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BWI Announces San Francisco Property Upgrades

6/9/2008

BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES SAN FRANCISCO PROPERTY UPGRADES AND RENOVATIONS
The Brand Continues Focus on Improving Hotels in Gateway Cities and Leisure Travel Hotspots

PHOENIX (June 9, 2008) – Best Western International, the World’s Largest Hotel Chain®, today announced its members have spent $10.5 million in upgrades and renovations to four top-performing hotels in San Francisco, including the Best Western Hotel Tomo, Best Western Hotel California, Best Western Americania Hotel and the Best Western Carriage Inn. All four hotels will receive upgrades ranging from standard improvements and renovations to complete facelifts in 2008.

Located at 1800 Sutter Street in the heart of Japantown, the Best Western Hotel Tomo features 125 guest rooms and is inspired by Japanese pop-culture. The hotel also features anime murals, as well as glow-in-the-dark blotters. Keeping in mind families traveling with children, the Hotel Tomo has also added gaming suites that include a PlayStation 3, bean bag chairs and six-foot LCD projection screens.

The Best Western Hotel California is a newly renovated 84-room boutique property located at 580 Geary Street in the heart of San Francisco’s theatre district. The hotel is an elegant 96-year-old building and features American maple hardwood floors, leather furniture and California-themed artwork can be found throughout the hotel. Each room comes complete with Beautyrest mattresses and premium linens.

Best Western Americania and Best Western Carriage Inn are located in San Francisco’s SOMA (South of Market Street) district near downtown. The Carriage Inn has received a top-to-bottom renovation with elements that tip a hat to San Francisco’s well-known artists and eccentrics. Each room, designed as ‘bohemian representations’ of a classic San Francisco apartment, will now carry their own titles such as “Herb Caen,” “Mark Twain” and a little rarer, “The Brown Twins.” The Best Western Americania is receiving an equally-extensive renovation by adding quirky and vibrant-colored furniture, linens, artwork and amenities that pay tribute to America’s past. Guests will find checkerboard floors in mint and black, red adornments and artwork featuring famous childhood games. Upon check-in, Jelly-Belly’s will be offered and off the lobby, a large selection of favorite games will be offered for in-room entertainment. The Best Western Americania is located at 121 Seventh Street and the Best Western Carriage Inn is located 140 Seventh Street.

“As we enter the heavy summer travel season, San Francisco continues to be a hot spot for international, business and family travel,” said Mark Williams, vice president, North American development. “We’re very proud of our hotels in San Francisco and believe guests traveling there this year will have a pleasant and lasting experience.”

ABOUT BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL
Best Western International is THE WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL CHAIN®, providing marketing, reservations and operational support to over 4,000* independently owned and operated member hotels in 80* countries and territories worldwide. An industry pioneer since 1946, Best Western has grown into an iconic brand that hosts 400,000* worldwide guests each night. Best Western's diverse property portfolio, its greatest strength, stems from a business model designed to give owners maximum flexibility to address market-specific needs. Equally committed to the business and leisure traveler, Best Western recently embarked on a five-year mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. Since 2004, Best Western has served as the Official Hotel of NASCAR®. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.bestwestern.com.

*Numbers are approximate and can fluctuate.