Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens in Lakeland, Fla.

Minneapolis, MN | January 22, 2009

The new 87-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Lakeland, Fla. today announced it is open for business at 4500 Lakeland Park Drive.

"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 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 Robert C. Testasecca, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Lakeland. The owner of the hotel is Sheldon Management Inc.

The hotel features a unique covered indoor/outdoor pool and fitness center. Other amenities include a complimentary hot continental breakfast and a meeting room with audio-visual capabilities to accommodate up to 60 people. The hotel offers a variety of guest room styles including standard rooms, King or Double Queen suites and Whirlpool suites. All rooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet access, hair dryer, 37" flat screen television, microwave and refrigerator.

In addition, all rooms include their own Web-based computer so guests can enjoy free Internet browsing from the comfort of their room. There is also a computer available in the Business Center.

Conveniently located in central Florida, this Country Inn & Suites property is approximately 12 miles from the Lakeland Airport and 41 miles from Tampa International Airport. The hotel is close to a variety of attractions and special events in the area, including Lakeland mall (5 minutes); Hard Rock Casino (15 minutes); Florida State Fairgrounds (15 minutes); Ford Amphitheater (15 minutes); Busch Gardens & Adventure Island (25 minutes); and Orlando Theme Parks (35 minutes).

The new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Lakeland is also a preferred hotel of Tiger Town, the Detroit Tigers Spring training facility, located only 15 minutes from the hotel.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson® hotels offer locations that 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 transitional furnishings that blend rich woods and an updated color palate throughout the hotel.

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson® 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 CarlsonSM 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 By Carlson 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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