LAS VEGAS, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's leading hotel companies and franchisor of the fast-growing Ascend Hotel Collection, today announced the addition of three more hotels to the brand portfolio: Avania Inn of Santa Barbara, Margarita European Inn in Evanston, Illinois and the Yellowstone Valley Lodge in Livingston, Montana.
"Ascend Hotel Collection continues to see dramatic growth and is a driving force in Choice Hotels expansion into upscale travel," said Michael Murphy, senior vice president of upscale brands at Choice Hotels International, from the company's 60th annual convention in Las Vegas. "We're delighted to add member hotels in such diverse and desirable locations as Santa Barbara, Chicago's North Shore and Montana. Each of these new members captures the essence of Ascend with local flavor, one-of-a-kind charm and an uncompromised commitment to quality service."
Ascend Hotel Collection is a portfolio of distinctive, upscale, independent hotels which reflect the character of the places they are located. In 2013, the brand nearly doubled in size, and with these latest additions, the Collection now claims 125 properties worldwide.
The great appeal of hoteliers gaining membership to Ascend Hotel Collection is that they are able to maintain their individuality while gaining access to Choice Hotels International's robust global distribution, sales, marketing and technology platforms. Member hotels also benefit from Choice Privileges, one of the industry's fastest-growing guest loyalty programs.
Just a short stroll from Santa Barbara Harbor, the Avania Inn of Santa Barbara offers guests a tranquil retreat in the heart of the city. This charming inn offers unparalleled, personalized service, as well as the spacious accommodations and gracious amenities expected of an Ascend property.
Guests of the Avania Inn of Santa Barbara will enjoy a range of amenities including free high-speed wireless Internet, a free deluxe breakfast bar, heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Redwood sauna, free weekday newspapers and free parking. The hotel also provides a business center, which allows business travelers to conveniently complete their work and still find time to enjoy all this highly appealing part of the Golden State has to offer during their business trip.
The property is also perfect for leisure travelers looking to soak up the California sun and explore the beautiful city of Santa Barbara. Avania Inn is located within walking distance of Sterns Warf, West Beach, East Beach, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and the University of Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara Zoo is just a short cab ride away.
Commonly referred to as "Evanston's hidden treasure," Margarita European Inn combines old world charm and elegance with high-quality service and modern luxuries. This 46-room hotel is located in the heart of charming Evanston, Illinois on Chicago's North Shore with convenient access to Downtown Chicago.
Margarita European Inn boasts breathtaking original architecture with freshly renovated interiors. Guests will appreciate the classic ambiance of the hotel, which features distinct spaces for relaxation. The Grand Parlor is a great place to meet friends and enjoy a glass of wine; the rooftop deck offers breathtaking skylight views of downtown; and the library is filled with books for guests to read. Just below the Grand Parlor, the Inn offers an opulent space which can accommodate special events and private parties for up to 80 people.
All guest rooms are furnished with antiques, providing an authentic and memorable atmosphere. Guests can select from several room types, and all offer complimentary continental breakfast, wireless high-speed Internet access, daily newspapers and coffee. The Inn also offers two meeting rooms for those traveling on business.
Evanston, Illinois is home to Northwestern University and is lined with multiple Lake Michigan parks and beaches. The walkable downtown area houses many restaurants and popular shops.
In Livingston, Montana, guests have the opportunity to venture off the beaten path to Yellowstone Valley Lodge. Located on the banks of the Yellowstone River, this ranch-style property offers guests the luxury of contemporary cabins in one of the most beautiful, peaceful places in America: Paradise Valley.
Yellowstone Valley Lodge features three different cabin types with 17 cabins in total. All cabins include private decks, indulgent high thread count linens, complimentary wireless internet and the soothing sounds and views of Yellowstone. The Cozy Cabins features two queen-size pillow top beds, a sitting area, air conditioning, an outdoor personal ice chest, a small refrigerator and a coffee brewer. The Absaroka Cabins offer sleeping for six, a living area, a kitchenette, a pull-out couch, flat screen TVs, vaulted ceilings and central heat and air. The Beartooth Bunkhouse, the most luxurious of the cabins, features sleeping for eight, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, air conditioning and a grill.
The Yellowstone Valley Grill, just steps away from the cabins, specializes in fresh, organic and locally-sourced foods. Executive Chef Marcos Mustain has perfected developing menus that appeal to all taste-buds. During summer, guests can enjoy dining on the patio where clean alpine air and river songs pair perfectly with seasonally-changing dishes.
Yellowstone Valley Lodge is minutes from popular destinations such as Chico Hot Springs, Gallatin National Forest and Downtown Livingston, which is often referred to as "the gateway to Yellowstone" and just 30 minutes from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. This scenic area offers visitors an array of activities such as hiking, fly fishing, rafting and horseback riding. With extensive knowledge of the area, upscale amenities and a taste for both fine food and outdoor adventures, Yellowstone Valley Lodge is the perfect base for any Yellowstone-area experience.
Yellowstone Valley lodge is owned by the O'Reilly Family and managed by O'Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC.
Effective immediately, travelers can book their next stay at any one of these member properties at www.ascendcollection.com.
About Ascend Hotel Collection The Ascend Hotel Collection membership program made its debut in late 2008 and now has 125 hotels open throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, Australia and the Caribbean. The eclectic portfolio of upscale, independent hotels appeals to the growing number of people who like to immerse themselves in the destination and live like the locals when they travel. For more information, visit www.ascendcollection.com.
About Choice Hotels Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories. As of March 31, 2014, 398 hotels, representing more than 30,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 95 hotels, representing approximately 8,900 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.
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