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BW President Hotel Celebrates American Democracy

10/6/2009

BEST WESTERN PRESIDENT HOTEL CELEBRATES AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WITH $15 MILLION RENOVATION

NEW YORK (Oct. 6, 2009) — The Best Western President Hotel in New York City’s Times Square today announced its grand reopening after completing a $15 million top-to-bottom renovation. The 334-room, 44-suite property incorporates a fresh look that is exclusively modern, yet historically inspired, and draws upon the roots of American democracy with suites named after presidents including Obama, Reagan, Kennedy and Nixon.

Owned by Hampshire Hotels, the 15-floor property was completely remodeled by the award-winning architectural firm, Stonehill and Taylor. The hotel’s design was inspired by the 2008 presidential election and the unprecedented level of bi-partisan engagement and passion surrounding it. Centrist purple, a mix of Republican red and Democratic blue, is the dominant accent color throughout the hotel. The lobby blends décor from the Lincoln and Jeffersonian eras, while each guest room is adorned with postmodern art depicting presidents or distinguished first ladies. Throw pillows embroidered with silhouettes of Jefferson and Lincoln also complement the political motif.

“The Best Western President Hotel has been a fixture of our brand for many years and we are thrilled to see its owners take a leadership position to evolve the property for today’s domestic and international guests,” said Mark Williams, vice president of North American Development for Best Western International. “The renovations are clever, beautifully executed and a welcome addition to our portfolio of excellent properties in New York and other gateway cities around the country.”

Guests will enjoy the convenience of two on-site restaurants, the hotel’s lobby cocktail lounge, 24-hour fitness center and business center. The hotel’s conference center is perfect for meetings and special events. A complimentary weekly newspaper and discounted parking is available nearby.

Guest rooms are equipped with modern amenities including:
•37-inch or 42-inch flat panel televisions
•iPod docking alarm clocks
•Complimentary wireless Internet
•Ultra plush pillow top mattresses
•Eco-friendly bath linens

Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Theatre District, guests at the Best Western President Hotel will be centrally located to many of the City’s best attractions including Central Park, the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, 5th Avenue shopping district and world-famous museums.

Reservations may be booked by calling Best Western International’s 24-hour, toll-free reservations number at (800) WESTERN. Reservations are also available from Best Western International’s Web site at www.bestwestern.com.

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 mission to lead the hotel industry in customer care. World Vision is the charity of choice for Best Western in building the world's largest family, as our hotels and staff sponsor children in need around the globe. 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.

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