Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens in Peoria, Ill.

Peoria, Ill. | March 18, 2008

A new 74-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has opened its doors for business at 5309 West Landens Way in Peoria, Ill.

"We're very excited to bring the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson concept to this region," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president and brand leader, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson. "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."

"This new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson 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 Josh Burnett, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Peoria. The owner of the hotel is Petersen Companies, LLC.

The hotel features a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and well-equipped fitness center. Other amenities include a complimentary hot expanded continental breakfast and a 20 person capacity meeting room that provides fax and copy service. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, one bedroom suites, studio suites, Jacuzzi rooms and an extended stay suite. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, microwave, refrigerator, and 32" Flat Screen HDTV. This Country Inn & Suites property is conveniently located near numerous attractions & businesses including The Shoppes at Grand Prairie with over 70 specialty stores & restaurants, Grand Prairie Commons and The Plaza at Grand Prairie. The hotel is situated near a variety of dining options and offers complimentary pre-scheduled shuttle service.

Country Inns & Suites offers locations that feature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design with hardwood flooring, lobby fireplace and front porch. Each hotel welcomes guests with traditional furnishings that blend rich woods and a contemporary color palate throughout the hotel.

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. When guests return the books to any Country Inns & Suites hotel, a charitable donation is made by Country Inns & Suites 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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