Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels
Type Public
Traded as NYSECHH
Industry Lodging/Travel
Founded 1939
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
Number of locations increase 6,000
Area served World Wide
Key people -Steve Joyce, President and CEO
-David White, CFO
-William Carlson, Senior Vice President of Marketing
-Bruce Haase, Executive Vice President of Global Brand Operations and International
-Pat Pacious, Senior Vice President of Corp Development & Information Technology
Products Comfort Inn
Comfort Suites
Quality Inn
Sleep Inn
Cambria Suites
Mainstay Suites
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Econo Lodge
Rodeway Inn
Ascend Collection
Revenue increase 642M Million (2008)
Net income increase 112.8 Million
The Clarion Hotel in Hamden, Connecticut.

Choice Hotels International (NYSECHH) is a hospitality holding corporation which is affiliated with several hotel brands and is based in Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2008, Choice Hotels’ total revenue was $642 million, of which $637 million was from Franchise and $4.94 million was from Corporate Items.[1]



The company was started in 1939 in Maryland as Quality Courts United, a referral chain consisting of about seven motel owners. Later, the motel chain operated simply under the name Quality Motels (1969–71) and Quality Inns (since 1972). Quality Courts United accepted franchise hotels without strict norms or guidelines from the company. This is different from Holiday Inn which from their early beginnings implemented numerous mandatory standards and guidelines (e.g. room size and amenities) at every one of their locations. Also, Quality Inn accepted franchisees with existing hotels.

During its early years, Quality Courts' operations were entirely in areas of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River and portions of Canada. From 1946 to 1964, Quality had a marketing partnership with Best Western, whose properties were located mostly west of the Mississippi River, and thus not in direct competition with Quality. While this partnership made sense geographically, it did not work well in the long run, and was abandoned in 1964 as Best Western expanded into the Eastern U.S. with its Best Eastern operation (which was replaced by a nationwide Best Western operation in 1967). Quality Courts began its efforts toward national coverage in 1966 when it opened a motel in St. Louis, Missouri and two in Texas at Houston and Arlington.

Comfort Suites in Laredo, Texas built in 2007
Quality Inn, built in 2009, beside a Holiday Inn in Long Island City
Sleep Inn, built in 2010, in Jamaica, Queens

The company became Quality International as the company switched to franchising in 1972. A few years later, the franchising well on its way, about 300 hotels were independently owned and only about 38 were still company-owned.

In 1982, Quality Inns pioneered segmentation in the lodging industry by introducing Comfort Inns and Quality Royale. Comfort Inn competes with such chains such as AmericInn Hotels, Baymont Inn & Suites, and Fairfield Inn by Marriott; Quality Royale was meant to compete with upper mid-priced chains like Red Lion and Four Points by Sheraton. Comfort Inn experienced impressive growth in the 1980s and 1990s.

Quality Royale was converted to Clarion Hotels in 1987. It represented a line of full-service hotels that offer travelers a variety of hotel styles and locations, from city centers, airport, and resorts. Clarion provides a full spectrum of services - including full service restaurants, lounges, room service, and banquet and conference centers. Clarion's boutique line, Clarion Collection (now Ascend Collection), is an extension of the brand. Ascend Collection is designed for high-end, boutique and historic hotels that have an established local identity. Clarions compete with hotel chains like Red Lion, Radisson, and Four Points by Sheraton. Internationally, over 300 Clarion Hotels are open with several more under development.

Two all-suite divisions, Comfort Suites and Quality Suites, were introduced as the first mid-market all-suite chains. The original Quality Inn brand competes with Holiday Inn, Best Western, and Ramada. Many former Holiday Inns were refranchised as Quality Inns during the 1990s and 2000s.

In 1989, the company introduced Sleep Inn, an economy brand utilizing a consistent interior corridor design prototype and all-new construction, designed by Rob Spurr. Sleep Inn and Sleep Inn and Suites are lower mid-priced and can be compared to Marriott's Fairfield Inn, Wyndham's Microtel, Hilton's Hampton Inn, or IHG's Holiday Inn Express.The first location opened in the United Kingdom in 1989. Since then, over 320 locations are open. All offer a "Morning Medley" deluxe continental breakfast, swimming pools at most locations, free local calls, and a consistent exterior/interior design. The brand is receiving its first major facelift in history with its "Brand Refresh". This is essentially a modernization of all properties by 2012 with new boutique-inspired guest rooms and public spaces.

The company bought the three economy-oriented chains known as Friendship Inns, Rodeway Inn, and Econo Lodge in the early 1990s, while changing the corporate name to Choice Hotels International. Friendship Inns were later absorbed into the Rodeway and Econo Lodge chains; no Friendship Inns exist today.

In 1997, the company introduced the extended-stay Mainstay Suites brand and the Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program. Mainstay Suites was branded as mid-priced extended stay hotels, franchised by Choice Hotels International. Mainstay Suites hotels provide comfortable and affordable accommodations and many amenities to extended stay travelers. A mix of one bedroom and studio units has been added to the prototype, creating a traditional residential image. Public space now includes a community room, guest laundry room, exercise room, and sundries shop all in the same general area. Suites include a fully equipped kitchen, a large walk-in closet, sofa bed, and work space for business travelers. A free continental breakfast is served daily. Guests also enjoy a manager’s reception at least once a week. In 2008, there were 37 Mainstay Suites hotels open in the United States and dozens more under development.

In 1992 Choice Hotels became the largest franchise hotel chain in the world.

In January 2005 Choice Hotels introduced a new upscale, all-suite hotel designed in contemporary style called Cambria Suites. The first Cambria Suites opened in Boise, Idaho on April 17, 2007. Approximately 20 Cambria Suites hotels are planned, with locations such as Bloomington, Minnesota and Savannah, Georgia scheduled to open in 2007.

In September 2005 Choice Hotels acquired the Suburban Extended-Stay Hotel chain, which consists of 67 extended stay hotels.[2]

In 2008 the company introduced the Ascend Collection (formerly Clarion Collection), an elite upscale membership collection of historic, boutique and unique hotels.

In 2010 CEO Steve Joyce was featured on an episode of Undercover Boss, a television program on CBS. He pretended to be an intern doing entry level jobs such as working the front desk, housekeeping, and maintenance work such as unclogging toilets.

Headquarters Relocation

In October of 2010 Maryland and Montgomery County officials announced that Choice Hotels International will move its headquarters from suburban Silver Spring to Rockville (about 20 minutes north-west of its current location) in 2013. Choice Hotels’ new headquarters will be located in Rockville Town Center.[3]

In August 2011 Choice Hotels broke ground on its 197,866 square-foot corporate headquarters in Rockville.[4]



Sleep Inn motel, Milan, Michigan
  • Ascend Collection
  • Cambria Suites
  • Clarion Hotels
  • Comfort Inn
  • Comfort Suites
  • Econo Lodge
  • Mainstay Suites
  • Quality Inn
  • Rodeway Inn
  • Sleep Inn
  • Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

See also

  • Clarion Hotel Limerick


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