Candlewood Suites

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Candlewood Hotel Company, Inc.
Type Public OTC:CNDL
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Subsidiary
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1996
Founders Jack Deboer
Area served Worldwide
Products Hotel
Parent InterContinental Hotels Group
Majority Owner
Website Candlewood Suites

Candlewood Suites is a brand name applied to hotels within the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

Candlewood Suites facility in Irving, Texas.

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The Candlewood Suites chain was started in 1995 by Jack Deboer, founder of the Residence Inn and co-founder of the Summerfield Suites chain. The first hotel was built on North Webb Road in Wichita, KS and opened in 1996. The brand's locations are extended-stay hotels focused primarily on rate-sensitive business travelers, also known as corporate transient travelers. Typically corporate transient travelers stay only during the week, leaving the occupancy of the subject hotels lower during the weekend. However, with true extended-stay business being over seven days, and many times beyond 30 days, it allows the hotel to maintain a higher occupancy average overall. While this occupancy generally comes with a lower average rate or Average Daily Rate (ADR), the Revenue Per Available Room Sold (RevPAR) is typically higher as a result of the significantly higher occupancy and penetration rate within the respective markets.[1]

Typical amenities provided by Candlewood in line with brand standards and according to the IHG website include: spacious suites with many amenities like fully equipped kitchens, free local calls, voice mail, data ports, and two phone lines, an on-site convenience store with food items at a low price (called the Candlewood Cupboard), a free entertainment library of CDs and videos available at the front desk, complimentary guest laundry, a free 24-hour exercise facility, free fax service and an outdoor barbecue gazebo. A "Brown Bag" breakfast is available for purchase, consisting of fruit, a granola bar, and choice of beverage. Candlewood Suites does not offer a free continental or hot breakfast at every location, though certain locations may offer one. Also common to the Candlewood brand is a lack of swimming pool or extensive amounts of meeting space or expansive lobby.[2] Consistent with the extended-stay business, housekeeping staff and expense is greatly reduced with the operations of this type of hotel since daily room cleanings are not provided to extended-stay guests.[3]

From 1995 to 2003, Candlewood Hotel Company franchised and managed hotels throughout the US. In January 2004, Candlewood Suites was acquired by IHG. As of September 30, 2007, there were 151 Candlewood Suites hotels currently open with 187 hotels in the pipeline, with an estimated 50 of these hotels opening during 2007. There are now over 300 locations worldwide. Candlewood competes with other value-priced, extended-stay hotels such as TownePlace Suites and Mainstay Suites.[1]

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