Choice Hotels Increases Portfolio In Europe

Silver Spring, MD (July 27, 2001) - Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH), worldwide franchisor of Comfort and Quality brand hotels, has increased its presence in Europe with hotel openings in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, adding at least eight new properties to its portfolio this summer.


“Choice brand hotels offer the cost-conscious business traveler an attractive and viable alternative to the independent hotels that are predominate in Europe,” said Bruce Haase, sr. vice president, international division for Choice. “While each hotel has its own distinctive character and style, exacting brand standards ensure that each one also offers a high level of accommodation and amenities.”


The Quality Hotel York is the brand`s first `boutique-style` property in the UK. The hotel offers 100-guestrooms (including five rooms for disabled guests and eight inter-connecting rooms), featuring ISDN telephone lines, voice mail, two data ports (for the UK and international), remote controlled interactive color TV`s with checkout, satellite channels, pay-per-view movies, games console, and hair-dryer. An intimate restaurant on the premises offers breakfast and a Mediterranean-style dinner menu, while a stylish lounge bar serves beverages and coffee. There is a range of flexible meeting rooms featuring moveable walls and up-to-date audio/visual equipment. Rates start at $115.00.


The Comfort Hotel Frankfurt is centrally located within walking distance of the main train station (which offers a direct link to Frankfurt International Airport), the commercial and banking district and central shopping area. The hotel has 45 modern guestrooms, each featuring remote controlled color TV with satellite channels and video, radio, telephone with voicemail, in-room safe and hair dryer. Some rooms also come equipped with a fax. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the `Bistrorante` and the hotel also features an Asian restaurant. Rates start at $100.00.


In Cannes, the 50-room Comfort Hotel Atlas is conveniently located close to the beach, shops and the main train station. Guestrooms feature remote controlled color TV with satellite channels and direct dial telephone. The hotel offers free continental breakfast, currency exchange and multilingual staff to service international guests. Car and coach parking is available on site. Rates start at $64.00.

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Situated close to the Charles de Gaulle airport, the Comfort Hotel Charles de Gaulle offers well-equipped guestrooms, each featuring direct dial telephone, remote controlled color TV with satellite channels,, data port and hair dryer A restaurant, bar and meeting rooms are located on the premises. Rates start at $50.00.


The Comfort Hotel Balzac is the brand`s fourth property in Switzerland, joining two properties in Lausanne and the Comfort Inn Royal in Zurich. Located in the center of Geneva, the hotel offers free continental breakfast, currency exchange and free on-site parking. Each guestroom features color TV with satellite channels, direct dial telephone, data port, refrigerator and hair-dryer. Rates start at $87.00


Rome`s Quality Hotel Park dei Massimi is centrally located close to the Vatican, Michelagelo`s dome at St. Peters and the city. Recently renovated, the hotel offers 85 guestrooms, each featuring remote controlled color TV with satellite channels, direct-dial telephone, in-room safe and hair dryer. The hotel has a restaurant serving Roman and Mediterranean cuisine, an American bar, and garden. Rates start at $81.00


Conveniently located in the heart of the business and luxury boutique area of Nice, the Quality Hotel Acropole is the country`s fourth Comfort brand hotel. The 120-room property is just minutes from the “Congress Center Acropolis”, close to museums, art galleries, the Old Town and the famous Flower Market and walking distance from the beaches. Guestrooms are each equipped with remote controlled TV, direct dial telephone, mini-bar and hair dryer. Rates start at $120.00.


Choice Hotels International franchises over 5, 000 properties open and under development in 43 countries, marketed under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep, Econo Lodge, MainStay Suites and Rodeway Inn brand names. For more information or to make reservations, visit the company`s web site at www.choicehotels.com or call 1-800-4CHOICE.


Choice Hotels Europe owns and franchises more than 500 Clarion, Quality, Comfort and Sleep brand hotels located in key cities and towns, on major road and rail routes around Europe, including Bath, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Nice, Paris, Prague, Rome and Zurich.


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