AmericInn Brand Standards Manual 2012

AmericInn Brand Standards Manual 2012
AmericInn Brand Standards Manual 2012 - Version 1
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Introduction .............................................................................................................. 5
100 Design and Construction ................................................................................... 6
101
Logo Description & Qualifications ..................................................................................................................... 6
102
Plan Review & Property Approvals...................................................................................................................... 7
103
Refurbishing and Product Replacement ..........................................................................................................11
104
Site .........................................................................................................................................................................12
105
Landscaping .........................................................................................................................................................13
106
Exterior & General Hotel ....................................................................................................................................13
107
Life Safety & Security Systems ..........................................................................................................................15
108
Lobby .....................................................................................................................................................................16
109
Breakfast Area......................................................................................................................................................19
110
Guest Corridors ...................................................................................................................................................21
111
Guest Rooms ........................................................................................................................................................22
112
Pool and Recreation Area...................................................................................................................................33
113
Fitness Room .......................................................................................................................................................36
114
Meeting Facilities ................................................................................................................................................38
115
House Laundry .....................................................................................................................................................39
116
Guest Laundry ......................................................................................................................................................40
117
Office .....................................................................................................................................................................41
118
Vending & Ice .......................................................................................................................................................42
119
Telephone System ...............................................................................................................................................43
120
Signage .................................................................................................................................................................45
121
Furnishing Installation Guidelines ...................................................................................................................48
200 Operations ....................................................................................................... 49
201
Guest Rooms ........................................................................................................................................................49
202
Guest Room Logo/Branded Items ....................................................................................................................50
203
Housekeeping ......................................................................................................................................................50
204
Front Desk ............................................................................................................................................................53
205
House Laundry Room .........................................................................................................................................54
206
Indoor Recreation Area ......................................................................................................................................54
207
AmericInn Perk Breakfast...................................................................................................................................54
208
Lobby & Common Areas ....................................................................................................................................60
209
Exterior .................................................................................................................................................................62
210
Uniforms and Appearance .................................................................................................................................62
211
Personnel ..............................................................................................................................................................65
212
Training.................................................................................................................................................................65
213
Quality Assurance and Compliance .................................................................................................................67
214
General Policies ...................................................................................................................................................67
215
Vendor Relations Policy......................................................................................................................................68
216
AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System (ACSS) and Guest Relations .....................................................70
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Splash Bay Adventure®.......................................................................................................................................70
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American Automobile Association (AAA) ........................................................................................................71
300 Sales & Marketing ............................................................................................ 72
301
Hotel Identification .............................................................................................................................................72
302
Colors ....................................................................................................................................................................73
303
Fonts ......................................................................................................................................................................73
304
Primary Logos ......................................................................................................................................................74
305
Secondary Logos .................................................................................................................................................74
306
Logo Usage...........................................................................................................................................................76
307
Tagline ..................................................................................................................................................................76
308
Legal Matter .........................................................................................................................................................77
309
Toll-free Phone Numbers and Website URLs ..................................................................................................77
310
Loyalty Program...................................................................................................................................................78
311
Best Rate Guarantee............................................................................................................................................82
312
Rate Offerings ......................................................................................................................................................83
313
AAA ........................................................................................................................................................................84
314
Marketing Collateral ...........................................................................................................................................84
315
Telephone Faceplates .........................................................................................................................................86
316
In-Room/Guest Services Directories ................................................................................................................87
317
Fax, Memos and Email Signature .....................................................................................................................87
318
Outdoor.................................................................................................................................................................87
319
Vehicle Graphics ..................................................................................................................................................88
320
Public Relations ...................................................................................................................................................88
321
Photography Standards ......................................................................................................................................88
322
Hotel-Specific Websites ......................................................................................................................................91
323
Hotel-Specific Email Marketing .........................................................................................................................93
324
Hotel-Specific Pay-Per-Click Advertising..........................................................................................................93
325
Hotel-Specific Social Media ................................................................................................................................94
326
Social Media and Franchisee Employees .........................................................................................................95
400 Information Systems & Technology ................................................................. 96
401
Data Privacy..........................................................................................................................................................96
402
Indemnity ..............................................................................................................................................................96
403
High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) Specifications .........................................................................................97
404
Network Infrastructure .......................................................................................................................................99
405
Guest Computers ................................................................................................................................................99
406
Administrative Network .....................................................................................................................................99
407
Equipment ............................................................................................................................................................99
408
Central Reservation System...............................................................................................................................99
409
Distribution ....................................................................................................................................................... 102
410
Property Management System ....................................................................................................................... 103
411
Two-Way Interface ............................................................................................................................................ 104
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Hospitality Information Portal ........................................................................................................................ 105
413
Technology Systems ........................................................................................................................................ 105
414
Technology Systems Support ......................................................................................................................... 105
415
OCIS .................................................................................................................................................................... 107
Explanation of Abbreviations ................................................................................ 108
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AmericInn International, LLC (the “Franchisor”) is committed to providing our guests with a consistent, quality lodging
experience. A brand impression is made each time a guest arrives at one of our locations and their decision to return is
made when they depart. With this in mind, the Franchisor has created this set of brand standards to promote continuity
between all Hotels within the AmericInn® brand, in regards to construction/design, operations, sales/marketing and
technology.
Changes from the previous version of AmericInn Brand Standards are highlighted in yellow, though the Franchisor is not
responsible for changes that may have not been highlighted. The Franchisee is ultimately responsible for complying
with all standards.
To make it easier to read this manual, the following terms are used uniformly throughout the remainder of this
document:
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“Franchisor” refers to AmericInn International, LLC
“Franchisee” refers to the person or entity which owns the Hotel
“Hotel” refers to the physical AmericInn®, AmericInn Lodge & Suites®, AmericInn Hotel & Suites®, AmericInn
Motel & Suites® or AmericInn Motel® building as well as the hotel on-site representatives (i.e. general manager)
“Program” refers to the Franchisor’s loyalty program
“Points” refers to the Franchisor’s loyalty program points
“Easy Rewards Online” refers to the Franchisor’s online loyalty system
An Explanation of Abbreviations can be found at the back of this manual
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For clarifications or questions concerning the Design and Construction Standards contact the Design and Construction
Department at:
Design and Construction Department - AmericInn
250 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: 952-254-5000
Fax: 952-294-5001
Email: DesignServices@AmericInn.com
Licensee must comply with the Design and Construction Standards and Standard Interior Design Packages when:
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Building a new hotel or addition
An implementation dated is indicated
When required in a Property Improvement Plan (PIP)
Renovating and product replacement
Failure to comply may result in a default under your license agreement.
The following are referenced in
locations:
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. Familiarize yourself with their content and
Hospitality Information Portal – General Manager and Owner portal for all brand communications
AmericInn Prototype Plans – Given to the Franchisee upon the signing of the Franchise Agreement
AmericInn Prototype Project Manual – Given to the Franchisee upon the signing of the Franchise Agreement
AmericInn Standard Interior Design Packages – Hospitality Information Portal >Resources
AmericInn Perk Retrofit Plans - Hospitality Information Portal > Resources
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101.1
Each Hotel/Franchisee must meet all design standards, operating requirements and graphic
standards of the Franchisor. Any deviations from the Franchisor’s established standards and
requirements and use of the AmericInn logo must be approved by the Franchisor in writing. For more
information regarding AmericInn logos see
Sales & Marketing of this manual.
101.2
The following are qualifications to use the AmericInn and AmericInn Hotel & Suites logos and
classifiers.
101.2.1
AmericInn – To qualify to use the AmericInn logo, it is not a requirement to have suites. If
suites are incorporated they must follow the criteria for the Franchisor-approved suites as
specified in 101.4 along with all standard room requirements.
101.2.2
AmericInn Hotel & Suites - To qualify to use the AmericInn Hotel & Suites logo and
classifier, a minimum of 5% of all guest rooms (not including the hospitality/meeting room)
must be a Franchisor-approved suite.
As an example, a 75-unit Hotel must have at least four suites to qualify to use the
AmericInn Hotel & Suites logo. Fractions of room count percentage calculations must be
rounded up.
101.3
Upon transfer or re-licensing of a Hotel, the Franchisor reserves the right to require the designation
of the Hotel to change to “AmericInn” or “AmericInn Hotel & Suites.”
101.4
For a guest room(s) to be considered a Franchisor-approved “suite”, one of the following criteria must
be met:
A.
B.
C.
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Spa suite
a. Spa with decorative tile floor and wall surround
b. Minimum of 350 square feet
One room suite
a. Bedroom and a living room area separated with partial walls
b. One 32” TV per room or one 42” TV to be shared between the living room
and bed room.
c. Minimum of 350 square feet
Two room suite
a. Bedroom and living room separated by a French door or door with side light
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b.
Minimum of 350 square feet
101.5
In addition to the above criteria all suites must have the following requirements along with all
standard room requirements:
A.
Fully upholstered lounge pieces for 2 or more guests.
B.
A compact size, or larger, refrigerator housed in a cabinet or piece of
furniture.
C.
A compact size microwave housed in a cabinet or piece of furniture.
D.
MP3 player clock radio.
102.1
– Each Franchisee will submit to the Franchisor the construction
documents for the proposed Hotel that have been prepared and stamped by professionals licensed in
the disciplines of architecture and engineering and licensed in the area in which the Hotel will be
constructed. The current requirements of the Prototype Plans, Project Manual, Design and
Construction Standards and the Standard Interior Design Packages must be met.
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The review of these construction documents will be only to determine that the Franchisor’s Design &
Construction Standards have been met. The Franchisor’s approval does not imply the approval of the
project for architectural, engineering or other professional input on the project, nor does the
Franchisor’s approval imply that the documents have met the requirements of building, fire, zoning
or other applicable requirements of local, county, state, federal or other authorities with jurisdiction.
The Franchisee is responsible for these documents meeting or exceeding applicable laws, Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA), codes and ordinances.
102.1.1
102.1.2
Preliminary Plans and Specifications – Within 90 days of the execution of the Franchise
Agreement, the Franchisee is required to submit to the Franchisor for review: three sets of
preliminary plans and specifications for the construction of the Hotel. These documents
will be reviewed as to their compliance with the Construction & Design Standards. Within
30 days of receipt of these documents, the Franchisor will notify the Franchisee as to
compliance with the Construction & Design Standards. A review letter and, if necessary,
one set of the documents, with notations, will be sent to the Franchisee concerning any
corrections that must be made. These preliminary plans shall include, but are not limited
to, the following:
102.1.1.1
Site plan showing, building outline, streets, access drives and parking
location, utility easements, signage locations, landscaping, site setback lines
and an area location drawing.
102.1.1.2
Dimensioned floor plans, of all floors, which show room types with a clear
indication of any deviation from the standard room layout or sequence. One
quarter (1/4) inch scaled and dimensioned guest rooms and common area
plans showing the room furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF & E).
102.1.1.3
Front exterior elevation, scaled, showing the full building and identifying
building materials.
102.1.1.4
Indications of any material substitutions, interior or exterior, from the
Construction & Design Standards as laid out in this manual.
Final Plans and Specifications – Within five months of the execution of the Franchise
Agreement, but no later than 30 days prior to the start of construction, the Franchisee will
submit for final review to the Franchisor: three complete sets of final drawings and
specifications incorporating the modifications required by the Franchisor in the preliminary
submission review. Upon review and approval by the Franchisor, and within 30 days of
receipt of these documents, a letter of approval will be sent to the Franchisee along with
any further comments. Addendums or changes to the approved final drawings shall be
submitted in writing to the Franchisor for prior written approval before implementation.
If the final plans and specifications do not meet the standards, they will be returned with a
review letter and notations for completion and resubmission by the Franchisee. It is in the
best interest of the Franchisee to make sure the corrections are made to the documents to
avoid delay of construction or termination of the Franchise Agreement. The final
construction and FF & E documents are to include, but are not limited to, the following
items:
NOTE: ALL DRAWINGS ARE TO BE CROSS-REFERENCED AND INCLUDE ADEQUATE SCHEDULES
AND NOTATION FOR CLARITY. THESE ARE TO BE THE CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS AND
WILL BE REVIEWED AS SUCH.
The documentation below must be prepared and certified by a licensed architect and
engineer registered in the state and municipality where the Hotel is located.
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102.1.2.1
Site Plan 1”=50’-0” or larger scale
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
K.
L.
102.1.2.2
Landscape Plan 1”=30’-0” scale
A.
B.
C.
D.
102.1.2.3
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
Plan of all floors showing room locations and identified with numbers
that will be the final numbers assigned to the rooms.
Show door swings, bathroom fixtures and built-in items in all rooms
and stairways.
Indicate type of wall construction including reference to details or
schedule, rated wall conditions, special flooring and major equipment
locations.
Show exterior dimensions (overall as well as openings in exterior
walls).
Include on this plan or indicate its location in documents, a room
finish schedule with abbreviations showing: room names and numbers,
floor finishes, base finish, wall finish, ceiling material and ceiling
heights as a minimum.
Include a window and door schedule on this plan. The schedule should
include appropriate cross-referencing to the plan and abbreviations
showing; door numbers, size of doors, door types, frame materials,
frame types, fire ratings, finishes and hardware groups. Provide
adjacent drawings showing elevations, at small scale, of all doors and
frames. The window schedule should include: a reference number, size
of window and a description of materials with elevations, at small,
scale of the window frames.
Include on this plan a unit room schedule showing each unit type,
quantity and total unit count, using alphabetic labeling. Identify
locations of all accessible and hearing-impaired rooms.
Area Floor Plans 1/4”=1’-0” scale
A.
B.
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Show landscaping plan with location on site in relation to the building
and the parking areas.
Identify tree and shrubbery species on a schedule and indicate their
location on the plan. Local ordinances often have requirements as to
species, quantities, and irrigation requirements.
Indicate with details how plants are to be guyed and protected during
early growth period.
Show existing trees that are to remain on the site.
Floor Plans 1/8”=1’-0” scale
A.
102.1.2.4
Existing Contours tied to an established and identified benchmark.
Proposed Contours tied to same benchmark as above.
Spot elevations of; specific features, floors, walks, curbs, bituminous
surfaces, catch basins, storm sewers and stoops outside all exterior
doors.
Accessible parking locations and associated; ramped curbs, meeting
applicable codes and the requirements of ADA.
Parking and traffic layout showing; size and number of stalls,
driveways and striping.
Adjacent streets, highways and access drives to site.
All utilities and easements indicating; connection points with
appropriate slopes and civil engineering, including retention areas,
weirs, and other information associated with site water run-off,
including erosion controls during construction.
Site boundaries, showing lengths and declination.
Signage locations indicating height, area of sign and face position on
site and drawing of proposed signage using the AmericInn
trademarked logo.
Site dimensions locating building, paved areas of site, future
expansion if planned and signage support locations.
North arrow.
Light standard locations and heights.
Show the pool and recreation area, accessible restrooms, mechanical
equipment room and the specific location of the pool and whirlpool.
Show the meeting room, if applicable, the laundry and storage room
and the lobby area with its adjacent rooms.
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D.
E.
102.1.2.5
Elevations
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
102.1.2.6
B.
C.
B.
C.
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Section shall show, using a minimum of 3/4"=1'-0" scale, full walls
from footings to top of wall. In the case of exterior walls, the roof and
soffit details should be shown. Interior walls should go to a minimum
of above the top floor ceiling line.
Sections are to show the relationship of the various materials and how
they are to be related to each other. Indicate materials, dimensions
and special conditions, vapor barriers and sound control.
Wall Section Details are to incorporate designs that achieve a minimum
of STC 54 for all interior wall assemblies and where guest may be
impacted by equipment related noises, those wall sections are to have
assemblies that achieve a minimum of STC 58. All floor assemblies
shall be constructed to match the wall STC rating and shall have a
minimum deflection of L/480.
Details
A.
102.1.2.9
Show sections through entire building at scale, no less than
1/4"=1'-0", at all major parts of the building including; the pool area,
the lobby area, the guest room area, the stairway area and other areas
as needed to clearly describe construction of the building.
Section shall show material, their locations and thickness, ceiling and
floor to floor heights, wall heights, and window and door locations.
Refer complex construction areas to larger scale details.
Sections shall clearly indicate STC ratings and assemblies that achieve
a minimum rating of 54 at all areas and in addition, provide
assemblies that achieve a minimum rating of 58 at all areas
immediately adjacent to guest rooms that serve all public areas
(excluding corridors) and all back of house operations.
Wall Sections
A.
102.1.2.8
Interior elevations of walls with built-in or permanently affixed
fixtures, including guest rooms, pool, lobby, laundry and all other
areas for clarity of intent.
Elevations of each type of bathroom including, but not limited to,
locations by dimension of all of the bathroom equipment including
grab bars, towel shelves, mirrors, shower curtain rods, tile locations,
lavatories and light fixture. In the accessible bathrooms, show
mounting heights of shower controls and ADA seats.
Elevations of the front desk inside and out with drawer and storage
cabinetry. Include the breakfast room, fireplace and other major
elements.
Laundry shelving and storage, including equipment locations.
Provide sufficient detail to show the design intent and character of the
spaces.
Reference all sections through elevations to larger scale details.
Exterior elevations to show all materials and their locations, relative
heights of elements and roof pitches.
Exterior elevations to show building section lines and detail section
lines. Indicate windows, brick, doors and all mechanical units as well
as mechanical grilles and roof vents.
Building Sections
A.
102.1.2.7
Show each of the guest room types that will be in the building,
including furniture, bathroom fixtures and whirlpool. Label each unit
with an appropriate letter.
Indicate by dimension: the sizes of all rooms and features, including
equipment, in the rooms.
Show dimensions for construction layout and framing materials,
including: locations in the walls and on the floors.
The details should be at a minimum of 1"=1'-0" scale and should more
fully describe material relationships as identified in building sections,
wall sections and plans. These details should be made up of plan and
section blow-up, where clarity is important. Indicate materials,
dimensions and clarify any unique or complex condition.
Reflected Ceiling Plan 1/8"=1'-0" scale
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B.
102.1.2.10
Structure
A.
102.1.2.11
These documents must include, but are not limited to, a complete set
of drawings showing all: equipment, equipment piping, systems and
system piping, ducts, floor and wall penetrations with appropriate fire
protections of openings and isometrics of water, gas and vent piping;
with specifications, calculations and schedules. No mechanical piping
is to be shared with another guest room. All documents must be
certified by a registered mechanical engineer licensed to practice in
the locality of the Hotel.
Electrical
A.
102.1.2.13
These documents must include, but are not limited to, a complete set
of drawings showing all: footings, foundation walls, structural framing,
including roof trusses, beams and columns, lintels, relieving angles
and all details necessary to construct the Hotel in a manner that will
assure the safety and well-being of the occupants. Include
specifications, calculations, schedules and certification by a registered
structural engineer licensed to practice in the locality of the building.
The following are approved structural building systems: wood frame
construction masonry and concrete, metal studs and structural steel
systems, or a combination thereof. Refer to Section 102 Plan Review &
Property Approvals in addition to the current prototype plans and
specifications for additional detail.
Mechanical
A.
102.1.2.12
Show ceiling configuration of all floors of the building indicating
ceiling materials, penetrations of the ceiling, access panels and soffits.
Refer to larger scale details where appropriate.
These documents must include, but are not limited to, a complete set
of drawings showing all: main feeds, wiring runs, panels, safety
devices, light fixtures, circuiting loads and installation schematics.
Include all guest room device locations; outlets, TV, data, phone, life
safety and hearing impaired device location. Include specifications,
schedules of fixtures, wiring schedules and equipment. All documents
must be certified by a licensed electrical engineer registered to
practice in the locality of the Hotel.
Specifications
A.
These documents must include, but are not limited to, all: materials,
products, equipment and systems specifications that will be needed in
the Hotel, in conjunction with the architectural, structural, civil,
mechanical and electrical drawings for it to operate efficiently. The
specifications are to be presented in a legible and structured CSI
format and must meet all applicable codes and the requirements of
ADA.
102.1.3
Interior Design Package - These documents shall be prepared by a professional interior
design firm with experience in hospitality interior design. The submittal must include, but
is not limited to:
A.
Floor plans at 1/4”=1’-0” scale of all: guest room types and public
areas, with all furniture coded.
B.
Specifications and photos of all furnishings. Note: All furnishings and
furniture must be purchased new.
Samples of interior furnishings such as: fabrics, carpet, wallcovering,
C.
photos of furniture, proposed art work, etc. which must be mounted
on presentation boards. The items must be clearly displayed and
labeled.
D.
Interior signage package.
E.
Samples of all interior finishes such as paint, tile, vanity color, doors,
stain, etc.
102.2.1
An inspection will be conducted by the Franchisor noting any observed deficiencies and
approved variances, if applicable. A Property Improvement Plan (PIP) will be prepared
which includes a time line for completion. The PIP is intended to ensure properties
maintain an updated design and remain consistent with the brand standards.
102.2
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The Franchisee is not relieved of the responsibility of compliance if there is a failure to
identify any specific deficiencies on the PIP generated by the Franchisor. It is the
Franchisee’s responsibility to comply with all Franchisor standards.
102.2.3
If any construction is required, complete drawings and specifications are to be submitted
to the Franchisor for prior written approval. If any renovation or product replacement is
required to the existing Hotel, a design package is required to be submitted for approval,
including but not limited to, layouts, furnishing cut sheets and finish locations and
samples, and specification of all products prior to ordering. The current Design and
Construction Standards and the Standard Interior Design Packages must be met. Failure to
comply may result in default under your license agreement. Any renovations or
improvements made prior to approval may result in the items being required to be
removed or modified.
102.3
- Request for a variance from the Design and Construction Standards, Standard Interior
Design Packages, Prototype Plans and Project Manual or any other requirements are discouraged. If
requesting a variance, the licensee must submit in writing a detailed description of the request and
the reason for the request. The Franchisor will respond in writing granting or denying the variance. .
Approved variances will be for a specific property only and may include a timeline. Variances
approved by AmericInn are non-transferable should the property be sold.
102.4
- The Franchisor will periodically visit or send a representative to the Hotel or
construction site to solely identify any observed deficiencies in the construction or compliance with
the standards. The licensee is solely responsible to meet all requirements of building, fire, zoning or
other applicable requirements of local, county, state, federal or other authorities with jurisdiction.
102.5
- Franchisor offers turnkey design and purchasing
services (project management, furniture layouts, tracking & expediting purchased goods or any
partial part of the design and purchasing that fits the project’s needs) to assist in furnishing of new
properties, additions and renovations to existing properties. Franchisees are assured that all
purchases of furnishings and equipment made through Franchisor will meet or surpass current
Franchisor design requirements.
103.1
Refurbishing and product replacement is required to ensure:
A.
PIP fulfillment
B.
Compliance with brand standards
C.
Compliance with design packages
D.
Meet market positioning
E.
Keep current with hospitality lodging trends
103.2
AmericInn Standard Interior Design Packages are required to be installed. All products in the design
packages are approved. Packages are available on the AmericInn Portal. Specifications, product
numbers and contact information is provided to assist in purchasing.
103.3
Full submittals are required to be submitted to Franchisor for approval prior to refurbishing and
product replacement. Failure to do so may result in the items being required to be removed or
modified.
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103.3.1
Submittal must include, but is not limited to:
A.
Floor plans at 1/4”=1’-0” scale of all: guest room types and public
areas, with all furniture and furnishings coded.
B.
Photos of all furniture and furnishings coded and coded on a
corresponding floor plan. Note: All furnishings and furniture must be
purchased new.
C.
Samples of all interior finishes such as paint, tile, vanity color, doors,
stain, etc.
D.
Interior elevations of walls with built-ins, front desk or permanently
affixed, fixtures.
103.4
Recommended to refurbish or replace all products in the entire area at one time versus product by
product basis. This will provide a fresh new look perceived by guests and enables the property to
have a new updated design throughout the space. Product by product replacement can be perceived
by guests negatively. New products introduced in an area with older products will make the older
products appear even more dated and worn. The area will look as worn or dated as the oldest
product in the space.
103.5
Refurbishing and product replacement will vary from property to property due to occupancy levels,
cleaning procedures/frequency and care of the property. The following are guidelines of product life
cycles:
A.
Paint
3 to 4 years
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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
Coverlet/Bed Skirt
Window Treatment
Lamps
Upholstered Seating
Beds
Carpet
Artwork
Casegoods
4 to 6 years
5 to 7 years
7 to 9 years
7 to 9 years
7 to 9 years
8 to 10 years
8 to 10 years
12 to 14 years
103.6
Annual capital improvement planning is recommended. Evaluate the property’s appearance and
condition, competition in the area, market place, and design trends. Plan for the financial impact,
product selections, submittal and approval process, purchasing lead-time, installation and when best
to start the project as well as how long the project will take. Work around peak occupancy times. It
is recommended that a minimum of 4 to 5% of revenue be set aside each year for future capital
improvements.
103.7
Recommended to hire a professional FF&E purchasing firm and professional installation firm when a
significant refurbishing project takes place.
103.8
Variances - Request for a variance from the Design Packages or any other requirements are
discouraged. If requesting a variance, the licensee must submit in writing a detailed description of
the request and the reason for the request. The Franchisor will respond in writing granting or
denying the variance. Approved variances will be for a specific property only and may have a
timeline. Variances approved by AmericInn are non-transferable should the property be sold.
103.9
- Franchisor offers turnkey design and purchasing
services (project management, furniture layouts, tracking & expediting purchased goods or any
partial part of the design and purchasing that fits the project’s needs) to assist in furnishing of new
properties, additions and renovations to existing properties. Franchisees are assured that all
purchases of furnishings and equipment made through Franchisor will meet or surpass current
Franchisor design requirements.
104.1
– Work with civil engineering professionals to assure that the site drains properly during
rain and melting snow conditions. If water retainage is required, work with civil engineers to be sure
that it will have a minimal impact on your operation. The engineers will also design and locate catch
basins, sewer, water lines, fire hydrants and other needs of your particular area.
104.2
– Soil testing by a recognized testing company is mandatory and the report must be
included as part of the construction documents. A minimum of five borings should be taken,
including three borings under the Hotel and two in the parking lot. This should be done early in the
design process. With this information, the soil engineer can recommend methods of soil correction, if
necessary, that may be needed to prepare the building pad area, the parking lot sub grades and
provide the structural engineer with soil bearing capacities from which the footings for the building
can be designed. Thickened slab footings for interior walls are only allowed with approval of the
project’s structural engineer.
104
All parking, drive aisle and heavy use area surfaces should be designed to be compatible with the soil
conditions below. Recommendations on thickness for automobile and truck traffic should come from
the soil’s engineer. There should not be “ponding” or “birdbathing” in the paved areas of the Hotel
site when completed.
104.3
– Use of a curb and gutter integral concrete design will help preserve curbs and
direct water flow. Maximum height of the curb shall be 6” above flowline.
In curbed areas with vehicle parking, keep landscaping, accessible signage, light fixtures or heater
plug-ins for vehicles a minimum of 3’ from the curb. The back of the curb is required to be a
minimum of 6’ from the Hotel.
The sidewalks leading to the entry are typically 5’ wide. Finish walkways with a coarse broom finish
and slope a maximum of 5% and a minimum of 1% away from the building. Accessible parking stalls
should be served with a gently sloping surface per ADA requirements. Mechanical units, meters,
sprinkler valves, transformers, etc. must be kept from the public view by use of screen walls or
landscaping.
104.4
– The exterior light fixtures should not allow glare into the building or adjacent buildings
off site.
In areas where vehicles will be parking near light poles, provide protection around the poles or put
them on a concrete base a minimum of 30” above the ground.
The recommended parking lot lamps are Metal Halide or LED.
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105.1
Landscaping lends to the overall curb appeal of the Hotel and should be well planned. Landscaping is
a way to significantly enhance the beauty of the Hotel and to make it more inviting. Many retaining
walls, ramps or stairs must be protected with handrails designed according to federal, state and local
codes.
105.1.1
At a minimum, landscaping is required around the building and any deviations from the
minimum standards must be approved in writing by the Franchisor. Minimum standards
include detailed landscape plans that indicate all plant species, sizes and locations that
shall be submitted to Franchisor for written approval prior to acceptance. All accessories
used are to be commercial grade.
105.1.2
Verify vegetation species, quantities and requirements with local ordinances and
horticultural requirements are met
105.1.3
Sod all lawn areas within 50’ of building perimeter (verify with local codes). Seed all lawn
areas not receiving sod.
105.1.4
Retain existing trees and shrubs to extent possible.
105.1.5
Taller plantings at guest rooms to be located between windows.
105.1.6
All land landscaped areas to be fully irrigated with automatic underground system.
105.1.7
Screen all equipment from guests’ view with landscaping.
105.1.8
Coordinate all landscaping with building up-lighting.
105.1.9
Shrubbery shall be at least two year maturity. Spruce trees shall be a minimum of 6’ in
height and hardwood trees a minimum caliper of 2 ½”. Select species that are compatible
with the local environment. Use different kinds of large and small scale trees and plantings,
including perennials and annuals to get color and textures year-round. Be cautious of berry
and fruit trees, as they will drop their produce seasonally, which quickly stains sidewalks
and vehicles.
105.1.10 Keep plantings back from parking lot curbs to avoid damage from vehicles and snow
plows.
105.1.11 Put the plantings in rock surrounded with edge material to stop grass from intruding into
the planting area. Berms in conjunction with plantings are a very effective way to improve
the visual impact of the property from the adjacent roadways.
105.1.12 Secure a minimum one year warranty on all plantings through the nursery that provides
and installs the landscaping materials.
105.1.13 Two planters, with seasonal plantings, are required outside at the front entry. The
minimum size of the planter shall be 22” in diameter and 21” high.
105.2
– It is required to install an automatic irrigation system.
Provide hose bibs on the exterior of the building for watering landscaping, washing down the parking
lot, sidewalks and trash enclosure areas or in case of a watering system breakdown. Hose bibs, as
well as lock-up fire hydrants, must be frost proof.
105.3
- If lighting is planned in the landscaping, keep it away from the grass mowing
areas and the rock surroundings to avoid damage to the fixtures. Be sure fixtures are grounded and
do not recess in the ground.
Place the lighting for the optional flag pole in a protected area and light the flag as required. The
minimum size flag is 5' x 8' on a 30' aluminum pole.
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106.1
Prototype hotel exterior appearance can be adapted to a geographic area but any deviations must be
submitted in writing and approved by the Franchisor in writing before final plans are completed.
106.2
The following are approved structural building systems: wood frame construction masonry and
concrete, metal studs and structural steel systems, or a combination thereof. Refer to Section 102
Plan Review & Property Approvals in addition to the current prototype plans and specificatio ns for
additional detail.
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106.3
106.4
106.5
106.3.1
An extended drive under canopy is required with a minimum covered area of 26’ X 36’.
