, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Hershey
PA
43

Harbour Lights, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Myrtle Beach
SC
210

Seaglass Tower, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Myrtle Beach
SC
57

Mountain Loft, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Gatlinburg
TN
104

Christmas Mountain Village, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
Wisconsin Dells
WI
88

Club La Pension, An Ascend Resort Collection Member
New Orleans
LA
5

Hotel Seville, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Harrison
AR
57

Hotel Med Park, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Sacramento
CA
32

Hotel Florence, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Florence
SC
50

Riverside Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
West Chesterfield
NH
34

Carnegie Inn & Spa, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
State College
PA
20

Gaia Shasta Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Anderson
CA
120

The Port Inn, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Kennebunk
ME
46

Comfort Inn and Comfort Inn & Suites

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Comfort Inn
Chattanooga
TN
91

Comfort Inn & Suites
Sayre
PA
85

Comfort Inn
Shelby
NC
76

Comfort Inn
Black Mountain
NC
57

Comfort Inn
Huron
OH
65

Comfort Inn
Cohoes
NY
125

Comfort Inn
Harlan
KY
62

Comfort Inn
Lees Summit
MO
66

Comfort Inn
Lansing
MI
105

Comfort Suites

Comfort Suites
Farmington
NM
73

Comfort Suites & Conference Center
Worthington
MN
75

Sleep Inn and Sleep Inn & Suites

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Sleep Inn
Long Island City
NY
100

Sleep Inn & Suites
Fargo
ND
62

Sleep Inn & Suites
Elk City
OK
67

Sleep Inn & Suites
Moundsville
WV
69

Clarion

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Clarion Hotel Airport and Conference Center
Charlotte
NC
102

Clarion Inn & Suites
Knoxville
TN
98

Clarion Inn
North Brunswick
NJ
129

Clarion Inn
Depoe Bay
OR
54

Econo Lodge & Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Econo Lodge
Austin
MN
53

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Memphis
TN
31

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Blue Springs
MO
75

Econo Lodge
Springfield
MO
119

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Gilbertsville
KY
70

Econo Lodge
Atlantic City
NJ
74

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
O’Fallon
IL
63

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Lafayette
LA
94

Econo Lodge
Somerset
PA
54

Econo Lodge
Thornton
CO
100

Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
Pensacola
FL
69

Econo Lodge
South Padre Island
TX
57

Econo Lodge
Wisconsin Dells
WI
98

Econo Lodge
Saint Louis
MO
95

Quality Inn and Quality Inn & Suites

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Quality Inn & Suites
Cincinnati
OH
81

Quality Inn
St. Mary’s
OH
59

Quality Inn
St. Helena Island
SC
49

Quality Inn & Suites
Blanding
UT
52

Quality Inn
Plainfield
IN
58

Quality Inn & Suites
Arlington
TX
121

Quality Inn
Chesterton
IN
47

Quality Inn & Suites
Pacific
WA
114

Quality Inn & Suites
Austell
GA
71

Quality Inn
Richland
MS
44

Quality Inn & Suites
Groesbeck
TX
42

Quality Inn & Suites
Arden Hills
MN
62

Quality Inn
Green Bay
WI
77

Quality Suites
Kenosha
WI
72

Quality Inn
Kingsland
GA
78

Quality Inn
New Cumberland
PA
92

Quality Inn
Madera
CA
93

Quality Inn
Clovis
NM
55

Quality Inn
Eastman
GA
39

Quality Inn
Fitzgerald
GA
51

Quality Inn & Suites
Altoona
IA
47

Rodeway Inn & Rodeway Inn & Suites

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

Rodeway Inn
Blue Springs
MO
50

Rodeway Inn & Suites
Greenville
NC
90

Rodeway Inn
Clarksdale
MS
60

Rodeway Inn
Merced
CA
30

Rodeway Inn
Lawrence
KS
110

Rodeway Inn
Girard
OH
150

Rodeway Inn
Yorktown
VA
44

Rodeway Inn
Rome
GA
35

Rodeway Inn
Eugene
OR
24

Rodeway Inn
Savannah
GA
90

Rodeway Inn
Bronx
NY
37

Rodeway Inn
Springfield
IL
72

Rodeway Inn
Hammonton
NJ
45

Rodeway Inn & Suites
Pendleton
OR
36

Rodeway Inn
Huntington Station
NY
56

Rodeway Inn
Calhoun
GA
32

MainStay Suites

Hotel Name
City
Country/State
Rooms

MainStay Suites
Rapid City
SD
97

MainStay Suites
Barnesville
PA
70

INTERNATIONAL
Ascend Hotel Collection

Hotel Elan, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Calgary
Canada
62

Lindenwarrah at Milawa, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Milawa
Australia
40

Clarion

Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre
Calgary
Canada
184

Clarion Victoria Hotel and Suites Panama
Panama City
Panama
127

Clarion Collection Mackeney Hall Hotel
Belper
United Kingdom
46

Clarion Collection Hotel NO13
Bergen
Norway
34

Comfort

Comfort Hotel & Suites Osasco
Osasco
Brazil
134

Comfort Inn Parklands Calliope
Calliope
Australia
51

Comfort Hotel Urban City Le Havre
Le Havre
France
37

Quality

Quality Suites Boulevard On Beaumont
Newcastle
Australia
32

Quality Inn VIHA
Kumbakonam
India
42

Quality Hotel Elms
Christchurch
New Zealand
95

Quality Inn
Merritt
Canada
56

Quality Suites Lyon 7 Lodge
Lyon
France
97

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