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The La Quinta "Inn of the Year" Awarded to
Albuquerque West and Tampa South
DALLAS (April 13, 2006) – La Quinta announces the La Quinta Inn & Suites – Albuquerque West (NM) and the La Quinta Inn – Tampa South (FL) as the recipients of the Company’s 2005 Inn of the Year awards.  The award recognizes the top corporate-owned and franchise La Quinta-branded properties within the Company’s system of more than 500 hotels. Each property was recognized for the prestigious award for excelling in several categories, including revenue performance, overall quality control scores and guest satisfaction.

The 118-room, five-story La Quinta Inn & Suites – Albuquerque West is located just minutes from Albuquerque’s Old Town, the Aquarium, Botanical Gardens and the Zoo.  Serving leisure and business travelers alike, the hotel features meeting facilities, free high-speed Internet in all rooms, a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool and spa.  General Manager Michael Harris and his courteous staff provide guests with an exceptional experience from check-in to checkout. 

“The Inn of the Year awards illustrate La Quinta’s commitment to maintaining a consistent and pleasant guest experience,” said Angelo Lombardi, chief operating officer for LQ Management L.L.C.  “We are deeply committed to meeting and exceeding our guests’ expectations and it’s obvious that this hotel shares our dedication to this philosophy.”

Located between MacDill Air Force Base and Tampa International Airport, the 54-room, three-story La Quinta Inn – Tampa South is owned by Mike Patel and managed by Jay Chauhan. This hotel features a sparkling outdoor heated pool, a well-equipped fitness center and plenty of amenities including free wireless high-speed Internet access.

(left to right) Lisa Hossack - La Quinta, EVP Western Operations, Michael Harris - La Quinta Inn & Suites - Albuquerque West
General Manager, Angelo Lombardi - La Quinta - Chief Operating Officer, Wayne Goldberg
- La Quinta - President and CEO, Alan Tallis - La Quinta - President

(left to right) Jeff Palla - La Quinta, VP Franchise Services, Mike Patel - La Quinta Inn - Tampa - Owner, Jay Chauhan - La Quinta
Inn - Tampa - General Manager, Alan Tallis - La Quinta - President, Wayne Goldberg - La Quinta - President and
CEO, Angelo Lombardi - La Quinta - Chief Operating Officer

“The ultimate measure of success for our franchising program depends on our ability to attract and retain experienced franchisees who share our commitment to the La Quinta brands,” said Alan Tallis, president of LQ Management L.L.C.  “This hotel continues to exceed expectations and is truly deserving of the 2005 Inn of the Year award.”

The Inn of the Year awards were presented at the Company’s 2006 National Conference held in Grapevine, Texas in March. The conference attracted more than 1,000 attendees from across the country, including general managers, franchisees and suppliers.  Founded in 1968 in San Antonio, Texas, La Quinta has served as one of the pioneers in the limited-service hotel segment for more than 35 years.

About La Quinta
LQ Management L.L.C. is one of the largest operators of limited-service hotels in the United States.  Based in Dallas, Texas, the Company operates and provides franchise services to more than 500 hotels in 40 states and Canada under the La Quinta Inns® and La Quinta Inn & Suites® brands.  For reservations or more information about La Quinta, please visit


Teresa K. Ferguson
Director Communications & Public Relations
LQ Management L.L.C.
909 Hidden Ridge, Suite 600
Irving, Texas 75038
Office:  214-492-6937
Fax:     214-492-6408

Also See: La Quinta Recognizes the Best of 2004; La Quinta Inn & Suites-Stockbridge, Georgia Honored for Receiving the Best Quality Control Score in the Company’s History / April 2005
La Quinta Inn & Suites-Beaumont (TX) West and the La Quinta Inn-Clearwater (FL) the 2003 La Quinta Inn of the Year Recipients; Janko Hospitality Named the 2003 Franchisee of the Year / April 2004


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