Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens in Covington, La.

July 29, 2009 // Franchising.com // COVINGTON, La. -- The new 70-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson® Covington today announced it is open for business at 130 Holiday Boulevard.

"We're very excited to bring the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson concept to this region," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. "All employees will participate in our 'Be Our Guest' service training program, to ensure consistent delivery of quality customer service at our hotels."

"This hotel is a wonderful addition to our community. We are confident that this recognized brand and lodging concept will help us grow and prosper in the future," said Sanjiv Chauhan, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Covington. The owner of the hotel is JJ Hospitality Group, LLC.

The 100 percent non-smoking hotel features an outdoor heated pool and fitness center with two treadmills, elliptical machine and freedom trainer. Other amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast and flexible meeting space perfect for small business meetings or social gatherings. The hotel offers a variety of guest room styles including standard rooms, studio suites and one bedroom suites. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, hair dryer, 32-inch LCD television, microwave and refrigerator.

Conveniently located on the north side of beautiful Lake Pontchartrain close to the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the hotel is just 30 miles from New Orleans. The hotel is also close to UCM Museum, Fontainebleau State Park, historic downtown Covington and the Magnolia Belle Riverboat.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson feature traditional architecture and a sophisticated residential interior design with the brand's iconic plank lobby flooring, lobby fireplace and front porch. Each hotel welcomes guests with attractive, comfortable furnishings that blend rich woods and natural earth tones throughout the hotel.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson offer amenities such as complimentary hot breakfast, in-room coffee maker, in-room iron and ironing board, and weekday morning newspaper. Country Inns & Suites By Carlson embraces the love of reading through its Read It & Return Lending Library. A variety of titles for all ages are available for guests to borrow and read at their leisure at more than 465 locations in the U.S. and Canada and the brand supports literacy efforts through charitable donations.

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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