Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens in Pinellas Park, Florida

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. | October 02, 2008

The new 70-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Pinellas Park has opened its doors for business at 8050 U.S. Highway 19 North in Pinellas Park, Fla.

"We're very excited to bring the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson concept to this city," 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 Dave Patel, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Pinellas Park. The owner of the hotel is Shyam Associates Inc., who also owns a Holiday Inn Express in St. Petersburg.

The Country Inn & Suites hotel features a heated outdoor pool and fitness room. Other amenities include a complimentary hot continental breakfast and meeting space that can host up to 50 people and a business center with fax, copy service, printer and Internet access. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites, and four Jacuzzi suites. All rooms feature complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, hair dryer, 32" flat panel High Definition televisions, microwave, refrigerator and free long-distance calls within the U.S.

The hotel is an ideal locale for travelers visiting Florida's West Coast for business or pleasure. The property is convenient to the Park Place shopping center that includes a variety of stores and over 15 restaurants and is minutes away from the destinations' noted white sandy Gulf Beaches. Nearby recreational attractions include Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays play, the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and is within 10 minutes from downtown St. Pete. Popular downtown St. Pete sights include The St. Pete Pier, the Salvador Dali Museum and Baywalk. The hotel is within five miles of St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport and 12 miles from Tampa International Airport.

Country Inns & Suites offers locations that feature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design that enables guests to feel more at home. The hotel's residential design features include 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 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 450 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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