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Clarion Hotel Cork, Ireland, Wins International Hotel of the Year Award

Clarion Hotel Cork, Ireland, Wins International Hotel of the Year Award

Category: Europe - Ireland - Events - Rewards
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2008-06-11

The Clarion Hotel Cork, Ireland has been named the International Hotel of
the Year by worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc.
(NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Clarion brand. The award was given to Clarion
Hotels Ireland, owner of the hotel and Charlie Sheil, general manager, at the
company's 54th annual convention last month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"As the winner of the International Hotel of the Year Award for the
Clarion brand, the Clarion Hotel Cork has performed exceptionally, standing
out among its peers for operational excellence," said Bruce Haase, executive
vice president, global brand operations.

Choice Hotels annually presents the International Hotel of the Year Award
to hotels that demonstrate lodging excellence. For the international awards,
the best of each brand is selected by reviewing Quality Assurance Review
scores, which cover a variety of categories including maintenance,
cleanliness and branding. Winning hotels must have been a part of the Choice
system for more than a year.

"I believe our exceptional guest service and attention to detail is what
makes us stand out," said Charlie Sheil. "We try to have a great rapport with
our guests and it shows in our guest satisfaction scores. We're truly honored
to have received this award and we will continue to uphold the standards and
practices that we have been recognized for."

The 197-room Clarion Hotel Cork, which joined the Choice Hotels system in
2004, and which opened in 2005 is located at Lapps Quay in Cork, Ireland,
where it overlooks the River Lee and is located just minutes from the heart
of Cork City Business & Shopping Quarter, the English Market, the Shandon
Bells, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, University College Cork and the
historic Cork City Gaol heritage centre. The hotel offers an 18-meter indoor
heated pool, steam room, hot tub/whirlpool, gymnasium, essence health spa,
Sinergie restaurant and Kudos bar and atrium lounge serving a full menu
including afternoon tea service, conference room facilities that cater from
two to 350 delegates, high-speed wireless Internet access and babysitting
services. All guestrooms feature mini-bars, room service, in-room safes, hair
dryers, in-room tea/coffee, irons and ironing boards. Trouser presses are
available on request.

The hotel participates in Choice Privileges, the Choice Hotels rewards
program where membership is free and offers points good towards free nights,
airline miles or gift certificates while staying at Comfort Inn, Comfort
Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites,
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels in the
United States, Canada, Europe*, Mexico and the Caribbean. For reservations,
call the Choice Hotels toll-free reservation line at +1-800-500-600 or visit

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