Microtel Inns & Suites Only Economy Brand to be Ranked Highest by J.D. Power and Associates for Four Years

ATLANTA, July 28 /PRNewswire/ — For the fourth consecutive year, Microtel Inns & Suites has been ranked highest in guest satisfaction among economy/budget hotel chains in the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 North American Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study(SM). Microtel – the chain of all newly constructed, interior corridor hotels – is the only economy brand to have received the award four times.

Microtel scored highest of 13 national hotel brands in its segment, and outperformed competitors in three key guest satisfaction measures including hotel services, hotel facilities, and costs and fees.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for the fourth time and to be a leader in the economy segment,” said Jon Leven, executive vice president of marketing for US Franchise Systems (USFS), parent company of the franchisor of the brand. “With the roll-out of Project Reveille earlier this year, we have greatly extended the scope of complimentary services available to our guests, and have raised the bar on the types of amenities that travelers can expect in their hotel rooms.”

With Project Reveille, Microtel is the first economy/budget brand to offer guests free local and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S., plus free wireless high speed Internet access in all its guestrooms nationwide.

The 2005 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study is based on responses from 37,471 guests who stayed in a hotel between December 2004 and May 2005. The study is now in its ninth year and measures guest satisfaction based on six factors: check-in/check-out, guestroom, food and beverage, hotel services, hotel facilities, and costs and fees.

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is an ISO 9001-registered global marketing information services firm operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, consulting, training and customer satisfaction. The firm’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

There are currently 274 Microtels open or under construction. In addition to free local and long distance phone calls and free wireless high-speed Internet access, all Microtel properties offer free continental breakfast. Members of the MicroPass(TM) frequent guest program earn a free night’s stay after just nine night stays at any location. For reservations, contact 1-888- 771-7171 toll-free, or visit http://www.microtelinn.com/ to access information and make reservations. All Microtel Inns & Suites are independently owned and operated.

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