Most Hawthorn Suites offer amenities such as meeting rooms, exercise facilities, swimming pools, and a free hot buffet breakfast and dinner. It competes with Hilton's Homewood Suites, Hyatt's Summerfield Suites, Marriott's Residence Inn, and InterContinental's Staybridge Suites in the upper moderate to low Upscale segment of the extended-stay market. Since Hawthorn is not an entirely exclusive extended-stay brand, however, it may also compete with Marriott's SpringHill Suites and Comfort Suites in the non-extended-stay, all-suite segment of the market.
The chain was founded in 1983 and was initially acquired in 1985 by the Pritzker family, owners of the Hyatt Hotel Chain. The brand grew from 10 hotels to 17 during the Pritzker's ownership. In 1996 the Pritzker’s signed an agreement with US Franchise Systems, Inc. granting all franchising rights for Hawthorn Suites to USFS. In early 1998 USFS purchased Hawthorn completely from the Pritzker family and continued to grow the brand at rapid pace, reaching over 100 hotels. In November 2000 Hawthorn Suites' parent company, US Franchise Systems, was purchased by business interests of the Pritzker family. On July 21, 2008, Wyndham Worldwide purchased US Franchise Systems, Inc., owner of the Microtel Inns and Hawthorn Suites brands for $150 million. US Franchise Systems had previously sold the America's Best Inn (formerly Best Inns) chain to the Country Hearth Inns chain to brothers Mike and R. C. Patel (since renamed America's Best Franchising Inc.) in 2005.
As of September 2009, there are approximately 80 Hawthorn Suites locations and the brand continues to expand both around the country and worldwide.
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