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 Carlson Hotels Worldwide Add Six Properties to Portfolio
of Brands During September, 2004

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Oct. 20, 2004) ---- Carlson Hotels Worldwide today announced that the company added six new properties to its global portfolio of brands in the month of September.  Three new Radisson Hotels & Resorts properties opened in the United States and Ireland; two Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotels were welcomed in the Southwestern region of the U.S.; and Regent International Hotels added a new hotel in Germany.  These additions bring Radisson's upscale hotel property total to 436 in 61 countries, while the mid-tier Country Inns & Suites' brand boasts 334 worldwide, and the Regent luxury portfolio contains seven properties on three continents.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts - North America

Two of the new Radisson hotels are located in the state of Illinois, and both are ideally located and suited to cater to both business and leisure guests alike. 

The Radisson Hotel Peoria (formerly a Jumer Hotel) in Illinois recently completed a $3.2 million dollar renovation of all guestrooms and public spaces.  The hotel's 168 guestrooms now feature elegant and bright decor, over-stuffed lounge chairs with ottomans, marble-accented bathrooms, large desks and ergonomic executive desk chairs, custom furnishings and complimentary high-speed Internet access.  Extra comforts are offered in the hotel's 16 suites, including separate living rooms, bi-level accommodations with spiral staircases, plasma screen televisions and large soaking bathtubs. 

The new interior design is carried into the hotel's public spaces, which are accented with valuable antiques strategically displayed throughout the property.  After viewing the unique art collection on display using a specially designed "treasure map," guests can retire to Flagstones Restaurant for hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood and homemade pasta entrees.  Ideal for entertaining important business associates or just enjoying a quiet meal, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.  The hotel's meeting space includes more than 5,000 square feet, and features the very latest in meeting technology.
 

The new Radisson Hotel Northbrook in Illinois brings the energy and luxury of Chicago's Gold Coast into the city's northern suburbs.  Located just nine miles from O'Hare International Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, the hotel is the perfect destination for a business trip, family vacation or romantic getaway.

This completely renovated hotel offers superior accommodations and remarkable service including 318 spacious guestrooms, featuring over 100 Sleep Number beds by Select ComfortTM, a state-of-the-art health club, swimming


Radisson Hotel Northbrook
(formerly Adams Mark Chicago-Northbrook)
  2875 North Milwaukee Avenue
Northbrook, Illinois
pool and whirlpool, and 15,000 square feet of full-service meeting and banquet facilities. 

This new Radisson also features exciting dining options, including the regional cuisine at The Willows-An American Grill, or the sport bar atmosphere of The Scoreboard Neighborhood Pub.  In addition, the Radisson Hotel Northbrook is close to area attractions such as the Chicago Botanic Garden, Six Flags Great America, and the Arlington International Racecourse.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts - Europe

Radisson Hotels & Resorts' European partner, Rezidor SAS Hospitality, oversees a new hotel in Ireland, the 120-room Radisson SAS Hotel Belfast.  The hotel features two styles of room: cool, calm and chic Nordic or the warm, bold and vibrant urban design.  Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and heated bathroom floors.  Suite 7, the hotel's largest one-bedroom penthouse suite, has been lavishly designed and furnished to please the most discerning guests. 

Contemporary dining is available at Filini's, a Mediterranean-style restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine.  The hotel's restaurant and bar overlooks a spectacular water feature, complete with rock formations and fountains. 

Five modern meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including wireless broadband Internet accessibility, and share a spacious reception area. 
The new-build hotel offers its guests fabulous views across the city, and is part of the new Cromac Wood Business Park, currently being developed just a few minutes walk from Belfast city center.  The property is ideally located within walking distance of the city's main commercial and shopping districts, and is less than one mile from Belfast City Airport.

Regent International Hotels -- Europe

The second Regent hotel in Europe, which opened in September, is Rezidor SAS' first Regent hotel in Germany.  The Regent Berlin, located in the heart of Berlin, is only a few minutes walk from the city's key commercial, financial, cultural and leisure destinations, such as the Brandenburg Tor, the Reichstag, the State Opera, the Concert Hall and the famous luxury shopping of the Friedrichstrasse. 

The hotel features 204 luxurious guestrooms, including 42 of the most spacious and well-appointed suites in Berlin and a unique rooftop presidential suite.  Many of the rooms have Juliet balconies providing spectacular views over the historical city.  The hotel also offers elegant and discreet meeting and banqueting facilities accommodating up to 150 guests.

More than $3 million will be invested into the hotel, primarily to add an exciting new restaurant and bar by award-winning Chef Yves Mattagne of the Sea Grill in Brussels, one of the world's finest seafood restaurants.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson   North America

The new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Dallas- Park Central in Texas is located in the heart of the city's business district, yet offers a personal retreat with comforting touches. 

To make guests feel at home, all of the hotel's 62 spacious guest rooms and suites are furnished with traditional furnishings, rich woods and elegant floral-patterned fabrics personal, and feature personal care bath items and hairdryers, as well as many modern conveniences like coffee makers, irons and ironing boards and cable television. 

The 63 spacious rooms at the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson in Prattville, Ala., are the newest accommodations in the downtown area, and feature the brand's signature traditional architecture and sophisticated residential interior design. 

This new hotel offers many amenities often found at higher-priced hotels such as an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and exercise room, hair dryers in every room, complimentary high-speed Internet access and dataport hookup in all rooms. 
A complimentary continental-plus breakfast is served daily in the breakfast nook. Featured items include fresh baked Danishes and pastries, a selection of fruit, hot and cold cereals, yogurt and toasted waffles with syrup.  For dining throughout the day, the hotel is located near several local restaurants serving a variety of menu specialties.

"I am pleased with the progress that our global development team continues to make," said Sam Winterbottom, executive vice president of development, Carlson Hotels Worldwide, parent organization of Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites and Park Inn.  "To remain competitive and profitable, it is essential that we continue to grow our portfolio of hotels in key locations.  These new additions reflect our commitment to this business objective, serving our guests in business markets and leisure destinations around the world."

Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide includes five hotel brands, totaling 888 locations in 68 countries.  Hotel brands include: Regent International Hotels, one of the most respected brands in the luxury segment of the lodging industry; Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, one of the world's leading upscale hotel companies with more than 436 locations in 61 countries; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category, has 36 hotels globally and is known for its great value and customer-focused service culture; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson®, one of the fastest growing, mid-tier lodging chains with 333 locations offering excellent value with a warm and comfortable atmosphere; and Park Inn®, with 77 hotels worldwide, is a unique emerging hotel brand offering a relaxed environment in the economy category and is poised for aggressive global growth. 

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson Companies, a global leader in providing corporate solutions and consumer services in the marketing, travel and hospitality industries. 


 
Contact:
Carlson Hotels Worldwide
Kristi Arndt, 763-212-5626
karndt@carlson.com
Also See: The Bavarian Themed Jumer's Castle Lodge Gets $3.5 million Renovation and New Name, Radisson of Peoria / September 2004
Rezidor SAS Hospitality Takes Over Management of the Four Seasons Hotel in Berlin, Rebrands The Regent Berlin / September 2004
Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts Begins Major Wave of Investment in the UK & Ireland Market / Nov 2000


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