Rank no.445 – Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham – US
Products & Services: Hotels
Number of Locations: 91
Total Investment: $220.16K – 11.32M
Began Franchising: 1986
About Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Hawthorn Suites was founded by Hyatt Hotels in 1986. Since 1998, the franchise has been owned by Atlanta-based U.S. Franchise Systems Inc. At every Hawthorn Suites, guest services include a complimentary buffet breakfast and evening social hour, exercise facilities, videocassette players, and on-site laundry and valet service. Business services include an oversized work area with two phone lines and a data port, personal voice mail and a complimentary daily paper.
U.S. Franchise Systems owns Microtel and Best Inns & Suites in addition to Hawthorn Suites. The company has formed alliances with Sunstone Hotels, Leisure Hotels LLC, Hospitality Assoc. and Meyer Motels Ltd.
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.
Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing
Total Investment: $220,170 – $11,327,350
Franchise Fee: $40,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable
How This Franchise Supports Franchisees
Training: Available at headquarters: Varies. At franchisee’s location: Varies. At regional location : 2-3 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Grand opening, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media,
Franchise Ranking History
Franchise 500®: #445 (2013), #473 (2012), #475 (2011), #437 (2010),
Hawthorn Suites is a chain of hotels in the United States owned by Wyndham Worldwide.
Hawthorn Suites, Ann Arbor, MI
Most Hawthorn Suites offer amenities such as meeting rooms, exercise facilities, swimming pools, and a free hot buffet breakfast and dinner. It competes with Hilton’s Homewood Suites, Hyatt’s Summerfield Suites, Marriott’s Residence Inn, and InterContinental’s Staybridge Suites in the upper moderate to low Upscale segment of the extended-stay market. Since Hawthorn is not an entirely exclusive extended-stay brand, however, it may also compete with Marriott’s SpringHill Suites and Comfort Suites in the non-extended-stay, all-suite segment of the market.
The chain was founded in 1983 and was initially acquired in 1985 by the Pritzker family, owners of the Hyatt Hotel Chain. The brand grew from 10 hotels to 17 during the Pritzker’s ownership. In 1996 the Pritzker’s signed an agreement with US Franchise Systems, Inc. granting all franchising rights for Hawthorn Suites to USFS. In early 1998 USFS purchased Hawthorn completely from the Pritzker family and continued to grow the brand at rapid pace, reaching over 100 hotels. In November 2000 Hawthorn Suites’ parent company, US Franchise Systems, was purchased by business interests of the Pritzker family. On July 21, 2008, Wyndham Worldwide purchased US Franchise Systems, Inc., owner of the Microtel Inns and Hawthorn Suites brands for $150 million. US Franchise Systems had previously sold the America’s Best Inn (formerly Best Inns) chain to the Country Hearth Inns chain to brothers Mike and R. C. Patel (since renamed America’s Best Franchising Inc.) in 2005.
As of September 2009, there are approximately 80 Hawthorn Suites locations and the brand continues to expand both around the country and worldwide.