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Here They Grow Again: Drury Opens Three New Hotels

(ST. LOUIS, MO) – December 30, 2008 – Drury Hotels is ringing in the New Year with three hotel openings. New Drury Inn & Suites are now open in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Meridian, Mississippi and Charlotte (Northlake), North Carolina. This marks the first time in the 35-year history of the Drury Hotels that the family-owned-and-operated system has debuted three Drury Inn & Suites hotels in the same week.

"We understand that the economy is going through a sluggish period," said Chuck Drury, President and CEO of Drury Hotels. "However, we believe these three hotels are important to our loyal guests and are also important in bringing new jobs to each community."

The management staff of each Drury Inn & Suites has been busy recruiting local talent to operate each 180-room hotel.

The Drury Inn & Suites of Baton Rouge is located at I-10 & Essen Lane and is the fourth Drury Hotel to be built in Louisiana. The third Drury Hotel in the state of Mississippi, the Drury Inn & Suites of Meridian can be found off of I-20/59 and Highway 19. The Drury Inn & Suites of Charlotte Northlake is located at I-85 & W.T. Harris Boulevard and is the second in the Drury system to enter the Charlotte marketplace.

All three hotels feature a stone, brick and stucco façade and stand 7 stories tall. Inside each Drury Inn & Suites, guests enjoy many free amenities, including the brand's signature free HOT! QUIKSTART® breakfast. Served in the hotel's expansive seating area, Drury's breakfast features scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, tea, pastries and other assorted baked goods.

The Drury Inn & Suites' value package also includes free wireless Internet access in all areas of the hotel, a free evening Beverage Reception, free long distance and local calls, free popcorn and soda in the lobby, an indoor/ outdoor pool & whirlpool, exercise room, guest pantry and guest laundry facility. A microwave and refrigerator are standard in all rooms. These inclusive amenities support the brand's tagline, The Extras Aren't Extra®.

The Drury Inn & Suites brand has recently been recognized for the third consecutive year by J.D. Power and Associates for "Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-Scale Hotel Chains With Limited Service" in the firm's 2008 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Studysm. J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information firm that represents the voice of the customer.

Drury Hotels is a Missouri-based, family-owned and operated hotel system with 130 hotels in 19 states from Arizona to North Carolina and from Texas to Michigan. Brands include Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inn, Drury Plaza Hotels, Drury Suites, Pear Tree Inn by Drury, as well as other hotels in the mid-price hotel segment. For a complete listing of all Drury hotels or for reservations, visit www.druryhotels.com or call 1-800-DRURYINN.

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