Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Celebrates Grand Opening of 450th Property in Savannah Historic District, G.A.

Savannah, Ga. | June 19, 2008

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson℠ Inc., the mid-tier lodging brand of Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, today announced the opening of its 450th hotel. The landmark hotel, located at 320 Montgomery Street in Savannah Historic District, Ga., offers a prime location within walking distance to all of Savannah's historical treasures.

The grand opening ceremony of the new 101-room Country Inn & Suites hotel in Savannah Historic District will be attended by the brand's Executive Vice President of Franchise Operations, Steve Mogck; Hash Patel, president of Tara of Savannah LLC, the owner of the hotel; General Manager Andrew Collins and members of his staff. The hotel is managed by Tara Hospitality Corp.

"The opening of our 450th hotel is a major milestone in our company's history," said Mogck. "Over the past 21 years, Country Inns & Suites evolved from a new concept created by Carlson to become a brand leader in the mid-tier segment of the lodging industry with more than 35,500 rooms in the Americas, Europe and India."

"The Country Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District hotel exemplifies the brand's high quality product and service standards and marks our fifth location in the Savannah area and 39th location in the state," Mogck added. "All of the hotel's 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 and we're thrilled to be part of the brand's history with this significant opening," said Hash Patel. "We look forward to providing visitors to Savannah with the genuine hospitality that is characteristic of both the South and Country Inns & Suites."

The hotel features an indoor pool, well-equipped fitness room and valet laundry service. Other amenities include a complimentary hot continental breakfast, a 70 person capacity meeting room with a 60-inch wall-mounted plasma flat screen TV and built-in audio system, and two boardrooms. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard king rooms, standard double queen rooms, and one bedroom king suites. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, hair dryer, 32" flat screen television, microwave and refrigerator.

The Country Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District is nearby to all the attractions Historic Savannah has to offer. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to Historic River Street, the City Market, the Savannah Civic Center, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Savannah History Museum. The Country Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District is also in close proximity to historical forts, golfing, and the beaches of Tybee Island.

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 titles for all ages are available for guests to borrow and read at their leisure at over 400 locations in the U.S. and Canada and Country Inns & Suites supports literacy efforts through charitable donations.

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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