[photopress:Tianrui_Super_8_Hotel_Beijing_mini.jpg,full,alignright]Trying to keep a track of new Super 8 openings requires some research as they are happening so fast. Note that there are openings and openings. Most of these hotels are already in operation — sometimes called a soft opening — even if they are not yet officially opened by a local dignitary:
Super 8 Hotel Beijing Yi Zhuang Tian Bao is in the Beijing Economic & Technological Development Area, at the south 5th ring road of Beijing. The hotel is 16.5km from Tiananmen Square, and 25km from Beijing Capital Airport and is now open.
Wuhan Yangtse River Qing Shan Super 8 Hotel is close to international corporations and scenic spots, such as Wuhan Steel Company (not a scenic spot), Zhongbai Warehousing Supermarket (likewise), and Qingshan Park.
Super 8 Hotel Beijing Ju Feng is in Beijing’s Fengtai District, in the south of the city, close to the West Fourth Ring Road. It is also close to the Fengtai Sports Centre, the Jingshi Expressway, as well as Beijing World Park and Advanced Business Park.
Super 8 Hotel Suzhou Hongde Shi Lu is at the entrance of Shi Lu shopping Pedestrian Street.
Super 8 Hotel Hohhot Yi Ju. which is scheduled to open at the end of this month, is in the center of Hohhot — the capital city of Neimenggu province — 2 km from Hohhot train station and 20 minutes drive from Hohhot Airport. Should open by the end of this month.
Super 8 Hotel Beijing Fang Zhuang Yin Ma is in the Chaoyang District of Beijing and in the middle of the south loop between the second and the third Roads. The hotel is close to Fang Zhuang Food street. It is only 8 km to Beijing Railway Station and 30 minutes drive to Beijing International Airport. Should open by the end of this month.
The Super 8 Hotel Nanchang Yi Tai lies on the Honggu Middle Road in Honggutan new District and near the Nanchang International Exhibition Center and Qiushui Square. Only 6 km to the railway station and 30 minutes drive to the airport.
Super 8 Hotel Qingdao Yan An Yi Lu is in the center of one of Qingdao’s sightseeing regions. The Qingdao Zoo and Qingdao Forest Park lie to the east of hotel. To the southeast, are Zhongshan Park and Tiantai Gymnasium. Directly south is the Hui Quan Wan Beach Park. To the west is Qingdao Shan Park.
And there are several more. The development is amazingly fast considering the first Super 8 opened in 1974 was a modest hotel in Aberdeen, South Dakota in the United States. Rooms then were $8.88 per night but the standards were set from the beginning — clean rooms and friendly service. By 1988 it was claimed a new Super 8 motel opened every 88 hours.
Since then Super 8 has become one of the world’s largest franchisors of economy hotels with nearly 2,100 Super 8 hotels in the U.S. and Canada.
In 1993, Super 8 was acquired by Cendant Corporation which is a a Fortune 100 company and the world’s largest franchisor of hotel brands as opposed to being the world’s largest hotel operator.
The Cendant group includes Ramada, Howard Johnson, Days Inn and several other major brands.
In April 2004 Super 8 Hotels officially began in China. This was through Tian Rui Hotel Investment Corporation, a Samoan-based company. The Super 8 hotels in China follow in the tradition of the Super 8 hotels in the United States. Clean rooms, friendly service.
How many are there in China? Probably under 100. At a guess that figure will soon be doubled.
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