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

Jacksonville, Fla. | February 11, 2008

A new 73-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has opened its doors for business at 7035 Commonwealth Avenue in Jacksonville, Fla.

"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 look to this recognized brand and lodging concept to help us grow and prosper in the future," said Nilesh Patel, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Jacksonville.

The hotel features an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and on-site fitness center. Other amenities include a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and 40-person capacity meeting room with available fax, copy and printing services. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites, Jacuzzi rooms and an extended stay suite. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, 32- inch flat-screen televisions, free local and domestic long-distance calls, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, hairdryer and iron with ironing board.

This Country Inn & Suites property is located within minutes of downtown Jacksonville with historical St. Augustine only a short drive away. The hotel is also close to Jacksonville Maritime Museum, Orange Park Mall, the Museum of Science and History and Jacksonville Veterans Arena.

Country Inns & Suites offers locations that feature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design with hardwood flooring, lobby fireplace and decorative ceiling borders. Each hotel welcomes guests with traditional furnishings that blend rich woods and elegant floral-patterned fabrics.

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.

Country Inns & Suites is known for its consistently high quality accommodations and personal, warm hospitality. For reservations andinformation, 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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