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Choice Hotels International Honors the Econo Lodge Hotel in Rochester, MN
Local Property Wins Prestigious Hotel of the Year Award

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's leading hotel companies, recognized the Econo Lodge Hotel in Rochester as a winner of its 2014 Hotel of the Year Award – its third such award over the past five years. This distinction was announced recently at the 60th annual Choice Hotels International Convention in Las Vegas.

Econo Lodge

"Our mission has always been to provide a stellar experience for each of our guests and exceed their expectations," said Mike Jacobson, owner and general manager of the Econo Lodge in Rochester. "Each decision we've made for our hotel has been focused on achieving that mission and ensuring that each guest feels at home throughout their stay."

The Hotel of the Year Award is presented by the Choice Hotels Owners Council each year to a property that consistently demonstrates lodging excellence. Nominees for this prestigious award are recognized as the top properties within the brand. 

"The Hotel of the Year award is given to hotels that demonstrate a commitment to exceptional customer service, an area in which the Econo Lodge hotel in Rochester exceeds the norm," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels International. "This hotel consistently demonstrates operational excellence and we are thrilled to recognize their continued efforts and highlight them as a valued member of the Choice Hotels family."

In 2013, the Econo Lodge Rochester underwent significant improvements to ensure the continued satisfaction of their guests, including the addition of an elevator, a fitness room and business center. The 62 room property also boasts free Wi-Fi access, healthy and hearty breakfast options and in-room coffee, refrigerators and microwaves. Given the hotel's proximity to the local Mayo Clinic, a number of the guests who visit the Econo Lodge are former patients and families of patients. The property has taken a number of steps to ensure their comfort, including free shuttle service to the Mayo Clinic complex and a partnership with a local nursing service to provide outpatient care for an additional fee.

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 Hotels & 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.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges® rewards program. With more than 20 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.      

Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotels & Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International Inc.

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Choice Hotels: Sarah Lee, Tel: 301-628-4397, Sarah_Lee@choicehotels.com