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Wingate Inn(R) Hotel Breaks Ground in Midtown Manhattan

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wingate Inns International announced today that ground was broken for the first Wingate Inn hotel in Manhattan, a $20 million, 17-floor structure to be built at 233-235 West 35th St., between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.

Located one block north of Madison Square Garden, the 92-room hotel will feature two top-floor suites and a separate restaurant that will provide guests with room service. Owned by Staten Island restaurateurs Lisa and Simon Lou, the Wingate Inn hotel is expected to open in the spring of 2006.

Wingate Inn President Keith Pierce said the new Wingate Inn hotel and its all-inclusive pricing will be a "great relief for New York City business travelers, who are used to paying high fees for amenities and services."

The all-inclusive pricing policy includes wireless and wired Internet access, deluxe continental breakfast, local calls, long-distance access, faxes and photocopies, all included in the room rate. Wingate Inn rooms feature a large desk, on-demand movies, Internet-enabled TV, cordless phone, two-line speakerphone with conference calling and voice mail, safe, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing boards. Hotel facilities include a boardroom, meeting room, fitness room and 24-hour, self- service business center.

While focused on serving the needs of business travelers, Wingate Inn hotels also cater to leisure travelers by offering free accommodations for children 18 and under when accompanied by an adult family member.

Wingate Inn hotels also offer a 100 percent guest satisfaction guarantee: When problems are brought to the attention of hotel management during a stay but cannot be resolved immediately, guests will receive a refund for that night.

The Wingate Inn chain gained the highest ranking in the midscale, limited- service segment by J.D. Power and Associates in its 2004 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study(SM). The chain also was recognized in the 2004 Zagat Survey of Top U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas guide.

There are 160 Wingate Inn hotels open or under construction in the United States and Canada. All Wingate Inn hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Wingate Inns International. Reservations can be made by calling the Wingate Inn toll-free reservation center at (800) 228-1000 or through the company's Web site, http://www.wingateinns.com . Wingate Inns International is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD).

SOURCE Cendant Hotel Group

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