AmeriSuites Ranked As Largest AAA Three Diamond Chain

5th Apr 2001

Prime Hospitality`s growing
AmeriSuites chain is currently the largest national lodging chain to earn
AAA`s Three Diamond ranking systemwide.

“AmeriSuites hotels received Three Diamond status from AAA for their very
good design and exceptionally well-maintained structures, the high level of
guest service and perhaps most importantly, their consistency throughout the
chain,” explained Frederick L. Gruel, president and CEO of the AAA New Jersey
Automobile Club.

The Three Diamond rating is noteworthy because every AmeriSuites is
affiliated with AAA through its `Official Appointment` program.  Due to this
complete affiliation, AmeriSuites is the largest hotel brand eligible to use
the AAA Three Diamond logo in its marketing materials.
“We are very pleased to be recognized by an independent, well-respected
travel association such as AAA,” said Prime Hospitality Chairman & CEO A.F.
Petrocelli.  “Brand quality and consistency have always been paramount to
AmeriSuites and we are proud to have earned the Three Diamond distinction.”
The Three Diamond symbol is included in each winning establishment`s
listing in the 2001 AAA TourBook(R) guides.  The majority of AAA`s 43 million
members in the US and Canada depend on AAA publications to assist them with
their travel-related decisions.

AAA`s full-time professional field inspectors visit more than
28,000 lodgings, 10,000 campgrounds, 12,000 restaurants and attractions
annually.  AAA inspectors conduct unannounced evaluations, assigning a rating
of One to Five Diamonds to qualifying establishments in the US, Canada, Mexico
and the Caribbean.  The association officially began rating properties in 1963
and adopted the diamond rating system in 1977 in celebration of its 75th

AmeriSuites was also recently ranked #1 among Midpriced Hotels without
Food & Beverage facilities in Business Traveler News` annual Top Hotel Survey.
All properties provide comfortable accommodations with separate living and
sleeping areas and a wide array of amenities, including kitchen/wet bar area
with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.  Other amenities include
complimentary bountiful breakfast buffets, high-speed Internet access, fitness
centers, meeting space, and heated indoor or outdoor pools.  AmeriSuites also
offer “Taking Care of Business” (TCB) Suites, with additional amenities for
business travelers.  Reservations can be made through AmeriSuites` toll-free
central reservation system, 1-800-833-1516.  Information can also be accessed
via the Internet at


AmeriSuites(R) is a trademarked proprietary brand of Prime Hospitality
Corp. (NYSE: PDQ), headquartered in Fairfield, NJ.  Prime currently owns,
manages and/or franchises nearly 240 hotels throughout the United States under
its proprietary trade names AmeriSuites(R), and Wellesley Inn & Suites(R) and
under franchise agreements with national hotel chains.  There are presently
133 AmeriSuites properties located in 31 states, with primary concentration in
key markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Miami, Dallas and



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