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 Comfort Suites Tunes to Hotel Technologies
for Brand Standard MP3 Alarm Clock
As part of an initiative to enhance the guest experience across its Comfort Suites brand, Choice Hotels International selects the CS1233BA alarm clock with MP3 line-in and Auto-Set Preset “Icon” Tuning Buttons as a required standard at all domestic properties

RAHWAY, N.J. — MAY 18, 2007 — Hotel Technologies, a company that designs, develops, engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art intelligent electronic products for hotels and resorts, has been selected by Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) to provide its CS1233BA  Alarm Clock Radio as a standard guest amenity for its nearly 450 domestic Comfort Suites hotels. The partnership with Hotel Technologies reflects the Comfort Suites brand’s commitment to providing those guest amenities that consumers truly care about. 

Comfort Suites is a mid-priced, all-suites hotel brand that offers more space for working and relaxing, allowing guests to feel more organized and productive.  It offers a premium guest experience, including comfortable, residential-style bedding, the complimentary Savory Starts hot breakfast and free high-speed Internet access. 

“Comfort Suites hotels are restful, roomy and thoughtfully organized,” said Kimberly Shells, senior director, brand strategy, Choice Hotels. “Upgrading our guest alarm clocks to a new system designed specifically for Comfort Suites by Hotel Technologies provides an attractive, easy-to-use, in-room entertainment system that guests will enjoy each time they stay at a Comfort Suites hotel.”

Hotel Technologies’ electronics are quickly becoming “the solutions” for helping hotels to deliver a smarter, simpler, yet sophisticated way of attracting and retaining guests.

“The new CS1233BA alarm clock radio designed for Comfort Suites is a sure-fire way to increase guest satisfaction, drive brand loyalty, and get guests excited about staying with the popular brand,” said Ely Ashkenazi, national sales manager for Hotel Technologies. “We are honored to be in partnership with with Choice Hotels International for its Comfort Suites brand.”

Keeping ‘In Tune’ with Guests

Ashkenazi said that in the past, guests have found the guestroom clock radio to be difficult to program when setting the alarm and also difficult to tune into a music format that they prefer. The Comfort Suites CS1233BA alarm clock radio can be set easily and offers a selection of pre-programmed radio stations by music format, such as jazz, country, rock or classical. 

The CS1233BA also requires little set up as it comes with auto-set™ technology; the time is already set and the hotel version will also include pre-set buttons with icons, allowing the hotelier to set four popular stations for the guest as an added convenience.  EZ set directions make the alarm feature effortless for the guest to operate. An MP3/CD line-in cord is also provided so guests can plug in their CD players or any other branded MP3 players should they wish to do so.

Chris Gowdy, VP of Hotel Technologies’ Sales Division, said all alarm clock radio products feature a patent pending Single Day Alarm --a very important feature for hotels.  If the previous guest sets an early alarm, the Single Day Alarm feature ensures that the next guest will not be awakened accidentally, since the alarm was never turned off. 

“From entertainment clock radios to new and exciting connectivity solutions for rooms, Hotel Technologies is bringing ‘the science of feeling at home’ to hotels,” Gowdy said. “We are looking for hotel partners who want their guests to feel at home and make their stay memorable. We are committed to bringing a variety of sleek, high tech, high quality, user friendly consumer audio products to the hotel market, each designed with the discriminating traveler in mind.”

For more information on the complete line of Hotel Technologies’ products and services, call 888-74HOTEL (888-744-6835), visit

About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International franchises more than 5,400 hotels, representing more than 440,000 rooms, in the United States and 39 countries and territories.  As of March 31, 2007, 833 hotels are under development in the United States, representing 64,078 rooms, and an additional 70 hotels, representing 6,463 rooms, are under development in more than 15 countries and territories. The company's Cambria Suites, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, MainStay Suites and Suburban Extended Stay Hotel brands serve guests worldwide. Additional corporate information may be found on Choice Hotels Web site, which may be accessed at

About Hotel Technologies
Hotel Technologies brings “the science of feeling at home”™ to hotels and their guests.  An affiliated Company to SDI Technologies, a 50-year-old Consumer Audio Electronics Company, Hotel Technologies designs, develops, engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art intelligent electronic products, satellite entertainment systems and patented technologies for hotels and resorts. In addition, the company gives brands the opportunity to align themselves with a number of nationally recognized home-décor and fashion designers in order to create differentiation. Products include: easy-to-program branded electronic clock radios that are guest-friendly and inviting to listen to  and ConnectCube and Black Box connectivity solutions from desk to TV for iPods, PC’s, video games, DVD’s, etc.


Ely Ashkenazi
National Sales Manager
Hotel Technologies
888-744-6835 x228

Chris Gowdy
Vice President, Sales Division
Hotel Technologies
Tel: 888-74Hotel x445

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