Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens In Shoreview, Minn.

December 06, 2007 // Franchising.com // MINNEAPOLIS -- A new 83-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has opened its doors for business at 5995 Rice Creek Parkway in Shoreview, Minn.

"We're very excited to expand the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson concept in this region," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president and brand leader, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. With the addition of the Shoreview location, there are now 17 Country Inns & Suites locations in the greater Twin Cities Metro area. "All employees will participate in the Country Inns & Suites 'Be Our Guest' service training program, to ensure consistent delivery of quality customer service at our hotels," added Mogck.

"This new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson is a wonderful addition to our community. We look to this recognized brand and lodging concept to help us grow and prosper in the future," said Kathy Huston, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Shoreview. The owner of the hotel is Hospitality Investors, LLC.

This Country Inn & Suites property is the first in Minnesota to feature the brand's newest interior design package that was developed with input from guests and franchisees to evolve the brand and ensure it meets the needs of today's travelers. The new design highlights a more transitional and residential style, features a contemporary color palate throughout the hotel, and includes upgraded bedding in the guest rooms. In addition to the upgraded design, the hotel features an indoor pool with waterslide and kiddy pool, a whirlpool and an on-site fitness room with cardio and strength equipment. Other amenities include a lobby convenience store, a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and a Business Center featuring an 85 person capacity meeting room that provides fax and copy services.

The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites, Whirlpool rooms and extended stay suites. All rooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet access, 32-inch flat screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, hairdryer and iron with ironing board. All suites also offer iPod docking stations. This Country Inn & Suites property is within a 30 minute drive to area attractions such as the Metrodome, Target Center, downtown Minneapolis, shopping and area golf courses. The hotel is situated 23 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and 3 miles southeast from the Anoka County/Blaine-Janes Field Airport.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2007, Country Inns & Suites offers locations that feature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design with hardwood flooring, lobby fireplace and decorative ceiling borders. Each hotel welcomes guests with traditional furnishings that blend rich woods and elegant floral-patterned fabrics.

The rooms offer many amenities often found at higher-priced hotels such as complimentary hot breakfast, in-room coffee maker, in-room iron and ironing board, and weekday morning newspaper. Country Inns & Suites provides a Read It & Return Lending Library at its hotels in the U.S. and Canada which lends free books to guests based on the assurance they will return the book on their next visit. As guests continue to read and return books, Country Inns & Suites makes donations to support literacy.

Country Inns & Suites is known for its consistently high quality accommodations and personal, warm hospitality. For reservations and information, visit www.countryinns.com or call toll-free 1-800-456-4000.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is part of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, whose operations also include Regent Hotels & Resorts; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®; Park Plaza® Hotels and Resorts and Park Inn®.

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