106.3.2
Steps up to the entryways should be avoided whenever possible. If they become necessary,
no fewer than three risers with accompanying handrails designed to meet federal, state
and local code requirements, as well as accessible ramps, are allowed.
106.3.3
Primary building entrance, entry doors, both the exterior and interior vestibule, are to be
an automatic double sliding door.
106.3.4
An electronic lock card reader is required at the inside door of the main entrance for use
during night hours when door is required to be locked. An electronic lock card reader is
required at all secondary guest entrances which are required to be locked at all times. All
other non-guest entry doors are to be locked at all times. All electronic lock card readers
used must be conforming to an ANSI Grade 1 electronic mortise locking mechanism and
using a re-programmable magnetic key card with a minimum of a low coercivity 600
oersted rating.
106.3.5
A “Door Open” alarm system, consisting of a door chime in the laundry room wired to the
exterior front entry door and a door ajar light at the front desk, wired to all other exterior
entries, is required.
106.3.6
Emergency exit illumination both high on the wall and near the floor must be on a separate
battery system to provide illumination in case of a power failure. Check federal, state and
local code requirements for exiting information, including but not limited to: distances
apart, area required and location in the Hotel.
106.3.7
Guest entry vestibules are to have a recess floor mat with the remainder of the floor and
base being tile. Recess floor mats are to have an aluminum frame with anchors, extruded
aluminum foot grille with top surface tread rails and carpet inserts. The mat and tile
surfaces are to be flush.
106.3.8
A 35 gallon outdoor trash/ash receptacle is required at each guest entry. Receptacle to
have a polycarbonate frame with aggregate side panels and a hinged dome top ashtray
frame. Plastic trash receptacles and open sand containers for cigarettes are not permitted.
– The trash enclosure shall be sized to coordinate with the local handlers and their
dumpster sizes. Include space in the trash enclosure for recycling bins.
106.4.1
Access from the front, for the large rubbish hauling truck, should include double wide
doors a minimum of 9’ clear with 4” diameter steel bollards filled with concrete and sunk
into the ground a minimum of 4’ and above ground 4’ to protect the doors of the
enclosure. The floor of the enclosure should be a 6” concrete slab extending in front of the
enclosure approximately 8’.
106.4.2
Walls are to be split face block with steel structure reinforcing.
106.4.3
It is optional to have a storage shed that is an integral part of the trash enclosure. Any
finishes and color, in addition to the split face block, are to match the main Hotel.
Freestanding sheds are not permitted, unless they match the main Hotel construction and
have been reviewed and approved in writing by the Franchisor.
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards and local fire and all building codes.
106.5.1
Siding - EIFS, Stucco, Brick, Stone and Steel, Wood or Aluminum Siding is allowed. Vinyl
siding is not allowed.
106.5.2
Roofing
106.5.2.1
Metal roofing, factory-formed steel panels with factory-applied finish
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
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Steel Thickness: Minimum 0.032 inch.
Fluoropolymer Coating System: Manufacturer’s standard multi-coat
thermocured coating system, including minimum 70 percent
fluoropolymer color topcoat with minimum total dry film thickness of
0.9 mil
Color: Una-Clad - Regal Red.
2. Profile: Standing seam, with minimum 1.0 inch seam height;
concealed fastener system for field seaming with special tool.
3. Width: Maximum panel coverage of 12 inches.
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106.5.2.2
Asphalt Shingles:
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
106.6
106.7
12 inches by 36 inches, laminated, self-sealing, strip shingles,
conforming to ASTM D225, Type 1
UL Class A Fire Resistance label
UL Wind Resistance label
Weight of not less than 250 pounds per 100 square feet.
Color: Weather Wood or Weather Wood Blend
Manufacturer’s standard 30 year warranty.
- For fire protection systems requirements, refer to
of this manual.
- Ground up-lighting is required for the majority of the exterior lighting for the Hotel. The
ground lighting fixture must have glare shields to direct light from shining into the guest room
windows.
The canopy offers another good opportunity for “warm lighting” at the entry to the building.
Perimeter roof lighting, or any other type of Hotel lighting, is not permitted.
Minimum Lighting Foot Candle Requirements:
Location
Level
Parking Lot
Guest Entrances/Vestibule
Canopy
Building Exterior Lighting
.5 5.0
5.0
1.0
2.0
- 10.0
- 10.0
- 2.0
106.8
- The main power service entrance, main phone line service entrance, high-speed Internet
access (HSIA) entrance, television service entrance and electric panels are to be located in the
equipment room.
107.1
Life safety requirements vary greatly on state and local levels. These issues should be reviewed
carefully with the local fire and building officials or authorities with jurisdiction, to make sure that
the Hotel construction is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The impact of these
local, state and federal requirements on the Hotel construction in terms of: additional doorways, wall
material, and exiting requirements also need to be fully understood, as they will have an effect on the
cost of the Hotel. In addition, OSHA, barrier free and ADA requirements are to be carefully reviewed
and conformed to.
107.2
All systems are to be inspected and/or monitored as required by the local Fire Marshall or author ity
with jurisdiction.
107.3
Carbon monoxide detectors must be installed wherever gas appliances are located in the Hotel and in
accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
107.4
- The fire protection system, both interior and exterior, must be complete.
This system will include, but is not be limited to, testing connections, fire hydrants, communication
systems, alarm devices, emergency lighting, city water connection, sprinkler heads and piping. The
system must be approved by the authority with jurisdiction.
107
A smoke detection system must be provided throughout the building. Smoke detectors are required
in each of the guest rooms. It is recommended that each guest room smoke detector be tested at
least once every three months by qualified in-house personnel. Documentation of testing is required.
Strobe smoke detectors are to be provided in accessible equipped rooms and public areas.
Fire extinguishers are to be recessed in corridor walls and at distances required by applicable co des.
107.5
– The Franchisor requires a fire protection sprinkler system in all guest rooms,
public areas and concealed spaces, including attic areas.
The sprinkler system flow indicator must be connected to a remote enunciator panel, located at the
front desk, for monitoring.
Both a wet system for all areas below the top floor ceiling and a dry system for all areas exposed to
freezing temperatures are required and all sprinkler piping is to be concealed within an enclosed
soffit, wall or ceiling cavity. Adequate water supply is required to supply necessary flow rates.
107.6
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– A complete and fully functional fire detection and alarm system, consisting of
equipment from one manufacturer and including, but not limited to: all required wiring, conduits, J -
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box and outlet boxes, shall be installed per code. The alarm system must be connected to a remote
enunciator panel, located at the front desk for monitoring. A manual general alarm or complete
voice evacuation system is required. The system should sound an alarm throughout the entire
building along with visual alarms. Automatic emergency power is required. Complete testing of the
alarm system is required at least once every six months by qualified in-house personnel.
Documentation for this testing is required.
The complete installation shall conform to the applicable section of NFPA, local codes and the
National Electrical Code. Each item of the system shall bear the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
The plans and specifications shall include a complete description of the system and operating
requirements. All devices are to be appropriately labeled and located at the appropriate heights.
Refer to the specific manufacturer’s recommendations for code compliance.
107.7
- An observation system is optional. Monitors are to be concealed from view by
the public and not permitted behind the front desk.
107.8
- Emergency lighting compliant with all national and local codes, NFPA, and
local jurisdiction must be installed.
108.1
The intent of the lobby is to have an ambience of congeniality, comfort and security throughout its
decor with a mixture of lounge seating, breakfast table seating, if applicable and computer stations.
Refer to the Breakfast Section for breakfast design requirements.
108.2
A passenger elevator is required for all new construction. The minimum size shall be determined by
code, with a minimum of a 2500# capacity.
108.3
Public restrooms; both a men’s and a women’s restroom are required in the lobby area and cannot be
shared as the pool restroom.
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108.4
108.4.1
The registration countertops must be granite or a natural stone slab. The front side of the
desk must be stained wood. The front desk is to have a transaction counter approximately
46" high and an accessible transaction counter lowered to comply with ADA. A pull out
bread board counter is not permitted for the ADA counter.
108.4.2
Chairs are not allowed behind the front desk.
108.4.3
The rear wall behind the front desk is to be free from all notices, message signs, racks, fax
machine, plug molds, windows, upper cabinets, observation monitors, TV’s, etc. An accent
paint, wallcovering or wood veneer per the current Design Packages and the current
AmericInn channel logo letters are required behind the front desk. This provides
consistency and a clean and attractive appearance. For more information regarding the
AmericInn channel logo see
of this manual.
108.5.1
Construction: Thermally broken frame.
108.5.2
Comply with requirements of ANSI/AAMA 101 "specifications for Aluminum Prime
Windows: performance class, HS-DW-C20. Window system to meet minimum STC of 35
108.5.3
Security dowels or a secondary window lock is required on all first floor operable windows
in addition to the required mechanical lock on the window.
108.5
108.6
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
108.6.1
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108.6.1.1
Walls – Painted gypsum board with a smooth or textured finish or 20 oz.
commercial grade wallcovering. Exposed painted block walls are not
permitted. Paint walls other than white and remove wallcovering
border/stenciling no later than October 1, 2012. Refer to the Standard
Design Packages on the Hospitality Information Portal for approved paint
colors.
108.6.1.2
Floor – Carpet must have a minimum 36 oz. face weight, multi level
cut/loop, solution dyed Branded yarn nylon, 1/10 gauge, 12 stiches per
inch, action back with fiber locking capabilities, commercial anti-soil stain
protection, installed over a separate nine pound density urethane pad, 32
oz. synthetic felt pad or a 64 oz. rubber cushion. Attached pad is
acceptable. Rebond pad is not permitted. Installation is to be with tackless
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strips or double stick. Installation option is to direct glue the carpet,
eliminating the pad. This is permitted in public areas only. Installation
must follow manufacturer’s recommended methods. The carpeting is to be
laid with a minimum of cross seams and recommended to have a pattern
and or be multi-colored to minimize the visibility of staining, soiling and
traffic wear.
Slip resistant tile with a minimum static coefficient of friction of .6, leading
from the vestibule to the front desk. Minimum size is 12" x 12". Quarry tile
is not permitted in this area. A carpet to tile transition strip shall be used
when carpet and tile are adjacent to one another.
108.6.2
108.7
108.6.1.3
Base - 6” high carpet base, serged or bound. 4” high solid wood base with
eased edge is optional. Vinyl base is not permitted.
108.6.1.4
Ceiling - Painted gypsum board with a smooth or textured finish.
Public Lobby Restrooms
108.6.2.1
Walls - Water resistant gypsum board with a wainscot of 48” high decorative
6” x 6” tile minimum and a 6” x 3” bullnose top tile trim piece on all walls.
Provide an accent paint or wallcovering above. Paint walls other than white
and remove wallcovering border/stenciling no later than October 1, 2012.
108.6.2.2
Floor - Decorative ceramic tile, minimum static coefficient of friction of .6,
minimum size 12" x 12" with grout to match.
108.6.2.3
Base – Ceramic tile.
108.6.2.4
Ceiling –Painted gypsum board, smooth or textured finish with a decorative
suspended ceiling detail. Popcorn texture is not approved.
- The following furnishings are required in the lobby and must meet design standard
specifications that follow. All furnishings and materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements
in accordance with NFPA standards, state, county and local fire codes, health codes, state laws and
ADA compliance.
108.7.1
Lobby
108.7.1.1
Two seating groups with fully upholstered lounge chairs, sofa, tables and
lamps.
108.7.1.2
Desk chair and desk unit for lobby computer and printer.
108.7.1.3
“Connectivity Table” is recommended. The table is to be approximately 42”
high, accommodate 6 to 8 guests and have a minimum of 6 outlets.
108.7.1.4
Minimum of six pieces of artwork with security mounts & accessories to
complement the lobby. Brass or chrome metal frames are not permitted.
108.7.1.5
Decorative fabric window treatments with a decorative rod and/or wood
blinds. Metal mini blinds, vertical blinds and swags are not permitted.
108.7.1.6
Silk or live plants/trees. Plastic plants not permitted.
108.7.1.7
Luggage cart with pneumatic wheels; two if the Hotel has over 65 rooms.
108.7.1.8
A minimum of one lobby computer and printer, complimentary to all guests,
24 hours per day. Refer to Section 400 Information Systems & Technology
of this manual for hardware and software requirements.
108.7.1.9
Digital commercial HD LCD television including a lockout system no later
than October 1, 2011.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
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Minimum 32” Widescreen (16:9) LCD screen.
High Definition display.
ATSC Digital Tuner built-in.
Pro:IdiomTM HD Content Protection built-in and MPEG 4 compression
technology.
Televisions must be connected to a cable system, master antenna
system or satellite system that is capable of passing high definition
(HD) content to all televisions.
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i.
ii.
iii.
iv.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
108.7.2
Commercial cable system or satellite system is
recommended.
A roof top antenna is not permitted unless it is screened and
is approved by the Franchisor in writing prior to installation.
A ground mounted television antenna is permitted but is to
be approved by the Franchisor in writing prior to installation.
A satellite dish is to be installed on an exterior wall, not the
roof top, at the rear or end of a building not viewable from
the front entry.
Remote control unit must be in view and accessible to guests at all
times.
Television must be located on kiosk by lounge seating. Wall mounted
televisions are not acceptable. In cases where the breakfast seating is
located in the lobby area versus a separate room, the television can be
wall mounted at the breakfast area in the lobby.
All outlets and cable jacks must be located behind the television and
all electrical cords hidden. Surface mounted conduit or cord covers are
not acceptable.
Television should be set with closed caption as default.
All channels received must be preset and appropriately identified. Any
channel not received must be locked to user access via the commercial
master remote.
Public Lobby Restrooms
108.7.2.1
Framed mirror, minimum 2” wide frame is required no later than October 1,
2012
108.7.2.2
One or 2 pieces of artwork
108.7.2.3
Wall mounted paper towel dispenser
108.7.2.4
Wall mounted soap dispenser
108.7.2.5
Recess stainless steel trash receptacle
108.7.2.6
Dual toilet paper holder, chrome finish
108.7.2.7
Double robe hook, chrome finish
108.7.2.8
ADA approved pedestal style sink
108.7.2.1
One tank-type water closet with water saver devices, full ring and a solid
shell lid; formed plastic lids are not permitted. An open face front seat is
required in all accessible bathrooms.
108.8
- The lobby is to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated system
adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round temperature
set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital controlled
thermostats are allowed. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be installed with internally drained
condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved manufacturers (Amana, GE, Friedrich, LG).
The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per the manufacturer’s recommendations and
the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units may be added with color to match the
adjacent walls. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
108.9
- Ceiling mounted fluorescent light fixtures are not permitted in the lobby or behind the
front desk. Lobby lighting is to be current and up to date in both the lamps and hardwired fixtures.
Public bathroom is to have a decorative light fixture. Minimum Lighting Foot Candle Requirements:
108.10
Location
Level
Remarks
Lobby
10.0 - 20.0
20 FC at lounge seating
Public Restrooms
25.0 - 50.0
Stairwells
10.0 - 20.0
- Coordinate with the electrical and mechanical drawings, the diffusers, light fixtures, fans
and other mounted elements including speakers, observation system, connectivity table, etc. that are
a part of the total installation.
Coordinate with the electrical drawings for floor outlets needed for table lamps in seating groupings
as well as the “Connectivity Table”.
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Refer to
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
An RJ45 data port is required in the lobby at the computer station(s). Refer to
Technology of this manual for all HSIA requirements.
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109.1
The breakfast area is called “AmericInn Perk”. Traditional dining seating must be provided to
accommodate the number of persons equal to 30% of all guest rooms (including suites) with a
minimum of 20 seats, whichever is higher. The room décor is required to follow the AmericInn Perk
design.
109.2
The food prep area, in a separate room adjacent to the breakfast room, is required.
109.3
109.4
109.3.1
Construction: Thermally broken frame.
109.3.2
Comply with requirements of ANSI/AAMA 101 "specifications for Aluminum Prime
Windows: performance class, HS-DW-C20. Window system to meet minimum STC of 35.
109.3.3
Security dowels or a secondary window lock is required on all first floor operable windows
in addition to the required mechanical lock on the window.
- All materials used must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes. All finishes must meet the AmericInn Perk
interior design package plan as outlined for new construction properties and in the AmericInn Perk
Breakfast Retrofit plans for existing properties, as they include detailed specifications and locations
of finishes.
109.5
- Refer to
of this manual for details on food
service.
109.6
- The following furnishings are required in the AmericInn Perk breakfast area décor and
must meet design standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance
with; NFPA standards, state, county and local fire codes, health codes, state laws and ADA
compliance. All equipment must meet National Science Foundation (NSF) requirements. Verify with
local and state health code requirements. All products must be commercial grade quality per the
manufacturer. Residential grade quality is not permitted.
109.6.1
AmericInn Perk Breakfast Room
109.6.1.1
Breakfast Tables: A minimum of two tables are required to be high tops, 42”
high and the remainder are to be at a standard height of 30”.
A.
B.
109.6.1.2
Wood framed breakfast chairs and bar stools
A.
B.
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Base – Black wrinkle X base, 29” high for standard height and 41” high
for high top tables.
Top: Nevamar Laminate, Grand Isle Maple W-8-371T with ¼” maple
wood edge, stain to match laminate. Standard height table top (30” H)
size: 28” x 28”, high top table (42”H) size: 24” x 30”.
Breakfast Chairs: Schafer Commercial Seating, style #WC752VR. Wood
stain finish: 44% of the chairs are to be Teak, 28% Walnut and 28%
Spruce. Wood species: Maple.
Breakfast Barstools for high top tables: Schafer, style BS-336VR, seat
height 30”. Wood stain finish: Walnut. Wood species: Maple.
109.6.1.3
23” diameter clock, Uttermost – Adonis Clock #06724.
109.6.1.4
Iron Art, Paragon–9804 Wrought Iron Art, size: 28”w x39”h x 1.5”d.
109.6.1.5
Newspaper rack – Peter Pepper Products, #4051, Finish: Walnut (W).
109.6.1.6
Coffee cup framed artwork – Artistic Framing, Leibermans #5294CAN Urban
Cappuccino & #5295CAN Urban Espresso, image size: 11”w x 14”h, glass,
no mat. Frame: AF-V-1 black 2” frame.
109.6.1.7
Coffee Man poster – Artistic Framing, VP1186 Cappiello, LaVictoria Arduino,
image size: approximately 34”w x 41”h, gel coat finish, no glass, no mat,
frame image only. Frame: BW52273 Satin Black 1” frame.
109.6.1.8
AmericInn Perk signage. Refer to Section 120 Signage of this manual for
requirements and specifications.
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109.6.1.9
Window treatment, inside mounted 2” wood blinds.
109.6.1.10
Digital commercial HD LCD television including a lockout system no later
than October 1, 2011.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
K.
109.6.2
109.7
Minimum 32” Widescreen (16:9) LCD screen.
High Definition display.
ATSC Digital Tuner built-in.
Pro:IdiomTM HD Content Protection built-in and MPEG 4 compression
technology.
Televisions must be connected to a cable system, master antenna
system or satellite system that is capable of passing high definition
(HD) content to all televisions.
Commercial cable system or satellite system is recommended.
1.
A roof top antenna is not permitted unless it is screened and
approved in writing by the Franchisor prior to installation.
2.
A ground mounted television antenna is permitted but is to be
approved in writing by the Franchisor prior to installation.
3.
A satellite dish is to be installed on exterior wall, not roof top, at
the rear or end of a Hotel not viewed from the front entry.
Remote control must be in view and accessible to guests at all times.
It is recommended to locate the remote control at the newspaper wall
mounted rack.
Television must be wall mounted and must be viewable from all tables.
All outlets and cable jacks must be located behind the television and
all electrical cords hidden. Surface mounted conduit or cord covers
are not acceptable.
Television should be set with closed caption as default.
All channels received must be preset and appropriately identified. Any
channel not received must be locked to user access via the commercial
master remote.
Breakfast Prep Room – All equipment must meet NSF standards. Verify with local and state
health code requirements.
109.6.2.1
Minimum of one double door refrigerator.
109.6.2.2
Minimum of one double door freezer.
109.6.2.3
Three compartment sink or dishwasher.
109.6.2.4
Hand washing sink.
109.6.2.5
Shelving.
109.6.2.6
Coffee brewing equipment through the Franchisor’s required coffee
program.
109.6.2.7
Microwave, convection oven or any additional heating elements are optional
depending on how food will be heated and/or kept warm.
- Provide base cabinets constructed with all exposed or semi-exposed surfaces in Grade
AA maple and all concealed surfaces in Grade B birch. Perform all work in accordance with
AWI/AWMAC. Provide a minimum of 2CM granite tops in all public areas and plastic laminate on back
of house cabinetry. Hotels are required to have base cabinets under all counter tops.
Minimum of 26’ clear counter space, measured from face of counter, to accommodate food station,
includes refrigerator and high top trash. In addition minimum 5’ clear counter space for coffee
station, which is to be separate from food stations. Free standing piece of furniture (console) is
acceptable for the coffee station. Refer to the AmericInn Standard Interior Design Packages for
options. Refer to
in this manual for specific food station size
requirements.
A Perk chalkboard mirror unit is required at the main breakfast counter. Chalkboard mirror unit is to
be one unit with wood framed side mirrors and a chalkboard framed in the middle. A 10” Perk logo
is to be located on the top portion of the chalkboard unit. Minimum size 7’ w x 4’-6” h. Refer to the
Prototype Plans or AmericInn Perk Retrofit Plans on the Hospitality Portal for full details.
Concealed trash receptacles are required, minimum two under counter and one large 4’ high.
109.8
January 1, 2012
- The breakfast area is to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated
system adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round
temperature set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital
controlled thermostats are allowed. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be installed with internally
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drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved manufacturers (Amana, GE,
Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per the manufacturer’s
recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units may be added with
color to match the adjacent walls. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
A single sink at breakfast counter is optional. This sink is not intended for hand washing. It is for
disposal of liquids.
Provide a hard water line for the coffee and juice machines or as recommended by manufacturers.
109.9
- All light fixtures must meet the AmericInn Perk interior design lighting package for new
construction and the AmericInn Perk Breakfast Retrofit plans for existing properties.
Minimum Lighting Foot Candle Requirements:
Location
Breakfast Perk Room
Breakfast Prep Room
109.10
Level
30.0 - 70.0.
50.0 – 100.0
- Coffee brewing system requires a 220v outlet.
Refer to
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
Refer to
access (HSIA) requirements.
& Technology of this manual for all high-speed Internet
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110.1
The walls of the corridors have been visually enhanced by recessing room entry doors. The minimum
finished corridor width is 5'-0" and minimum finished ceiling height is 8’8” on the first floor and 7’8”
on all others.
110.2
Access panels to the truss space above the top floor are to be located in each draft-stopped section
of the attic. These panels are to be fire-rated and installed in unobtrusive locations, such as storage
rooms and linen rooms. If necessary and required by local officials only, any panels located in public
accessible areas must be key lockable.
110.3
Recessed fire extinguishers in the corridors are to be in cabinets and frames, painted to match the
walls, if codes will allow.
110.4
Provide intermediate fire doors only as required by code. If provided, doors are to be held open by
magnetic holds, linked to the fire system. Verify with code.
110.5
Exterior corridors are not permitted.
110.6
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
January 1, 2012
110.6.1
Walls – Painted gypsum board with a textured finish and 6” chair rail or gypsum board with
Type II vinyl wallcovering. Painted exposed block walls are not permitted. Paint walls other
than white and remove wallcovering border/stenciling no later than October 1, 2012. Refer
to the Standard Design Packages on the Hospitality Information Portal for approved paint
colors.
110.6.2
Floor – Carpet must have a minimum 36 oz. face weight, multi-level cut/loop, solution
dyed Branded yarn nylon, 1/10 gauge, 12 stiches per inch, action back with fiber locking
capabilities, commercial anti-soil stain protection, installed over a separate nine pound
density urethane pad, 32 oz. synthetic felt pad or a 60 oz. rubber cushion. Attached pad is
acceptable. Rebound pad is not permitted. Installation is to be with tackless strips or
double stick. Installation option is to direct glue the carpet, eliminating the pad. This is
permitted in public areas only. Installation methods must follow manufacturer’s
recommended methods. The carpeting is to be laid with a minimum of cross seams and
recommended to have a pattern and or multi-colored to minimize the visibility of staining,
soiling and traffic wear.
110.6.3
Base - 6” high carpet base, serged or bound, 4” wood base is optional. Vinyl base is not
permitted.
110.6.4
Ceiling – Suspended system with decorative reveal edge 2 x2 tile, color white , painted
gypsum board, smooth or textured finish. Popcorn texture is not approved. Bulk heads
running across the corridor ceiling at guest room door entries are required.
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110.7
- The following furnishings are required in the corridors and must meet design
standard specifications listed in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA standards along
with state, county and local fire codes.
110.7.1
110.8
Fabric window treatments with a decorative rod or wood blinds are required at exterior
windows at the end of the hallway or in the stairwell. Metal mini blinds, vertical blinds or
swags are not permitted.
- The corridors are to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated system
adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round temperature
set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital controlled
thermostats are allowed. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be installed with internally drained
condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved manufacturers (Amana, GE, Friedrich, LG).
The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per the manufacturer’s recommendations and
the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units may be added with color to match the
adjacent walls. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
It is recommended that no single PTAC serves a corridor length greater than 100’ and no two-pipe
systems are allowed.
110.9
- Minimum foot candles (FC) in the guest corridors is 3.0 - 10.0 with 4 FC at center of
guestroom door.
Corridors are lit mainly by wall sconces and ceiling fixtures. Light fixtures are required to be
replaced when dated or cracked/broken.
110.10
- Provide outlets for cleaning at a minimum of 50' intervals.
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111.1
Prototype room configurations are included in the AmericInn Prototype Plans and in the Standard
Interior Design Packages found on the Hospitality Information Portal.
111.2
“Manager Apartments” or any permanent residences at a Hotel are not permitted without express
prior written consent from the Franchisor.
111.3
If an exterior balcony is added to any guest room, the balcony cannot be any less than 6’ in depth.
Balconies are not to have a shared access with other guest rooms unless approved in writing by the
Franchisor.
111.4
111.4.1
Guest room doors are to be paneled solid core 3'-0" x 6'-8" minimum, 20 minute fire-rated
doors or rated as required by code or authorities with jurisdiction. Door thresholds, door
sweeps, door closers and smoke gaskets are required.
111.4.2
Bathroom doors are to be paneled solid core doors, 3'-0" x 6'-8.
111.4.3
If a guest room has a closet, doors are required. Doors are to be paneled solid core.
111.4.4
Connecting room doors are to be paneled solid core 3'-0" x 6’-8" with 1" throw dead bolts
operable from guest room side only, with flush plates on the connecting face of each door
with dust molding. Door thresholds, door sweeps and smoke gaskets are required. Door
jambs must be full thickness of wall, fully insulated or grouted full with concrete mortar.
111.4.5
Windows are not permitted in guest room patio or deck doors when used.
111.5.1
All entrance door hardware is to be a heavy duty, commercial-grade, Hotel function with a
dead bolt in the lock set and an electronic lock set, card operated from the corridor side. A
second manual rubberized locking device located on the interior of the room is mandatory
in each guest no later than October 1, 2011. The door entry and exit is to be by an ADAapproved lever handle. A master key is to be provided for the manager only which will
open all doors in the facility. The housekeeper's card will access the guest rooms only.
111.5.2
All guest room entry doors and if applicable, all first floor guest room patio doors and/or
any exit doors out of the guest room (not including adjacent connecting doors), must have
electronic lock sets. All electronic lock card readers used must be conforming to an ANSI
Grade 1 electronic mortise locking mechanism and using a re-programmable magnetic key
card with a minimum of a low coercivity 600 oersted rating.
111.5
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111.5.3
All guest room doors will have a viewing device from the room to the corridor. A device
with a 200 degree viewing area, centered on the door, is to be positioned at 5’ above the
finished floor. An additional second viewing device of the same description is to be
installed in the accessible rooms at a height of 3'-6" above the finished floor.
111.6.1
Construction: Thermally broken frame.
111.6.2
Comply with requirements of ANSI/AAMA 101 "specifications for Aluminum Prime
Windows: performance class, HS-DW-C20. Window system to meet minimum STC of 35.
111.6.3
Security dowels or a secondary window lock is required on all first floor operable windows
and any sliding glass doors in addition to the required mechanical lock on the window.
111.6
111.7
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
111.7.1
111.7.2
111.8
Guest Room
111.7.1.1
Walls – Painted gypsum board with a textured finish. Painted exposed block
walls are not permitted. All guest rooms must have an accent paint on the
headboard wall no later than October 1, 2012. Paint walls other than white
and remove wallcovering border/stenciling no later than October 1, 2012.
Refer to the Standard Design Packages on the Hospitality Information Portal
for approved paint colors.
111.7.1.2
Floor - Carpet must have a minimum 32 oz. face weight, multi-level
cut/loop, solution dyed Branded yarn nylon, 1/10 gauge, 12 stitches per
inch, action back with fiber locking capabilities, commercial anti-soil stain
protection, installed over a separate 6 pound density, 24 oz. synthetic fiber
pad or 60 oz. rubber cushion. Rebond pad is not permitted. Installation is
to be with tackless strips. The carpeting is to be laid with a minimum of
cross seams and recommended to have a pin dot pattern to minimize the
visibility of staining, soiling and traffic wear.
111.7.1.3
Base - 4” carpet base, serged or bound. Vinyl base is not permitted.
111.7.1.4
Ceiling – Painted gypsum board with a texture or smooth finish. If
applicable, precast joints and imperfections must be filled and sanded
before texturing. Popcorn texture is not approved.
Bathroom & Vanity Area
111.7.2.1
Walls – Painted water resistant gypsum board with a textured finish on all
wet areas, or tile 48" high with paint above. Tile or solid surface surround
to ceiling in accessible showers. Painted exposed block walls are not
permitted in any property.
111.7.2.2
Floor - Ceramic tile, minimum static coefficient of friction of .6, size 12" x
12" with grout to match. White floor tile and grout is not permitted.
111.7.2.3
Base - 4" high ceramic tile with cove.
111.7.2.4
Ceiling – Painted gypsum board with a smooth or textured finish. Popcorn
texture is not approved.
– The following furnishings are required in all guest rooms and must meet design
standard specifications as outlined in the Furnishing Specifications sub -section below.
111.8.1
Bedroom/Living Room Area
111.8.1.1
Minimum of one queen or king size bed, bed base and headboard. Bed set
must meet current specification no later than October 1, 2011.
111.8.1.2
Bed skirt no later than October 1, 2011.
111.8.1.3
Triple Sheeting – Decorative flat top cover sheet with a bed scarf for each
bed no later than October 1, 2011. Decorative top cover sheet is in addition
to the flat sheet and fitted sheet required below. Optional: One throw style
coverlet blanket for each bed in lieu of triple sheeting and scarf.
