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Sunburst Hospitality Opens the Atrium Court Hotel
in Rockville, Maryland
Rockville, Maryland - October 23, 2006 — The Atrium Court Hotel, an upscale urban retreat in the Clarion Collection, located in a vibrant district of Rockville, Maryland, will celebrate its Grand Opening this week with the theme It’s All About You Meeting Us! The hotel will open its doors to the community by hosting a luxurious after-hours event on Thursday, October 26th in conjunction with the GGCC, Rockville CC, Montgomery County CC and CVB. The Atrium Court’s Grand Opening celebration will feature top-flight light fare from the property’s Chef, Michael King, showcasing his versatile kitchen.  

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to share the splendid experience which the upscale Atrium Court provides, with our community and clients through this celebration,” said Kevin Hanley, President of Sunburst Hospitality which owns and operates the Atrium Court Hotel. Mr. Hanley, who conceived of and developed the hotel, exudes pride in the finished product and the hotel’s highly trained hospitable staff.

“As we celebrate the successful opening and operation of the hotel, the Atrium Court is as we initially planed. The hotel is a stylish first-class property which delivers a unique experience through personalized service, four-star food and accommodations,” said Mr. Hanley.
Since the Atrium Court (formerly the Quality Suites Shady Grove) opened its doors in July of this year, discriminating travelers who appreciate high-end comforts coupled with attractive rates have been delighted with the hotel’s accommodations, meeting space, retreat-like atmosphere and the excellence of its dining. 

Those who attend the Atrium Court’s Grand Opening celebration on Thursday will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the hotel’s mission, that “It’s all About You.” 

“Each member of our staff takes great pleasure in delivering customer-centered experiences to everyone who steps through the doors of the Atrium Court Hotel,” says Jason Curtis, General Manager of the Atrium Court Hotel.  

“As a result, the Atrium Court experience has inspired rave reviews from overnight guests as well as those who have come to attend or organize weddings, corporate events and social celebrations,” shares Mr. Curtis with genuine pride. 

“We trust that those who attend the event will be comfortable as they are in their own, or their friend’s homes,” says Mr. Curtis.  “Our staff is trained not only to be responsive, but to also anticipate the needs of each and every guest we serve.”

The Atrium Court Hotel’s premier location, combined with its highly attractive rate for an upscale property has drawn significant attention from meeting planners, business and leisure travelers. 

Attendees of the celebration will discover that the unique property is defined by stylish spacious rooms which surround a beautiful garden domed with a soaring skylight atrium. The hotel’s craftsman-like detail, rich colors, hand-selected artwork and intimate seating groups in the lobby envelope visitors with comfort and a sense of luxurious ease. Guest rooms invite rest and rejuvenation with plush bedding, triple sheeting, sleek luxury with home-like bathrooms and premium amenities. Each room’s signature live bamboo plants invite well-being.
Mr. Curtis, assisted by the Atrium Court’s staff, will extend the hotel’s celebration and property tours for the community after Thursday’s signature event through personalized, upon-request Chef’s luncheons and tours.

Tours and luncheons can be arranged through the hotel’s sales team and provide experiential enjoyment of the chic-style, 100-percent non-smoking property. Visitors will tour and enjoy the property’s café and cocktail lounge, meeting space, spacious exercise and yoga facilities, seasonal outdoor pool and sun deck. Business travelers and meeting planners will note the hotel’s complimentary option of both wired and Wi-Fi Internet access in the guest rooms, full-service business center and more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space which accommodates up to 550 people.

Nestled among the greenery of the Shady Grove area, amidst office parks and popular retailers, the hotel is convenient to I-270, Route 355 and Shady Grove Road.  Fortune 500 offices close to the hotel include Lockheed Martin Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Northrop Grumman Corporation and BAE Systems.  Satellite campuses of the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University are also close to the Atrium Court Hotel.  

For more information about The Atrium Court Hotel and future bookings, please contact Mike Parent, Director of Sales at 301.840.0200 or via e-mail: mike.parent@atriumcourthotel.com. The hotel is located at 3 Research Court, Rockville, MD 20850, and its website address is www.atriumcourthotel.com.

About Sunburst Hospitality 

Sunburst Hospitality Corporation owns more than 40 nationally recognized hotels with more than 5,000 rooms, a championship golf course and surrounding residential development, and a portfolio of managed self-storage facilities and apartment communities.  Sunburst’s hotels are branded as Comfort Inn and Suites, Best Western, Clarion Hotels, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn and Amerihost Inns. The Company recently broke ground on the 252-unit residential condominium project, The Vista on Courthouse, located in Arlington, Virginia, which is scheduled for completion in 2008, www.vistaoncourthouse.com.

In August 2006, Sunburst announced the formation of Colesville Partners Real Estate LLC, a $300 million equity real estate vehicle with a $1 billion investment capacity, www.colesvillepartners.com.

Sunburst is committed to developing and successfully implementing strategies to maximize the value of its operating properties. James A. MacCutcheon, the company's CEO, has been with the company and its predecessor organizations since 1987. Mr. MacCutcheon and the executive management team have a successful record of managing ahead of industry cycles.

Sunburst recognizes that its best investments are those that it makes in its people. The Company is a recognized industry leader in developing and implementing best practices in the human resources area. Innovative compensation and benefit programs are in place at all levels of the company. Sunburst remains committed to developing opportunities for the career advancement of its associates while maximizing the value of assets in its portfolio.

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Contact:

Sunburst Hospitality Corporation
10770 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20901-4448
301.592.3800
www.sunbursthospitality.com

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Also See: Sunburst Hospitality Corporation Names Executive Kevin Hanley President, Expands Executive Team / August 2006
Sunburst Hospitality Development Inc. Agrees to Purchase Substantially All the Assets of Arlington Hospitality for Approximately $21.3 million; Subject to Bidding Procedures of Chapter 11 Proceedings / October 2005


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