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99-key Ben Lomond Suites Historic Hotel in Ogden, Utah,
Joins Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels

SILVER SPRING, Md. (March 17, 2011) – Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH) expands its portfolio this month with its first hotel in Utah, Ben Lomond Suites Historic Hotel in downtown Ogden.

The elite network is comprised of historic, boutique or unique hotels in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Members maintain their independent style and identity, backed by the resources of a world hospitality leader. Through its membership in Ascend Collection, Ben Lomond Suites becomes part of the Choice Hotels global reservations and distribution systems. It gains visibility before an international network of more than 12 million Choice Privileges rewards members. Additionally, the property acquires marketing support and an online presence on ChoiceHotels.com, one of the industry’s most visited websites.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this grand hotel was constructed as the Reed Hotel in 1890 and later, in 1927, expanded to the structure famous today. With its marble floors and ornate vaulted ceilings, the property features the Italian Renaissance Revival style popular in the U.S. the 1920s but unusual for Utah. Today, Ben Lomond Suites sits on the corner of downtown Ogden's most prominent intersection, Washington Boulevard and Historic 25th Street. Housed in the city’s tallest building, the hotel offers sweeping views of downtown and the Wasatch Mountains beyond.

This central location puts guests within walking distance of many fine restaurants, nightlife, boutiques, galleries and municipal gardens. Guests out for a stroll will find historic Union Station; the Ogden Eccles Conference Center; Ogden LDS Temple; Ogden Amphitheater for outdoor concerts and festivals; and Peery’s Egyptian Theater, the Ogden venue for the Sundance Film Festival. The lodging also is convenient to ski resorts, bike trails, the IRS Training Center, the Forest Service Offices, Hill Air Force Base and Weber State University.

As one of Ogden’s largest hotels, Ben Lomond Suites houses 99 spacious suites and condos with one or two bedrooms, large living rooms and kitchenettes. Blending the old with the new, accommodations feature free Wi-Fi, dark wood furnishings and plush beds topped with luxurious white linens. Bright, airy executive suites offer additional space plus multiple windows, jetted tubs and wet bar with mini fridge and microwave. Families and business travelers in town for longer stays can opt for a one or two bedroom condo. Located on the 10th and 11th floors, the condos have dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and spectacular city and mountain views.

Ben Lomond Suites is home to elegant venues for large and small meetings and events. Ideal for weddings, awards banquets, and celebrations, the 3,450 square-foot Crystal Ballroom is richly appointed. With its crystal chandeliers and decorative vaulted ceilings, the ballroom incorporates the features of a Florentine palace. For smaller events, the 1,260 square-foot Ben Lomond Sunlit Room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, and ornate ceilings. Additional spaces include a boardroom, conference rooms and the Grandview Party Room, serving up stunning views of Historic 25th Street and the Wasatch Mountains.

Among its other amenities, Ben Lomond Suites houses a fitness room and mezzanine-level business center with a computer, printer and fax machine.
For relaxation, the in-house massage therapist specializes in deep tissue, therapeutic and Swedish massages. Guests also enjoy free Wi-Fi, a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet and covered parking.

“We’re delighted to welcome this beautiful landmark hotel,” says Stacy Ragland, vice president, Ascend Collection from Choice Hotels. “Ascend Collection has a proven record in driving reservations to member properties. Ben Lomond Suites is representative of our fast-growing network. This unique, high-service property has tremendous appeal for people looking for affordable lodgings rich in upscale amenities, history and local charm.”

Ascend Collection made its debut in the fall of 2008 and now has 70 member hotels open and under development. The network appeals to a growing number of travelers who like to discover upscale independent hotels with distinctive personalities and local flair when traveling for business or leisure.

About Ascend Collection
Ascend Collection made its debut in late 2008 and now has more than 70 hotels open and under development throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Members include The GEM Hotels with three boutique hotels in New York City; Inn of Chicago, one-half block from The Magnificent Mile; O’Brien Historic Hotel in Texas, one block from the lively San Antonio River Walk; the historic Hotel Bothwell, Sedalia, Mo.; and Inn on the Lake, just outside Halifax, N.S. For more information on this collection of Historic, Boutique and Unique and hotels, visit http://www.ascendcollection.com

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,000 hotels, representing more than 495,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories.  As of December 31, 2010, more than 500 hotels were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States, representing more than 40,000 rooms, and more than 100 hotels, representing approximately 9,000 rooms, are under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in 18 other countries and territories.  The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands serve guests worldwide.  In addition, via its Ascend Collection membership program, travelers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean have upscale lodging options at historic, boutique and unique hotels.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. Web site, which may be accessed at http://www.choicehotels.com .

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

2011 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact: 

Christie Gregovich
Ypartnership Public Relations
407-838-1822
christie.gregovich@ypartnership.com

Sharlet Brennan
Ypartnership Public Relations
407-838-1707
sharlet.brennan@ypartnership.com

 

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Also See: Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels Continues Growth with Addition of Eleven Properties in Final Months of 2010 Bringing Total to 70 Open or Under Development / February 2011

Three Canadian Properties Join Choice Hotels Ascend Collection; The Château Moncton and Château Saint John, New Brunswick, and Hotel Royal William, Québec / January 2011

Choice Hotels International Opens 33 Hotels in November in 14 States and Seven Countries Adding More than 2,500 rooms / December 2010

Choice Hotels International Opens 24 New Hotels in October Adding More than 1,600 rooms / November 2010

Choice Hotels Offers Significant Incentives for Hotel Owners Interested in Converting an Existing Hotel to the Quality, Clarion or Econo Lodge Brand; Incentives Include Discounted Application Fees, No Royalty Fees and Cash Back Upon Opening / August 2010

To Stimulate Brand Growth Econo Lodge Offering Up to $25,000 in Incentives for Conversion Properties / Aug 2003

Choice Offers Development Incentive for Conversions to Quality Brand; Up to $85,000 in Savings for Conversion Properties / Aug 2002
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