111.8.1.4
Bed Linens
A.
January 1, 2012
Mattress pad, one per bed and one per sleeper sofa.
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B.
C.
D.
E.
111.8.1.5
Two nightstands and two table lamps with electrical outlet in base, one on
each side of the bed, in rooms with one bed.
111.8.1.6
One nightstand and wall mounted double lamp with two electrical outlets in
base, between beds, in rooms with two beds.
111.8.1.7
One chest of drawers, shelf/cabinet and a table lamp with an electrical
outlet. TV armoires and two drawer credenzas are not permitted. Cut down
armoires with a shelf at 40” high are acceptable.
111.8.1.8
One desk, chair and table lamp with two electrical outlets and a data port
(RJ45) if applicable, in the base. Parson tables not permitted. Second desk
chair (side chair) required if room does not have an additional lounge chair
or sofa.
111.8.1.9
Fully upholstered lounge seating group for 2 or more in a suite.
111.8.1.10
One framed, wall mounted, full length mirror.
111.8.1.11
Number of art pieces and locations must follow, at minimum, the Standard
Design Package room layouts.
111.8.1.12
A television is required in all guest rooms and in each room of a two-room
suite.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
January 1, 2012
Two sheets per bed and per sleeper sofa, one fitted, one flat. Optional
to use two flat sheets on the sleeper sofa.
Queen size pillows, minimum three per queen, four per king.
Pillow Protectors (optional).
Blanket, one per bed and one per sleeper sofa.
Provide a remote control unit, not secured to any furnishings and
easily accessible to guest.
Televisions in all guest rooms are to be security mounted on furniture
with a swivel base that allows comfortable viewing from both the bed
and the work station.
Television must be mounted on the rear half of the casegoods, closest
to the wall.
All outlets and cable jacks must be located behind furniture hiding all
electrical cords. Surface mounted conduit or cord covers are not
acceptable.
Wall mounting of televisions is not acceptable unless it is being
mounted on the angled wall above the in-room fireplace and that wall
is not a demising wall. When wall mounted, all outlets and cable jacks
must be located behind the television with electrical cords hidden.
Surface mounted conduit or cord covers are not acceptable.
All channels received must be preset and appropriately identified. Any
channel not received must be locked out to guest access via the
commercial master remote.
111.8.1.13
Drapery at each window.
111.8.1.14
Cornice board at each window.
111.8.1.15
One folding luggage rack to be stored in wardrobe or closet.
111.8.1.16
Wardrobe with doors or built in closet with doors must be installed no later
than October 1, 2012. Open hang racks are to be removed no later than
October 1, 2012.
111.8.1.17
Six wooden clothes small hook hangers.
111.8.1.18
Two wooden small hook hangers with cushioned clips for pants/skirts.
111.8.1.19
One clock/radio in a standard room, one MP3 player/clock/radio in a suite.
111.8.1.20
Coffee maker, 4 cup.
111.8.1.21
Microwave and refrigerator required in all suites and recommended in
standard guest rooms. Microwave and refrigerator are to be of the same
color/finish. Microwave and refrigerator are required to be placed in a
cabinet no later than October 1, 2012.
111.8.1.22
Hair dryer with a night light.
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111.8.1.23
Ironing board (wardrobe size) and iron with a shut off timer. Iron and
ironing board must be mounted in a wardrobe or closet no later than
October 1, 2012.
111.8.1.24
If guest room has an optional outside balcony extension or patio, a seating
group consisting of two chairs and an occasional table, is required.
Bathroom & Vanity Area
111.8.2.1
All properties must have a framed vanity mirror mounted 1" above backsplash no later than October 1, 2012. Mirror is to be the length of the vanity
or slightly less. Frame profile width is to be 2” minimum, decorative finish,
mitered corners. Frame finish cannot be brass/polished chrome metal or
match the stain on casegoods.
111.8.2.2
Under mount sink, granite top and backsplash all mounted on a wood base
shelf unit. Wood base shelf unit is to have a towel bar, recess tissue holder
in apron and under mount dual chrome toilet paper holder. Wall mounted
vanities are acceptable when vanity is located outside the bathroom.
Note: One chrome towel bar, with shelf, located above the water closet when
vanity is wall mounted in lieu of a wood base shelf unit or outside the
bathroom. And, additional towel bar is requiring at vanity. Ring-type towel
holders are not permitted.
111.9
111.8.2.3
One tank-type water closet with water saver devices, full ring and a solid
shell lid; formed plastic lids are not permitted. An open face front seat is
required in all accessible bathrooms.
111.8.2.4
Cast iron tub with a solid surface surround, grab bar and wall mounted soap
dish. In rooms with showers, solid surface surround or ceramic tile walls
with wall-mounted soap dish and grab bars. Shower floor is to have a solid
surface shower pan or tile with membrane floor pan liner.
111.8.2.5
Dual chrome toilet paper holder.
111.8.2.6
Hookless shower curtain and tubular curved rod. Rod to be one piece,
chrome finish and permanently mounted. Expandable, pressure-mounted
rods are not permitted.
111.8.2.7
Double chrome robe hook.
111.8.2.8
For bath linen quantity requirements refer to
this manual. Bath linen specifications are listed below.
- Furnishings for the guest rooms must meet the specifications listed
below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA Standards, local fire codes, health codes
and ADA compliance. All products must be commercial grade quality per the manufacturer.
Residential quality is not permitted.
111.9.1
Beds
111.9.1.1
Mattress and box springs must be flame retardant to meet local, state and
federal fire code regulations.
111.9.1.2
Overall bed height of 26” minimum and 28” maximum no later than October
1, 2011.
111.9.1.3
Bed Base
A.
B.
111.9.1.4
A.
Solid to floor platform bed base, fiberboard or metal with center
support leg.
Minimum of 7 1/2” high.
Mattress & Boxspring Set
Note: The following bed specification must be met no later than October 1, 2011.
Mattress and boxspring must be sold in sets as stated. Verify that you will meet the
overall bed height requirement above which includes bed base, mattress and box
spring.
A.
January 1, 2012
of
Bed set:
1.
AmericInn Serta Perfect Sleeper®, two sided (12 ¼” H) with
StabLBase Quad Beam Boxspring (7” +/- ½” H). Serta Perfect
Sleeper Concierge Suite Plush Mattress is acceptable until
replacing.
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Note: To meet bed height requirements existing properties with
6” to 6 1/2” bed bases must use Serta StabLbase Double Beam
Boxspring (9” H) in lieu of the Serta StabLbase Quad Beam
boxspring stated above. Or replace bed bases with current
standard.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.1.5
Rollaway
A.
111.9.1.6
Decorative top cover sheet for triple sheeting bed covering
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
111.9.2.2
111.9.2.3
Cap style (no pleats or split corners).
Lined if using a light weight fabric.
Bedskirt is to clear the floor by no more than 1”.
Decorative Bed Scarf
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
111.9.2.4
Must be a white on white pattern. Ex: striped or squares. (solid white
flat sheet is not permitted).
40% cotton/
with a minimum 4.3 ounce weight or T260
thread count. Or, 100% jet spun polyester giving the fabric a
comfortable cotton-like softness, minimum 4.2 ounce weight.
Minimum of 2” hem at top.
Minimum finished queen size: 96” x 115”.
Minimum finished king size: 114” x 115”.
Bed Skirt
A.
B.
C.
Must be used with Triple Sheeting.
Queen size: 36” x 86” or 27” x 86”.
King size: 36” x 104” or 27” x 104”.
Reversible, face and back fabric is one piece matelassé. Fabric is to be
a solid color, tone on tone pattern. Goods to be first quality.
Rolled 1” hem all 4 sides.
Coverlet Blanket (option in lieu of triple sheeting)
A.
B.
C.
D.
Throw style with no pillow tuck. Top edge of coverlet just comes to the
headboard.
Coverlet blanket shall overlap bed skirt by 3” to 4”.
Reversible, face and back fabric is one piece matelassé. Fabric is to be
a solid color, tone on tone pattern. Goods to be first quality.
Rolled 1” hem all 4 sides.
Bed Linens
111.9.3.1
Sheets - The following sheet specifications apply to the traditional bed
sheets and do not apply to the “Decorative Top Cover Sheet” outlined in
111.9.3.2 below.
A.
B.
January 1, 2012
Fire-retardant surpassing California Technical Bulletin 113 Flammability
Test. Nylon mesh sides with padded top rails, commercial rated. Wood,
drop down sided cribs are not permitted.
Bed Covering –The following bed covering specifications must be met no later than October
1, 2011. Refer to Section 200 Operations for Bed Turndown & Pillow Presentation
requirements.
111.9.2.1
111.9.3
Minimum size: 3'-3" x 6'-2" with 4" thick mattress of foam or
innerspring coils.
Crib
A.
111.9.2
Approved manufacturers’ labels must be on each bed set.
Approved Mattress Sizes (Dimensions are +/- ½”)
1.
Queen: 60” x 80”
2.
King: 76” x 80”
Approved Boxspring Sizes (Dimensions are +/- ½”)
1.
Queen: 59.5” x 79”
2.
King: 37.5” x 79” (two)
Must be white.
200 thread count (T200) minimum, single pick (double pick not
permitted).
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C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
111.9.3.2
Decorative Top Cover Sheet
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
111.9.3.3
B.
C.
C.
D.
E.
F.
Must be white.
200 thread count (T200) minimum, single pick (double pick not
permitted).
Pillowcase thread count must be equal to or greater than sheet thread
count.
Minimum 60% cotton in blend of fabric. Recommended 60/40 cotton
polyester blend.
Finished size: 42” x 36” with minimum 2” hem.
Folded, stitched, self-piping at hem is acceptable. Piping must match
the color of the pillowcase.
Pillowcase Protectors
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
111.9.3.6
Crib sheeting must fully enclose the mattress and seal to ensure infant
safety.
Hidden zipper closure.
50/50 cotton polyester blend.
Pillowcases
A.
B.
111.9.3.5
This sheet is the “third” sheet in the Triple Sheeting bed presentation.
Must be a white on white pattern. Ex: striped or squares. (solid white
flat sheet is not permitted).
40% cotton/
with a minimum 4.3 ounce weight or T260
thread count. Or, 100% jet spun polyester giving the fabric a
comfortable cotton-like softness, minimum 4.2 ounce weight.
Minimum of 2” hem at top.
Minimum finished queen size: 96” x 115”.
Minimum finished king size: 114” x 115”.
Crib Sheets
A.
111.9.3.4
Minimum 60% cotton in blend of fabric. Recommended is 60/40 cotton
polyester blend.
Minimum flat sheet finished size, queen: 90” x 110”.
Minimum flat sheet finished size, king: 108” x 110”.
Hem size: 2” minimum at the top of the sheet and 1” minimum at the
bottom of the sheet.
Top hem stitching must be white.
Folded stitched self piping at hem is acceptable. Piping must match
the color of the sheet.
For ease of size identification, sheets should have a colored thread
along the side or bottom edge. Note: A deep pocket fitted sheet may
be needed to accommodate the depth of the mattress or mattress
topper utilized.
Must be white.
180 thread count (T180) minimum.
Minimum 55% cotton in blend of fabric. Recommended 55/45 cotton
polyester blend.
Finished size: 21” x 31”.
Style, fold over or finished inside hem.
Style, Rustproof nylon zipper.
Pillows
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Queen size.
Filled weight 21-25 oz., synthetic polyester blown cluster fiber or
polyester gel micro fill fiber.
Outer covering, ticking, must be T230 thread count, 100% cotton.
Double needle sewn edges with matching cotton cording.
Finished size, 20” x 30”.
Note: Feather/down chamber pillows of 85% feather and 15% down may be
used. Synthetic pillows must be available to guests that may request them.
111.9.3.7
Mattress Pads
A.
B.
January 1, 2012
Must be white.
50% polyester/50% cotton top with a 3.5 oz. or greater bonded
polyester fill and machine thread quilting.
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C.
D.
E.
F.
1¼” minimum elastic anchor bands or polyester T180 thread count
60/40 cotton/polyester fitted style.
Full size pad: 53” x 75”, full extra long 54” x 80”.
Queen size pad: 60” x 80”.
King size pad: 78” x 80”.
Note: Optional Super Topper mattress pad: white, 50% polyester/50%
cotton top, 24 oz. bonded polyester fiber fill and anchor bands.
111.9.3.8
Blankets - All Vellux blankets must be replaced no later than October 1,
2011.
A.
B.
C.
Quilted, synthetic down, white blanket
T230 thread count, 65% cotton/35% polyester or 100% cotton cover.
7” or 8” box stitched outer covering, 100% polyester filled with a min.
queen size fill of 28oz. and the king size of 33oz.
Note: Optional blanket: polyester fleece, polyester polar fleece, or
Herringbone waffle weave, 1” needle stitched self hem on all edges
(whipped stitched hems or un-finished edges not permitted), full size:
80” x 90”, color: ivory. Queen size: 90” x 90”, color: tan. King size:
108” x 90”, color: ivory or equal in neutral colors. Colored blankets
such as pink, blue, green, etc. not permitted.
111.9.3.9
Crib Blankets
A.
B.
111.9.4
Bath Linen – Minimum finish sizes below are at purchase (new). When washed shrinkage is
not to exceed 12% in length and 8% in width.
111.9.4.1
Wash Cloth
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
111.9.4.2
E.
111.9.4.3
E.
Must be white.
Finished minimum size: 24” x 54” or 27” x 50”.
13.5# per dozen weight.
100% Ring Spun Cotton or 86% cotton/14% polyester blend, polyester
cannot exceed 14% of the fabric blend.
Dobby or Cam style border.
Bath Mats
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Must be white.
Finished minimum size of 20” x 30”.
7.0# per dozen weight.
100% Ring Spun Cotton or 86% cotton/14% polyester blend, polyester
cannot exceed 14% of the fabric blend.
Dobby or Cam style border.
Window Treatment
111.9.5.1
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Must be white.
Finished minimum size of 16” x 27”.
3.0# per dozen weight.
100% Ring Spun Cotton or 86% cotton/14% polyester blend, polyester
cannot exceed 14% of the fabric blend.
Dobby or Cam style border.
Bath Towel
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.4.4
Must be white.
Finished minimum size of 12” x 12”.
Square or rounded edges.
1.0# per dozen weight.
100% Ring Spun Cotton or 85% cotton/15% polyester blend, Polyester
cannot exceed 15% of the fabric blend.
Dobby or Cam style border.
Hand Towels
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.5
Quilted, 50/50 cotton polyester blend.
Size: 32” x 42”.
Drapery
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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
111.9.5.2
Cornice Board
A.
B.
C.
111.9.5.3
Rod pocket gathered top and bottom with no headers.
Fire retardant shear non-laced fabric, self lined.
300% fullness.
Cafe style commercial grade rods to be mounted with minimum of
3/4" clearance on the wood above and below the glass area of the
door.
Casegoods - All casegoods shall be freestanding unless otherwise noted. All units shall
have wood drawer fronts, unless drawer face is flush with base unit, wood edges and
corners (excluding back), high pressure plastic laminate tops, Thermally Fused Melamine
sides with same paper as tops 45 lb. particle board construction, brushed chrome/nickel
hardware. Flush drawer fronts shall consist of ¾” Thermally Fused Melamine with same
paper as top, matching PVC edgebanding on all edges. Drawer box shall consist of 4 sides
½” White Birch Veneer Core material with edgebanding to top sides with ¼” drawer bottom,
English dovetail joinery. Drawer front attached with screws to drawer box. Drawers to be
secured in place until finished product reaches their final destination. Full-Extension Ball
bearing slide, side mounted, 100lb capacity, black chromate finish. All backs shall consist
of single-sided ¾” Thermally Fused Melamine panel with same paper as tops. All sides
shall consist of double sided ¾” Thermally Fused Melamine with same paper as tops.
Casegoods must be 14 years old or newer. Brass hardware is not permitted.
111.9.6.1
Headboards
A.
B.
C.
111.9.6.2
111.9.6.3
Minimum size: 20" w x 16" d x 27" h.
Unit shall have a minimum of one drawer, base shelf and back panel to
conceal electrical cords.
Media Unit - Chest of Drawers/Shelf/Cabinet Unit
A.
B.
C.
111.9.6.4
Size: 36"h to 41”h; length to fit the width of the bed.
Unit shall be wall mounted securely per manufacturer’s
recommendations.
Mounting of headboard is to be centered over bed and bottom of
headboard is to be 1” below top of mattress.
Nightstands
A.
B.
Minimum size 60”w x 22”d x 40”h. In tight spaces 50”w x 22”d x 40”h
is acceptable.
Cabinet clear opening shall be 33” with an adjustable shelf, door
optional, to house a microwave and/or a refrigerator.
Recommend three drawers, minimum of two drawers.
Wardrobes
A.
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Enclosed top is required to prevent light from entering the guest room.
Minimum height: 8", maximum height: 12" with returns to the wall and
board face length to clear drapery.
Wood cornices to match casegoods are recommended. Fabric is
optional and must meet local, state and federal fire codes and must
comply with NFPA-701 vertical test.
French door drapery treatment is recommended, if applicable.
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.6
Wall mounted, two way draw with baton, pinch pleated drapery with
two to one fullness.
Minimum width shall be 14” wider than window, 7" on each side.
Minimum length shall be 6" longer than window, 3" below and 3"
above.
Minimum center overlap shall be 3" and returns 3" or the distance the
rod is from the wall to prevent light from entering the guest room.
Lining: FR, two pass blackout.
Fabric: Flame retardant fabric, preferably “Trevira” FR.
Tack lining to face of fabric to prevent billowing from HVAC unit.
Weight in corners and at every seam width.
Must meet local, state and federal fire codes and must comply with
NFPA-701 vertical test.
Heavy duty commercial hardware.
Minimum size: 32"w x 23"d x 78"h.
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C.
111.9.6.5
Desk
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.6.6
B.
B.
Desk Chair
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
111.9.7.2
111.9.7.3
Minimum size: 18” w x 20” d x 33” h.
Armless wood frame with raised stretchers and nylon carpet glides.
Upholstered seat and back, optional wood back with upholstered seat.
Ergonomic arm desk chair with 5-star base with casters is acceptable.
Verify arm height for clearance under desk; it should not exceed 28”.
Overall minimum size: 23”w x 25”d x33”h.
Sled base chairs, stack chairs and metal framed chairs are not
permitted.
Lounge Seating
A.
B.
C.
D.
Fully upholstered with reversible seat cushions.
Joints glued, corner blocked and double doweled.
Nylon carpet glides.
Chair ottoman grouping is to be used if space allows. Recliners not
permitted.
Sofa Sleeper
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Fully upholstered with reversible seat cushions.
Joints glued, corner blocked and double doweled.
Nylon carpet glides.
“Heavy duty” bed mechanism per the manufacturer’s specification.
Standard duty not permitted.
5” thick inner-spring mattress.
Lamps - Lamps shall be UL approved, UL labeled and accommodate a 100 watt
incandescent bulb or equivalent. Brass finished lamps must be replaced no later than
October 1, 2012. Shades shall be hard back, off white linen fabric. Pleated and hard vinyl
pleated shades are not permitted. Lamps are to have an updated residential look.
111.9.8.1
Lamps on nightstands by bed
A.
B.
C.
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Minimum size: 36" w x 20" d x 18" h. Maximum size: 42" w x 24" d x
19" h.
Backsplash: minimum 4” high.
Upholstered Seating - All seating components must meet California 117 and any other fire
code requirements. Fabrics must have a minimum of 30,000 double rubs.
111.9.7.1
111.9.8
20” diameter, 20” high.
Four hardwood legs 1 ¾” x 1 ¾”, metal corner brackets. Side panel
style or glass top not permitted.
Luggage Bench
A.
111.9.7
Minimum size: 36"w x 20" d x 17" h. Maximum size: 42"w x 24"d x
18"h.
Four hardwood legs 1 ¾” x 1 ¾”, metal corner brackets. Side panel
style or glass top not permitted.
End Table
A.
B.
111.9.6.8
Minimum size: 42" w x 28" d x 30" h.
Four hardwood legs 1 ¾” x 1 ¾”, metal corner brackets. Side panel
style not permitted.
Finished on all sides.
Required to have a cutout in the apron front to allow for a 27”
clearance from the finished floor in all accessible rooms. Recommend
to do this in all rooms.
Coffee Table
A.
111.9.6.7
Unit shall have a full length back panel and 2 doors with 110 degree,
European style inset hinges.
Clothes rod is to be 5/8” in diameter to accommodate small hook
hangers.
Minimum height: 28".
Required to have an electrical outlet in base.
Rocker base switch.
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111.9.8.2
Lamp on Chest of Drawers/Shelf/Cabinet Unit
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.8.3
B.
C.
D.
Minimum height: 55”.
Floor lamps are to be weighted to reduce tipping
Torchier in suites
A.
B.
111.9.9
Required to have two electrical outlets in wall base.
Rocker switch
Cord cover to match lamp finish, minimum of 24” long.
Fixed arm
Floor lamps
A.
B.
111.9.8.8
Required to have two electrical outlets and a data port (RJ45) in wall
base.
Rocker switch
Cord cover to match lamp finish, minimum of 24” long.
Fixed arm
Double wall mounted lamp between beds
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.8.7
Minimum height: 29”.
Rocker base switch
Decorative, residential look.
Standard table lamp, same as nightstand or chest of drawers, not
permitted.
Wall mounted lamp at desk
A.
111.9.8.6
Minimum height: 28”, maximum height 30”.
Required to have two electrical outlets and a data port (RJ45) in base.
Rocker base switch.
Weighted base
Upgraded table lamp on end tables in suites
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.8.5
Minimum height: 28”, maximum height 30”.
Required to have an electrical outlet in base.
Rocker base switch.
Weighted base.
Lamp on desk
A.
B.
C.
D.
111.9.8.4
Weighted base.
Minimum height: 65”.
Floor lamps are to be weighted to reduce tipping.
Wall Mounted full Framed Mirror
A.
Minimum size including frame: 22" w x 60" h.
B.
Decorative frame required, mitered corners, minimum profile: 2.5” w.
Frame finish cannot be brass/polished chrome metal or match the
stain on casegoods without prior written approval from the Franchisor.
C.
Mirror glass, ¼” thick.
D.
Security mounts required.
111.9.10 Framed Artwork – Must be ten years old or newer.
A.
Minimum sizes including frame:
1.
On side bed wall: minimum of 950 sq/in.
2.
Next to window: minimum of 850 sq/in.
3.
Above whirlpool: minimum of 850 sq/in.
4.
Above sofa: min of two pieces at 830 sq/in ea. or one at 36” h x
42” w.
5.
Accessible bathroom: minimum of 575 sq/in.
6.
Over desk: minimum of 720 sq/in.
7.
Above fireplace: minimum of 850 sq/in.
B.
Frame required; minimum profile 1.5" w, residential look, mitered
corners. Frame finish cannot be brass/polished chrome metal or
match the stain on casegoods without prior written approval from the
Franchisor.
C.
Artwork image is to be current with a residential look and approved by
the Franchisor.
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E.
Minimum of one mat. Self matting is not permitted without prior
approval from the Franchisor.
Security mounts required.
111.9.11 Televisions – The following television specification must be met no later than October 1,
2011.
A.
Digital commercial HD LCD unit including a lockout system.
B.
Minimum 32” Widescreen (16:9) LCD screen (Maximum size 42”).
C.
High Definition display.
D.
ATSC Digital Tuner built-in.
E.
Pro:IdiomTM HD Content Protection built-in and MPEG 4 compression
technology.
F.
Remote control unit.
Televisions must be connected to a cable system, master antenna
G.
system or satellite system that is capable of passing high definition
(HD) content to all televisions.
1.
Commercial cable system or satellite system is recommended.
2.
A roof top antenna is not permitted unless it is screened and is
approved by the Franchisor prior to installation.
3.
A ground mounted television antenna is permitted but is to be
approved by the Franchisor prior to installation.
4.
A satellite dish is to be installed on exterior wall, not roof top, at
the rear or end of the Hotel not viewed from the front entry.
H.
Television must not be preprogrammed automatically to turn off after
any amount of time. A guest controlled sleep timer is acceptable.
111.9.12 Hangers
A.
B.
C.
D.
17” wide, 5/8” thick.
Small hook to accommodate a 5/8” clothes rod.
Natural wood hanger with tongue and grove assembly with chrome
plated parts
Hangers with clips are to be notched for garment straps and a metal
cross bar with cushioned clips to hold skirts or pants.
111.9.13 Luggage Rack
A.
B.
C.
Minimum size 25" w x 17" h x 18” d.
Folding, heavy gauge chrome or brown 1” tubular steel with backrest.
Solid black or brown web straps.
111.9.14 Hair Dryer
A.
B.
Built in nightlight.
Minimum of two speeds.
111.9.15 Iron
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Automatic safety shut-off feature after 15 minutes in a vertical
position.
Steam and misting feature designed to use tap water.
Self cleaning.
Fabric temperature controls.
Rated as hotel quality by manufacturer.
A.
B.
Wardrobe size, 51” tall when folded.
Tan or neutral color foam cover pad.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Four cup capacity.
Automatic safety shut off feature after 1-hour.
Written instructions silkscreened on product.
Complies with UL197.
Rated as hotel quality by manufacturer.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Battery back up feature.
Choice of radio or alarm wake up.
Antenna built into power cord.
UL approved.
Rated as hotel quality by manufacturer.
111.9.16 Ironing board
111.9.17 Coffee Pot
111.9.18 Clock Radio
111.9.19 MP3 player clock radio
A.
Battery back up feature.
B.
Lock down Mechanism.
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D.
E.
F.
G.
Written user instructions silkscreened on product.
Recharges MP3 player.
Built-in patch cord allowing guests to play their MP3 player through the
clock radio.
UL approved.
Rated as hotel quality by manufacturer.
111.9.20 Under counter & compact refrigerator
A.
Recommended not to have a freezer.
B.
Self defrosting.
C.
UL approved.
D.
Black finish. Wood grain finish is not permitted.
111.9.21 Microwave
A.
B.
111.10
UL approved.
Black finish.
- The guest rooms are to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated
system adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round
temperature set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital
controlled thermostats are allowed. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be installed with internally
drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved manufacturers (Amana, GE,
Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per the manufacturer’s
recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units may be added with
color to match the adjacent walls. A thermostat control must be accessible to the guest. No two pipe systems are allowed.
Exhaust fans for the bathrooms are to be ceiling-mounted and exhausted through roof. Bathroom
exhaust fans are to be activated by switching on the bathroom light fixture.
111.11
- The light switch immediately inside the guest room must activate the lights to illuminate
the room, unless codes state differently.
The light at the guest vanity area and in the bathroom is to be a fluorescent fixture.
Minimum Lighting Foot Candle Requirements:
Location
Level
Bedside
20.0 - 50.0
Writing Table
30.0 - 40.0
Credenza
20.0 - 30.0
Entry
10.0 - 15.0
Bathroom
20.0 - 50.0
Vanity
30.0 - 50.0
111.12
- A RJ45 data port is required in all guest rooms at the desk or writing surface. Refer to
Technology of this manual for all HSIA requirements.
Refer to
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
All electrical outlets in the room and bathroom must be coordinated carefully with the furniture
layouts and for the equipment in the room. No outlets will be allowed to back up directly to the
outlets in the adjacent rooms for sound transfer and fire protection reasons.
A carbon monoxide detector is required wherever gas appliances are located. Plug in style is
acceptable.
Ground fault outlet at vanity unit.
Two electrical outlets are to be installed above the writing surface no later than October 1, 2011 for
guest’s convenience. Outlets can be hardwired in wall, in the lamp base, recessed into writing
surface, or an electrical device located on the writing surface.
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112.1
An indoor pool and whirlpool with a temperature controlled environment is a mandatory element in
each Hotel.
112.2
A male and female bathroom is required in the pool area. A shower is required in both bathrooms or
in the pool area.
112.3
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- The deck area is for tables, chairs, game equipment and beverage vending.
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- Must comply with all local, state, federal building, health and
accessibility codes.
The pool and whirlpool must be gunnite structures with approved copings. Steps and handrails are
required. The pool depth is to be three feet at the shallow end tapering to five feet at the deep end,
or must meet the local code. Markings of the depths and “No Diving” are to be clearly indicated at
the edge of the pool.
Both the pool and whirlpool are to have complete and fully functioning filtering and cleaning systems
and a designated concealed area for equipment and treatment supplies, typically located in an
adjacent mechanical room.
112.5
- Sauna/steam room is optional. If a sauna or steam room is used, the sauna’s
heating unit is to be a wet stone heater with controls and a timer. The sauna walls, benches, decking
and ceiling will be built of cedar. The sauna/steamroom door shall have a minimum of 50% glass
face (tempered glass) for safety and security purposes. The flooring material from the pool area is
brought into the sauna or steam room.
- All pool chemicals are to be stored in a designated area. This room is to be
locked at all times and vented to the outside. Eye wash station, goggles and gloves are required in
the pool chemical area.
112.6
- The following signage and safety equipment is required in the pool area at
all times. Verify with local and state codes for additional requirements.
112.6.1
“No Lifeguard on Duty” sign
112.6.2
Posted pool rules and regulations
112.6.3
Hours of operation sign
112.6.4
Maximum capacity sign for pool
112.6.5
Maximum capacity sign for whirlpool
112.6.6
Fifteen minute time limit sign in whirlpool
112.6.7
“No Glass in Pool Area” sign
112.6.8
Telephone available for emergency calls
112.6.9
Ring buoy or life preserver
112.6.10 Safety hook
112.6.11 First Aid Kit
112.6.12 Safety lighting
112.6.13 No Diving signage
112.7
112.7.1
The main pool entry door(s) and any pool vestibule door leading to pool entry must have a
side light adjacent to the door or a window in the door.
112.8.1
The pool entry door must have an electronic lock card reader no later than October 1,
2011. All other non-emergency doors off the pool, if applicable, must also have electronic
lock card readers.
112.8.2
All electronic lock card readers used must be conforming to an ANSI Grade 1 electronic
mortise locking mechanism and using a re-programmable magnetic key card with a
minimum of a low coercivity 600 oersted rating.
112.9.1
Aluminum storefront with thermal broke frames. Comply with requirements of ANSI/AAMA
101 "specifications for Aluminum Prime Windows: performance class, HS -DW-C20. Window
system to meet minimum STC of 35.
112.8
112.9
112.10
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
112.10.1 Pool Area
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Walls – Moisture resistant gypsum fiberglass mat faced board with a 48”
high tile wainscot and paint above including one accent wall. Approved
paint colors: Sherwin Williams Accessible Biege SW7036, eggshell finish with
accent paint color Benjamin Moore HC-165, or an approved equal. Verify
colors coordinate with surrounding finishes.
