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MainStay Suites St. Robert-Fort Leonard Wood Of Saint Robert, Missouri Earns Top Honor

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning MainStay Suites St. Robert-Fort Leonard brought home yet another major distinction - the 2013 Choice Hotels International Hotel of the Year Award for the MainStay Suites brand. Owners Steve and Spike Erhardt received the honor during the 59 th annual Choice Hotel International convention in Los Angeles.  Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE:CHH), franchisor of the MainStay Suites brand, is one of the world's largest hotel companies.

Every year, the Choice Hotels Owners Council presents the Hotel of the Year Award to a property that consistently demonstrates lodging excellence with guest experiences that set the standard for the industry. Nominees for this prestigious award all rank among the top hotels within the brand.

"What makes this award so special is the fact that Hotel of the Year winners are selected by their peers," said Alexandra Jaritz, senior vice president of brand strategy and marketing for Choice Hotels International. "That means other hotel owners – who are also experts in the business – agree that this organization goes 'above and beyond' with its exceptional service, operational excellence and guest satisfaction."

"We think our success has a lot to do with our 'Live Like Home' atmosphere and exceptionally high guest reviews," said General Manager Belinda Flaherty. "We are located near the Fort Leonard Wood Army base and find that our military guests love the quiet, extended-stay atmosphere, full kitchens and extra space."

Owner Steve Ehrhardt added, "We are family-based company, and it shows. The staff arrives at work every day with a commitment to our mission: to serve our guests, our community and each other."

The MainStay Suites hotel of Ft. Leonard Wood-St. Robert also won the Choice Hotels International Inn of the Year in 2008 for the brand, and was a finalist for the Choice Hotels International Hotel of the Year for MainStay Suites in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

The MainStay Suites hotel is conveniently located in south central Missouri with easy access to Interstate 44 and scenic historic Route 66. Fort Leonard Wood Army base, home to the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, is only three miles away. The 77-room hotel offers the perfect homelike atmosphere for the military personnel on temporary duty or families traveling to attend a Basic Training or Advanced Individual Training graduation. Guests can enjoy smoke-free fully equipped kitchens, daily continental breakfast, premium cable television, high-speed Internet access and weekly housekeeping.

Just a short drive from the hotel is historic downtown Waynesville, Missouri, which includes the Pulaski County Courthouse Museum, Old Stagecoach Stop, Fort Waynesville and Trail of Tears Memorial. It's all accessible with a downtown walking tour. Further, the hotel is surrounded by scenic mountain forests, beautiful streams and a multitude of wildlife native to only the Ozarks.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises over 6,200 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories.  As of March 31, 2013, 395 hotels, representing more than 30,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States.  Additionally, 81 hotels, representing approximately 7,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 20 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide.

Additional corporate information may be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. website, which may be accessed at

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges®, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International.

© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc.  All rights reserved.

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