Choice Hotels International Honors the Kress Inn

Boutique Hotel Receives Esteemed Hotel of the Year Award

From Choice Hotels, July 22, 2014
by Sarah Lee, Sarah_Lee@choicehotels.com, 301-628-4397

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's leading hotel companies, named the Kress Inn, a member of the Ascend Hotel Collection, the winner of the Ascend Hotel Collection's 2014 Hotel of the Year Award, recognizing the hotel's commitment to providing an exceptional guest experience. This honor was announced recently at the Choice Hotels' 60th annual Choice Hotels International Convention in Las Vegas.

"The Kress Inn first joined the Choice Hotels family in 2004 and we have remained impressed with their commitment to provide a quality guest experience," said Stephen P. Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. "This hotel consistently delivers on their promise to provide the very best and we are proud to have them as a member of Choice's upscale Ascend Hotel Collection."

The Ascend Hotel Collection is a network of upscale unique independent hotels that offer an authentic, local experience, designed specifically for people who appreciate a distinctive hotel with a strong local flair.

The Kress Inn opened in 2001 and since that time has been awarded Choice's prestigious Platinum Award an impressive nine times. The Platinum Award is given based on guest satisfaction, product quality, room condition and staff service. This is the first time the hotel has been recognized as Hotel of the Year.

"It is an honor to receive this elite award which is a testament to the effort that our dedicated staff puts in to providing a memorable and rewarding stay," said General Manager, Laura Nikolay. "One of the principles that we take to heart is providing radical hospitality, meaning that our staff goes above and beyond to make each guest feel welcome and to provide a home away from home atmosphere from the moment a guest arrives to the moment they depart."

Located in historic downtown De Pere, Wisconsin, on the riverfront campus of St. Norbert College, the Kress Inn is conveniently located near many area attractions. Complimentary bike use allows guests to easily explore nearby unique shopping outlets and some of the area's best restaurants for casual and fine dining. Other area attractions include: The Fox River Trail, Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Bay Beach Amusement Park, NEW Zoo and, of course, Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.

"St. Norbert College has hosted the Green Bay Packers training camp for the past 57 years, the longest relationship between a pro football team and a college in the NFL. This relationship has given us the honor of hosting Packer players, coaches and their families during training camp and throughout the football season," said Nikolay. "We love hosting big name celebrities but it is truly our everyday guests that touch our hearts and keep us striving to provide the comforts of home to all who visit our Inn."

The hotel features 46 spacious, well-appointed suites complete with amenities that guests have come to expect. Each room offers complimentary wireless internet, a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffee maker, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer and spacious workspace. Upon arrival, guests of the Kress Inn enjoy fresh-baked chocolate chip and Snickerdoodle cookies and a welcome reception with wine and cheese. The hotel also provides a daily deluxe continental breakfast.

Choice Hotels International's Hotel of the Year Award winners are selected by the Choice Hotels Owners Council and are presented to properties that demonstrate lodging excellence and offer guest experiences that set the standard for the industry. Nominees are all ranked at the top of hotels within their brand.