112.10.1.2
Floor – Stamped colored concrete.
112.10.1.3
Base - Tile.
112.10.1.4
Walls - Painted moisture resistant gypsum board with a smooth or textured
finish.
112.10.2 Pool Restroom
112.11
112.10.2.1
Walls - Water resistant gypsum board with a wainscot of 48” high decorative
6” x 6” tile minimum and a 6” x 3” bullnose top tile trim piece on all walls.
Tile or solid surface surround to ceiling in showers.
112.10.2.2
Floor – Continued from the pool deck floor.
112.10.2.3
Base – Ceramic tile.
112.10.2.4
Ceiling –Painted gypsum board, smooth or textured finish. Popcorn texture
is not approved.
- The following furnishings are required in the pool area and must meet minimum
standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA standards,
state, county and local fire codes, health codes and ADA compliance. Pool furniture is to be of
contract hotel quality per the manufacturer.
112.11.1 Pool deck chairs, one for every 70 square feet of pool deck area, minimum of 20.
A.
Stacking aluminum rust proof powder coated frames with vinyl straps.
Resin tables are not permitted.
B.
112.11.2 Small 17” to 20” inch diameter occasional tables, minimum of 4.
A.
Aluminum rust proof powder coated frames with acrylic top.
112.11.3 36” to 42” inch diameter tables, one for every 375 square feet of pool deck area, minimum
of 3.
A.
Aluminum rust proof powder coated frames with acrylic top.
B.
If ceiling is 15’ or higher at a given area, tables are to accommodate an
umbrella
112.11.4 Bakers rack or table for clean pool towels and a ventilated pool towel dispenser for used
towels.
112.11.5 Beverage vending and video games are optional.
112.11.6 Pool towels - Minimum finish sizes below are at purchase (new). When washed shrinkage is
not to exceed 12% in length and 8% in width.
A.
Finished minimum size of 20” x 40”.
B.
5.5# per dozen weight.
C.
100% cotton loop.
D.
Blue stripe for pool towel identification.
112.11.7 ADA approved seat in the pool shower area.
112.12
- The mechanical system in this room is of utmost importance and must provide
sufficient air changes and filtering equipment to provide a comfortable environment for the deck user
and the pool user alike. This will also preserve the integrity of the finishes in the room. The air
exchange will allow fresh air intake to help control humidity. The system is to be designed with a
slight negative pressure; to aid in preventing chlorine and moisture migrating into the rest of the
building. Dehumidification system is required in the HVAC system design.
Adjacent to the pool area, in a separate area, is the mechanical room which contains, not only
equipment for the pool area, but also the make-up air unit, water softeners, hot water heaters and
sprinkler system controls. Consult your mechanical engineer designing the system for the Hotel for
details regarding equipment specifications for the pool area. Note that in Zone 5 and higher the
system must provide for an air conditioning unit to cool the pool area during warm seasons.
An ADA compliant water cooler is required in the pool area.
For fire protection sprinkler system requirements refer to Life Safety & Security System section.
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112.13
112.14
- Minimum Lighting Foot Candle Requirements:
Pool Area
Level
Swimming Pool Indoor
10.0 - 30.0
Swimming Pool Outdoor
10.0 - 20.0
Mechanical Room
15.0 - 40.0
- All outlets are to have ground fault indicators and meet all local and national code
requirements.
Provide outlets for vending.
Refer to Section 119 Telephone System of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
Refer to
of this manual for all HSIA requirements.
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113.1
Each new Hotel is required to have a fitness room and would be optimal for existing Hotels. Each
Hotel with a fitness room must meet the following standards no later than October 1, 2011.
113.2
Minimum of 200 square feet of exercise floor space.
113.3
Video games are not permitted in the fitness room.
113.4
113.4.1
Restroom cannot be inside exercise room unless it is a secondary public restroom in
addition to the lobby restroom.
113.5.1
The entry door must have an electronic lock set and a minimum of a side light or a window
in the door.
113.5.2
The door entry and exit is to be by an ADA approved lever handle.
113.5.3
All electronic lock card readers used must be conforming to an ANSI Grade 1 electronic
mortise locking mechanism and using a re-programmable magnetic key card with a
minimum of a low coercivity 600 oersted rating.
113.5
113.6
113.7
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– All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes. Any deviation from the approved finishes
must be submitted in writing to the Franchisor for prior written approval.
113.6.1
Walls – Painted gypsum board with a textured finish. Painted exposed block walls are not
permitted. Paint walls other than white and remove wallcovering border/stenciling no later
than October 1, 2012. Refer to the Standard Design Packages on the Hospitality
Information Portal for approved paint colors.
113.6.2
Floors –Interlocking rubber floor tiles, 18” x 18” x 3/8” thick, with a 4” coved vinyl base or
carpet and carpet base.
- The following furnishings are required in the fitness room and must meet minimum
design standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire codes, health codes and ADA compliance. Equipment must be
commercial rated by the manufacturer and be ten years old or newer. Residential quality is not
permitted.
113.7.1
Full commercial use elliptical cross trainer with the following requirements. Each exercise
room is required to have two if the Hotel has more than 72 guest rooms.
A.
110 volt or cordless self-powered generator.
B.
LED or LCD display readout.
C.
Program options.
D.
One touch quick start feature for manual use.
E.
20 minimum resistance levels.
F.
Hand grip heart monitoring.
G.
400 pound maximum user capacity.
113.7.2
Full commercial use motorized treadmill with the following requirements.
A.
Minimum 3 HP continuous duty commercial motor.
B.
Automatic reset speed to a maximum of 0.5 miles per hour when restarting.
C.
Emergency stop button and tethered safety key.
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E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
K.
Speed range from 0.05 to 12 miles per hour in 0.1 mile per hour
increments.
Incline range of 0 to 15%.
Self aligning belt guide system.
Hand grip heart rate monitoring.
Running surface minimum width 20” x 60”.
LED or LCD display readout.
One touch quick start button for manual use.
400 pound maximum user capacity.
113.7.3
Dust protection mat, to be located under cardiovascular equipment if flooring material is
carpet.
113.7.4
Body strengthening piece of equipment or free weights are optional.
113.7.5
Wall mirror, minimum of 4’ high x 9’ long. Bottom of mirror to be 26” above finished floor.
113.7.6
Digital commercial
2011.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
HD LCD television including a lockout system no later than October 1,
Minimum 32” Widescreen (16:9) LCD screen. High Definition display.
ATSC Digital Tuner built-in.
Pro:IdiomTM HD Content Protection built-in and MPEG4 compression
technology.
Televisions must be connected to a cable system, master antenna
system or satellite system that is capable of passing high definition
(HD) content to all televisions.
1.
Commercial cable system or satellite system is recommended.
2.
A roof top antenna is not permitted unless it is screened and is
approved by in writing by the Franchisor.
3.
A ground mounted television antenna is permitted but is to be
approved in writing by the Franchisor.
A satellite dish is to be installed on exterior wall, not roof top, at
4.
the rear or end of a Hotel not viewed from the front entry.
The remote control unit must be in view and accessible to guest at all
times.
Television must be wall mounted or ceiling mounted and must be
viewable from all equipment locations. In cases where the fitness
room shares a wall with a guest room, it is not acceptable to wall
mount the television on the demising wall. It either needs to be ceiling
mounted or on a non-demising wall.
All outlets and cable jacks must be located behind the television and
all electrical cords hidden. Surface mounted conduit or cord covers
are not acceptable.
Television should be set with closed caption as default.
All channels received must be preset and appropriately identified. Any
channel not received must be locked to user access via the commercial
master remote.
113.7.7
Wall clock.
113.7.8
Window Treatment, inside mounted 2” wood blinds
113.7.9
Safety equipment rules and regulation signage.
113.7.10 Towels and towel receptacle.
113.7.11 Table or bakers rack for towels.
113.7.12 Disinfected disposable wipes for cleaning off equipment when done exercising.
113.7.13 Trash Receptacle.
113.8
113.9
January 1, 2012
– The fitness room digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated system
adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round temperature
set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital controlled
thermostats are allowed, similar to the guest rooms. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be
installed with internally drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved
manufacturers (Amana, GE, Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per
the manufacturer’s recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units
may be added with color to match the adjacent walls. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
- Refer to
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
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114.1
Meeting facilities are optional in each Hotel.
114.2
If incorporating a meeting room, both a male and female restroom is required. If meeting room or
multiple meeting rooms add up to more than 640 square feet, an additional fixture is required in
each restroom. Any meeting room or banquet hall larger than 1,200 square feet must have fixture
counts reviewed and approved in writing by the Franchisor. If the meeting room(s) is adjacent to the
lobby, these restrooms can also fulfill the lobby restroom requirement. Meeting room restrooms can
be common with lobby. Restroom accessibility requirements must be met.
114.3
Folding doors are to have a minimum STC rating of 50.
114.4
114.5
Entrance door shall be a paneled solid core door, minimum size 3'-0" x 6'-8". Door thresholds, door
sweeps, smoke gaskets and door closers are required.
114.6
114.6.1
The entry door must have an electronic lock set, card operated from the corridor side. The
door entry and exit is to be by an ADA approved lever handle.
114.6.2
All electronic lock card readers used must be conforming to an ANSI Grade 1 electronic
mortise locking mechanism and using a re-programmable magnetic key card with a
minimum of a low coercivity 600 oersted rating.
114.7.1
Construction: Thermally broken frame.
114.7.2
Comply with requirements of ANSI/AAMA 101 "specifications for Aluminum Prime
Windows: performance class, HS-DW-C20. Window system to meet minimum STC of 35.
114.7.3
Security dowels or a secondary window lock is required on all first floor operable windows
in addition to the required mechanical lock on the window.
114.7
114.8
114.9
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–All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
114.8.1
Wall – Painted gypsum board with a textured finish or gypsum board with commercial
grade type II vinyl wallcovering, type I is acceptable if above a chair rail. A chair rail or
wainscoting is recommended. Paint walls other than white and remove wallcovering
border/stenciling no later than October 1, 2012. Refer to the Standard Design Packages on
the Hospitality Information Portal for approved paint colors.
114.8.2
Floor - Carpet must have a minimum 36 oz. face weight, multi level cut/loop, solution
dyed Branded yarn nylon, 1/10 gauge, 12 stitches per inch, action back with fiber locking
capabilities, commercial anti-soil stain protection, installed over a separate nine pound
density urethane pad, 32 oz. synthetic felt pad or a 64 oz. rubber cushion. Attached pad is
acceptable. Rebond pad is not permitted. Installation is to be with tackless strips or
double stick. Installation option is to direct glue the carpet, eliminating the pad. This is
permitted in public areas only. Installation methods must follow manufacturer’s
recommended methods. The carpeting is to be laid with a minimum of cross seams and
recommended to have a pattern and or be multi-colored to minimize the visibility of
staining, soiling and traffic wear.
114.8.3
Base - 4” or 6” high carpet base, serged or bound, 4” high wood base is optional. Vinyl
base is not permitted.
114.8.4
Ceiling – Painted gypsum board with a textured finish. Popcorn texture is not approved.
- The following furnishings are recommended in the meeting facilities and must meet
design standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire codes, health codes and must meet ADA compliance. All
furniture is to be of contract quality per the manufacturer. Storage for table and chairs should be
nearby.
114.9.1
Fabric window treatment with a decorative rod and/or wood blinds with capability to shut
and block light during projector presentations.
114.9.2
Minimum of two pieces of artwork.
114.9.3
Minimum of one silk plant, 48” high or taller. Plastic plants are not permitted.
114.9.4
Folding training tables, laminate top, 18” x 72”.
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Folding dining tables, 60” diameter, optional.
114.9.6
Upholstered, metal framed stack chairs or ergonomic chairs.
114.9.7
Pull down projector screen with a gypsum board valance painted to match the walls.
Presentation materials such as easels, flip charts, markers, audio visual equipment, etc.
114.9.8
Digital commercial HD LCD television with remote control is optional but if one is used the
following specifications must be met no later than October 1, 2011:
A.
Minimum 32” Widescreen (16:9) LCD screen.
B.
High Definition display.
C.
ATSC Digital Tuner built-in.
D.
Pro:IdiomTM HD Content Protection built-in and MPEG4 compression
technology.
E.
Commercial HD LCD including a lockout system.
F.
Televisions must be connected to a cable system, master antenna
system or satellite system that is capable of passing high definition
(HD) content to all televisions.
1.
Commercial cable system or satellite system is recommended
2.
A roof top antenna is not permitted unless it is screened and is
approved in writing by the Franchisor.
3.
A ground mounted television antenna is permitted but is to be
approved in writing by the Franchisor.
4.
A satellite dish is to be installed on exterior wall, not roof top, at
the rear or end of the Hotel not viewed from the front entry.
G.
Remote control must be available to guests using the room.
H.
Television must be wall mounted but not on a wall shared with a guest
room.
I.
All outlets and cable jacks must be located behind the television and
all electrical cords hidden. Surface-mounted conduit or cord covers are
not acceptable.
J.
Television should be set with closed caption as default.
K.
All channels received must be preset and appropriately identified. Any
channel not received must be locked to user access via the commercial
master remote.
114.10
- The meeting facility is to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated
system adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round
temperature set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC syste ms with wall mounted digital
controlled thermostats are allowed. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be installed with internally
drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved manufacturers (Amana, GE,
Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per the manufacturer’s
recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units may be added with
color to match the adjacent walls. A thermostat control must be accessible to the guest. No two pipe systems are allowed.
114.11
- Incandescent or fluorescent recess cans at ceiling in soffit. Decorative pendants at raised
ceiling area. Drop in fluorescent 2’ x 4’ fixtures are acceptable if suspended ceiling is used. Surface
mounted cans not permitted. Wall sconces are recommended for larger meeting rooms for
aesthetics. It is recommended to have lights on a dimmer switch.
Minimum required foot candle (FC) level is 30.0 - 70.0 with 35 FC at work surfaces.
114.12
- A RJ45 data port is required in all meeting rooms. Refer to
of this manual for all HSIA requirements.
Refer to
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
A minimum of one TV outlet is required.
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115.1
The laundry room has been designed to handle washing and sorting of the linens for the Hotel.
115.2
115.2.1
A window is not required in the laundry room for security reasons.
115.3.1
Paneled solid core 3'-0" x 6'-8" minimum.
115.3
115.4
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- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
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115.4.1
Floor - Vinyl composition tile.
115.4.2
Base - 4" high, coved, 1/8" gauge vinyl base.
115.4.3
Walls – Painted constructed sound deadening materials achieving a minimum of STC 58
115.4.4
Ceiling - Painted gypsum board with a texture finish. Popcorn texture is not approved.
- The following furnishings are required in the laundry room and must meet minimum
design standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire codes, health codes and ADA compliance. Depending on the
size of the Hotel you may need additional equipment.
115.5.1
60 lb. commercial washer, preprogrammed, eight-cycle recommended. Optional to provide
an additional 35 lb. commercial washer.
115.5.2
75 lb. commercial dryer with reverse drying.
115.5.3
Minimum of two laundry carts, six bushel with removable body. Spring loaded
recommended.
115.5.4
Sheet folder optional.
115.6
- Shelving and cabinetry are to be provided in the laundry room for storage of linens as
well as a large linen folding table with shelves below.
115.7
- The house laundry room is to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC
integrated system adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year
round temperature set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital
controlled thermostats are allowed, similar to the guest rooms. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to
be installed with internally drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved
manufacturers (Amana, GE, Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per
the manufacturer’s recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units
may be added with color to match the adjacent walls. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
A laundry chute from the linen room on second floor and higher, opens to the laundry room and
should be located adjacent to the washing area. An elevator/dumbwaiter is recommended for larger
Hotels.
The washers in the laundry room are to be drained in a pit drain with grate covering. The washer
drain piping can be on the floor behind washers to the drain. Access to the washer outlet is needed
to clean drain trap.
Hot and cold water supply shall be provided to the washing machines and sized per the engineer’s
specifications. Hot and cold water supply shall also be provided for the multi-compartment sink in
the prep area adjacent to the laundry room.
A two-compartment laundry sink with a cover for one sink is to be provided.
Eye wash station, goggles and gloves are required wherever chemicals are to be stored and handled.
- Fluorescent lighting adequate to perform task.
115.8
115.9
Minimum required foot candle (FC) level is 35.0 – 50.0.
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
- Refer to
116.1
A guest laundry room is recommended for the convenience of guests. Each hotel with a guest
laundry room must meet the following standards.
116.2
A counter for folding clothes.
116.3
Laundry supplies shall be provided by the Franchisee for purchase at the front desk or in a vending
machine.
116.4
This room is not to be used as a storage area.
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116.5
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116.5.1
The laundry room door shall be paneled solid core 3'-0" x 6'-8" minimum.
116.5.2
A sidelight or half glass door window for safety purposes is required.
116.5.3
Door thresholds, door sweeps and smoke gaskets are required for sound isolation.
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116.6.1
116.7
116.8
116.9
The door entry and exit is to be by an ADA approved lever handle.
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
116.7.1
Floors - Vinyl composition tile
116.7.2
Base - 4" high, coved, 1/8" gauge vinyl base
116.7.3
Walls - Painted gypsum board with a textured finish. Exposed painted block is not
permitted.
116.7.4
Ceiling - Acoustical ceiling tile, 2’ x 2’ drop-in with reveals.
- The following furnishings are required in the guest laundry room and must meet
design standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, local fire codes, health codes and ADA compliance. Depending on the size of the Hotel
you may need additional equipment.
116.8.1
One ADA-compliant, commercial grade, coin-operated washing machine. Minimum of 16
lb. capacity.
116.8.2
One ADA-compliant, commercial grade, coin-operated dryer. Minimum 18 lb. capacity.
116.8.3
Fabric window treatment, wood blinds or metal blinds at exterior windows. Vertical blinds
are not permitted.
- The guest laundry is to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated
system adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round
temperature set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital
controlled thermostats are allowed. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be installed with internally
drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved manufacturers (Amana, GE,
Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per the manufacturer’s
recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units may be added with
color to match the adjacent walls. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
116.10
- Recessed fluorescent lighting adequate to perform task.
Minimum required foot candle (FC) level is 30.0 – 50.0.
116.11
- Provide outlet for washer and dryer along with general duplex outlets.
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117.1
The office is for use by the manager in conducting business and bookkeeping for the Hotel.
117.2
117.2.1
117.3
117.4
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The office door is to be a paneled solid core 3'-0" x 6'-8" minimum, must lock and have a
viewing device the same as the guest rooms.
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes.
117.3.1
Floors - Carpet over pad, same quality as lobby area.
117.3.2
Base - 6” high carpet base, serged or bound, 4” high wood base is optional. Vinyl base is
not permitted.
117.3.3
Walls - Painted gypsum board with a textured finish.
117.3.4
Ceiling - Acoustical ceiling tile, 2’ x 2’ drop-in with reveals.
- The following furnishings are required in the office and must meet minimum design
standard specifications listed below in addition to requirements in accordance with NFPA standards,
state, county and local fire codes and must meet ADA compliance.
117.4.1
Drop safe.
117.4.2
Ergonomic desk chair with a 5 star base and casters.
117.4.3
Adequate locking file cabinets under work surface.
117.4.4
Bulletin board and key cabinet on wall is optional.
117.4.5
Fabric window treatment or blinds are required on exterior windows.
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117.5
117.6
- Work surface and shelving.
- The office is to have a digital self-controlled room central HVAC integrated system
adequately sized to service the area and capable of maintaining a 72 degree year round temperature
set point. Optional Individual PTAC or VPTAC systems with wall mounted digital controlled
thermostats are allowed, similar to the guest rooms. All PTAC or VPTAC units used are to be
installed with internally drained condensate lines and are provided by one of the approved
manufacturers (Amana, GE, Friedrich, LG). The sleeves through the wall must be tight, fastened per
the manufacturer’s recommendations and the openings caulked thoroughly. Trim around the units
may be added with color to match the adjacent walls. A thermostat control must be accessible to the
guest. No two-pipe systems are allowed.
117.7
- Fluorescent overhead and task lighting at work surface.
Minimum required foot candle (FC) level is 50.0 – 100.0.
117.8
- Refer to
of this manual for phone and jack requirements.
Multiple RJ45 data ports are required in the office. Refer to
of this manual for all HSIA requirements.
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118.1
Vending and ice are required to be in an enclosed area and on every odd numbered floor for the
convenience of the guests. (Ex: first floor, third floor, fifth floor, etc.)
118.2
A minimum of one beverage and one snack machine are required per Hotel. Additional vending is
optional in the pool area. It is recommended that the vending in this area be beverage only due to
the humidity and temperature. Refer to
for vending item requirements.
118.3
Vending and gaming machines are not allowed in front lobby.
118.4
118.4.1
118.5
118.6
The vending room door, if applicable, shall be paneled solid core 3'-0" x 6'-8". A sidelight
or half glass door window for safety purposes is required.
- All materials must meet or exceed minimum requirements in accordance with NFPA
standards, state, county and local fire and building codes
118.5.1
Floor - Vinyl composition tile.
118.5.2
Base - 4" high, coved, 1/8" gauge vinyl base.
118.5.3
Walls - Painted gypsum board with a textured finish.
118.5.4
Ceiling – Painted gypsum board with smooth or textured finish. Popcorn texture is not
approved.
- The following furnishings are required in each vending area and must meet design
standard specifications listed below. All equipment must be NSF compliant and UL listed. Verify
need for additional items with local and state health code requirements. Depending on the size of the
Hotel it may need additional vending and ice machines.
118.6.1
Ice machine, non-bin style.
A.
As a minimum requirement, the ice machine must be capable of
producing five pounds of ice per room for each 24 hour period. When
more than one ice machine is required the combined output must
meet the minimum requirement of producing five pounds of ice per
room for each 24 hour period.
B.
A water filter for the ice machine is required.
118.6.2
A commercial grade coin operated beverage machine is required but is generally leased.
118.6.3
A commercial grade coin operated snack machine is required but generally leased.
118.7
- Provide a floor drain for water from ice machine. Provide adequate water supply for ice
machine.
The vending room must have heat and air conditioning if in an enclosed room.
118.8
January 1, 2012
- Provide electrical for vending and ice machines.
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119.1
The Franchisee is to work with the local telephone company for service to the facility. The telephone
service to the Hotel must be provided underground and with adequate capacity to serve all future
additions to the Hotel.
119.2
There should be at least one trunk line per every ten rooms with separate lines for each of the
following: fax service, credit card processing, the elevator and two lines for the fire alarm system.
The pool monitoring system, if using Ecolab, can use a phone extension versus a dedicated line.
119.3
All telephone service must go through the main switchboard located at the registration desk, not the
reservation system or fax line.
119.4
Two home run lines per guest room are required.
119.5
119.5.1
Analog system with power supply back up.
119.5.2
Console operation.
119.5.3
5.8 GHZ 2 Line cordless phone programmable to the PBX phone system for use when staff
is away from the front desk. The cordless phone is to be provided by the Phone System
provider.
119.5.4
Main console must be able to handle up to four simultaneous calls with on-hold
capabilities. External call forward feature that would allow the Hotel to forward calls to an
external source (e.g. central reservations office.)
119.5.5
Music or custom greeting for on hold callers.
119.5.6
Check-in function automatically set dialing restrictions and voice mail.
119.5.7
Check-out function automatically deactivates the phone.
119.5.8
Wake up calls can be set at console or by extension with voice message.
119.5.9
Wake up call monitoring of answered and missed wake up calls with printer for printed
confirmation.
119.5.10 Call forwarding from console.
119.5.11 Voice mail with message registering.
119.5.12 Do-Not-Disturb setting with room to room and outside incoming call blocking capabilities
from console.
119.5.13 9-1-1 priority feature to interrupt a line if all lines are in use
119.5.14 9-1-1 alarm with immediate notification to staff of call with room number that placed the
call.
119.5.15 Free of charge, room to room, local and toll free calls.
119.5.16 Direct out-of-house dialing.
119.5.17 Per extension dialing restriction for long distance, local and room to room calls set by
console.
119.5.18 Answer detection for completed calls only for charged calls made with printed verification
of those calls charged.
119.6
- All phones must be analog phones and
have an ADA compliant handset with volume control.
119.6.1
Front desk
A.
B.
C.
D.
119.6.2
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Manager’s Office
A.
Phone system console provided by PBX supplier.
Cordless 5.8 GHZ two-line phone, programmable to the PBX phone
system, provided by the PBX supplier.
ADA TTY typewriter telephone for front desk to be equipped for
communication with hearing impaired guests.
ADA Kit #1 for ADA compliance. Number of kits needed based on
number of guest rooms per kit requirement. These kits are for the
guests to take to their room to communicate with the front desk.
One line access with five button guest service features optional.
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B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
119.6.3
119.6.4
Front Vestibule
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
119.6.6
“Trimline” wall mounted phone.
Dials front desk when picked up.
Lobby Area
A.
B.
119.6.5
Direct local and long distance calling.
Message indicator light.
Touch tone.
Data port.
20’ cord or greater.
One line access with zero guest service buttons.
Direct room to room, local, 800 number and credit card calls only. This
line should be restricted from long distance service.
Voice high and low volume adjustment.
Ringer high and low volume adjustment.
Touch tone.
Data port.
20’ cord or greater.
AmericInn approved faceplate as outlined in
of this manual.
Pool Area
A.
B.
“Trimline” wall mounted red emergency phone.
Dials front desk when picked up.
A.
B.
“Trimline” wall mounted red emergency phone.
Dials front desk when picked up.
Fitness Room
119.6.7
Meeting Facilities, if applicable
A.
One line access with zero guest service buttons.
B.
Direct room to room, local, 800 number and credit card calls only. This
line should be restricted from long distance service.
C.
Voice high and low volume adjustment.
D.
Ringer high and low volume adjustment.
E.
Touch tone.
F.
Data port.
G.
20’ cord or greater.
H.
AmericInn approved faceplate as outlined in
of this manual.
119.6.8
Business Center, if applicable
A.
One line access with zero guest service buttons.
B.
Direct room to room, local, 800 number and credit card calls only. This
line should be restricted from long distance service.
C.
Voice high and low volume adjustment.
D.
Ringer high and low volume adjustment.
E.
Touch tone.
F.
Data port.
G.
20’ cord or greater.
H.
AmericInn approved faceplate as outlined in
of this manual.
119.6.9
Laundry room/back of the house (optional)
A.
One line access with 5 guest service features optional.
B.
Direct room to room, local and credit card calls only. This line should
be restricted from long distance service.
C.
Touch tone.
D.
Wall mounted.
119.6.10 Public Restrooms (optional)
A.
“Trimline” wall mounted phone.
B.
Dials front desk when picked up.
119.6.11 Guest Rooms (One per each one-room guest room and two per each two-room guest room.
Additional phones optional.)
A.
One line access with zero guest service buttons.
B.
Direct room to room, local and long distance calling.
C.
Message indicator light.
D.
Voice high and low volume adjustment.
E.
Ringer high and low volume adjustment.
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F.
G.
H.
I.
J.
Touch tone.
Data port.
20’ cord or greater.
AmericInn approved faceplate as outlined in
of this manual.
Bell style phones are not permitted.
119.7
119.7.1
Front reception desk, multiple.
119.7.2
Manager’s office, multiple.
119.7.3
Front entry vestibule.
119.7.4
Lobby area, two telephone jacks.
119.7.5
Pool area.
119.7.6
Fitness room.
119.7.7
Meeting facilities, if applicable.
119.7.8
Business center, if applicable.
119.7.9
Laundry room/back of the house.
119.7.10 Public area restroom, optional.
119.7.11 One room guest rooms, 2 telephone jacks.
A.
One telephone jack at the nightstand.
B.
One telephone jack at the desk or writing surface.
119.7.12 Two room guest room suite, 3 phone jacks.
A.
One in the bedroom area at the nightstand.
B.
Two in the sitting area room.
1.
One telephone jack at the sofa sleeper.
2.
One telephone jack at a desk or writing surface.
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120.1
Signage must be clear and consistent throughout the property. Only professional sign manufacturers
should be considered to design and construct the signage package. The entire signage package
must meet all ADA specifications and requirements.
120.2
Hand-written and computer-generated paper signs are not permitted.
120.3
“No Vacancy” signs are not permitted.
120.4
120.4.1
Required Signage:
120.4.1.1
AmericInn identification pylon sign with the following criteria:
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
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The pylon sign must be manufactured per the Franchisor’s
specifications. Only approved vendors are allowed to manufacturer
exterior signage and must submit drawings for approval prior to
production and installation of the sign.
If specific site conditions or existing local sign ordinances require
deviation from size or height of the standard sign design, please
submit proposed signage in writing to the Franchisor for prior written
approval.
Sign lighting must be automatically activated.
All wiring to the sign must be underground and protected from
weather.
The sign is to be supported on a steel pylon and anchored in a sign
base. Use manufacturer's recommendations as to the design of the
sign base and anchor system.
No additional copy is allowed on the logo signage face, such as: indoor
pool, spa, etc.
No other signage is permitted on the pylon pole with the AmericInn
identification sign unless submitted in writing to the Franchisor for
prior written approval.
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Signage for accessible parking spaces per ADA requirements.
A.
120.4.2
Recommended Signage:
120.4.2.1
AmericInn channel logo on the building with the following criteria:
A.
B.
C.
120.5
Exterior signage advertising specific rates is not permitted without
prior written approval from Franchisor.
If using signage on the building it must be internally illuminated
channel letters; cabinet signs are not permitted on the building.
The channel letters must be manufactured per the Franchisor’s
specification, without modifications.
Sign lighting must be automatically activated.
- The following signage is required per locations listed below and
must meet the design standard specifications that follow in the next sub-section labeled Interior
Signage Specifications. Approved vendor for interior signage is Sign Source, Inc., (952) 908-9108.
120.5.1
Required signage and locations:
120.5.1.1
Check-in/check-out hours sign located at or near the front desk. The sign is
not permitted on the back wall.
120.5.1.2
Pool hours sign located on the corridor side of the pool entry door. This is
in addition to the pool identification sign with Braille listed below.
120.5.1.3
AmericInn Perk breakfast hours sign located in the breakfast room.
120.5.1.4
10” AmericInn Perk logo sign located on the chalk board.
120.5.1.5
18” AmericInn Perk logo signs located at the coffee station.
120.5.1.6
Pool safety signage as provided by pool supplier.
120.5.1.7
Exercise equipment safety signage as provided by equipment supplier.
120.5.1.8
Guest room numbers at each guest room. See note below for location.
120.5.1.9
Restroom sign at all public restrooms and any employee restroom. See note
below for location.
120.5.1.10
Required elevator signage. Provided by elevator supplier.
