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Apple Core Hotels Will Open Sixth Property, the
132 room La Quinta Inn Islip, Long Island


NEW YORK, February 2005 Cost-conscious leisure and business travelers flying in and out of Long Island, New York's MacArthur Airport will soon have a new place to rest their heads.  Apple Core Hotels, a group of five moderately priced New York hotels operated in conjunction with several nationwide chains, has announced that it will open its sixth property, the 132 room La Quinta Inn Islip, Long Island, toward the end of 2005. 

"We're delighted about this expansion and growth of Apple Core Hotels" commented Vijay Dandapani, Chief Operating Officer of Apple Core Hotels.  "Our new, affordable La Quinta Inn Islip will provide all the essentials for business and leisure travelers looking for considerably cheaper fares and better parking than LaGuardia and JFK airports.   Its close proximity to MacArthur Airport and the primary market of Long Island, as well as its location near New York City-bound Long Island Railroad, will make the La Quinta Inn Islip an immensely convenient accommodation for the nearly two million travelers who pass through this increasingly important airport every year."

About Apple Core Hotels

Since 1993, Apple Core Hotels has broadened its strategy to include the purchase and rehabilitation of distressed midtown hotels and office buildings, some with turn-of-the-century pedigrees and landmark Beaux-Arts facades.  The company operates the properties in collaboration with major nationwide hotel chains.  The company's new focus has been spearheaded by Chief Operating Officer Vijay Dandapani, a graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, who brings with him a decade of top-level hotel management experience. "Restoration is particularly gratifying," says Dandapani, "because it can be done without cutting corners and still costs much less than new construction.  We can restore the warmth and beauty of earlier styles, provide the amenities and business facilities that travelers demand today, and still come in at extraordinarily competitive rates."

Collectively, the company's properties enjoy an average occupancy rate of more than 90%.  Occupancy has been facilitated by Apple Core Hotels' global marketing program, which includes a worldwide network of exclusive agents, and an easy-access centralized booking system linked to major airlines and travel agents. All Apple Core Hotels properties offer complimentary continental breakfast; complimentary hi-speed, wireless Internet service; keyless card entry; well-equipped fitness centers; access to complimentary business centers with fax machines, copiers and computers with Internet access.  Apple Core Hotels provides conference rooms for small and medium-sized meetings at several properties.  The group's signature array of in-room amenities includes: free hi-speed Internet access, cable television with Movies on Demand and video games, telephones with voice mail, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards. The modern bathrooms are equipped with marble vanities and hair dryers. 

Red Roof Inn Manhattan
The opening of the Red Roof Inn Manhattan in June 2000 marked Apple Core Hotels' first office-building conversion and Red Roof Inns' entry into the New York hotel market.  The public spaces of the $23-million, 171-room hotel occupying a 17-story former office building at 6 West 32nd Street, were designed by Hyun Kim of HK International Design.  Kim transformed the mixed-use building into a contemporary hotel in close proximity to Manhattan's fashion district. The hotel features a large breakfast room, fitness center and  a lobby lounge and bar. 

Comfort Inn Midtown
Located on West 46th Street, just steps away from Broadway and Rockefeller Center, the Comfort Inn Midtown is the first-and-only, completely smoke-free hotel in New York City. For travelers with a serious aversion to smoke or smoke allergies, the 79-room hotel has been thoroughly disinfected from deep cleaning the carpets, drapes and bed spreads to disinfecting phones, coffee makers and hair dryers. 

Super 8 Hotel Times Square
Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, the 206 room Super 8 Hotel Times Square, the only one in New York City, opened in 2002 on 46th Street, in close proximity to Fifth Avenue shopping and the theater district. The 1903 building's ornate facade is adorned by a rococo array of Corinthian columns, statuary and gilt trim.  The lobby was completely redone and provides many comfortable seating areas.  The new 46th Street Cafe offers cocktails and light snacks in an intimate, sky-lit setting on the second floor. 

La Quinta Inn Manhattan
Opened in December 2002, the La Quinta Inn Manhattan is located in close proximity to the Jacob Javits Center, Madison Square Garden, Macy's and the fashion district.   Formerly The Aberdeen and Best Western Manhattan, the hotel, built at the turn of the century in what was then New York's entertainment capital, completed a $2.5 million renovation in June 2003.   The building is a wonderful example of Parisian inspired architecture, which was extremely popular in the late 19th Century.  The 182-room hotel's ornate red-brick/white-stone/black-iron Beaux-Arts façade was designated a city landmark in 2001. Empire State Bar, an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar, offers cocktails, entertainment and a light menu, along with a great view of the Empire State Building towering above. 

Ramada Inn Eastside
Built in 1905 in neo-classical style and converted by Apple Core Hotels in 2002, the Ramada Inn Eastside's re-pointed, rose-brick-on-white-stone facade overlooks a beautiful corner at Lexington Avenue and 30th Street.  In the wainscoted lobby, a veined granite reception desk faces a long wall of glassed-in bookcases.  In the rear, potted plants and topiaries line a narrow walkway leading to a fountain and bordering the charming outdoor garden of the neighboring Italian restaurant.  Many of the 95 guest rooms provide a fine view of the East River and city skyscrapers. 



Apple Core Hotels
(212) 790-2710
Also See: A Red Roof Inn Room for $319; Budget Hotels Entering New York City in Record Numbers / December 2004
Vijay Dandapani Elected Chairman of the Hotel Association of New York City / December 2004

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