132 room La Quinta Inn Islip, Long Island
|NEW YORK, February 2005 — Cost-conscious leisure and business travelers
flying in and out of Long Island, New York's MacArthur Airport will soon
have a new place to rest their heads. Apple Core Hotels, a group
of five moderately priced New York hotels operated in conjunction with
several nationwide chains, has announced that it will open its sixth property,
the 132 room La Quinta Inn Islip, Long Island, toward the end of 2005.
"We're delighted about this expansion and growth of Apple Core Hotels" commented Vijay Dandapani, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Core Hotels. "Our new, affordable La Quinta Inn Islip will provide all the essentials for business and leisure travelers looking for considerably cheaper fares and better parking than LaGuardia and JFK airports. Its close proximity to MacArthur Airport and the primary market of Long Island, as well as its location near New York City-bound Long Island Railroad, will make the La Quinta Inn Islip an immensely convenient accommodation for the nearly two million travelers who pass through this increasingly important airport every year."
About Apple Core Hotels
Since 1993, Apple Core Hotels has broadened its strategy to include the purchase and rehabilitation of distressed midtown hotels and office buildings, some with turn-of-the-century pedigrees and landmark Beaux-Arts facades. The company operates the properties in collaboration with major nationwide hotel chains. The company's new focus has been spearheaded by Chief Operating Officer Vijay Dandapani, a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, who brings with him a decade of top-level hotel management experience. "Restoration is particularly gratifying," says Dandapani, "because it can be done without cutting corners and still costs much less than new construction. We can restore the warmth and beauty of earlier styles, provide the amenities and business facilities that travelers demand today, and still come in at extraordinarily competitive rates."
Collectively, the company's properties enjoy an average occupancy rate of more than 90%. Occupancy has been facilitated by Apple Core Hotels' global marketing program, which includes a worldwide network of exclusive agents, and an easy-access centralized booking system linked to major airlines and travel agents. All Apple Core Hotels properties offer complimentary continental breakfast; complimentary hi-speed, wireless Internet service; keyless card entry; well-equipped fitness centers; access to complimentary business centers with fax machines, copiers and computers with Internet access. Apple Core Hotels provides conference rooms for small and medium-sized meetings at several properties. The group's signature array of in-room amenities includes: free hi-speed Internet access, cable television with Movies on Demand and video games, telephones with voice mail, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards. The modern bathrooms are equipped with marble vanities and hair dryers.
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