120.5.1.11
“Stair” sign located at all staircases behind doors. See note below for
location.
120.5.1.12
Floor identification signage in stairwells as required by the Fire Marshall.
120.5.1.13
“After Hour Entry, Pick-up Receiver” sign located at phone receiver in front
entry vestibule.
120.5.1.14
Room identification signage for all publicly used rooms. Example: Guest
Laundry, Meeting Room, Pool, Fitness Room, etc. See note below for
location.
120.5.1.15
Limited Liability Law signage located on the back side of guest room entry
doors and at the front desk.
120.5.1.16
Evacuation plan located on the back side of guest room entry doors and
publicly-used rooms such as a meeting room, etc.
120.5.1.17
AmericInn channel logo located on the wall behind the front desk.
Note: Mounting of room number signs and permanent room identification
signs shall be mounted on the wall adjacent to the latch side of the door.
Where there is no wall space to the latch side of the door, including double
leaf doors, sign shall be placed on the nearest adjacent wall. Mounting
height shall be 60" above the finish floor to the centerline of the sign.
Mounting location shall be so that a person may approach within three feet
of signage without encountering protruding objects or standing within the
door swing. This is an ADA requirement and should be followed unless ADA
states otherwise. For security reasons, accessible rooms should not have
identifying signs on the exterior of the door. Refer to installation
instructions below.
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120.6
120.5.2.1
“Smoke Free Environment, Thank you for Not Smoking” located at front desk
or lobby
120.5.2.2
Directional signage with an arrow pointing in the direction of the Pool, Guest
Laundry, Vending, Elevator, etc. - located throughout the Hotel.
120.5.2.3
Informational signs stating items such as “ID Required with all
Transactions,” “Discounts Honored at Check In Only,” “Convenience Aids for
Hearing and Physically Impaired,” etc. - located at the front desk.
- Signage must be up to date and consistent throughout the hotel.
The entire signage package must meet federal, state, county, local and accessibility laws and codes.
Approved vendor for interior signage is Sign Source, Inc., at (952) 908 -9108.
120.6.1
120.6.2
120.6.3
120.6.4
120.6.5
120.6.6
120.6.7
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Recommended signage and locations:
Room Numbers
120.6.1.1
Minimum overall size of 4.” wide x 2.75” high x .125” thick.
120.6.1.2
Digitally printed faceplate with raised text and Braille. Braille color must
match faceplate color or be clear in color.
Public Area Signage, Public Room Identification and Directional Signage
120.6.2.1
Sizes will vary.
120.6.2.2
Digitally printed faceplate with raised text and Braille for all required ADA
signage. Braille color must match faceplate color or be clear in color.
Limited Liability Law and Evacuation Plan
120.6.3.1
Limited Liability Law and Evacuation Plan can be combined on one sign.
120.6.3.2
Sizes will vary but recommended to be 8.5” x 11”.
120.6.3.3
Printed on vinyl then mounted to styrene or equal with a minimum thickness
of 1/32”.
Informational Signs
120.6.4.1
Printed or engraved on a plastic, vinyl or metal substrate.
120.6.4.2
Paper signs, either hand-written or computer-generated, are not permitted
unless framed and behind glass/acrylic and approved in writing by the
Franchisor.
AmericInn Channel Logo
120.6.5.1
10” tall letters, 1/2” thick.
120.6.5.2
Brushed silver metal laminate face with grain running horizontal mounted
on foam core with black edges.
120.6.5.3
Logo cannot be altered, stretched or rotated and must have the registered
trade mark per
of this manual.
AmericInn Perk Logo Breakfast Signage - Must follow the specifications of the 3-color
version per
of this manual.
120.6.6.1
Sign is to be made in three layers.
120.6.6.2
Top white coffee cup layer is to be laser cut from1/8” thick painted acrylic.
120.6.6.3
Middle brown layer is to be laser cut from 1/8” thick painted acrylic.
120.6.6.4
Backer layer is to be 6mm PVC acrylic with printed graphics.
AmericInn Perk Breakfast Hours Signage
120.6.7.1
Overall size, 6” high, 16” long, eased corners.
120.6.7.2
Sign is to be made in 2 layers.
120.6.7.3
Face is to be 5½” high x 15½” long and 1/8” thick painted acrylic to match
PMS732 brown.
120.6.7.4
Backer is to be 6mm PVC with print surface to match PMS7510 tan.
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Text to be premium white vinyl. Refer to
manual for required hours.
of this
120.7
120.7.1
Apply signage per manufacturer’s recommendation. Generally signage is affixed to wall by
applying several “dots” of clear 100% silicone adhesive to the back of the sign (avoiding
tape area). Peel liner from double-face tape and press firmly to wall and hold.
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The following recommendations are intended to serve as a basic outline to aid in the installation of furnishings
for each Hotel. Local, state and federal codes govern over the following guidelines.
Installation of all furniture and equipment is to be installed per manufacturer’s recommendation. It is the
installation contractor’s responsibility to provide and use appropriate hardware to securely fasten all furnishings
and equipment to the specified structure/surface. Adequate wall blocking should be installed. Drywall anchors
only for wall mounted casegoods and fixtures is strongly discouraged.
121.1
Furniture
A.
B.
C.
121.2
Lamps/Lighting
A.
B.
C.
121.3
Space between nightstand and bed should have a minimum of 3" and maximum of 5".
Space between bathroom wall and bed should have a minimum of 18" to allow for
housekeeping.
Mounting of headboard should be centered over bed and bottom of headboard is to be
1” below top of mattress.
Wall lamp above desks should be 50" above the finish floor to bottom of back plate.
Wall lamp above nightstand should be centered over nightstand at 15” above the top of
the nightstand to bottom of back plate.
Cord covers on all wall mounted lamps should be installed over cord from bottom of
back plate down toward the finish floor.
Guest Room Window Treatment
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
Wall mounted drapery hardware securely using appropriate fastening devices.
Drapery is to hang 3" below window opening and 3" above window opening.
Drapery is to have 3" returns which wrap around each end of the drapery rod the full
three inches, extending from the drapery rod to the wall. The last hook of the drapery
next to the wall goes into an L hook which is fastened to the wall.
Drapery is to overlap 3" in the center when closed. The first pleat at the center of each
drape goes on the master carrier in the center of the drapery rod.
After drapery is hung the lining between pleats must be brought forward and creased
between two pleats to assure proper drapery hang. Finger pleat each pleat into place.
Wall mount cornice boards securely using manufacturer’s recommended fastening
devices for the wall material. Bottom of cornice board is to hang 2" below the metal
frame of the window.
121.4
Artwork & Framed Mirrors
A. Artwork is to be on the guest room side of the bathroom wall versus over the
headboard. Follow specifications in Guest Room Section.
B. Artwork centered over sofa should be between 8" to 12” above top of the sofa.
Measurements are based on the bottom edge of artwork.
C. Space between a pair of pictures hung side by side should have a minimum of 3" and a
maximum of 5".
D. Art hung on wall not over any piece of furniture should be approximately 5’-3” on
center above the finished floor.
E. Full length wall mounted framed mirrors should be installed approximately 72” from
the finished floor to the top of the frame.
F. Half-length wall mounted framed mirrors being installed over a piece of furniture
should be approximately 3” from the top of the furniture piece to the bottom of the
mirror frame, with a minimum overall mirror height of 72” from the finished floor to
the top of the frame.
121.5
Signage
A.
B.
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wall by applying several “dots” of clear 100% silicone adhesive to the back of the sign
(avoiding tape area). Peel liner from double-face tape and press firmly to wall and hold.
Refer to the Signage sub-section of this manual for locations of each sign.
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For clarifications or questions concerning the Operations Standards contact the Operations Department at:
Operations - AmericInn®
250 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: 952-254-5000
Fax: 952-294-5001
Email: Operations@AmericInn.com
Licensee must comply with the Operations Standards when open and operating as an AmericInn.
The following are referenced in



. Familiarize yourself with their content and locations:
Hospitality Information Portal – General Manager and Owner portal for all brand communications
Operations Guide – Hospitality Information Portal > Resources
Crisis Management Guide – Hospitality Information Portal > Resources
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201.1
All guest rooms must present a clean, well maintained and welcoming appearance. Guest room
content and furnishings must be in good condition including but not limited to furniture, fixtures,
equipment, fabrics, window treatments, linens, floor coverings, walls, paint, woodwork, HVAC,
ceilings, paper products, linens, towels and all other items contained in the guest room.
201.2
When replacing furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF & E), each Hotel must meet the current
specifications for each item as described in
of this manual.
201.3
The primary locks on all windows and doors (including adjoining room doors) must be locked at all
times to prevent unauthorized entrance from the outside.
201.4
A minimum of four individually-wrapped plastic cups must be available in all guest rooms.
201.5
Fire exit diagrams and state law cards are required in all guest rooms. One Law card is also required
to be posted at the front desk.
201.6
Each Hotel must have one vertically-installed assist bar at all whirlpool units.
201.7
All guest room lighting fixtures must use a minimum of 75-watt incandescent or 20-watt compact
fluorescent bulbs for illumination.
201.8
Each Hotel must have a coffee maker in every guest room. Additionally, a minimum of two AmericInn
Perk nine-ounce wrapped thermal insulated cups, creamers and sweeteners with one 0.75 -ounce
packet of regular AmericInn Perk coffee blend must be provided in the room. One cup coffee makers
are only allowed if four servings of coffee are provided. Generic white foam or paper cups are not
allowed. See
of this manual for more information.
201.9
A disposable laundry bag must be provided in every guest room.
201.10
Each bed (full, queen, king, sofa sleeper, etc.) installed in a guest room requires two sets of towels
per bed. (A towel set includes a washcloth, hand towel and bath towel.) Whirlpool rooms require an
additional two bath towels and one bath mat on or near the whirlpool.
201.11
Each Hotel must have twelve-channel basic cable television coverage which includes ABC, CBS, NBC,
FOX, CNN, ESPN, The Weather Channel and five additional channels. High Definition (HD) signal must
be provided with 32” LCD televisions and if HD is available to the property. Free standing converter
boxes are not allowed within guest rooms.
201.12
A minimum of two ashtrays must be provided in each smoking room.
201.13
A minimum of two rolls of toilet paper and one box of facial tissue must be provided in every guest
room.
201.14
Direct dial long-distance service must be available from every guest room. Toll-free calls and local
calls must be available at no charge.
201.15
TV channel listings must appear in the in-room/guest services directory. See
for more information.
201.15.1
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In addition to the TV channel listings provided in the in room/guest directory, a separate
channel guide may be provided. This channel guide must have a professional
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appearance and must be printed on card stock or laminated with approved design.
for more information.
201.15.2
Sponsored, free standing channel guides are not permitted.
201.16
Iron and ironing board in all guest rooms must be mounted in the approved location; see
201.17
Guest room safes are optional. The maximum safe size is 20” wide x 16” deep. Safes may only be
installed in one of the following locations:
A.
Under vanity counter.
B.
Inside the clothes closet.
C.
Inside the wardrobe.
201.18
Each crib or infant bed used in the hotel must meet standards and guidelines as stated in ABS Section
111.
202.1
Guest room telephone faceplates must follow the specifications outlined in
of this manual.
202.2
One ice bucket with the AmericInn logo, lid and disposable liners placed on a tray are required in
each guest room. To be placed on the media, credenza or wet bar.
202.3
One approved in-room/guest services directory is required in each guest room. To be placed on the
shelf in the media unit or desk. Additional specifications are outlined in
of this manual.
202.4
Two wastebaskets with the AmericInn logo and wastebasket liners are required in each guest room.
One to be placed next to the media unit or credenza and one to be placed under the vanity counter.
202.5
Two of the current, approved branded Face & Bath Bar soaps, one branded bottled shampoo and one
branded bottled conditioner and approved display tray are required in each guest room. To be placed
on the vanity counter or shelf.
202.6
The current, approved natural resources sign is required in each guest room. To be placed next to
the amenities tray.
202.7
The current, approved Do Not Disturb (DND) sign is required in each guest room. To be placed in the
holder on the room interior side of the door.
202.8
Approved pens with the AmericInn website and tagline are required in each guest room. To be placed
next to the telephone.
202.9
Approved memo pads with the AmericInn logo are required in each guest room. To be placed next to
the telephone.
202.10
If the following are provided they must have the AmericInn logo: hand lotion, stationery, bath salts
and make-up remover. Hand lotion and make-up remover to be placed on the amenities tray.
Stationary to be placed in the night stand or desk drawer. Bath salts to be placed at the whirlpool tub.
203.1
Each Hotel must participate in the Franchisor-sponsored environmental awareness program. Each
Hotel must adhere to a linen reuse program to be communicated in all guest rooms through the use
of an approved natural resources display. Labeled recycling containers must be available in a central
location and must have a lid with a recycling slot or hole.
203.2
Each Hotel will have a “lost and found” and will be responsible for tracking, recording, and inventory
management of items. Items claimed by guests must be surrendered immediately. Unclaimed items
must be held for a minimum of 120 days.
203.3
All properties must have a pest control and response program including but not limited to: rodents,
ants, bed bugs, flying insects, bees, cockroaches, centipedes, and silverfish. Guest rooms and
common areas must be regularly checked for evidence of any pests.
203.4
Housekeepers must respect the Do Not Disturb sign if posted by the guest on the door.
203.5
Guest rooms must be serviced daily except when honoring the Do Not Disturb sign.
203.6
Housekeepers must adhere to the environmental linen reuse program as requested by each guest
through the natural resources cards. Otherwise linens must be changed each day.
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203.7
Employees must not handle any medical devices left in a room without wearing rubber gloves, use
tongs to move these items. Items must be disposed of properly and safely using bio-medical
disposal products.
203.8
Goggles, gloves, mask, and a protective apron must be worn when handling linens, towels or other
items that may contain bodily fluids to protect against the transmission of blood borne pathogens.
203.9
AmericInn® recommends that the housekeeping cart be placed in front of the door to bar immediate
access while cleaning a guest room and to indicate housekeeper is working in the room. Door should
be propped open. Do not enter or clean a guest room while a guest is present.
203.10
Employees should never reach under a mattress without first lifting up the edge and checking to be
certain that there are no sharp objects underneath.
203.11
Keep all cleaning fluids tightly capped.
203.12
Entering a guest room:
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
203.13
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Knock # 1 - Before entering, knock at the door and say, "Housekeeping". If no answer is
heard, wait a moment, knock again and repeat, "Housekeeping". If there is no response,
insert your key card then knock again, as you open the door slightly and repeat,
"Housekeeping". Each room must be treated as if it is occupied when you enter it to
avoid accidentally walking in on our guests.
Doors must be propped open with a wedge (Do not use cleaning rags, hangers, linens
or any other item not intended to prop open doors) and pull housekeeping cart acro ss
the open door while working in a guest room.
At least one light fixture must light up when you flip the switch at the entrance.
All guest room light fixtures and lamps must have functioning light bulbs.
Drapes and window treatments must be functioning and must completely close to
block outside light.
Rooms must be checked for damage or maintenance items.
Heating/Cooling units must be set to the proper setting for the season.
Items the guest may have left in the room must be brought to the front desk
immediately.
Guest room key cards and housekeeping master access cards must be kept on the
housekeeper’s person not left in the open or on carts.
Bathroom/Vanity Area:
Cleaning bathrooms, handling soiled linens and other potential areas for health and safety
considerations must follow federal, state and local regulations for safe handling.
203.13.1
Floor and wall tiles must be clean, sanitized and free of spots or stains.
203.13.2
Toilet must be clean, sanitized and free of spots or stains. Toilet seat must be in closed
position when cleaning is completed.
203.13.3
Bath linens must be clean with no spots, stains or tears. Refer to AmericInn’s
environmental awareness program regarding bath linens in stay-over rooms.
203.13.3.1
4 Bath towels folded neatly and evenly on the shelf and bar
203.13.3.2
4 hand towels folded neatly and evenly on the shelf and bar
203.13.3.3
Bath mat with one- fold over side of the tub)
203.13.3.4
4 wash clothes
203.13.4
Bathtub, whirlpool tubs, whirlpool tub jets and piping, shower head and fixtures, soap
dish/shelf, shower curtain, shower curtain rods, surround and safety assist bars must be
clean, sanitized and free of spots, stains or hair.
203.13.5
Shower head must be positioned toward the back wall and tub drains must be in the
open position when cleaning is completed.
203.13.6
All guest room bathrooms must have clean grout and caulk in good repair. No mildew,
cracks or stains.
203.13.7
Bath room fan vent must be functioning, clean and free of dust or spots.
203.13.8
Vanity area, sink, stopper, counters, tiles, walls, mirror, towel bars and wall fixtures
must be clean, sanitized and free of spots or stains.
203.13.9
Walls, ceilings and doors must be clean and free of spots and damage.
203.13.10
Light fixtures must be clean and free of spots or damage.
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203.14
203.15
Guest bathroom and vanity must be free of odors and have a fresh, clean scent.
Beds: Each Hotel must use the approved bed as specified in
this manual.
203.14.1
Beds must be made with attention to detail and cleanliness.
203.14.2
All Mattresses must be in good repair, free of stains and odors
203.14.3
Mattresses must be flipped or turned per manufacturer instructions.
203.14.4
Mattresses may not have more than a 1.0 inch indentation.
203.14.5
Each Hotel must use one of the approved bed turndown presentations as specified in the
AmericInn Bed Turndown and Pillow Presentation Manual located in the Hospitality
Information Portal.
203.14.5.1
Coverlet/Comforter presentation
203.14.5.2
Triple Sheeting & Bed Scarf Presentation
Pillow Presentation: Each Hotel must use the approved pillows as specified in
of this manual
203.15.1
All pillows must be in good repair, free of stains and odors.
203.15.2
Pillows with a loft (height) of 4 inch or less must be replaced.
203.15.3
Pillows placed on each bed must be consistent in loft (height), pillows of different loft
may not be used on the same bed or in the same room.
203.15.4
Each Hotel must use one of the approved pillow presentations as specified in the
AmericInn Bed Turndown and Pillow Presentation Manual located in the Hospitality
Informational Portal.
203.15.4.1
Queen Bed Options
A.
B.
203.15.4.2
203.16
of
Stacked Method: 3 pillows, 2 against the headboard side by side with
hems toward the edge of the bed and 1 in the middle in front of the 2
headboard pillows
Diagonal Method: 3 pillows all set diagonally against the headboard,
hems inward.
King Bed Options
A.
Stacked Method: 5 pillows, 3 against the headboard side by side with
hems toward the edge of the bed and 2 pillows in front
B.
Diagonal Method: 4 pillows all set diagonally against the headboard,
hems inward
Cleaning and Dusting:
203.16.1 All floors and carpets including under the bed, behind furniture and along all edges must
be clean, vacuumed and free of any trash, debris or damage.
203.16.2 Guest room doors (entrance and adjoining room), door frames, locks, peephole, hinges,
sills and thresholds must be clean and free of spots or damage.
203.16.3 Trash cans must be empty, cleaned inside and outside and have a fresh liner.
203.16.4 All furniture and fixtures including but not limited to window glass, sills, mirrors,
wardrobes, closets and closet doors, clothes rods, hangars, shelves, baseboards, heating
and cooling units, head boards, credenzas and drawers, night stands and drawers, tables,
desks, artwork, chairs and chair legs/rungs, upholstery and all other surfaces must be
wiped clean or vacuumed and free of dust, stains, streaks or damage.
203.16.5 Walls and ceilings must be clean and free of spots, dust, cobwebs, scuffs or damage.
203.16.6 Lamps, light fixtures, lamp shades, floor lamps, light switches, clock radios (set to correct
time), telephones, televisions, television remotes, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers
and all other appliances and fixtures must be wiped clean on all sides, free of spots or
damage.
203.16.7 Sleeper sofas must be checked and made up with fresh linens every time a room equipped
with them is rented. Clean pillows and pillow cases are kept in a closet or credenza drawer.
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203.16.8 The guest room clothes iron must be emptied of water upon check out and wiped clean.
203.16.9 Guest room must be free of odors and have a fresh, clean scent.
203.17
Literature:
203.17.1 All printed materials provided must be clean and in like-new condition. Guest information
folder must have the following:
203.17.2 The current version of the AmericInn® directory listing all locations
203.17.3 The current version of the frequent-stayer program
203.17.4 Memo pad
203.17.5 Pen
203.18
Exiting a guest room:
203.18.1 Windows must be closed and locked.
203.18.2 Drapes closed.
203.18.3 Lampshades straight and the seams out of sight
203.18.4 Room lights turned off, door closed tightly and latched.
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204.1
The Operations Guide and Crisis Management Guide are available on the Hospitality Information
Portal and must be accessible to all staff on duty.
204.2
Front desk staff must use AmericInn brand greetings on the telephone or in person as may be
required.
204.2.1
All auto-attendant messages must also include AmericInn brand greetings as may be
required.
204.3
Incoming calls must be answered promptly (usually within three rings). The courteous and standard
greeting is: “Good morning/evening, AmericInn® <your city>, this is <first name>. How may I help you?”
204.4
Telephone answering devices may not be used in lieu of staff answering telephone calls. Automated
answering (Auto Attendant) systems with the ability to transfer a call to a live operator are
acceptable, with a greeting approved in writing by the Franchisor.
204.5
Franchisee is expected to obtain an email address from all guests. A minimum of 40% of all stays
must have an email address entered into the PMS.
204.6
Franchisee must staff their front desk 24-hours per day, seven days per week.
204.7
Facility security must include a commitment to changing all affected locks whenever a key is
determined to be missing.
204.8
Guests requesting additional keys must show valid identification. Clerks should match guest name
and signature to original folio before reissuing keys.
204.9
Current, approved keycard holders must be provided at check-in.
204.10
The front desk must have the current approved display for the loyalty program.
204.11
Each Hotel must post an “owned and operated by” plaque with current information.
204.12
Must have approved channel letters behind front desk and accent wall paint as specified by
AmericInn (see
).
204.13
Each Hotel must post check-in and check-out times.
204.14
A registration card must be signed by the guest at the time of check-in. Only the Franchisor-approved
registration card may be used. Registration cards may not be customized, with the exception of the
safe warranty disclaimers as required by vendors.
Registration card must state exact text disclaimer (whether manual or computer-generated.)
Disclaimer:
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If the indicated Company/Group fails to pay the full amount of any charges related to
my accommodations, I agree to be personally responsible for paying such charges.
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I agree that I am responsible for any personal injuries and property damage, including
damage to this property, caused by me or members of my party including my nonregistered guests.

I agree to depart accommodations by the check-out time on the date indicated.

I understand that this property is privately owned and operated under license with
AmericInn International, LLC. AmericInn International, LLC cannot be held liable for the
operation and management of this location/property.

I understand the management of this property reserves the right to refuse service to
anyone.

I understand the management of this property will not be responsible for accidents or
injury to guests or for loss of property or valuables.

I understand that this property does not provide a lifeguard or otherwise supervise the
use of the pool, spa or other recreational facilities and that the use of such facilities by
me or my guests is at our own risk.

I understand that this property may have specific policies on smoking in guest rooms
and allowing pets within the hotel. I further understand that it is my responsibility to
adhere to posted rules relating to local, state and federal laws to avoid any fines or
penalties.
204.15
Each Hotel under construction must have a method of receiving reservation inquiries at their location
a minimum of 60 days prior to estimated opening date.
205.1
Interior/exterior laundry room doors must be locked when unattended.
205.2
Current Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be posted.
205.3
Fully stocked first aid kits must be available in the Hotel.
205.4
All chemical bottles and dispensers must have the manufacturers’ labels on the container. No
unlabeled bottles are allowed.
205.5
Property must comply with all standards for local, state and federal safety guidelines and
requirements for training, operation of laundry and use of chemicals.
206.1
Pool area main entry door must be manually locked or programmed to lock automatically to prevent
unauthorized entry while area is closed.
206.2
Pool and exercise area signage & operation must be compliant with all state and local ordinances.
206.3
The indoor recreation area of the hotel must present a clean, well maintained and welcoming
appearance. All furnishings must be in good condition including but not limited to furniture, fixtures,
equipment, fabrics, floors, walls, ceilings, paint, woodwork, HVAC, signage and all other items visible
or installed. Door frames, window frames, locks, handles, hinges, pipes or other surfaces must be
clean, in good repair and free of rust or stains.
207.1
The AmericInn Perk Breakfast is an important brand touch point for our guests. The Perk breakfast
design, presentation and menu requirements must be strictly followed to provide guests with a
consistent product and experience at each AmericInn visited.
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206
207
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207.1.1
The following standards for the AmericInn Perk breakfast are the current requirements.
All previously published guides, standards or requirements no longer apply.
207.1.2
See ABS Section 109 for AmericInn Perk breakfast design and construction standards.
207.1.3
The coffee served at the Hotel must be provided by the franchisor’s approved and
designated vendor, Royal Cup Coffee and must include the AmericInn Perk regular and
decaffeinated blends. Perk logo air pot wraps and Perk logo 12 oz. foam cups with
plastic cup lids must be provided only by the approved vendor. See ABS Section 215.
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Breakfast will be served from 6:00am to 10:00am daily and must be posted on AmericInn Perk
professional signage. Hours of operation may be earlier than 6:00am or later than 10:00am as
needed to meet specific Hotel needs.
207.2.1
207.3
Coffee will be available in the lobby for all guests free of charge 24 hours per day.
Coffee must be displayed in Franchisor-approved thermal servers with AmericInn Perk
graphic wraps.
AmericInn branded chalkboard messages must be posted as may be required.
207.4
/Breakfast Attendant:
207.4.1
A breakfast attendant must be provided from 7:00am to 10:00am daily for each Hotel as
follows:
207.4.1.1
50+ rooms occupied must have a dedicated attendant in the breakfast area
at all times
207.4.1.2
26 - 49 rooms occupied must be monitored every 15 minutes by a staff
member other than the front desk clerk
207.4.1.3
1 - 25 rooms occupied must be monitored every 30 minutes by a staff
member other than the front desk clerk
207.4.2
A dedicated attendant must be identifiable by wearing an AmericInn logo apron. All
other staff must be in an identifiable AmericInn uniform. Attendant must be dedicated
to providing genuine hospitality to all guests.
207.4.3
All staff members who set up and or serve/supervise the AmericInn Perk breakfast
offering must be thoroughly trained to assure consistent food presentation, quality and
safety for our guests. Attendant must be dedicated to providing genuine hospitality to
all guests.
207.4.4
Must have certification as may be required by local, state and federal law for food safety
standards.
207.5
/Breakfast Stations:
207.5.1.1
207.5.1.2
Each station has menu requirements along with an approved display which
includes all serving pieces, utensil holders and equipment.
207.5.1.3
It is the responsibility of the Hotel to review the display components with
the local health codes to be in compliance.
207.5.1.4
207.5.2
January 1, 2012
Breakfast area must have six breakfast stations.
Each Hotel is required to provide the Franchisor-approved display and
presentation items. These items must be provided by Franchisor approved
vendors, see 215.6.8
.
(approximate area: six feet)
207.5.2.1
One bread display case, display case with three shelves, silver satin finish,
removable tiered trays and clear acrylic hinged lids or doors Dimensions:
17” wide x 13” deep x 19 ½” high
207.5.2.2
Two National Science Foundation (NSF), commercial two-slice toasters with 1
3/8” wide slots and polished chrome finish (only one required in retrofit)
207.5.2.3
One steel bread tong Dimensions: 9 ½” long
207.5.2.4
Two wood toaster tongs Dimensions: 6”- 8” long
207.5.2.5
One ceramic or white rectangular platter bread tong rest Dimensions: 9 ½”
wide x 6” deep x 1” high
207.5.2.6
Two steel condiment stands with a silver stain finish Dimensions: 12” wide x
12” deep x 17” high
207.5.2.7
4 condiment containers (to be used with above condiment stands),
transparent acrylic finish, 2 containers per stand, 5 ¾” wide x 11 ½” deep x
2 ½” high
207.5.2.8
2 angled condiment bowls, silver satin or polished chrome finish, 1 qt., 7
3/8” deep x 5” high
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1 bagel slicer with steel blade and acrylic shield (to be used only when
purchasing unsliced bagels).
207.5.2.10
2 crumb catchers/cutting boards, wood, (1 in retrofit), 16” wide 10” deep x
1” high
207.5.2.11
1 plate & napkin organizer, 2 tier, matte chrome finish, 9 ½” wide x 9” deep
x 9 ½” high
207.5.2.12
1 small utensil holder for knives, solid stainless steel finish
207.5.2.13
Supply of 4 ¼” x 7 ½” napkins
207.5.2.14
Supply of 9” foam plates
207.5.2.15
Supply of plastic knives
207.5.3.1
1 pastry 2-tier display case, silver satin finish, frosted acrylic removable
tiered trays and clear acrylic hinged lids or doors, 22 ½” wide x 13” deep x
26” high
207.5.3.2
1 pastry tong, steel, 9 ½” long
207.5.3.3
1 plate dispenser, matte black finish, wire, 6” diameter
207.5.3.4
1 tier fruit display (for fresh whole fruit), silver satin finish, wire, 11”
diameter x 10” high
207.5.3.5
1 decorative arrangement - 30” tall, large, square, green-edged glass vase,
5” wide x 5” deep x 15” high. Wild grasses, 30” tall, black river stones for
bottom of vase.
207.5.3.6
Supply of 6” foam plates
207.5.3
(approximate area: 4 feet)
207.5.3.7
Additional serving item
A.
207.5.4
(approximate area: 2 ½ feet)
207.5.4.1
1 three or four-cylinder dry cereal dispenser/carousel with turntable holder,
silver satin finish, 15” diameter x 17” high
207.5.4.2
1 small utensil holder for spoons, solid stainless steel finish
207.5.4.3
1 bowl dispenser, matte black finish, wire, 6” diameter
207.5.4.4
1 square bowl (to be used for individual oatmeal packets), silver satin or
polished chrome finish, 1.8 qt., 7 ¼” wide x 7 ¼” deep x 3 7/16” high
207.5.4.5
Supply of plastic spoons
207.5.4.6
Supply of 6” foam bowls
207.5.5
(approximate area: 7 ½ feet)
207.5.5.1
2 waffle irons, commercial rated (1 in retrofit) – (Provided by Approved
Waffle Vendor)
207.5.5.2
1 waffle batter dispensing unit – (Provided by Approved Waffle Vendor)
207.5.5.3
1 waffle fork – (Provided by Approved Waffle Vendor)
207.5.5.4
1 double or triple section chrome or stainless steel finish, roll top lid and
food warmer in chrome or stainless steel finish, 21 ¾” wide x 13 ¾” deep x
8 5/8” high. Hubert Spec # 26757 Vollrath Food Warmer or #6377 Vollrath
Food Rethemalizer.
