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The MainStay Suites in Greenville, SC Named
Inn of the Year for Choice Hotel’s
MainStay Suite Brand

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (June 7, 2005) – The MainStay Suites Pelham Road, located at 2671 Dry Pocket Road, recently was named Inn of the Year by Choice Hotels International, franchisor of the MainStay Suites hotel brand.

Choice Hotels annually presents the Inn of the Year Award to hotels that demonstrate lodging excellence. The best of each brand is selected by a committee of peer hoteliers who evaluate the hotel on a variety of factors including guest service, hotel cleanliness and hotel décor during several unannounced inspections.

The MainStay Suites was selected as Inn of the Year from among 27 open MainStay Suites brand hotels throughout the United States. Winners were announced at Choice Hotel’s annual convention in May in Las Vegas.

The MainStay Suites, operated by Concord Hotels, opened in 1997 and won Choice’s Gold Hospitality Award five consecutive years, from 1999-2003. It is the first Inn of the Year honor for the extended-stay hotel. Angie Palomino is the hotel’s general manager.

The hotel features 100 suites with full-service amenities designed to make the guests’ stay exceptional, including free coffee, exercise room, outdoor pool, sundeck and courtyard barbecue. A complementary continental breakfast is offered daily, and a Manager’s Social is offered Monday through Wednesday.

“It is an incredible honor to have been named Inn of the Year,” said Palomino. “My staff works very hard for our guests, and this honor is a reflection of that hard work.”

There are currently 27 MainStay Suites brand hotels open and 24 under development worldwide, representing 3,913 rooms.

Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) markets more than 5,000 hotels in over 40 countries under the brand names Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn. The company's newest brand, Cambria Suites, launched in January 2005. For more information on Choice, visit the company's web site at choicehotels.com.

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Contact:

Angie Palomino
MainStay Suites
Tel: (864) 987-5566
choicehotels.com

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Also See: At Midyear, InterContinental Hotels Group has Signed 255 Franchise Agreements for New Developments and License Renewals in the Americas / September 2004
The Branding Story Behind IHG's Hotel Indigo / November 2004


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