Quality Suites Opens In Jacksonville Beach

The 72-unit Quality Suites Oceanfront, located at 11 N. 1st Street in the heart of downtown Jacksonville Beach and right on the ocean, is hosting a grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The grand opening features an Hawaiian-style Luau, Polynesian Show, fire dancer, site tours and fun prizes. A ribbon cutting is at 6 p.m. Jacksonville Beach Mayor Bob Marsden, City Manager George Forbes, business leaders and representatives of Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH), franchisor of the Quality hotel brand, are expected to attend. City Manager George Forbes will speak on Jacksonville Beach redevelopment.
The Quality Suites Oceanfront, which cost $7.2 million and took two years to build, features 72 oceanfront two-room suites with king or two queen-size beds and private balconies. Each suite has two remote-control 27-inch cable TVs with expanded cable and HBO, microwave, refrigerator, dry bar, telephone with data port and high-speed internet access, coffee maker, iron, ironing board and hairdryer. Eleven suites have an in-room whirlpool tub. Adjoining rooms and rooms for individuals with disabilities are available. The Quality Suites Oceanfront is a 100 percent non-smoking hotel. - All guestrooms and public areas are smoke free.
Hotel features at the Quality Suites Oceanfront include an outdoor heated pool and spa; fitness center; business center with computer with high-speed internet access, printer, photocopier and fax machine; gift shop; guest laundry and valet cleaning service. The hotel has 1,600 square feet of meeting/banquet space, consisting of two meeting rooms that can accommodate from 10 to 70 people. Meeting rooms are oceanfront with access to the beach. Catering services are available.

Guests of the Quality Suites Oceanfront receive a complimentary USA TODAY and a 100 percent guest satisfaction guarantee. A free hot buffet breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash brown potatoes, French toast, breads, pastries, muffins, yogurt, toast, coffee and juice is served daily. A Guest Appreciation Reception featuring refreshments is held Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Rates begin at $159 for the fall/winter season and at $179 for the spring/summer season. Whirlpool rooms are usually $20 more. Children, ages 18 and under, stay free in the room of parents and grandparents.

Discounts are available when booked in advance on a space-available basis for senior citizens, AAA members, business travelers, government/military personnel and groups.

The Quality Suites Oceanfront is locally owned and operated by Oceanfront Lodging II, Inc. of Jacksonville Beach. Sonny Bhikha is the hotel`s general manager. Ofelia Matthews is the sales director.


The Quality Suites Oceanfront is centrally located where Beach Blvd. ends at the ocean and between two local landmarks - the American Red Cross Lifeguard Station and the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion. The hotel is within walking distance of fine-dining restaurants, antique shops and specialty stores. Hanna Park and the Players Championship are 10 miles from the hotel. Alltel Stadium, Avenues Mall, Jacksonville Landing, Kayak Adventures, La Cruise Casino, Prime Osborn Convention Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum are 20 miles from the hotel. Historic Fort Caroline, Historic St. Augustine, Jacksonville Zoo and the St. Augustine Outlet Mall are 30 miles away. The hotel is 160 miles from Walt Disney World and Epcot Center.

Members of Choice Privileges, Choice Hotels` frequent-traveler program, qualify for points toward free stays and gift certificates when staying at U.S. Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion and Sleep Inn hotels. Guests may also choose to earn airline miles with participating airlines (American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta Air Lines SkyMiles, Northwest Airlines WorldPerks, US Airways Dividend Miles and United Mileage Plus) when staying at Choice Hotels in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Through Dec.15, 2002, members of participating airlines` frequent flier clubs receive double miles when staying at 3,300 hotels in the U.S. and the Caribbean franchised by Choice Hotels. Guests at the Quality Suites Oceanfront can earn 500 miles per stay instead of the standard 250 miles. Guests need only to stay at a qualifying rate* and provide the selected airline frequency program member number upon check-in.

For reservations at the Quality Suites Oceanfront or any hotel franchised by Choice Hotels International, call 1-800-4CHOICE or visit www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels franchises more than 5,000 hotels open and under development under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand names in 46 countries. For more information, visit www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Choice Privileges and 1-800-4CHOICE are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.