A.
January 1, 2012
If serving fruit compote
1.
1 3.4 quart stainless steel fruit compote bowl with turn-n-serve
dome lid
2.
Rectangular platter, 9.5” x 6” to hold slotted spoon
3.
Slotted stainless steel spoon, 9.75”
If Hubert Spec # 26757 or #6377 is currently in use with a clear poly
carbon roll top lid, the lid will need to be replaced with a chrome or
stainless steel roll top lid by January 1, 2013.
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2 angled condiment bowls (to be used for individual syrup & butter portion
cups), silver satin or polished chrome finish, 1 qt., 7 3/8” deep x 5” high
207.5.5.6
1 serving tong, stainless steel, 9 ½” long
207.5.5.7
1 solid serving spoon, stainless steel, 9 ¾” long
207.5.5.8
3 Spoon/tong/waffle fork rests, white rectangular platter, ceramic or acrylic,
9 ½” wide x 6” deep x 1” high
207.5.5.9
2 small utensil holders for knives & forks, solid stainless steel finish
207.5.5.10
1 plate & napkin organizer, 2 tier, matte chrome finish, 9 ½” wide x 9” deep
x 9 ½” high
207.5.5.11
Supply of 4 ¼” x 7 ½” napkins
207.5.5.12
Supply of 9” foam plates
207.5.5.13
Supply of plastic forks
207.5.5.14
Supply of plastic knives
207.5.5.15
Approved additional Hot Station serving Items
A.
B.
C.
207.5.6
(approximate area: 2 feet)
207.5.6.1
1 NSF glass front commercial service refrigerator, lockable, black or
stainless steel exterior finish, 7 cubic feet or 24”w x 33”d, black vinyl decal
to be applied over any compressor header visible at glass front.
207.5.6.2
24 Plastic service trays, red, 10w” x 14”l
207.5.6.3
1 Directional sign, silver satin finish (to read: Clean Trays), 3 ½”w x 2”h
207.5.6.4
1 Napkin holder, stainless steel finish, mesh wire, 9”l x 6”w x 2”h
207.5.6.5
1 Decorative accessory, scrolled tea pot, grey metal finish, 15”h
207.5.6.6
Supply of 4 ¼” x 7 ½” napkins
207.5.7
(approximate area: 6 ½ feet)
207.5.7.1
1 four-compartment air pot rack, black metal wire frame, with AmericInn
Perk Coffee graphics.
A.
207.5.7.2
The coffee served at the Hotel must be provided by the franchisor’s
approved and designated vendor, Royal Cup Coffee and must include
the AmericInn Perk regular and decaffeinated blends. Perk logo air pot
wraps and Perk logo 12 oz. foam cups with plastic cup lids must be
provided only by the approved vendor. See ABS Section 215.
4 air pots with AmericInn Perk graphics wrap.
A.
January 1, 2012
If serving biscuits and gravy, hotel may use
1.
For biscuits: 12" Turn-N-Serve Domed Lids Hubert Spec # 65075,
one Green Frosted Bowl Hubert Spec # 87029, one 3"H Spiral
Stand Hubert Spec # 87029
For gravy (or soup):
1.
Food Warmer w/ 4qt inset, cover & hinge Hubert Spec # 34862.
2.
Laddle, Hubert spec #29038
Residential crockpots are not permitted.
The coffee served at the Hotel must be provided by the franchisor’s
approved and designated vendor, Royal Cup Coffee and must include
the AmericInn Perk regular and decaffeinated blends. Perk logo air pot
wraps and Perk logo 12 oz. foam cups with plastic cup lids must be
provided only by the approved vendor. See ABS Section 215.
207.5.7.3
1 three-compartment syrup bottle rack with AmericInn Perk graphics
(Provided by required vendor.)
207.5.7.4
1 tea display rack (Provided by required vendor.)
207.5.7.5
1 four-compartment, angled coffee cup/lid organizer, black metal wire
frame
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1 two head juice dispenser, 9” wide or ice tube pitcher/glass line vacuum
pitcher (use pitchers only if water line for dispenser is not available)
207.5.7.7
1 juice cup dispenser, single compartment, u-shaped style black metal wire
frame, accommodates cups up to 3 ¾” diameter
207.5.7.8
1 water pitcher with lid, clear acrylic, 7” diameter x 9 ¾”high
207.5.7.9
1 steel condiment stand, silver stain finish, 12” wide x 12” deep x 17” high
207.5.7.10
2 condiment containers (to be used with above condiment stand),
transparent acrylic finish, 5 ¾” wide x 11 ½” deep x 2 ½” high
207.5.7.11
1 stir stick dispenser, lid w/center opening for single stir stick dispensing,
clear acrylic w/polished chrome lid, 2 ¾”diameter x 5 ¼” high
207.5.7.12
1 small stainless steel countertop waste receptacle, swing cover, silver satin
finish (to be used if a trash receptacle is not incorporated in beverage
station), 4 ½” diameter x 6 ¾” high
207.5.7.13
1 step pocket caddy, stainless steel finish, mesh wire, 6” wide x 4 ½” deep x
5 ¼ ” high (to house hot chocolate & cider packets)
207.5.7.14
1 beverage napkin holder, stainless steel finish, mesh wire, 6” wide x 6”
deep x 2” high
207.5.7.15
1 metal directional sign, silver satin finish (to read: Tray Return), (sign may
be located in a different location in retrofit), 3 ½” wide x 2” high
207.5.7.16
1 directional sign, silver satin finish (to read: Hot Water at Coffee Station), 3
½” wide x 2” high
207.5.7.17
Supply of beverage napkins, 5” x 5”
207.5.7.18
Supply of AmericInn Perk foam cups, 12 ounce and plastic cup lids (Provided
by required vendor). Generic white foam or paper cups are not allowed.
207.5.7.19
Supply of stir sticks
207.5.7.20
Supply of juice cups, translucent, minimum: 7 ounce
207.5.8
Microwave Oven. Must be commercial NSF microwave, 1000 watt, stainless steel.
207.5.9
China. If hotel chooses to use china the following specifications must be followed:
207.5.9.1
All products must be commercial grade rolled edge china, using fully
vitrified porcelain, lead and cadmium free products, microwavable (not
including flatware), and dishwasher safe up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
207.5.9.2
Minimum 10 oz coffee cup
207.5.9.3
Minimum 6” plate
207.6
/AmericInn Perk Menu:
207.6.1.1
Toast Station
A.
207.6.1.2
choose three or more from list:
White Bread
Wheat Bread
Bagels
English Muffins
Cinnamon Bread
Raisin Bread
Croissants
Pastry and Fruit Station
A.
B.
C.
D.
January 1, 2012
Must
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Must provide two-ounce muffins
Must provide Breakfast Bars
Must provide two whole fresh fruits (bananas, apples, etc.)
Approved additional items:
1.
Doughnuts
2.
Scones
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4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
207.6.1.3
Hot Station
A.
B.
C.
207.6.1.4
B.
C.
D.
D.
E.
F.
G.
Must
1.
2.
3.
Must
1.
2.
3.
Must
1.
2.
Must
1.
2.
provide one of the following sweet dry cereal
Kellogg Cereals Sweetened
General Mills Cereal Sweetened
Hospitality Cereal Sweetened
provide two of the following non-sweet dry cereals
Kellogg non-sweetened
General Mills non-sweetened
Hospitality Cereal non-sweetened
provide one of the following instant hot cereal sweetened
Quaker Instant Oatmeal sweetened
Malt-O-Meal sweetened
provide one of the following instant hot cereal non-sweetened
Quaker Instant Oatmeal non-sweetened
Malt-O-Meal Sweetened and non-sweetened
Must provide milk, minimum four-ounce carton
May only be served in approved glass front refrigerator
Milk machines, bulk milk dispensers, tube pitchers or ice baths are not
allowed
Must provide hard boiled eggs
Must provide single serve portions of low fat yogurt or Greek yogurt
Must provide single serve portions of cottage cheese
Approved optional items :
1.
Cheese Sticks
2.
Fruit Cups
3.
Jell-O Cups
Beverage Station
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
January 1, 2012
provide fresh baked waffles
provide individually-packaged, portion control condiments:
Butter
Butter substitute
Syrup
choose one or more from list:
Individually wrapped breakfast sandwiches or burritos
Scrambled Eggs
Omelets
Egg Patty
Sausage
Bacon
Ham Slices
Biscuits and Gravy
Pancakes
French Toast
Refrigerated Station
A.
B.
C.
207.6.1.6
Must
Must
1.
2.
3.
Must
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Cereal Station
A.
207.6.1.5
Sweet Breads (banana breads, etc.)
Frosted Roll
Danish
Cinnamon Roll
Crumb Cake
Fruit compote
Must provide 100% orange juice
Must provide 100% apple juice
The coffee served at the Hotel must be provided by the franchisor’s
approved and designated vendor, Royal Cup Coffee and must include
the AmericInn Perk regular and decaffeinated blends. Perk logo air pot
wraps and Perk logo 12 oz. foam cups with plastic cup lids must be
provided only by the approved vendor. See ABS Section 215.
Must provide AmericInn Perk blend regular coffee
Must provide AmericInn Perk blend decaffeinated coffee
1.
It is recommended to have this station independent from the
food stations for better traffic flow.
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G.
H.
I.
J.
K.
207.6.1.7
Must provide three flavors of coffee syrups, 25.4 ounce bottles with
(Provided by required vendor)
Must provide hot water
Must provide a variety of teas, individually-packaged (Provided by
required vendor)
Must provide hot chocolate, individually-packaged portions
Must provide hot cider, individually-packaged portions
Must provide Individually–packaged, portion control cup condiments
including:
1.
Sugar
2.
Sugar Substitute
3.
Plain Creamers
4.
Two flavored Creamers
Condiments
A.
Must
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
provide the following condiments:
Butter
Butter Substitute
Cream Cheese (one ounce cup)
Light or Fat Free Cream Cheese (one ounce cup)
Two Varieties of Jam/Jelly (½ ounce cup)
Sugar Free Varieties of Jam/Jelly (½ ounce cup)
Peanut Butter (¾ ounce cup)
Honey (½ ounce cup)
Salt and Pepper
Sugar and sugar substitute
Syrup
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208.1
Each Hotel must display the approved lobby showcase map and frame; fully stocked with current
travel directories.
208.2
The main entrance doors and sidelights must be kept clean and un-cluttered.
208.3
208.2.1
Brand collateral or decals as may be required from time to time must be posted.
208.2.2
Decals for credit cards and chamber of commerce membership are the only acceptable
collateral that may be posted in addition to the brand required decals.
208.2.3
The main entrance must be locked from 11pm – 7am and all secondary entrances must
be locked 24 hours per day.
208.2.4
All non-guest exterior doors must be locked 24 hours per day.
Each Hotel must use professional signage inside and outside the building.
208.3.1
Temporary signage such as “out of order” for vending etc. must be computer generated
and have a professional appearance.
208.3.2
Temporary signs may be used for no more than 7 days.
208.3.3
Absolutely no hand-lettered signs are allowed at any time.
208.4
The front desk area and all entryways must be clean and uncluttered at all times to provide a
professional image to arriving guests.
208.5
The front desk of each hotel must, at all times, present a professional, welcoming and un-cluttered
appearance.
January 1, 2012
208.5.1
The back wall (identity wall) will have AmericInn logo channel lettering only.
208.5.2
No other wall hangings, televisions or monitors may be attached to this area. (See
section 108.4.3).
208.5.3
Observation monitors are to be mounted under the counter and out of sight of the
guest.
208.5.4
The back counter is to be kept clear and clean at all times.
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The registration/transaction counter will have brand collateral as may be required from
time to time and may have one item for local promotion or for decoration; otherwise this
counter must be clean and cleared of any and all items.
208.5.6
Signage required in the front desk area includes: State hospitality law card, check
in/check out time and owner operator plaque.
208.6
Video games are not allowed in exercise areas.
208.7
A free weekday newspaper should be available to guests.
208.8
Lobby computer and printer must be functioning and accessible at all times. See section
for further details.
208.9
Properties with bar/lounge areas must secure all alcoholic beverages in locked storage when this area
is not open for business.
208.10
All locations must provide the following items as a convenience to guests. These may be for sale at
the front desk or in the vending machines.
A.
Toothbrush
B.
Tooth paste
C.
Razors
D.
Shaving cream
E.
Deodorant
F.
Feminine products
G.
Mouthwash
H.
Comb
I.
Brush
J.
Advil, Aleve and Tylenol individual packets
208.11
Common Area Cleaning:
208.12
January 1, 2012
208.11.1
The common areas of the hotel must present a clean, well maintained and welcoming
appearance. All furnishings must be in good condition including but not limited to
furniture, fixtures, equipment, fabrics, windows and window treatments, floor coverings,
walls, paint, woodwork, HVAC, signage and all other items visible or installed in the
common areas.
208.11.2
All visible surfaces on counters, furniture and fixtures including but not limited to
window glass, sills, mirrors, doors, locks, hinges, baseboards, chair rail, hand rails,
heating and cooling units, fan vents, louvers, window treatments, visible plumbing and
drain pipes, tables, desks, artwork, chairs and chair legs/rungs, upholstery, fire
extinguisher cabinets and all other surfaces must be wiped clean or vacuumed and free
of dust, stains, streaks or damage and be fully functioning.
208.11.3
All walls, ceilings and ceiling tiles must be clean and free of spots, dust, cobwebs, scuffs
or damage.
208.11.4
Lamps, light fixtures, lamp shades, floor lamps, light switches, emergency lights, smoke
and fire detectors, telephones, televisions, water fountains and all other appliances and
fixtures must be wiped clean on all sides, free of spots or damage and be fully
functioning.
208.11.5
All common area flooring, carpet and tile including but not limited to laundry room,
pool, public restroom, breakfast area floor, vending area, entryways, front desk area,
stairs, corridors and lobby must be clean and free of spots, debris or damage.
208.11.6
Common area trashcans and recycling containers must be clean and have a fresh liner.
208.11.7
Cigarette urns must be clean.
208.11.8
Fireplace area (if available) must be clean and free of debris or damage.
208.11.9
Storage and mechanical rooms must be locked when unattended.
208.11.10
All common areas must be free of odors and have a fresh and clean scent including but
not limited to guest laundry room, pool, exercise room, public restrooms, breakfast
area, vending area, entryways, front desk area, stairs, corridors, meeting rooms(s) and
lobby.
The storage of dangerous or flammable chemicals or liquids within the hotel is prohibited. To include
but not limited to; gasoline, oil, propane, flammable paints or solvents. All local, state and federal
laws must be adhered to for the use and storage of all chemicals and flammable materials.
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209.1
The parking areas and walkways of the hotel must be clean and in good repair; free of cracked or
broken areas, debris, dirt or stains, weeds and hazards of any kind. Parking lot striping must be
visible and clean, free of broken or cracked paint. Required ADA signage and painted stencils must
be visible and clean, free of broken or cracked paint.
209.2
Sidewalks and curbs must be clean and free of debris or damage and must be maintained in a safe
condition for weather conditions.
209.3
The exterior of the hotel building (roof, siding, doors and windows), grounds and landscaping,
lighting, storage and dumpster areas and all other visible items on the exterior of the hotel must be
clean and in good repair. All areas must be free of damage, dirt, stains, debris, weeds, cracked and
broken or faded surfaces. Plantings must be healthy, trimmed and in good condition. Grass must be
mowed and free of weeds and debris.
209.4
Exterior building signage advertising specific rates is not permitted without prior written approval by
the Franchisor.
209.5
A separate sign/reader board on the pylon sign pole is acceptable with prior written approval from
AmericInn.
209.6
209.5.1
Reader board postings or verbiage must be appropriate to the brand image, professional
and related to the business of the hotel.
209.5.2
The posting of “No Vacancy” or “Now Hiring” or related verbiage is not allowed.
The use of banners, temporary signage, portable marquees and other signage on the exterior of the
hotel or grounds is discouraged.
209.6.1
If signage of any kind is to be used for a temporary purpose, it must be approved in
writing by the franchisor. Typical signage to be used and approved includes: “Newly
Remodeled” or “ Now Open”.
209.6.2
Temporary signage may only be posted for up to 30 days and must be in good condition
at all times. T
209.6.3
he verbiage must be appropriate to the brand image, professional and related to the
business of the hotel.
209.6.4
The posting of “No Vacancy” or “Now Hiring” or related verbiage is not allowed.
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AmericInn’s employee image is an important part of the guests' brand perception. Evaluate every aspect of staff
appearance as outlined below, with guests in mind. The General Manager is responsible to ensure that
professional dress code standards are maintained.
The basis of uniform design listed in this section may be purchased only from approved sources as listed in the
Uniform Specification Guide available at the Hospitality Information Portal. Uniform tops must be purchased from
the designated and approved sources. Uniform pants (khaki) may be purchased from the designated and approved
sources, but may also be purchased elsewhere as long as the specifications are followed. Uniform standards must
be implemented no later than October 1, 2011.
210.1
General Managers:
210.1.1
GMs’ attire is to be Business General.
210.1.1.1
Tie and dress shirt. An optional tailored sport coat and dress trousers.
210.1.1.2
Tailored pantsuits, businesslike dresses and coordinated separates.
When wearing separates, tailored jackets are recommended.
210.1.2
210.2
When working the front desk, GM may comply with staff requirements listed.
Front Desk Staff:
210.2.1
Shirt
210.2.1.1
January 1, 2012
Light blue button-down shirt: Oxford style (non-button down collar
style optional), long- or short-sleeved. Shirt must be tucked in and
buttoned. Laundered and pressed.
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Light blue dress blouses or pressed collared light blue shirts.
Laundered and pressed.
210.2.1.3
White shirts and blouses and black pants or skirts may
be used in place of the light blue shirt/blouse and khaki pant or skirt
requirement.
210.2.1.4
The substitution of white shirts/blouses must be Oxford style (non-button
down collar style optional), long- or short-sleeved or dress blouses or
pressed collared white shirts must be combined with the use of one of the
following: tie/scarf, or vest or sport coat/blazer.
210.2.1.5
The white shirt/blouse and black pants or skirts must be applied
consistently in that the staff may not mix the light blue shirts/blouses with
the white shirt/blouse; and the black color pants/skirts with khaki
pants/skirts. All staff members must wear the same colors for consistency.
210.2.1.6
210.2.2
Pants
210.2.2.1
210.2.3
Khaki or black* wrinkle-free skirt, within 2" above or below the
knee. No jean, corduroy or patterned (plaid, striped or checked) skirts. No
stitched pockets. Laundered and pressed. Elastic waist or maternity jumper
may be worn as appropriate.
210.2.2.3
*Black pants or skirts may be used in place of the khaki pant or skirt
requirement. The substitution of black pants or skirts must be applied
consistently in that the staff may not mix the black color pants/skirts with
khaki pants/skirts. All staff members must wear the same color for
consistency.
Shorts
210.2.6.2
Socks must coordinate with shoes and/or pants.
Neutral or flesh tone hosiery may be worn. Matching socks or
hosiery are required elements.
Breakfast Attendant:
210.3.1
Apron
210.3.1.1
210.3.2
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Clean closed-toe dark (able to be polished, leather or leathette) shoes
should be worn with pants or skirts. Boots or high heels (no heels above 2”)
are allowed. Sandals, clogs, sling-backs or other casual footwear are not
allowed. Nonskid soles required. No tennis/athletic shoes permitted.
Socks
210.2.6.1
210.3
A coordinated colored belt is required if the pants or skirt are made with
belt loops.
Shoes
210.2.5.1
210.2.6
No shorts allowed.
Belt
210.2.4.1
210.2.5
Khaki or black* flat or pleated front pants. Slacks must fit
conservatively, must have belt loops, creases. Belt must be worn. No jeans,
corduroys, cotton baggies, cargo pants, pedal pushers, Capri, stirrup,
stretch pants or tight-fitting stretch materials. Pants must be pressed or
wrinkle-free. No stitched pockets. No holes, obvious stains or frays.
210.2.2.2
210.2.3.1
210.2.4
Seasonal option-Warm weather: Navy blue pressed or wrinkle-free polo
shirt. A plain, white t-shirt may be worn under the uniform shirt. At
minimum, the bottom button of shirt must be buttoned and the shirt tucked
in. Seasonal option-cold weather: A color coordinated turtleneck under or
sweater over shirt. Note: The wearing of any promotional t-shirts must be
approved by AmericInn. Exposed mid-drift or lower back is not allowed.
An approved AmericInn Perk logoed apron.
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210.3.3
Pants
210.3.3.1
210.3.4
Khaki pants. No jeans, corduroys, cotton baggies, cargo pants, pedal
pushers or tight-fitting stretch materials. Pants should be pressed or
wrinkle-free. No stitched pockets.
Shoes
210.3.4.1
210.3.5
Navy blue pressed or wrinkle-free polo shirt. A plain, white t-shirt may
be worn under the uniform shirt. At minimum, the bottom button of shirt
must be buttoned and the shirt tucked in.
Clean closed-toe dark (able to be polished) shoes or white tennis shoes
should be worn with pants. Non-skid soles are required.
Socks
210.3.5.1
210.4
Housekeeping:
210.4.1
Scrub Shirt and Pant:
210.4.1.1
210.4.2
210.4.3
Shirts
210.5.1.1
210.5.2
210.5.3
Navy polo or Oxford shirt in either long or short sleeves.
Pants
210.5.2.1
Khaki pants
Shoes
210.5.3.1
Clean shoes (work boots or tennis shoes) may be worn. No sandals or
other casual shoes allowed.
Splash Bay Adventure Attendant:
210.6.1.1
Navy blue pressed or wrinkle-free polo shirt. The bottom button of shirt
must be buttoned and the shirt tucked in.
210.6.1.2
Khaki shorts or khaki cargo shorts.
210.6.1.3
Swimwear may be worn underneath.
210.6.1.4
Footwear should be appropriate to the pool area (sandals or deck shoes).
Sales & Marketing staff:
210.7.1.1
210.8
Clean tennis shoes or closed toe shoes should be worn. No sandals,
clogs, flip flops or sling backs allowed.
Maintenance:
210.5.1
210.7
Khakis, cargo pants, may be substituted for scrub bottoms. No jeans,
corduroys, cotton baggies, pedal pushers or tight-fitting stretch materials.
Pants should be pressed or wrinkle-free. All articles must be in good
condition with no discoloration on tops or bottoms.
Shoes
210.4.3.1
210.6
Navy blue pressed or wrinkle-free scrub shirt and pant. A plain, white tshirt may be worn under the uniform shirt. At minimum, the bottom button
of shirt must be buttoned and the shirt tucked in. Exposed mid-drift or
lower back is not allowed. Laundered and pressed.
Pant Option:
210.4.2.1
210.5
Socks must coordinate with shoes and/or pants.
As outlined for General Manager
Other office staff:
210.8.1.1
210.9
As outlined for Front Desk Staff
AmericInn employees may not wear excessive jewelry, make up or piercings while on
duty
210.9.1
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210.9.2
Jewelry
210.9.2.1
210.9.3
Recommend no more than two rings per hand. One necklace is
acceptable. Earrings may not extend more than ½" below the ear. Earrings
should be a matched set with one in each ear. Rings or jewelry in the nose,
eyebrow, tongue or other visible skin surfaces must be removed or covered
during any shift at the hotel. A more conservative approach with accessories
i.e. necklaces, bracelets is expected.
Hair
210.9.3.1
210.9.4
AmericInn approved logo name badges (first name only) engraved or
clear label background with black lettering must be worn by all hotel staff
members. Plastic name badge 1.25” x 3”, logo in black on gold or silver
background. An AmericInn approved name tag must be worn while on duty.
No more than three AmericInn promotional buttons or stickers (name tag
included) may be worn at a time.
Hair must be neat, washed and groomed and, if longer than collar
length, tied back (with under-stated accessories) for health reasons. No
loose strands hanging around the face or neck. Unnatural hair colors and
extreme styles will not be permitted. All facial hair (beards, mustaches and
sideburns) must be neat and trimmed. Full-grown, well-trimmed beards,
goatees, and mustaches are acceptable.
Grooming
210.9.4.1
Employees must maintain a professional image (including good personal
hygiene, clean nails, appropriate make-up and groomed hair) that reflects
the importance of your position and the high standards of AmericInn. Any
tattoos that would be visible to our guests must be covered during any shift
at the hotel.
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211.1
General Manager (GM) is defined as being onsite at the hotel a minimum 4 days per week each week
of the year and must directly oversee/process all guest relations issues.
211.2
For General Managers that oversee multiple locations:
211.2.1
GM must be on site minimum 2 days each week and must directly oversee/process
guest relations issues.
211.2.2
Must attend ACLT, convention and all webinars.
211.2.3
Must have a designated Assistant General Manager (AGM) on site at each hotel a
minimum of 4 days each week.
211.2.3.1
211.3
AGM must attend ACLT, convention & all webinars.
Employee personnel files must include the following items with an employee signature on each:
211.3.1
Application for employment
211.3.2
Form W-4
211.3.3
Receipt of employee handbook
211.3.4
Receipt of mandatory state and federal training (blood borne pathogens, chemical,
safety and fire training)
211.3.5
All performance reviews
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212.1
January 1, 2012
All new General Managers must attend the AmericInn Certified Lodging Trainer program (ACLT). The
ACLT management training has been developed specifically for the AmericInn General Manager to
expand their knowledge of brand programs, advance their management skills and develop their
leadership abilities in order to improve the performance of their AmericInn property. This training
program is required for all general managers of each Hotel and is to be completed within 90 days of
his/her hire date. A fee of up to $1000 will be charged for this training per the terms of the Franchise
Agreement. See ABS Section 211 for definition of General Manager.
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212.1.1
212.2
General Managers and Assistant General Managers as defined in ABS Section 211 are required to view
all brand sponsored webinars.
212.2.1
212.3
All General Managers as defined in ABS Section 211 attending the ACLT program must
fulfill the full course requirements for certification.
A minimum of 50% of all webinars in the last 12 months must be attended “live”.
All management and front line employees including front desk, housekeeping, maintenance,
breakfast attendant, lifeguards, and sales staff must complete required on-line training modules
made available through the AmericInn Learning Management System.
212.3.1
Franchisor will publish training requirements and time frame completion requirements
as new training is made available.
212.3.2
General Managers and Assistant Managers will be required to enable all staff members
to complete the required training and monitor the results of all employees as well as
ensure the completion of all module testing.
212.3.3
212.3.4
212.3.2.1
Hotel Management will be required to take the Leadership training as well as
the specified management modules as well as pass all module testing..
212.3.2.2
All front desk staff and sales staff must complete all required on-line front
desk training modules available as well as complete and pass all module
testing.
212.3.2.3
All housekeeping staff must complete all required on-line housekeeping
training modules available as well as complete and pass all module testing.
212.3.2.4
All maintenance staff must complete all required on-line maintenance
training modules available as well as complete and pass all module testing.
212.3.2.5
All breakfast attendants must complete all required on-line breakfast
attendant training modules available as well as complete and pass all
module testing.
212.3.2.6
All other employees must complete all relevant required on-line training
modules available as well as complete and pass all module testing.
All hotel management, front desk staff and other relevant staff must complete required
on-line training made available through the Micros Learning Management System.
212.3.3.1
Franchisor will publish training requirements and time frame completion
requirements as new training is made available.
212.3.3.2
Hotel management will be required to enable all staff members to complete
the required training.
212.3.3.3
The Franchisee is responsible for all fees of Micros Learning Management
System.
The Franchisor may provide additional training that will be required by hotel
management and staff.
212.3.4.1
The Franchisor will publish training requirements and time frame
completion requires as additional training is made available.
212.4
Front desk staff and management of each new Hotel will receive up to four days of onsite training
from AmericInn Application Support Specialists to be conducted approximately one week prior to
opening. The charge for training is $500/day plus travel expenses. Staff and management of each
new Hotel will receive up to five days of on-site opening training from the Franchisor’s Operations
training team.
212.5
Each new Hotel must receive a certificate of occupancy at least 72 hours prior to the arrival of the
Franchisor’s training team.
212.6
At new Hotel opening training, a minimum of 80% of the Front Desk and Housekeeping staff must
pass a skills examination.
212.7
The General Manager is responsible for completing all brand system training modules: AmericInn
Central Reservation System (ACRS) training on RESmatrix, AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System
(ACSS) training on Market Metrix and Easy Rewards training modules.
212.8
On site local marketing services and sales training are available. This service requires reimbursement
of travel expenses. Contact the Franchisor’s Operations Department for more information.
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On-site training services are available for front desk sales, guest relations and housekeeping. This
service requires reimbursement of travel expenses. Contact the Franchisor’s Operations Department
for more information.
212.10
Each Franchisee is required to be represented at the Franchisor’s Annual Convention, including the
general manager as defined in ABS section 211. For general managers not attending the convention,
the Franchisee will be billed for their non-attendance. Management company representatives are
encouraged to attend but cannot substitute for the General Manager.
212.11
Disruptive behavior at any Franchisor-sponsored event will not be tolerated. Disruptive individuals
will be escorted from the event premises. The Franchisor reserves the right to exclude individuals
from its Annual Convention and other Franchisor-sponsored events.
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213.1 Franchisor will conduct routine Quality Assurance Evaluations (QAE).
213.2
213.3
213.4
213.1.1
The Franchisee must allow access to the Franchisor or Franchisor’s representative.
213.1.2
If the Franchisor or Franchisor’s representative is refused access to the Hotel, the
Franchisee may be subject to default or termination of the Franchise Agreement.
213.1.3
Franchisee will be charged $350.00 plus travel expenses for a re-scheduled visit.
Each Hotel must pass the Quality Assurance Evaluation (QAE).
213.2.1
Failure to maintain a passing ranking will require the franchisee to submit a written action
plan and timeline to cure all failed items to the Franchisor for approval within 10 days of
receipt of notice that the property has failed the QAE.
213.2.2
If no action plan is submitted within 10 days, hotel may be subject to additional
unannounced evaluations at the discretion of the Franchisor and the Franchisee will be
charged $350.00 plus expenses for each additional visit.
213.2.3
If action plan is approved, Franchisee will have no more than 45 days to cure failed items.
213.2.4
On or before 45 days, Franchisor will verify that the failed items have been corrected
either through a follow-up inspection or through review of photos, work orders; receipts
and other means to validate the item or items have been cured.
213.2.5
Franchisee will be charged $350.00 plus travel expenses for a re-scheduled visit
213.2.6
After 45 days subsequent failure of QAE items will place the Franchisee in non-compliance
with the Franchise Agreement and may subject it to default or termination.
213.2.7
Each Hotel in non-compliance may be subject to additional unannounced evaluations at
the discretion of the Franchisor and the Franchisee will be charged $350.00 plus expenses
for each additional visit.
Request for a variance from the AmericInn Brand Standards is discouraged.
