Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens in Grand Forks, ND

Grand Forks, N.D. | June 24, 2008

A new 100-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has opened its doors for business at 3101 S 42nd Street in Grand Forks, N.D.

"We're very excited to bring the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson concept to this region," said Steve Mogck, executive vice president of Franchise Operations for 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 Eric Kendall, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Grand Forks. The owner of the hotel is Portage, LLC.

The hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center. Other amenities include a complimentary hot continental breakfast and a 40 person capacity board room that provides fax and copy service.

The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites and Jacuzzi rooms. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, hair dryer, 42" plasma television, microwave and refrigerator. This Country Inn & Suites property is in close proximity to several popular Grand Forks attractions such as the University of North Dakota, Fighting Sioux hockey, Altru Hospital, North Dakota Museum of Art, Chester Fritz auditorium and Grand Forks Columbia Mall. With 24-hour taxi transportation, this hotel is only five minutes from Grand Forks International Airport.

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.

Country Inns & Suites locations 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 By Carlson embraces the love of reading through their Read It & Return Lending Library. A variety of adult and children's titles are available for guests to borrow and read at their leisure at more than 400 locations in the U.S. and Canada and Country Inns & Suites supports literacy efforts through charitable donations. For reservations and information, visitwww.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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