Comfort Inn & Suites Opens In Birmingham, Ala.

The 67-unit Comfort Inn & Suites hotel, located at 4400 Colonnade Parkway (exit 19 of I-459), is now open. The hotel, which formerly operated as the Key West Inn & Suites, is managed by Jackson Hospitality Services, a management company that operates six other hotels in Alabama franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc. Jackson Hospitality Services also operates the newly opened Comfort Inn & Suites in Decatur and the Comfort Inn in

The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel features 67 rooms including 12 large suites. Each unit features either one king or two queen size beds, a 25-inch remote control TV with cable programming and Pay Per View movies, telephone with data port, desk, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Each suite also features a king size bed, new sofa bed, desk, microwave and refrigerator. Non smoking rooms and rooms for individuals with disabilities are also available.

Hotel features include an outdoor pool and meeting space capable of accommodating up to 12 people.

The hotel features a free deluxe continental breakfast of pancakes, sausage, biscuits, hot and cold cereal, danish pastry, english muffins, bagels, toast, fresh fruits, yogurt, juice, coffee, tea and milk, which is served in the lobby. There is also a nightly managers' reception Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Guests receive a complimentary copy of USA TODAY and free local phone calls.

Discounts are available for senior citizens, business travelers, members of the American Automobile Association, government and military personnel and groups. Children age 18 and under stay free in their parents’ or grandparents’ room.

The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel offers a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. The hotel participates in Choice Privileges®, Choice's frequent traveler program that allows frequent travelers an opportunity to earn points toward free night stays and gift certificates when staying at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion and Sleep Inn brand hotels.

Starting September 23 and continuing through December 15, 2002, members of American Airlines AAdvantage, Delta Air Lines SkyMiles, Northwest Airlines WorldPerks, US Airways Dividend Miles and United Mileage Plus receive double airline miles when staying at any of the 3,300 hotels in the U.S. and the Caribbean franchised by Choice Hotels International. Guests at Comfort brand hotels can earn 500 miles per stay instead of the standard 250 miles. To receive double miles, guests need only to stay at a qualifying rate* and provide the selected airline frequency program member number upon check-in.

The new Comfort Inn & Suites hotel is 20 minutes from downtown Birmingham and 45 miles from Tuscaloosa. Shopping, restaurants and entertainment are nearby. Also in the area are Birmingham Zoo & Gardens, Summit and Galleria malls, Hoover Met. Stadium, McWane Center and Oak Mountain State Park. The hotel operates a courtesy shuttle to Birmingham International Airport, Summit and Galleria malls and some nearby corporations.

For reservations at the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel, contact Choice's toll-free reservations service at 1-800-4CHOICE, or visit on the internet. Reservations may also be made by contacting the hotel directly at (205)968-3700.

Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites hotels are franchised by Choice Hotels International of Silver Spring, Md.(NYSE:CHH). Choice Hotels International is one of the world’s largest hotel franchisors with more than 5,000 hotels in 46 countries operating under the Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Clarion, Sleep Inn, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and MainStay Suites brand names. For more information on Choice, visit the company’s internet site at