213.3.1
If requesting a variance, the licensee must submit in writing a detailed description of the
request and the reason for the request. The Franchisor will respond in writing granting or
denying the variance.
213.3.2
Approved variances will be for a specific property only and may include a timeline for use.
213.3.3
Variances approved by AmericInn are non-transferrable should the property be sold.
213.3.4
Franchisee must maintain copies of any approved variance(s) and provide proof to the
inspector of variance(s) as relates to exceptions noted at the time of the Quality Assurance
Evaluation (QAE).
Property Improvement Plan (PIP) must be completed as outlined in ABS Sections 102 and 214.
213.4.1.1
Failure to complete the PIP within the timelines provided, may be subject the
Franchisee to default or termination of the Franchise Agreement.
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214.1
Each Franchisee must provide annual proof of insurance naming AmericInn International, LLC as
additional insured under the Franchise Agreement license limits.
214.2
Each Hotel must adhere to all applicable state, federal, county and local laws and ordinances.
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Each Franchisee must strictly adhere to all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
regulations.
214.4
Only licensed electricians may work on any part of the building’s electrical system.
214.5
Each Hotel represents a family and business lodging choice. Therefore the sale of explicit movies,
explicit movie channels, or explicit literature is prohibited.
214.6
The Franchise Agreement states: all royalty fees, continuing fees, marketing fees, other contractual
obligations and fees related to AmericInn, must be kept current. All past due accounts are subject to
finance charges.
214.7
Each new Hotel must have at least 50% of room inventory and all common areas “guest ready” prior
to the Hotel opening for business.
214.8
Non-compliance to furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF & E) specifications outlined in
of this manual may lead to a Hotel default notice being issued and
disqualification for any awards recognition.
214.9
Recognition awards not attained by the current Franchisee’s ownership or management must be
removed from the Hotel.
214.10
Each Franchisee is required to periodically update or refurbish FF & E in their Hotel. The Franchisor
will identify such items through a Property Improvement Plan (PIP) process. Failure to make
mandatory renovations in the prescribed timeline may result in a default of the Franchise Agreement.
214.11
Complimentary guest rooms for brand representatives will be provided for all Franchisor-related
visits including but not limited to quality assurance, marketing/sales and training.
214.12
In the event of an emergency such as a death, natural disaster, power failure, robbery or assault,
Franchisee must contact Franchisor’s operations team directly during normal business hours. After
hours emergencies should be directed to the AmericInn Central Reservation System (CRS) at 800-6343444 and the caller should ask to notify the AmericInn Location Emergency Response Team (ALERT).
The CRS will then contact the Franchisor’s operations team. All media inquiries should be referred to
the Franchisee ownership or other designated parties.
214.13
To promote the goodwill and the positive public image associated with the AmericInn brand and the
AmericInn trademarks, AmericInn requires all owners, investors, managers, supervisors, employees
and staff of AmericInn franchised hotels to behave in a manner that is at all times professional,
courteous and positive.
Professional, courteous and positive behavior includes, but is not limited to:
214.13.1
Conducting business in a reputable and ethical manner;
214.13.2
Treating others in a polite, courteous, appropriate and professional manner;
214.13.3
Speaking in a calm and clear tone of voice; and
214.13.4
Displaying a rational and reasonable demeanor that is both dignified and empathetic.
214.13.5
Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:
214.13.6
Personal attacks, threats, or harassment (whether verbal, written, physical or in any
other form);
214.13.7
Shouting, angry or aggressive language or gestures; and
214.13.8
Use of vulgar, profane or abusive language, whether verbally, in writing, or in any other
form.
214.13.9
These requirements apply to interactions by all owners, investors, managers,
supervisors, employees and staff of AmericInn franchised hotels conducted on behalf of,
at or in connection with the hotel, whether verbally, in writing or through any other
medium or manner. These requirements apply to interactions with hotel guests,
associates, employees, vendors, AmericInn brand representatives, members of the
public and others.
214.13.10
Failure to adhere to the above standards may result in the issuance of a notice of default
(and ultimately termination) of the franchisee’s franchise agreement.
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215.1
January 1, 2012
To insure consistency and to meet the Franchisor’s specifications for products and services, the
Franchisor has an approved vendor program.
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Approved vendors agree to produce products and services that meet or exceed the Franchisor’s
standards.
215.3
All approved vendors will be offered the opportunity to participate at the Franchisor’s Annual
Convention so they might have direct marketing access to Franchisees. The levels of participation
range from purchasing a tradeshow booth space to Vendor Partnerships.
215.4
The Franchisor does not guarantee or warrant any product or service provided by any approved
vendor.
215.5
Franchisees may use any vendor of their choice as long as that vendor has been approved in writing
by the Franchisor and it provides the product or services that meet or exceed the specifications
established by the Franchisor. The Franchisor reserves the right to review, inspect, test and approve
products or services prior to their production or implementation to insure that product specifications
are being met. Pursuant to Article 7 (J) of the Franchise Agreement, the Franchisor may require
reimbursement for such review to cover out of pocket expenses for travel, lodging and meals.
215.6
Franchisees are NOT required to purchase products or services from designated vendors, wit h the
following exceptions:
To achieve consistency in services or as concerns the registered trademark, selected vendors have
been named in conjunction with requirements for chain-wide initiatives.
215.7
January 1, 2012
215.6.1
The Property Management System (PMS) must be Micros OPERAXpress.
215.6.2
The CRS will only be provided by InnLink Central Reservation Services.
215.6.3
The coffee served at the Hotel must be provided by the franchisor’s approved and
designated vendor Royal Cup Coffee and must include the AmericInn Perk regular and
decaffeinated blends. Perk logo air pot/thermal server wraps and Perk logo 12 oz. foam
cups with plastic cup lids must be provided only by the approved vendor.
215.6.4
All travel agent commission payments must be made utilizing the AmericInn approved
Travel Agency Commission Settlement (TACS) program.
215.6.5
AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System (ACSS) surveys and services are required at
each Hotel as provided by Market Metrix
215.6.6
The production of pylon or other exterior building signage bearing the registered
trademark must be manufactured only by the approved signage vendors. An alternative
vendor may be approved in writing through a written request to the Franchisor. That
alternative vendor must sign an agreement to manufacture the sign and registered
trademark according to the Franchisor’s specifications and must provide drawings
sufficient enough to demonstrate that the vendor will produce the sign according to
these specifications. The Franchisor further reserves the right to inspect the production
facilities at the Franchisee or alternative vendor’s expense to insure that the project is
completed as specified (including travel, lodging and meals).
215.6.7
All bed sets installed in the Hotel must be provided by the franchisors approved and
designated vendor. The approved bed set (mattress and box spring) is to be the
designated and branded private label provided for AmericInn by Serta and described in
ABS section 111.
215.6.8
All Perk Breakfast display items must be provided by the approved Franchisor vendor;
Hubert Company, LLC.
The Franchisor strives to provide fair and equal opportunities to all vendors who serve the brand, as
well as to provide a working environment free of discrimination. Therefore, it desires to avoid the
potential for any conflicts of interest within its relationships between our vendors and Franchisees. It
is policy to not allow current and/or prospective Franchisees to be used as an approved vendor by
the Franchisor or any of its affiliated companies. Regardless of the costs and/or quality of the
product or the service, those entities or individuals should not be used or approached for a vendor
relationship unless prior written approval has been given by the Franchisor.
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216.1
Franchisee must participate in the AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System (ACSS). Guest emails must
be submitted daily to the ACSS provider.
216.2
Franchisee must receive a minimum of 30 completed surveys each month.
216.3
Franchisee must maintain the minimum threshold, as indicated below, or higher every month (based
on a minimum of 30 surveys completed each month). The minimum ACSS score for each of the
following survey questions:
216.4
216.5
216.3.1
Overall ACSS score 87%
216.3.2
Can Do Attitude 89%
216.3.3
Condition of Guest Room 87%
216.3.4
Comfort of Bed 85
216.3.5
Cleanliness of Room 89%
216.3.6
Cleanliness of Bathroom 89%
216.3.7
Quality of breakfast items served 84%
216.3.8
Internet access score 84% on quarterly basis
216.3.9
Problem Resolution 25%
216.3.10
Percent Problem Surveys 19%
Franchisee must respond to guest concerns communicated through ACSS within 72 hours and must
use the ACSS platform. If using email to respond, this must be made within the message system of
the ACSS platform. Verbal or written responses must be included using the notepad feature within
the ACSS platform.
216.4.1
Franchisees must reach resolution with guest in an additional 72 hours.
216.4.2
Franchisee must work with Brand Guest Relations Department to resolve all issues.
216.4.3
When responding to a guest concern, the communication must be polite, professional
and tactful to reflect the desired image of the AmericInn brand.
216.4.4
Franchisor may request a copy of franchisee’s response to guest.
Franchisor will respond and resolve all concerns received directly to brand Guest Relations
Department on behalf of Franchisee. This includes, but is not limited to, concerns submitted to Brand
Guest Relations email address, phone number, mailing address and AmericInn.com.
216.5.1
Franchisee must respond to Brand Guest Relations department request for information
within 72 hours
216.5.2
To mitigate customer service issues, the Franchisor may, in its discretion, award guests
with gift certificates, Easy Rewards points, refunds or other financial or nonfinancial
awards.
216.5.3
Above awards issued to guests may be charged to applicable franchisee.
216.5.4
Franchisor may assess an administrative fee to applicable franchisee
216.6
Franchisee must respond to negative postings on peer review sites( such as TripAdvisor) within 72
hours.
217.1
AmericInn locations with Splash Bay Adventure must follow all specifications and minimum
standards. Failure to follow these standards below may result in the removal of the Splash Bay
trademarks and/or default of the franchise agreement.
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217.1.1
Signage and Rules of Operation:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Must be minimum 36” in height or 6 years old to use the slide.
One person on the ladder at a time.
One person on the slide at a time.
No stopping on the slide.
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5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
No standing on the slide.
No diving off any part of the slide.
No pushing or shoving.
No horseplay.
Rider may only slide feet first, no head first sliding.
Registered guests only. Must have wrist band issued to use the slide.
Operation of the slide must be in accordance with requirements of all
authorities with jurisdiction.
217.1.2
There must be an attendant on or near the slide whenever it is in use. (One attendant for
each slide that is installed) Gate must be locked securely to prevent access to slide
whenever there is no attendant present. Attendant must be fully trained on the
operation of the slide and must be able to enforce all rules of operation. Recommend
the attendant have Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training.
217.1.3
Minimum
1.
2.
3.
4.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
4pm to 8pm
4pm to 10pm
8am to 10pm
8am to 12pm
Property can set any hours they desire but this should be considered a minimum
for the convenience of our guests.
217.1.4
Insurance/Liability:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
The registration card used at check-in must be modified to include the
necessary liability language.
Recommend an additional camera on the slide with recording device.
Issue wristbands to each guest (adults and children). Only registered guests
may use the slide.
Meeting room (if equipped as a sleeping room) and/or poolside rooms must
not have access directly to the pool.
Must meet all local codes for use and installation of slide and other pool area
equipment.
Must install and maintain equipment according to specific manufacturer
instructions. No modifications.
Must have additional insurance for Splash Bay Adventure slides and
equipment that also names AmericInn International, LLC as additional insured.
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218.1
January 1, 2012
Each Hotel must apply for inspection by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and must earn
and maintain a minimum two diamond rating.
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For clarifications or questions concerning the Sales & Marketing Standards contact the Marketing Department at:
Marketing Department - AmericInn®
250 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: 952-254-5000
Fax: 952-294-5001
Email: Marketing@AmericInn.com
Licensee must comply with the Sales & Marking Standards when open and operating as an AmericInn
To make it easier to read this manual, the following terms are used uniformly throughout the remainder of this
document:
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“Franchisor” refers to AmericInn International, LLC
“Franchisee” refers to the person or entity which owns the Hotel
“Hotel” refers to the physical AmericInn, AmericInn Lodge & Suites, AmericInn Hotel & Suites, AmericInn Motel
& Suites or AmericInn Motel building as well as the hotel on-site representatives (i.e. general manager)
“Program” refers to the Franchisor’s loyalty program
“Points” refers to the Franchisor’s loyalty program points
“Easy Rewards Online” refers to the Franchisor’s online loyalty system
An Explanation of Abbreviations can be found at the back of this manual
The following are referenced in
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. Familiarize yourself with their content and locations:
Hospitality Information Portal – General Manager and Owner portal for all brand communications
Hotel-Specific Website Guidelines – Hospitality Information Portal > Marketing & Advertising
AmericInn In-Room Directory Standards – Hospitality Information Portal > Marketing & Advertising
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301.1
Hotels must use the following Hotel Identification Standards when referring to their Hotel and
location consisting of the following elements:
301.1.1
301.1.2
301.1.3
AmericInn
Lodge & Suites, Hotel & Suites, Motel & Suites, Motel
Market Location
301.1.4
Included on an as needed basis to enhance the property’s marketability or
provide differentiation in the marketplace
301.1.5
Examples:
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Rochester – Kasson
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Cody – Yellowstone
AmericInn Lodge & Suites Sioux City – Airport
AmericInn Wichita South
301.2
Hotel Identification must be approved in writing by the franchisor
301.3
Franchisee will not identify or market the Hotel under any other Hotel Identification (“Name”) without
the prior written approval from Franchisor. Upon 90 days’ notice to Franchisee, Franchisor has the
right to change or delete the Name if Franchisor determines that Franchisees use of the Name may
interfere with a Third Party’s legal rights, expose AmericInn or Franchisee to potential liability, cause
confusion in the marketplace or at Franchisor’s discretion. Within 90 days of such notice, Franchisee,
at its expense, will change all materials bearing the Name so as to conform to any company
directives.
301.4
Hotel Identification Standards, as used in the AmericInn Central Reservation System (CRS), must also
conform to other channels of distribution and consist of the following elements:
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301.4.1
“Brand Name” “Primary Identifier”
“Brand Name” “Primary Identifier” “Descriptor”
301.4.2
Hotel Identification within the CRS is determined by the Franchisor and may not be
modified by the Franchisee without written permission.
301.4.3
Hotel Identification within the CRS will not use:
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301.4.4
301.4.3.1
Symbols requiring use of the “Shift” key such as &, +, @, # etc. are not used
as these are not supported by the Global Distribution Systems (GDS).
301.4.3.2
Property Type; (Lodge & Suites, Hotel & Suites, etc.) or any variation unless it
is necessary to identify multiple Hotels within the same market.
Examples:
AmericInn Rochester Kasson
AmericInn Cody Yellowstone
AmericInn Sioux City Airport
AmericInn Wichita South
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302.1
Colors printed in this guide should not be used to match for printing. Consult a Pantone Matching
System (PMS) book for accurate color representation.
302.2
Primary Colors
This is the Franchisor’s signature color palette and is the foundation for all brand communications
and materials. Primary Colors should always be used at 100% solid. Type can be used as black or
white reversed out of a color. Primary colors can be used in limited-color communications.
302.3
Secondary Colors
The Secondary Color palette allows for flexibility without compromising the brand and its image.
These colors complement the Primary Colors and can be used at 100% solid or as a percentage of a
solid color. Secondary Colors can be used in multi-color communications.
Secondary Colors cannot be used in the Primary AmericInn logos. Light colors and shades of colors
can be overprinted with black type. Darker colors may require type to be reversed out as white.
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303.1
Typography is an important element used to portray the Franchisor’s brand with consistency. The
fonts are legible and visually engaging. Minion, Lucida Sans and Lucida Grande and variations of
these fonts are the approved type fonts. You may use any weight or style within these fonts. Please
use only these approved fonts. Contact the Franchisor’s Marketing Department at
Marketing@AmericInn.com if you do not have access to these fonts.
Samples:
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304.1
304.2
Standard Logo (i.e. Can Logo)
304.1.1
The “Standard Logo” should never appear smaller than 3/4” from side to side.
304.1.2
The colors that comprise this logo are:
304.1.2.1
2-color logo versions include: PMS 540 Blue and PMS 704 Red.
304.1.2.2
1-color version: Black.
The Letters/Stars Logo (i.e. Channel Logo)
304.2.1
The “Letters/Stars” version is typically used in instances where printing space is limited to
less than ¾” across.
304.2.2
The different colors that can be used for this 1-color logo are: Black, PMS 540 Blue, PMS
704 Red or White (when reversed out of a solid or dark color).
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305.1
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Splash Bay Adventure® Logo
305.1.1
Splash Bay Adventure Hotels are the only Hotels allowed to use the Splash Bay Adventure
logo.
305.1.2
The colors that comprise this logo are:
305.1.2.1
3-color logo versions include: PMS 704 Red, PMS 540 Blue and PMS 543
Light Blue (used at 70% and 30%).
305.1.2.2
1-color versions include: Gray scale Mode or White (when reversed out of a
solid or dark color).
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AmericInn Perk Breakfast Logo
305.2.1
305.3
305.2.1.1
3-color logo versions include: PMS 187 Red, PMS 732 Brown and PMS 7510
Brown.
305.2.1.2
2-color logo versions include: PMS 187 Red and PMS 732 Brown.
305.2.1.3
1-color logo versions include: PMS 187 Red, PMS 732 Brown or Black
Easy Rewards Logo
305.3.1
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The colors that comprise this logo are: PMS 187 Red, PMS 732 Brown and PMS 7510
Brown. When used on a background color, the inside of the logo should remain white.
The colors that comprise this logo are:
305.3.1.1
2-color logo versions include: PMS 704 Red and PMS 540 Blue.
305.3.1.2
1-color versions include: Gray scale Mode.
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306.1
Logos should not be altered, stretched or rotated in any way, shape or form.
306.2
The colors must always appear as specified above.
306.3
The Franchisor does not permit the use of former logos within the Hotel or in any marketing or
advertising pieces or mediums.
306.4
Clear Space:
306.4.1
While the logo can be placed on an image or color, text cannot appear within the clear
space identified below for each logo.
306.4.2
Clear space around the “Standard Logo” must be equal to or greater to 2 times the width
of the red border.
306.4.3
Clear space around the “Letters/Stars” logo must be equal to or greater than the width of
the “A” around all sides.
306.4.4
Clear space around the “AmericInn Perk Breakfast” logo must be equal to or greater than
the width of the outer circle.
306.4.5
Clear space around the “Easy Rewards” logo must be equal to or greater than the width of
the “E” around all sides.
306.4.6
Clear space around the “Splash Bay Adventure” logo must be equal to or greater than the
thickness of the “S” around all sides.
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307.1
Welcome to the end of the day.SM
307.1.1
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When using the tagline in conjunction with the logo is must always appear as illustrated
below. The tagline must always be followed by an “SM” (capital letters and superscript).
The distance between the logo and the tagline must be equal or greater than two times
the width of the red border. These examples show the desired size relationship between
the logo and the tagline. You may use “Welcome to the end of the day.” as a headline or
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free standing line without the AmericInn logo. The tagline topography must be used
exactly as it is shown in the Minion font. The following examples cover all the
configurations approved to be used.
307.1.2
The Franchisor does not permit the use of former taglines within the Hotel or in any
marketing and advertising pieces or mediums.
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308.1
AmericInn®
A registered trademark (®) must follow the first use of the word “AmericInn” when used in
advertisements or any other forms of communication. Subsequent use of the word in the same
communication need not include the registered trademark symbol. The registered trademark (®)
must also follow “AmericInn Lodge & Suites”, “AmericInn Hotel & Suites”, “AmericInn Motel & Suites”
and “AmericInn Motel”.
308.2
Easy Rewards by AmericInnSM
A service mark (“SM” capital letters and superscript) must follow the first use of the words “Easy
Rewards by AmericInn” when used in advertisements or any other forms of communication.
Subsequent use of the words in the same communication need not include the service mark symbol.
308.3
AmericInn SoundGuard™ Construction
A trademark (“TM” capital letters and superscript) must follow the first use of the words “AmericInn
SoundGuard” when used in advertisements or any other forms of communication. Subsequent use of
the words in the same communication need not include the registered trademark symbol. When
referring to “AmericInn SoundGuard” construction, the word “AmericInn” must precede the word
“SoundGuard” SoundGuard is to be treated as one word with both the S and G capitalized.
308.4
Splash Bay Adventure®
A registered trademark (®) must follow the first use of the words “Splash Bay Adventure” when used
in advertisements or any other forms of communication. Subsequent use of the words in the same
communication need not include the trademark symbol.
308.5
Welcome to the end of the day.SM
A service mark (“SM” capital letters and superscript) must follow the first use of the words “Welcome
to the end of the day” when used in advertisements or any other forms of communication.
Subsequent use of the words in the same communication need not include the service mark symbol.
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309.1
All Hotels are required to prominently display the brand’s toll-free phone numbers and website URLs
directed to the AmericInn Central Reservation System (CRS) in all Hotel communications, marketing
and advertising materials.
309.2
The use of any other toll-free phone number or reservation system is strictly prohibited.
309.3
Toll-Free Phone Numbers:
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309.3.1
The general CRS toll-free number is: 800-634-3444
309.3.2
The group sales CRS Toll-free number is: 888-814-7014
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309.4
309.3.3
These toll-free numbers should always be the same size or larger than the Hotel’s front
desk number.
309.3.4
The group sales toll-free number must be used on all relevant, group-focused marketing
and advertising materials.
Website URLs
309.4.1
309.4.2
The brand URL or Hotel micro site URL must appear on all marketing and advertising
materials.
309.4.1.1
Brand URL: AmericInn.com or www.AmericInn.com
309.4.1.2
Hotel URL: AmericInn.com/Hotels/ST/Property Identification or
www.AmericInn.com/Hotels/ST/Property Identification
These Brand URL or Hotel URLs should always be the same size or larger than the HotelSpecific Website URL (if approved).
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310.1
Participation in the Easy Rewards by AmericInnSM loyalty program (the “Program”) is mandatory at all
Hotels effective as of March 16, 2010.
310.2
Easy Rewards by AmericInn Online Loyalty System (“Easy Rewards Online”)
310.3
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310.2.1
Easy Rewards Online is located at http://ERonline.AmericInn.com
310.2.2
Different levels of access to Easy Rewards Online will be granted to Hotel personnel based
on his/her position with the Hotel.
310.2.3
The Franchisee is liable for actions taken by the Hotel Owner, Hotel General Manager and
Hotel Employees within Easy Rewards Online.
310.2.4
Easy Rewards Online user credentials are issued with the following levels of access and
authority:
310.2.4.1
Hotel Employee – Able to perform the following actions: member
enrollment, member look-up/search, process Easy Rewards promotional and
room vouchers and view non-fee based reporting.
310.2.4.2
Hotel General Manager – Able to award discretionary Program Points
(“Points”), view fee-based reporting, change credentials for Hotel Employees
as well as perform all Hotel Employee actions.
310.2.4.3
Hotel Owner – Able to change credentials for General Managers and Hotel
Employees as well as perform all General Manager & Hotel Employee actions.
310.2.4.4
If problems are experienced with the login credentials (username and/or
password), contact the Franchisor’s Easy Rewards Member Services.
Program Membership
310.3.1
Hotel staff may only enroll individuals in the Program. Corporations and other entities are
not eligible for participation.
310.3.2
Hotel staff may only enroll individuals that are at least 18 years of age and have a valid
mailing address and email address. Enrollments without an e-mail address should be
avoided but can be completed via OPERAXpress if a guest is advised they will need to
provide an e-mail address in order to redeem points.
310.3.3
Front desk staff must ask for a Program membership number in each of the following
scenarios and, if the consumer responds no to b, c, or d, staff must ask the consumer to
join the Program:
310.3.3.1
Taking a reservation over the phone at the Hotel;
310.3.3.2
Taking a walk-in reservation at the front desk;
310.3.3.3
Checking a guest in that does not have his/her membership number in
his/her profile in the Property Management System or his/her profile in the
Opera Customer Information System (brand database); and
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310.3.4
310.3.3.4
Checking out a guest that does not have his/her membership number in
his/her profile in the Property Management System or his/her profile in the
Opera Customer Information System (brand database).
310.3.3.5
If multiple profiles exist for a member, the profile with his/her membership
number must be used if determined not to be the same person.
Hotel staff may enroll individuals in the Program (if not already a member) utilizing either
one of the following methods:
310.3.4.1
310.4
Benefits Provided by Hotels to Members
310.4.1
310.5
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By issuing a membership card to the guest and by adding the membership
number (pre-printed on the card) into the guest’s profile in the Property
Management System.
Hotels must pre-register all members of the Program prior to the member’s arrival and
check-in. The definition of “Pre-register” is to complete the following processes for
members prior to member arrival:
310.4.1.1
Determine the availability of a room type upgrade,
310.4.1.2
Assign a room,
310.4.1.3
Note any special requests on the reservation,
310.4.1.4
Print registration card, and
310.4.1.5
Prepare access key card(s) for members.
310.4.1.6
Upon a member’s arrival, the Hotel must obtain member signature on
registration card and secure payment information for check-in.
310.4.2
Upon member request, Hotels must provide members with a minimum of one hour late
check-out with no additional charge.
310.4.3
Upon member request, Hotels must provide members with a minimum of one hour early
check-in with no additional charge.
310.4.4
Based on availability, Hotels must offer an upgrade to the next room type at no additional
charge at the time of check-in.
Program Fees & Member Points
310.5.1
Charges for Program fees commence upon the later of March 16, 2010, or the effective
date of the franchise agreement for the Hotel and will continue thereafter through the
term of the agreement.
310.5.2
Points are awarded to members and Program fees are charged to the Franchisee after
check-out.
310.5.3
A “stay” is defined as the total number of consecutive nights spent at the same
participating Hotel, regardless of whether the guest checks out and checks back in again.
310.5.4
Except as hereinafter set forth, each Franchisee can only be charged one Point per room
per night per member for a maximum of three rooms and three Points per night per
member at the same Hotel. At the time of check-out, rooms must be in the member’s
name and include their membership number.
310.5.5
Each Franchisee must pay monthly Program fees to the Franchisor based on eligible nights
stayed at the Franchisee’s Hotel(s) by Program members during the preceding month. For
each member who has had one or more eligible nights stayed at the Franchisee’s Hotel(s)
during the preceding month, the Program fee payable by the Franchisee with respect to
such member on a per room basis shall be calculated by multiplying the Average Daily
Rate (as hereinafter defined) per room paid by such member to the Hotel by the number
of consecutive nights stayed at the Hotel by such member and by multiplying the resulting
product by 4%. For this purpose, the "Average Daily Rate" paid by a member shall be
calculated by adding the per room revenue received by the Hotel for each consecutive
night stayed by such member and by dividing the resulting sum by the number of
consecutive nights stayed at the Hotel by such member. Notwithstanding the foregoing,
the minimum and maximum per room Program fees payable by a Franchisee to the
Franchisor with respect to an eligible night stayed at that Hotel by a member shall be
$2.20 and $6.00 per room, respectively.
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310.5.5.1
Calculation example:
Total stay room revenue ÷ total stay number of nights = Average Daily Rate
(ADR) from stay
If the ADR of the stay is:
A.
B.
C.
310.5.6
Program fees are not charged to the Franchisee, and members do not collect Points, for
the following types of reservations:
310.5.6.1
Complimentary rooms;
310.5.6.2
Folios where room revenue is equal to $0.00;
310.5.6.3
Guaranteed “no-show” reservations;
310.5.6.4
Online Travel Agency reservations which are:
A.
B.
C.
310.6
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less than or equal to $54.99, then multiply $2.20 by ‘total stay
number of nights’ which will equal the total Program fees to be paid by
the Franchisee for the member’s stay;
equal to or above $150.00, then multiply $6.00 by ‘total stay number
of nights’ which will equal the total Program fees to be paid by the
Franchisee for the member’s stay; and
at least $55.00, but not more than $149.99, then multiply the ADR of
the stay by 4.00% and multiply the resulting product by ‘total stay
number of nights’ to determine the total Program fees to be paid by
the Franchisee for the member’s stay.
Merchant based (wholesale rate) programs where the reservation is
prepaid, (i.e. Expedia’s ERS program, Travelocity “Good Buy” etc.)
Opaque rate reservations, where hotel name is not displayed until sale
is complete (i.e. Hotwire.com, Priceline.com, etc.).
Program fees are not charged to Franchisees on non-room revenue
related charges.
310.5.7
Program fees collected by the Franchisor and not paid out to the members upon the
redemption of Points, or credited against the Program fees payable by the Franchisee for
Easy Rewards by AmericInn room voucher(s) applied against the folios of members’ stays
at that Franchisee’s Hotel, will be contributed to the Franchisor’s national marketing fund.
Contributions to the national marketing fund will be used for ongoing operational
expenses (e.g. technology, administration, collateral development) and program/brand
marketing and advertising.
310.5.8
Each Franchisee may be charged for Points credited to a member’s account retroactively
by the Franchisor’s Easy Rewards Member Services upon confirmation of a mistake within
a six month time period of an eligible member stay. Upon being notified by an Easy
Rewards member, AmericInn properties have 72 hours to resolve a retro credit request. If
requests remain outstanding after this period, Member Services will resolve each open
request and properties will be charged any applicable program fees along with a $10.00
administrative fee. The administrative fee will be charged on a per credit basis. These
points will be charged to the property notified in the guest’s original retro credit request.
310.5.9
At its sole discretion, the Franchisor may modify or terminate membership, deactivate
accounts and/or revoke or cancel all or part of member’s Point balance if: (i) any Points
are issued, received or redeemed through fraud, misrepresentation, theft or other illegal
means, (ii) a member is in violation of the Program’s Terms and Conditions, (iii) a member
abuses any of the personnel of the Franchisor or a Hotel physically, verbally or in writing
or damages Hotel property, or (iv) a member fails to pay for the stay in full, any check
issued by a member to a Hotel is returned for insufficient funds or is invalid for any
reason, or a member’s credit card payment is revoked for any reason. The Franchisee
must promptly provide the Franchisor’s Easy Rewards Member Services staff, in writing,
with a detailed description of any of the foregoing occurrences.
Discretionary Points
310.6.1
A Hotel may, through Easy Rewards Online, award discretionary Points to members at any
time. Only Hotel personnel with Hotel Owner and Hotel General Manager credentials may
award discretionary Points.
310.6.2
A Hotel can award up to 15 discretionary Points per transaction through Easy Rewards
Online as it determines is necessary.
310.6.3
Discretionary Points will be charged to the Franchisee at $4.00 per Point.
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310.6.4
310.7
To mitigate customer service issues, the Franchisor may, in its discretion, award members
with up to ten discretionary Points per night stayed. The applicable Franchisee will be
charged for these discretionary Points.
Redemption of Points
310.7.1
Hotels cannot redeem Points for rewards on a member’s behalf.
