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Upgrades Completed for the 78 Suites and Public Spaces of the
Residence Inn Chicago Southeast/Hammond in Hammond, Indiana

Owned by RLJ Lodging Trust and Managed by White Lodging Services

Merrillville, IN – March 21, 2012 – White Lodging Services is pleased to announce the Residence Inn Chicago Southeast/Hammond has undergone a complete renovation of its 78 suites and public spaces, transforming it into an upscale hotel, designed to enhance the comfort and lifestyle of travelers on the road today. The newly refreshed hotel, owned by RLJ Lodging Trust and located at 7740 Corinne Drive, offers guests flexible spaces and amenities to help maintain a healthy balance and routine while traveling.

Located near The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, the hotel makes a great stop after a star-filled night of entertainment. The hotel is also only 29 miles from downtown Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and only a short drive from the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets in Michigan City, to take care of all your shopping needs. The Residence Inn Chicago Southeast/Hammond is located 29 miles from Chicago Midway Airport, and 50 miles from Chicago O’Hare Airport.

“When on the road for an extended period, our guests need space to spread out, to maintain their life’s pace and restore their energy,” said Diane Mayer, vice president and global brand manager, Residence Inn. “Residence Inn offers a seamless blend of modern style and functionality that allows them to settle in and thrive.”

The spacious, residential-style suites offer accommodations that are larger than traditional hotel guestrooms. The spacious layout provides separate zones where guests can relax, work, eat, and sleep, thereby maintaining their routines while away from home. The updated kitchens outfitted with full-sized refrigerators and stainless steel appliances make living on the road easier for both business travelers on long stays and families on holiday. With a larger, expansive workspace, free high speed Internet access, and a multitude of easily accessible outlets, guests are able to work efficiently throughout the suite. Thirty-seven inch flat screen televisions and luxurious bathrooms with extra storage space make it possible for travelers to live and rest comfortably.

Conveying the same feeling of comfortable living on the road, the hotel’s re-designed public spaces have been transformed into multi-functional living spaces where guests can relax or collaborate on their own terms. The new open communal living space allows guests to connect with friends, family or colleagues in a modern living room style lounge and outdoor open-air living room.  Free Wi-Fi and private “nooks” with personal high-definition flat screen televisions provide a private/public work space outside of the suite.

With more than 620 hotels in North America, Europe and South America, Residence Inn, a Marriott power brand credited with introducing the extended-stay lodging segment 37 years ago, offers guests lower rates for longer stays. With a free hot breakfast offered every day that features a variety of quality items and healthy alternatives, Residence Inn helps guests prepare for the day ahead and maintain a healthy balance while on the road. In addition to the robust free hot breakfast offering, other valuable amenities include grocery delivery service, 24-hour market, fully functional kitchens in each suite, fitness room and guest laundry room.

ABOUT THE RESIDENCE INN CHICAGO SOUTHEAST/HAMMOND
The three-story hotel offers an indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi and 402 square feet of meeting space. For more information or reservations, call the Residence Inn Chicago Southeast/Hammond hotel directly at (219) 844-8440, the toll-free number at 1-800-331-3131 or visit the web site at marriott.com/chiin.

ABOUT WHITE LODGING

White Lodging Services Corporation was established in 1985 and is headquartered in Merrillville, Indiana. White Lodging is a fully integrated hotel ownership, development, and operations company – a recognized leader that has defined and cultivated the ability to achieve consistent, sustainable growth among mid- to large-scale hotels across the country. Its current portfolio consists of over 158 hotels in 20 states and encompasses representation of the following leading brands: Marriott International, Inc., Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, InterContinental Hotel Group, and Carlson Hotels Worldwide. For more information about White Lodging, please visit www.whitelodging.com or call 219-472-2861.

ABOUT RLJ LODGING TRUST
RLJ Lodging Trust is a self-advised, publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on acquiring premium-branded, focused service and compact full-service hotels. The Company’s portfolio consists of 141 hotels in 20 states and the District of Columbia, with a total of more than 20,600 rooms. Additional information may be found on the Company’s website: http://rljlodgingtrust.com

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Contact:

Julie Swanson
(219) 844-8440
jswanson@whitelodging.com


 
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