In 1987, the Company opened its first hotel as a Days
Inn in Sullivan, Indiana. Over the next few years, the Company acquired
distressed hotels in secondary and tertiary markets. These hotels then
were renovated, repositioned in their market and opened under various franchise
affiliations such as Holiday Inn, Ramada Inn and Days Inn.
During that time, Amerihost/Arlington did extensive market
research and found that guests were most disappointed with the inconsistency
of the hotel industry. For example, a guest would stay at a hotel brand
location and enjoy an indoor pool and a sauna. However, when the guest
would stay at the same branded hotel at another location, that hotel would
not have an indoor pool or a sauna. Therefore, the expectations of this
guest were not met. These inconsistencies have frustrated
both business and leisure travelers alike.
As a result, Amerihost/Arlington created the AmeriHost
Inn® hotel brand - a brand that offers absolute consistency. Every
AmeriHost Inn hotel has the same guest services and amenity package regardless
of its location. If you have stayed at one AmeriHost Inn hotel, you have
stayed at them all.
Amerihost/Arlington opened its first AmeriHost Inn hotel
in Athens, Ohio in 1989. Since then, Amerihost/Arlington’s focus has been
the rapid expansion of the AmeriHost Inn brand. The Company has grown from
one AmeriHost Inn hotel in 1989 to 70 AmeriHost Inn hotels open through
September 30, 2000.
In an effort to grow the brand more quickly, Amerihost
/ Arlington sold the franchising rights of the AmeriHost Inn
and AmeriHost Inn & Suites hotel brands to the Cendant
Corporation of Parsippany, NJ, September 30, 2000.
The sale of the brand franchising rights also included
a parent company name change for Amerihost/Arlington Properties, Inc. Effective
in 2001 after the approval from its shareholders at the annual shareholder
meeting, Arlington Properties, Inc. will officially become Arlington Hospitality,
Amerihost/Arlington is currently Cendant’s largest AmeriHost
Inn hotel franchisee, with 70 Amerihost Inn hotels in 16 states. The company
plans to continue building an additional 10-20 AmeriHost Inn hotels annually.
Amerihost/Arlington owns and/or manages a total of 83 hotels with 6322
rooms in 18 states. In addition to the 70 AmeriHost Inn hotels, there are
13 hotels with franchise affiliations such as Ramada, Holiday Inn, Days
Inn and Howard Johnson Express.