Rank no.134-Country Inns & Suites By Carlson-US

Rank no.134-Country Inns & Suites By Carlson-US

Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur-Rank no.134-Country Inns & Suites By Carlson-US


Products & Services: Hotels

Number of Locations: 473

Total Investment: $6.63M – 8M

Founded: 1986

Began Franchising: 1987

About Country Inns & Suites By Carlson

In 1987 Curt Carlson founded Country Inns & Suites, a companion to his family of hotels and restaurants that includes Radisson Hotels and TGI Friday’s. The hotels, which are located in metropolitan and rural areas, feature studios and one-bedroom suites that may have refrigerators and microwaves.For business travelers, Country Inns offer breakfast rooms, meeting rooms and lobbies that can be used for meetings. Locations also feature pools, coin-operated laundry facilities and exercise facilities. All guests are given complimentary breakfast, cookies and a morning paper. At each hotel, children under 18 stay free with an adult.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 435 8 22 8
2012 442 10 20 8
2011 448 10 18 9
2010 457 14 16 9
2009 418 14 15 4
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units worldwide.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $6,632,920 – $8,000,400
Franchise Fee: $50,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 15 years

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At franchisee’s location: 1 week.
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, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #134 (2013), #133 (2012), #73 (2011), #97 (2010), #117 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #59 (2010),
America’s Top Global: #115 (2013), #110 (2012), #63 (2011), #79 (2010), #92 (2009),

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM is a leading mid-market brand known for providing a caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality experience.

Country Inns & Suites is a welcoming, genuine brand, with a Be Our Guest service philosophy and amenities that exceed expectations.

The brand currently operates 474 hotels throughout the world and has 40 properties currently contracted and under development.* This homegrown brand will expand by an additional 250 hotels globally by 2015, primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico..

Country Inns & Suites is a leading mid-market brand known for providing a caring,
consistent and comfortable hospitality experience, delivered with a touch of home.
Be Our Guest is a service philosophy that encourages employees to serve guests with the same kind and caring spirit given to friends when they’re being hosted at home.
The brand’s employee training program has generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high overall guest satisfaction.
Country Inns & Suites features traditional architecture and a transitional, residential interior design with the brand’s signature, plank lobby flooring and welcoming fireplace. Each
hotel offers free high-speed Internet access,* a fitness center, a business center and attractive, comfortable furnishings that blend rich woods and natural earth tones. Additional
distinctive amenities include:
A newly expanded complimentary breakfast buffet that features hot and fresh options such as waffles, build-your-own breakfast burritos and omelets. And it’s now served on classic diningware instead of disposable dishes. For those on the run, a new grab-and-go bar allows guests to pick up a hot beverage along with fruit and a granola
bar as they head out the door. Read It & Return Lending Library SM
Available in the United States and Canada, our library offers a variety of titles for
all ages that guests can borrow, read at their leisure and return on their next visit to any Country Inns & Suites in North America.
As of December 2011, Country Inns & Suites has 483 hotels operating throughout the world and 43 under development, primarily in the United States, Canada, India and Mexico.
Carlson plans to expand this brand by an additional 150 hotels globally by 2015, primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico.
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group—born in early 2012—is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 81 countries, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson SM and Hotel Missoni).