THE RECENT OPENING of Quality Inn Bellevue in the suburb of Seattle, Washington, was more than just another expansion of one of Choice Hotels International’s oldest and most widespread brands. It was number 1,600, a milestone marking more than eight decades of operation for the midscale brand.
The Quality Inn Bellevue, owned by Andy Cho of S1 Hospitality Management, is located on Avenue Southeast, near the corporate headquarters of Microsoft, Nintendo and T-Mobile, as well as downtown Seattle and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Cho grew up working in his family’s hotel, and his company owns several Choice brands.
“We opened our first Quality hotel nearly a decade ago and, in the years since, Choice has proven to be an incredible teammate and resource,” he said.
Quality Inn was founded in 1939 as Quality Courts, one of the first hotel chains in the U.S. It was one of the first hotel chains to establish a common set of requirements and operating practices, several of which still apply. The brand was renamed Quality Inn in 1972 and in the last five years it has added 448 units.
“Quality Inn is a top choice for owners thanks to its strong brand equity and value proposition,” said Tom Nee, Choice’s vice president for franchise development.
The brand reached its 1,500th opening last year with the conversion of the independent Roosevelt Hotel in Williston, North Dakota. That property is owned by American Hospitality Management Inc. of Cheboygan, Michigan.