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 DSRA, LLC. Completes $2 million Renovation of the
Former 165-room Howard Johnson Hotel; Rebranded
as Clarion Hotel, Chester, Virginia

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CHESTER, Va. (June 22, 2004) - The 165-room Clarion Hotel, located at 2401 West Hundred Rd. (exit 61B off of I-95), is now open. The hotel, which formerly operated as the Howard Johnson Hotel, is owned and operated by DSRA, LLC. 
 
The hotel recently underwent a $2 million renovation that completely renovated its interior and exterior.  Guest rooms were refurbished with new furnishings, carpeting and new bathrooms including new tile, new granite surrounds and vanities.  Public areas, including the lobby, were redone and a new fitness center and Biznet business center were added. 

Recently, Clarion, a brand of full service hotels and resorts franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. 


Clarion Hotel
2401 West Hundred Rd. 
Chester, Virginia
(NYSE:CHH), was named the top ranked midscale hotel brand with food and beverage services in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) for the first quarter of 2004.  Clarion ranked first in customer satisfaction in its 9-member comparison group.

“The Clarion Hotel in Chester is a wonderful addition to the Clarion Hotel line,” said Alexandra Jaritz, senior director, brand strategy and corporate development for Choice Hotels.  “Room amenities and hotel features make this hotel a natural fit for this outstanding brand of full service hotels.” 

Hotel features of the Clarion Hotel in Chester include Hooters Restaurant & Lounge, open for breakfast, a lunch and dinner, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center with stairmaster, treadmill and exercise bike, a game room and the Biznet business center.  The hotel has two rooms with approximately 1,400 square feet of banquet and meeting space that can accommodate up to 70 people.  

The Clarion Hotel has rooms with one king and two queen size beds.  Each room features microwave, refrigerator, 25-inch cable TV and in-room movies, in-room coffee maker, clock radio, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, telephone with two separate phone lines, a speaker phone and high-speed internet access.  King rooms have a large desk with ergonomic chair.  Queen rooms have a large work area with armchairs.  The hotel also features the Clarion Class Business Rooms and Clarion Class Leisure Rooms. 

The Clarion Hotel in Chester is near shopping and restaurants.  The hotel is located eight miles from both downtown Richmond and historic Petersburg.  Southpark mall is six miles from the hotel.  Pamplin Historic Park is 10 miles away.  The hotel is 40 miles from Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens and 20 miles from Richmond Airport and Richmond Speedway.  The corporate headquarters of many corporations are also in the vicinity of the hotel.

Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest lodging franchisors, franchises more than 5,000 hotels open or under development in 44 countries and territories under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn brand names. 

Contact:

Choice Hotels International
Dorothy Dee
Tel: (301) 592-6197
dorothy_dee@choicehotels.com
www.grandroyalehotel.com
 


 
Also See: The Historic Grand Royale Hotel in Downtown Binghamton, New York Now a Clarion Collection Franchise of the Choice Hotels International System / June 2004
The Andrew, 62 room Boutique Hotel in Great Neck, NY, Joins the Clarion Collection / February 2004
Built in 1927, the 48 room Hotel Bothwell, Sedalia, MO, Now a Clarion Collection Hotel / January 2004


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