La Quinta Inns & Suites
|Traded as||NYSE: LQ|
|Number of locations||700+|
|Area served||North America|
|Key people||Wayne B. Goldberg, President and CEO|
|Owners||The Blackstone Group|
|Website||La Quinta Inns & Suites|
All properties are owned or franchised by the company's subsidiary La Quinta Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT), which leases the properties back to the parent company. The company owns and operates over 700 properties and franchises approximately 295 under the various brand names.
La Quinta competes in the limited-service, mid-priced hotel segment, along with AmericInn Hotels, Comfort Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites, Fairfield Inn, Country Inns & Suites, and Hampton Inn. This means that there is usually no on-site dining on the premises. Most La Quinta Inns are built with Spanish or Southern architecture, although with the rapid expansion of the brand, this is quickly changing; in particular the conversion of a lot of the former Budgetel Inns to La Quinta has diluted the southern roots of the architecture. A free "Bright Side" deluxe continental breakfast bar is offered at the majority of locations, and swimming pools are available at most of them as well.
La Quinta is Spanish for "the fifth," but it can also mean "the country place."
Real estate entrepreneur Sam Barshop (1929–2013) and his brother Phil (1935–1998) opened the first La Quinta in San Antonio, Texas, in 1968, across the street from the site of HemisFair '68 World's Fair. The company's headquarters remained in San Antonio until 1999, when they relocated to Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
LQ Corporation, parent company to subsidiary LQ Properties, Inc, announced on 9 November 2005 that it had agreed to be acquired by the private-equity firm Blackstone Group for $3.4 billion in cash and debt. The merger closed on 25 January 2006.
Each room has a television, iron, hair dryer, coffee maker, and complimentary breakfast, and the hotel has an on-site gym or complimentary passes to a local gym. Most La Quinta Inns are near restaurants and shopping malls.
Room types and setting vary by hotel. Company-owned hotels are standardized. Franchised hotels vary more.
The hotel chain advertises heavily on television with a campaign that targets business travelers. The advertisements feature La Quinta customers getting a restful night's sleep and going on to literally perform various figures of speech (in one a man sells ice to an Eskimo; another, a woman deals with an 800-pound gorilla in the room) the next day.
LQ Management LLC, the owner, has its headquarters in the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas, near Dallas. Originally La Quinta had its headquarters in San Antonio. In 1999 the company announced it was going to move, transferring over 100 jobs from city to city. The company cited the lack of nonstop flights from San Antonio International Airport as a reason for moving. The company wished to have its headquarters near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a large airport. The company kept around 300 employees who worked in accounting, information systems, and reservations in San Antonio.
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