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Sunstone Hotel Investors, LLC Opens $9 million Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic; Fifth Sunstone Hotel Property
in Rochester, Minnesota
ROCHESTER, Minn. - July 23, 2004--Sunstone Hotel Investors, LLC officially opened the Residence Inn Rochester Mayo Clinic at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on the sun deck with the impressive Mayo Clinic as the backdrop. The $9 M, seven story, 80-suite hotel provides its guests with direct access to the Mayo Clinic and all of downtown via climate-controlled pedestrian walkway. The hotel, located at 441 W. Center Street, will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned and managed by Sunstone Hotels of San Clemente, California. The hotel is the fifth Sunstone Hotel property in Rochester including the historic Kahler Grand Hotel, Rochester Marriott at Mayo Clinic, the Holiday Inn City Centre and the Executive Suites and Economy Inn by Kahler.

"The addition of the Residence Inn brings Sunstone's hotel portfolio in Rochester to almost 1500 guestrooms," said John Beltz, Regional Vice President of Sales for Sunstone Hotels. "We are now able to provide accommodations for a wider range of the market, from the guest requiring the 2,500 square foot Imperial Suite at The Kahler Grand Hotel, to the family requiring a stay of a week or more in a residential environment."

Residence Inns are designed as all suite hotels that offer studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite has a fully equipped kitchen with coffee maker, microwave oven, full-sized appliances and in-room modem line. The first of its kind within the brand, the Residence Inn Downtown Rochester is a 100% smoke-free hotel. The hotel offers daily housekeeping, complimentary grocery shopping services and same-day dry cleaning.

A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is available each morning in the lobby area. Other hotel services include laundry facilities, faxing/copying/printing, a workout room, patio deck, social room, weeknight social hour, and a weekly manager's barbecue, all of which create an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation for extended stay guests.

Lauri Lillie


Also See: Sunstone Hotel Investors LLC and Tarsadia Hotels Expanding by Going After Weaker Hotels in Key Markets / Sandi Cain / June 2003

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