Red Roof Inn

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Red Roof Inns Inc.
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1972 (1972)
Founder(s) Jim Trueman
Headquarters Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Red Roof Inn is an economy hotel chain in the United States. Red Roof Inn properties are distinguished by the large dark-red shingle roof that gives them their name. There are over 340 Red Roof Inns, primarily in the Midwest, Southern, and Eastern United States. Standard amenities include: cable television, clock radios, coffee and cappuccino centers located in the lobby. Certain locations may provide a continental breakfast and swimming pool. All-Inclusive rooms provide free wireless internet access, and unlimited free local and long-distance calling. Red Roof Inn is a pet-friendly hotel chain.[1]


Former logo

The Red Roof Inn chain began in Columbus, Ohio. The company was founded by Jim Trueman in 1972 with the intention to provide guests with a clean, comfortable room at an affordable price. The oldest hotel (Inn #3) still operating as a Red Roof Inn is located on East Cork Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was built in 1973 and last renovated in 2004.

The original slogan was "Sleep Cheap." T-shirts were sold on property with this slogan, and they became popular.[citation needed] With the increase of prices due to inflation in 1987 and 1988, the prices of the chain, while still lower than most of its direct competitors like Budgetel (now Baymont) and Days Inn, were too high to be cheap. Thus, the slogan was changed to "Hit The Roof."

In the late 1990s, actor Martin Mull starred in a series of television and radio advertisements for Red Roof Inn.

Accor acquired Red Roof Inns in 1999 for $1.115 billion,[2] adding 324 properties and 37,208 rooms.[3]

An older Red Roof outlet in Manassas, Virginia

In April 2007, Accor announced the sale of Red Roof Inns to Citigroup Global Special Situations Group and Westbridge Hospitality Fund LP for $1.3 billion.[4] As part of the sale, some locations will be re-branded as part of Accor's flagship North American brand, Motel 6, which Accor will focus exclusively on the North American market after the sale is complete.

Currently, the President of Red Roof Inn is Andrew Alexander. Andrew graduated from George Washington University in 1986 after majoring in political science and economics. Three years later in 1989, Andrew received his Juris doctor law degree from Case Western Universities Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law and graduated as a valedictorian. He Worked for Renaissance hotels and Boykin lodging before coming to Red Roof Inn.


Red Roof Inn, Ann Arbor, Michigan

New prototype design[edit]

Red Roof Inn launched a new building design for future Red Roof Inns. It has updated contemporary features and a broad customer appeal. Its Center lobby design differs from many current Red Roof Inn buildings, due to the fact that guest rooms will no longer be accessed from outside entrances, but through internal corridors.[5]


  1. ^ "Pet Friendly Hotel & Motel Rooms, Pet Policy, Safety & Tips". Red Roof Inn website. Accessed November 7, 2007.
  2. ^ Whitford, Marty (August 9, 1999). "Red Roof purchase to propel Accor to No. 3 in guestrooms worldwide". CBS Resource Library. Accessed December 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Accor 1999 half year results presentation
  4. ^ Stoessel, Eric (April 13, 2010). "Foreclosures Reveal Red Roof Inn Distress". Lodging Hospitality. Accessed June 3, 2010.
  5. ^ New prototype design[dead link]

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