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Hey, Santa: if you need a place to take a disco nap on Tuesday night, we’d suggest hitching your reindeer up at Country Inns & Suites in Springfield, Illinois. Trust us: this place gives good cookie—and it has a spanking new design.
Founded in 1987 in Burnsville, Minnesota, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson has some 480 locations worldwide. The original property was modeled on a home-style bed and breakfast, and visitors got freshly baked batches of Santa’s favorite treats. The tradition of cookies-on-arrival continues today, even in the midst of the brand's first-ever major overhaul. (We first reported on this new look back in April.)
Created in partnership with Genevieve Gorder (an interior designer and HGTV star), “the new look is a take on contemporary American residential style,” said Scott Meyer, senior vice president of midscale brands in the Americas for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “Crate & Barrel, Room & Board, or Restoration Hardware...had a great influence in the design approach we took.” The overall goal of the facelift, Meyer added "was to acknowledge modern tastes and lifestyles, while continuing our philosophy of treating guests like they are family.
We're all about cool hotel technology here at HotelChatter but sometimes, we just want things to be simple which is why this button found on a Country Inn & Suites phone is right up our alley.
We reached out to the hotel to see if this pizza button was still in service and where the pizza came from but so far, they've not answered us. Don't they understand this is important stuff we're talking about?
Anyways, while the pizza delivery is going to cost extra, the breakfast is free as part of the Country Inns and Suites standard amenities. Rates start at $199 CAD next weekend.
UPDATE, 11:46pm: The hotel has written us back! Here's who the pizza button, still in service, calls:
The pizza button is set to a local dependable business that provides an excellent product. The Country Inn and Suites in Niagara Falls is a very busy hotel. This button is very convenient for the guests in the room and also frees up our guest services team to have more one on one time with guests in the lobby.
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Carlson's Country Inns & Suites have never been on our Top 10 hotel list when it comes to inspirational design, but even we were impressed to find out that the brand has just partnered with HGTV (and TLC's "Trading Spaces" alumni) celebrity interior decorator Genevieve Gorder to work on a new look for a new generation of traveler.
The updated hotel architecture and interiors, designed by London-based architectural design firms Imagination and Virgile and Stone, will make their debut in late 2013. They will trade in Country Inn's 1987 beginnings for a clean, contemporary look. Still, the design is intended to make loyal guests feel comfy, but appeal to the technology-focused business traveler.
Hotel breakfast offerings is an important part of the hotel stay, especially at the budget chains where it's free. In fact, the free breakfast is so crucial it can often be the determining factor among guests as to why they chose a specific hotel.
Which is probably why Country Inn and Suites has ramped up their breakfast offerings to include eight hot new entrees like biscuits and gravy, eggs benedict, build-your-own omelets, breakfast burritos and yogurt parfait bars as well as "To Go" stations for guests on the run with .
The "Be Our Guest" breakfast is now in place at over 500 Country Inn and Suites in the country. Typically Country Inns are found just on the fringes of major cities and like most budget brands, the decor leaves a lot to be desired but the breakfast and WiFi is free and the prices are right. Still not sure about the new offerings from Country Inn? Check out their interactive breakfast experience online.
What's your favorite budget hotel brand breakfast? Let us know!
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
We know that this view from the Country Inn & Suites in Davenport, Iowa is better than a brick wall in Manhattan, but for some reason this is just as depressing.