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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.
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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.