Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Opens in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca, NY | May 28, 2008

A new 58-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson has opened its doors for business at 1100 Danby Road - RTE 96B in Ithaca, NY.

"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 Ilana Bobroff, general manager of the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Ithaca. The owner of the hotel is Garuda Hotels, Inc.

The hotel features an indoor pool, whirlpool and well-equipped fitness room.Other amenities include a complimentary hot expanded continental breakfast and a 100 person capacity meeting room that provides fax and copy service.The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms including standard rooms, one bedroom suites, Jacuzzi rooms and extended stay suites. All rooms feature complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, hair dryer, 32"Flat Screen HD television, microwave and refrigerator. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, this Country Inn & Suites property is just minutes from exciting area attractions such as Ithaca College, Cornell University and Downtown Ithaca Commons. The hotel is situated close to a variety of dining options, shopping, golf and more.

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.

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. When guests return the books to any Country Inns & Suites hotel, a charitable donation is made by Country Inns & Suites to support literacy.

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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