310.7.2
When presented with an Easy Rewards by AmericInn room voucher(s) a Hotel must:
310.7.2.1
Visit Easy Rewards Online, verify the Easy Rewards by AmericInn room
voucher dollar value and that it is available to be redeemed by clicking
“Hotel Transactions” then “Voucher Lookup”; and
310.7.2.2
If the Easy Rewards by AmericInn room voucher(s) is shown as “Not
Redeemed”, select “Redeem Now” on Easy Rewards Online and follow the
prompts; and
310.7.2.3
If the foregoing requirements are satisfied, accept the Easy Rewards by
AmericInn room voucher as payment towards a member’s folio amount; and
A.
310.8
310.9
310.7.3
The Franchisee will not be charged the Program fee for one night of the stay for each Easy
Rewards by AmericInn room voucher redeemed, and the Franchisee will receive a credit for
the value displayed in the Voucher Look-up area on their Easy Rewards by AmericInn
monthly invoice.
310.7.4
Multiple Easy Rewards by AmericInn room vouchers shall be accepted and applied towards
a folio.
310.7.5
If the amount(s) of the Easy Rewards by AmericInn room voucher(s) presented to the Hotel
by the Program member exceeds the total amount of the folio, the Hotel will not pay the
difference back to the member in cash or provide the member with a room voucher for the
difference.
310.7.6
Easy Rewards by AmericInn room vouchers can only be accepted within one year of the
issuance date. If a Hotel accepts an Easy Rewards by AmericInn room voucher after the
expiration date, the Franchisee of that Hotel will not receive the voucher credit amount on
their Easy Rewards by AmericInn monthly invoice.
Invoicing
310.8.1
Each Franchisee will be invoiced by the Franchisor for Program fees on or about the 10 th
day of each month for the prior month’s activity. The invoice will include the total charges
for the Program fees for the prior month less the total credits for Easy Rewards by
AmericInn room voucher(s) applied by members against their folio amount for stays at
that Franchisee’s Hotel(s) during the prior month. The monthly invoices are payable by
the Franchisee upon receipt.
310.8.2
Hotels must access Easy Rewards Online to review invoice detail.
Loyalty Program Collateral
310.9.1
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Apply the voucher value amount [the Property Management System
transaction code description] payment to the member’s folio amount;
The collateral pieces identified below are required to be displayed in the locations set
forth:
310.9.1.1
Program Stanchion with Rack Card: Must be the clearly visible on the front
desk with the current approved artwork for the Program.
310.9.1.2
In-Room/Guest Services Directory Inserts: The Program insert must be
present in the In-Room/Guest Services Directory. Specific requirements for
the binder and inserts can be found in the AmericInn In-Room Directory
Standards.
310.9.1.3
Table Tents: Must be clearly displayed on every table within the AmericInn
Perk Breakfast Area and Lobby Computer Station and/or business center.
310.9.1.4
All collateral for the Program for use at a Hotel can be ordered at no charge
on the AmericInn Marketing on Demand (AMOD) System.
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310.10
Transition from the INN-Pressive Club® (IPC) Program
310.10.1 Hotels cannot accept completed IPC voucher cards as a credit to a folio amount for a
check-out. Guests must be advised to send stamp cards into Member Services in order for
points to be converted.
310.10.2 Hotels cannot accept or submit INN-Pressive Club®/Easy Rewards Stamp Exchange Forms
on behalf of Program members.
310.11
Modification, Suspension and Termination of the Program
310.11.1 The Franchisor reserves the right at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice,
to: suspend or modify the Program, including these brand standards, in whole or in part;
to modify, limit, or suspend any Program offers and/or the use or redemption of Points in
any respect; to change Program fees; to change the charges for discretionary Points; to
modify or change redemption procedures, including the number of Points required for
particular rewards; and to modify, limit or suspend the accrual of Points, including but not
limited to imposing time limits and changes in Point values. In addition, the Franchisor
reserves the right, in its sole discretion to terminate the Program upon 120 days prior
notice to all active members and Franchisees or, in the case of termination where the
Program is replaced by a similar program, immediately upon notice to all active members
and Franchisees. In the event of such a termination of the Program, Points that are not
redeemed by the termination date of the Program will be forfeited and may not therea fter
be redeemed.
310.12
Easy Rewards Member Services Contact Information
Mailing Address:
Easy Rewards by AmericInn
ATTN: Member Services
250 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone:
1.877.886.8664
Email:
EasyRewards@AmericInn.com
Fax:
952-294-5001
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311.1
The Franchisor requires an AmericInn.com Best Rate Guarantee.
311.2
The AmericInn.com Best Rate Guarantee policy allows any customer finding a lower rate for a
particular Hotel on a third-party site to receive the lower rate and an additional 10% discount off of
the lower rate.
311.3
An AmericInn.com Best Rate Guarantee claim must be:
311.4
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311.3.1
Submitted within 24 hours of the original booking at www.AmericInn.com.
311.3.2
Submitted for rates listed at www.AmericInn.com.
311.3.3
For the same hotel, dates, room type, bed type, number of guests, length of stay and
payment requirements.
The AmericInn.com Best Rate Guarantee does not apply to:
311.4.1
Opaque or auction sites where the hotel brand and/or the Specific hotel is not known until
booking is finalized.
311.4.2
Third-party sites where the rate offered is non-refundable. Third-party rates where the
rate may be prepaid to the site, but refundable, may have a valid claim filed against the
property if the property does not offer the same rate or promotional offer through
AmericInn.com.
311.4.3
Packaged rates that include air, car rentals, taxes, service charges, meals, coupons,
parking, services, or other services and amenities.
311.4.4
Qualified discount rates, including, but not limited to, Government, AAA or Senior Citizen
Discounts.
311.4.5
Unpublished, negotiated rates with corporations, travel agencies, groups, associations or
other rates that are specifically agreed upon by the Franchisor or one of the Hotels and a
specified and limited group, and that are not publicly available.
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311.5
311.6
311.7
311.4.6
Any claims received within 48 hours of the stay in question.
311.4.7
AmericInn reserves the right to modify the terms and conditions based upon changes in
OTA programs and promotional offers.
Hotel Procedures:
311.5.1
Hotels that participate in Online Travel Agent (OTA) merchant (i.e. Expedia, Orbitz,
Travelocity, etc.) agreements for reservations will need to ensure that if a lower rate is
offered, a comparable rate or promotional offer is also provided on AmericInn.com.
311.5.2
If the Hotel requires prepaid reservations through AmericInn.com and also participates in
OTA merchant programs which also require prepayment, both sites must offer the same
rate/rates.
311.5.3
If the Hotel decides to lower rates in response to a competitive change in the market,
guests who may have booked within the last 24 hours could potentially find the lower rate
and file a claim.
Invalid Claims:
311.6.1
The Franchisor will notify the guest via email that his/her claim has been denied and the
reason for the denial (and proof, if applicable.)
311.6.2
The Franchisor will notify the Hotel via their AmericInn.com email account through the
Hospitality Information Portal (HIP) with the guest's name and arrival/departure dates in
the event the guest mentions the claim.
Valid Claims:
311.7.1
The Franchisor will modify the reservation to reflect the lower rate (plus the additional
10% discount offered.)
311.7.2
The Franchisor will notify the guest via email that his/her claim has been processed and
the rate has been adjusted.
311.7.3
The Franchisor will notify the Hotel via their AmericInn.com email account through the HIP
with the guest's name, arrival/departure dates, original rate booked, revised rate, and
discount (if applicable), in addition to the supporting documentation showing the lower
rate on the competing website.
311.7.4
AmericInn reserves the rights to modify the claim validation process.
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312.1
Hotels must participate in brand consumer promotions (available through multiple consumer touch
points: email, web, call center, in-hotel and more) unless the opportunity for the hotel to “opt-out” or
not participate is available.
312.2
Brand marketing efforts often target the consumer segments mentioned below that take advantage of
these common rate programs and/or discounts. It is important for all Hotels to have these
discounted rates available to these constituents.
312.3
All Hotels must offer and make available to AmericInn.com, CRS Voice, GDS and Hotel-level channels
the AmericInn standard discounted rates (listed below). These discounted rates can be yielded during
peak times up to 5% of the calendar year. These discounted rates must have a discount value equal to
or greater than 10% off of the property’s Standard/Rack rate.
312.3.1
312.4
312.3.1.1
AAA/CAA
312.3.1.2
AARP
312.3.1.3
Senior
312.3.1.4
Military
All Hotels must offer and make available to AmericInn.com, CRS Voice and Hotel-level channels all
rate codes affiliated with the AmericInn 4 Business corporate travel program (listed below). These
negotiated rates cannot be altered or closed out at any time during the calendar year.
312.4.1
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AmericInn standard discount rates include:
AmericInn 4 Business program rates include:
312.4.1.1
NPCAJ – a discount value of 10% off of RACK rate
312.4.1.2
NPCAO – a discount value of 15% off of RACK rate
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NPCAT – a discount value of 20% off of RACK rate
312.5
AmericInn standard discounted or negotiated rates may not be combined into a single rate code
(Example: AAA/AARP).
313.1
Each Hotel is subject to an inspection by AAA. See
information.
313.2
AAA Official Appointment is an optional program with an annual fee based on room inventory. AAA
Official Appointment Hotels receive a red, bold listing in AAA TourBooks, a preferred listing on the
AAA website and the license to use the AAA logo in advertising. If the Hotel is not an Official
Appointment member, the AAA logo may not be used in any Hotel advertising.
313.3
Each Hotel must apply for inspection by the American Automobile Association (AAA) and must earn
and maintain a minimum two diamond rating.
314.1
All marketing collateral, whether electronic or print, must be approved by the Franchisor prior to
being published or printed. Send the proof to the Franchisor at Marketing@AmericInn.com.
314.2
AmericInn Marketing on Demand (AMOD) System - The AmericInn Marketing on Demand (AMOD)
system is an online-based tool that facilitates the creation, personalization and ordering of a variety
of materials. Most branded marketing materials are available on the system. The use of the system is
completely free of charge and available to all Franchisees.
314.3
Access to AMOD is available through the Hospitality Information Portal. Each Individual property page
has a link located near the bottom of the page that leads directly to AMOD.
314.4
All items not found in AMOD, or that need more customization than AMOD allows, can be designed
by the AmericInn Graphics Department or other approved vendors. The request forms for these items
are located on the Hospitality Information Portal in the Marketing & Advertising section under
“Graphic Services Request Forms”.
314.5
The Franchisor encourages Hotels to submit and use any quality images (must be at least 300 dpi)
they may have of their Hotel. To have additional property images loaded to the system, please send
them via CD only to the Franchisor (250 Lake Drive East, Chanhassen, MN 55317).
314.6
For more information reference the AmericInn Marketing On Demand User Manual found on the
Hospitality Information Portal under “Marketing & Advertising.”
314.7
Hotel Collateral Printing Standards
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314.7.1
Hotel Rack Card
314.7.1.1
Print Process:
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314.7.1.2
Front Specifications:
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4-color digital
Size: 4” x 9”
Paper: 80# Matte Cover
Top Horizontal Bar: 4” x 0.52” PMS 550
Bottom Horizontal Block: 4” x 4.625”, PMS 550
Logo Size: 1.42” x 1.05”
Tagline Font: 30.275 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Property Identification Font: 11 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Contact Information Font: 11 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Photo Area: 2.875” x 3.6”
Back Specifications:
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314.7.2
Six-Panel Brochure
314.7.2.1
Print Process:
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314.7.2.2
314.7.2.3
Headline Font: 15 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Paragraph Font: 9 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
Bullet Point Font: 9 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
AmericInn SoundGuard™ Block Dimensions: 1.76” x 1.53”
Middle Vertical Block: 4” x 9”, PMS 550
Photo Size: 2.9” x 2.17”
Photo Border: 0.125” wide, white
Map Size: 3.5” x 1.6”
Back Specifications:
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Headline Font: 15 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Paragraph Font: 9 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
Bullet Point Font: 9 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
Logo and Tagline: 2” x 1.19”
Website Font: 10 pt. font, Minion Italic, black
Reservations Number Font: 10 pt. font, Minion Italic, black
Copyright Font: 5.5 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
Hotel Stationery Printing Standards
314.8.1
Letterhead:
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314.8.2
Print Process: Traditional press
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Paper: 24# Opaque Ultrawhite
Logo & Tagline Size: 4.09” x 1.117”
Property Identification Font: 8 pt. type, Minion Bold, black
Address Font: 8 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Contact Information Font: 8 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Business Cards:
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Size: Folded to 4” x 9”
Paper: 100# Matte Text
Top Horizontal Bar: 4” x 0.47”, PMS 550
Bottom Horizontal Block: 4” x 4.625”, PMS 550
Property Identification Font: 11 pt. type, Minion Bold, black
Logo Size: 1.417” x 1.05”
Tagline Font: 30.275 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Contact Information Font: 11 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Website Font: 11 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Photo Area: 2.875” x 3.6”
Photo Border: 0.125” wide, white
Inside Layout Specifications:
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4-color digital
Front Cover Specifications:
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Header Font: 15 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Paragraph Font: 9 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
Bullet Point Font: 9 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
Photo and Map Size: 1.33” x 0.98”
Logo and Tagline: 2.8” x 0.767”
Reservation Number Font: 9.35 pt. type, Minion Italic, black
Website Font: 9.35 pt. type, Minion Italic, black
Copyright Font: 5.5 pt. type, Lucida Sans, black
4-color digital
Size: 3.5” x 2”
Paper: 100# Opaque Ultrawhite
Logo & Tagline Size: 1.52” x 0.9”
Property Identification Font: 9 pt. type, Minion Bold, black
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314.8.3
Standard #10 Envelope:
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314.8.4
Print Process: Traditional press
Size: 4” x 3”
Paper: White Crack & Peel Label
Logo & Tagline Size: 0.72” x 0.534”
Property Identification Font: 7.5 pt. type, Minion Bold, black
Address Font: 7.5 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Flyers
314.9.1
314.10
Print Process: Traditional press
Size: 9.5” x 4.125”
Paper: 24# Ultrawhite
Logo & Tagline: 2.59” x 0.7”
Property Identification Font: 7.5 pt. type, Minion Bold, black
Address Font: 7.5 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Mailing Label:
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314.9
Address Font: 7.5 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Contact Information Font: 7.5 pt. type, Minion Regular, black
Franchise Owner Disclaimer: 5 pt. type, Minion Italic, black
View flyer templates on the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising”
section or by logging into your AMOD account and creating a flyer. To customize
messaging and photos, visit the AMOD system.
Ads
314.10.1 View ad templates on the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising”
section or by logging into your AMOD account and creating an ad. To customize
messaging and photos, visit the AMOD system.
314.11
Other Collateral – Overview
314.11.1 Because there are so many items throughout the hotel it would be difficult to outline all of
the items that require brand specifications to be met. Therefore, the following items
should be on all marketing material/collateral throughout the Hotel that a guest would
come in contact with.
314.11.1.1
AmericInn Logo
314.11.1.2
Brand Toll-Free Phone Number
314.11.1.3
Brand Website
314.12
All marketing materials provided by the franchisor shall be displayed in the hotel in accordance with
the franchisor’s instructions.
314.13
Only AmericInn branded key cards and key card holders may be utilized. Custom printed key cards
and key card holders are prohibited.
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315.1
The in-room telephone faceplate is required to have a white background with the following
information printed in Lucida Sans font unless otherwise noted.
315.1.1
315.1.2
To be printed in PMS 540 blue on the top portion of the faceplate:
315.1.1.1
AmericInn “letters/stars” logo
315.1.1.2
Property address
315.1.1.3
Phone and fax of property
315.1.1.4
Franchisor’s reservation number
315.1.1.5
Franchisor’s website
To be printed in black, unless otherwise noted, on the bottom portion of the faceplate:
315.1.2.1
Room number
315.1.2.2
Dialing instructions, including:
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F.
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315.2
Local calls
Long distance calls billed to room
Credit card, collect and operator-assisted calls
Front desk
Wake-up call
Emergency call, printed in red
Messages/voicemail
Additional calling options if applicable
All telephone faceplates must be approved prior to printing. Send the proof to the Franchisor at
Marketing@AmericInn.com.
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316.1
All guest rooms must have an in-room/guest services directory as outlined in
of this manual.
316.2
The in-room/guest services directory must be a black, three-ring binder with the AmericInn logo and
tagline de-bossed on the front cover.
316.3
The inserts must follow the AmericInn In-Room/Guest Services Directory Standards and must be
approved prior to print by the Franchisor by sending the proof to Marketing@AmericInn.com.
316.4
The AmericInn In-Room/Guest Services Directory Standards specific requirements for the binder and
inserts can be found in the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising” section.
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317.1
The fax template is located on the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising”
section.
317.2
The memo template is located on the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising”
section.
317.3
The email template below should be used in all email communications.
Firstname Lastname | Title
Street Address | City, State Zip | Tel: XXX.XXX.XXXX | Fax: XXX.XXX.XXXX
www.AmericInn.com
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318.1
Billboards
318.1.1
All billboards must be approved by the Franchisor prior to being published or printed.
Send the proof to the Franchisor at Marketing@AmericInn.com.
318.1.2
All billboards must follow an approved Franchisor billboard template. Billboard templates
can be found on the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising”
section.
318.1.3
318.1.4
Required Billboard Elements:
318.1.3.1
Logo
318.1.3.2
Directional Information – This can be the city or exit number, depending on
proximity to the Hotel. It will be placed in the blue bar of the billboard.
318.1.3.3
Billboard Focus – Each billboard has a focus whether it is hot breakfast,
large pool, quiet nights, etc.
Optional Billboard Elements:
318.1.4.1
318.2
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Amenities/Services – Only one amenity is allowed in addition to the main
focus of the billboard. It will be placed in the bottom bar of the billboard.
Outdoor Banners
318.2.1
All outdoor banners must be approved by the Franchisor prior to being printed. Send the
proof to the Franchisor at Marketing@AmericInn.com.
318.2.2
All outdoor banners must have the AmericInn logo and tagline.
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318.3
Department of Transportation (DOT) Signage
318.3.1
If your Hotel meets the required guidelines, and space is available, state highway logo
signs offer an opportunity to drive traffic to the Hotel.
318.3.2
Each state’s DOT phone number is on the Hospitality Information Portal under “Marketing
& Advertising”.
318.3.3
The Hotel can use its approved logo or the Brand’s “Standard Logo”.
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319.1
All vehicle graphics must be approved by the Franchisor prior to being printed. Send the proof to the
Franchisor at Marketing@AmericInn.com.
319.2
Approved vehicle graphics can be requested using a Graphic Services Request Form found on the
Hospitality Information Portal under “Marketing & Advertising”.
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320.1
Each Hotel must have a designated point person for all press-related inquiries that may occur after a
grand opening, crisis situation, etc.
320.2
A Public Relations Toolkit consisting of best practices and templates for Franchisee use is available;
refer to the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising” section.
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321.1
Photography plays a major role in all marketing pieces. Therefore it’s important to have Hotel
photography of high quality to use in marketing and advertising pieces, through all mediums.
Professional photography required. In order to effectively market properties that are remodeling,
AmericInn had launched the Brand Photography Initiative which will provide professional photography
from PhotoWeb for each hotel upon completion and verification of their Property Improvement Plan
(PIP).
321.2
There are two ways to qualify for the Brand Photography Initiated.
321.2.1
Complete your hotel’s PIP
321.2.2
Complete all design brand standards through October 2012
AmericInn Project Managers are the only individuals that can approve either PIP completion or the
completion of design brand standards through 2012.
321.3
321.4
If a property chooses to hire a professional photographer to shoot their property before qualifying
for the Brand Photography Initiated, the image requirements are as follows:
321.3.1
All images sent into the Franchisor’s Marketing Department should be at least 6” x 4” at
300dpi (dots per inch).
321.3.2
Photos with a date/time stamp will not be accepted for use on www.AmericInn.com or in
other marketing materials.
321.3.3
If models are used in the photography submitted to AmericInn, the AmericInn Model
Release Form must be completed for every participant and sent in with the CD, or the
images will not be used. The AmericInn Model Release Form can be found on the
Hospitality Information Portal under “Marketing & Advertising.”
321.3.4
All professional photography sent to the Franchisor must be accompanied by an
AmericInn Photography Release Form. This form can be found on the Hospitality
Information Portal under “Marketing & Advertising”.
The following is a list of the 8 required images to have for your Hotel:
321.4.1
Exterior (Horizontal)
321.4.2
Exterior (Vertical)
321.4.3
Lobby
321.4.4
Front desk
321.4.5
AmericInn Perk breakfast area
321.4.6
Pool
321.4.7
Single bed standard room
321.4.8
Double bed standard room
321.4.9
Multiple images of each item are strongly encouraged.
321.5
Each hotel must choose the additional 6 still shots they would like photographed, but may not be
photograph bathrooms.
321.6
AmericInn is responsible for payment of 14 still photos.
321.7
Each hotel must accommodate the photographer with a complimentary stay during the duration of
the photo shoot.
321.8
Choose guest rooms that look typical. For instance, photographers may choose to shoot a first floor
room if the ceiling is higher or a handicapped room if it gives them more room to back up and get a
shot. However the image itself CANNOT look noticeably different from the standard room.
321.9
No people are to appear in any shots, other than front desk staff in the lobby shot(s)
321.10
Front Desk staff must appear in all still and virtual tour shots showing the Front Desk area. At front
desk, one is required in uniform, looking down slightly and typing.
321.11
Model must fill out the model release form located on the Portal in the Marketing & Advertising
section and return to PhotoWeb
321.12
No Clutter
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In Guest Rooms remove:
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In-Room guest directory (the binder of hotel information)
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Do Not Disturb sign
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Any table tent advertising
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Internet Cable
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Ice bucket
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Tray and coffee maker, coffee, sugar, cups, etc.
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Trash Cans
L.
In Guest Rooms, leave only:
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Memo pads and pens in place by phone (pen laterally across center of pad, face towards camera )
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If the phone has a cord from handset to base, wrap around the phone base. If cord looks poor,
remove spiral cord completely
Queen beds must have 3 pillows
King beds must have 4 pillows
All beds must have white pillows. There are two options for pillow stacking; one in front of the
other or staggered at an angle
No accent pillows
All pillows must have sharp (point) corners. Pillowcase openings all face in the same direction,
outwards toward the edge of bed.
On the bed’s white duvet, bed scarf (small blanket or throw) should be at the end of the bed and
should remain un-tucked
If using decorative bed blankets (instead of triple sheeting and bed scarf), they can be tucked in
between mattress and box spring
Bed skirts must be steamed/ironed if they look wrinkled
Hem of bed skirts to hang neatly & evenly 1” above the floor
Pull all bedding tight to ensure no wrinkles
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Lap desk
Towel
Robe
Newspaper
Fruit Bowl
Laptop
Glass of wine
Newspaper
Pens
Flowers
Front Desk
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AmericInn Perk Breakfast Area
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321.15
A full breakfast display should be in the Perk photos. No photos are allowed to be taken of the
Perk Breakfast without food.
Photos should look as if a guest has come down for breakfast.
Pool & fitness Room
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Close pool to guests during the duration of the pool shoot.
Remove:
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321.16
Trash Cans
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321.17
Towel hamper
Pool safety equipment on walls
Trash cans & recycle receptacles
No trash cans, ANYWHERE
No Props
Each area should look as it does when a guest arrives. This means no “props” in guest rooms. The
room looks just as if you opened the door after checking in.
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321.18
No food on AmericInn Perk breakfast tables. No coffee cups and breakfast items on breakfast
room tables (Fool allowed only in the AmericInn Perk setup).
Meeting rooms set as if for clients, with Coffee Urns, Water Carafes, Pens, etc. – setup should be
as if a client were coming to utilize the room (speak with GM regarding setup)
Logos
The brand Logo behind the front desk must NEVER be blocked by staff or anything else in the
images. All logos for the hotel must meet the brand standards.
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321.19
NO NON-AMERICINN LOGOS such as Coke, Pepsi, etc.
AmericInn logoed mats allowed in Lobby
TVs
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All TVs off in all shots.
321.20
Each Hotel must provide digital photos of each room type, the lobby and the building exterior to the
Franchisor’s Marketing Department within 60 days of opening to be used on www.AmericInn.com and
the CRS.
321.21
For quality purposes, the Franchisor is the gatekeeper of all photography used on
www.AmericInn.com, the Hotel’s micro-site and other marketing/advertising materials. Therefore, the
Franchisor’s Marketing Department will use their discretion when using images for the Hotel.
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322.1
Reference the AmericInn Hotel-Specific Website Guidelines for more information on Hotel-Specific
website approval process which outlines the detailed process for Franchisees to adhere to the HotelSpecific websites standards. It can be found on the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing &
Advertising” section.
322.2
Hotel-Specific websites must be approved in writing by the Franchisor.
322.3
If reservations are accepted at the site, only the system-wide booking engine provided by the
approved AmericInn Central Reservation System (CRS) provider may be used. No other booking
services are allowed.
322.4
Hotel-Specific websites may use only the logo approved for that Hotel.
322.5
Domain Names:
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322.5.1
Each Franchisee must request approval from the Franchisor prior to registering a domain
name that contains the trademarked name AmericInn.
322.5.2
No Franchisee shall directly or indirectly register domain names, or common misspellings
thereof, that are trademarks of the Franchisor.
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322.5.3
Web addresses may not be a variation of the address for the system-wide website.
Generally the Hotel-Specific addresses should appear with the word AmericInn followed by
the Primary Identifier, the Descriptor or State is optional.
Example: www.AmericInnChanhassenMN.com
322.5.4
Upon expiration or termination of the Franchisee’s Franchise Agreement the Franchisee’s
ownership group must irrevocably assign and transfer to the Franchisor all rights, title and
interest in any domain names and registrations which contain reference to the name
AmericInn or any of its trademarks.
322.5.5
Upon transfer of the Franchisee’s Franchise Agreement the ownership group must transfer
all rights, title and interest in any domain names and registrations which contain reference
to the name AmericInn to the new ownership group with prior written approval by the
Franchisor or the Franchisor.
Websites:
322.6.1
Upon expiration or termination of the Franchisee’s Franchise Agreement the ownership
group must deactivate and decommission any Hotel-Specific websites that they operate.
322.6.2
Upon transfer of the Franchisee’s Franchise Agreement the ownership group may transfer
the Hotel-Specific website to the new ownership group with prior written approval by the
Franchisor.
322.6.3
Upon expiration, termination or transfer of the Franchisee’s Franchise Agreement the
ownership group must remove any and all references and links to www.AmericInn.com or
their Hotel-Specific website from any sites that they operate.
322.6.4
All Hotel-Specific websites must utilize a design template approved by the Franchisor.
Websites that are bound under existing contracts must meet brand standards by August
1, 2010. Franchisees should have optimized their micro-site on www.AmericInn.com
before developing a Hotel-Specific website.
322.6.5
All Hotel-Specific websites must comply with current Franchisor’s graphic standards as
outlined in this manual.
322.6.6
Each Franchisee’s ownership group is responsible for all aspects of their Hotel-Specific
website including all costs, fees, licenses, permits, claims, development, hosting and
maintenance related to the website.
322.6.7
If the Hotel-Specific website links to a third-party site, it is the responsibility of the
ownership group to obtain permission to properly use the intellectual property of the third
party.
322.6.8
All intellectual property created for the Franchisor is owned by the Franchisor. Certain
copyright notices and proper trademark usage must be displayed on Hotel-Specific
websites. See
of this manual for more information.
322.6.9
Each Hotel’s website hosting company is required to provide the following basic reporting
to the Franchisor annually for measurement of the success of the Hotel-Specific website:
322.6.9.1
Visitor summary including number of unique visitors
322.6.9.2
Page views
322.6.9.3
Top pages
322.6.9.4
Top referrers
322.6.9.5
Top links to other sites
322.6.10 All reservation requests shall be routed to the approved CRS at www.AmericInn.com. The
appropriate brand toll-free number for the CRS must also be displayed on the website.
322.6.11 All loyalty program activity, including new member sign up, shall be routed directly to the
Franchisor’s website at www.AmericInn.com.
322.6.12 All meeting/group RFPs shall be routed directly to the Franchisor’s website at
www.AmericInn.com.
322.6.13 All travel agent inquiries shall be routed directly to the Franchisor’s website at
www.AmericInn.com.
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322.6.14 Images used on each Hotel-Specific website must be an accurate representation of the
Hotel facilities and guest rooms. Stock photos obtained from the Franchisor may also be
used.
322.6.15 Each Franchisee must be able to prove in writing that they own the images in use on their
Hotel-Specific website and have Internet usage rights. Usage remains at that Franchisee’s
sole risk and responsibility.
322.6.16 Each Hotel-Specific website must contain brand policies required by the Franchisor on
their website.
322.6.17 Each Hotel’s website must contain a statement that informs website visitors that all
AmericInn Hotels are independently owned and operated.
322.7
322.8
Linking:
322.7.1
It is the responsibility of each Franchisee’s ownership group to monitor the status of all
external links from their Hotel-Specific website for appropriate content and proper
operation.
322.7.2
The Franchisor retains the right to disapprove links from a Hotel-Specific website to thirdparty sites at any time.
322.7.3
All external links from a Hotel-Specific website should be approved in writing by the
Franchisor.
322.7.4
All external links from a Hotel-Specific website should be opened using an external
browser window.
322.7.5
The Franchisor’s website, www.AmericInn.com, will not link to a Hotel-Specific website.
E-mail Address Collection: The Franchisee is prohibited from collecting e-mail addresses or other
personal information on Hotel-Specific websites. The collection of e-mail addresses will be handled
by the Franchisor on the Franchisor’s website.
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323.1
Email marketing is permission based marketing, it is imperative to follow all laws designed to protect
consumers and businesses in regards to the CAN-SPAM act. Some guests have elected not to receive
emails from the Franchisor and its franchisees. Franchisees must respect these requests in any local
marketing efforts, which is why the following standards are in place.
323.2
Offers available through Hotel-Specific emails must be bookable through AmericInn.com.
323.3
The Hotel will send out their Hotel-Specific emails using individual email service provider upon final
approval of the email from the Franchisor.
323.4
All Hotel-Specific emails sent to guests and/or general consumers must be approved in writing by the
Franchisor by following the below process.
323.4.1
323.5
Hotel-Specific emails proofs must be sent to Marketing@A mericInn.com at least five
business days prior to the scheduled send date along with the Hotel-Specific Email
Request Form, which can be found on the Hospitality Information Portal under “Marketing
& Advertising.”
All Hotel-Specific emails send lists must be approved or provided by Franchisor prior to sending.
Franchisor will apply all opt-out requests. Franchisor will filter send lists to remove any receipts
receiving more than three marketing emails per month.
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Search Engine Pay-Per-Click Advertising is a very effective and efficient method for local marketing.
The Franchisor has focused on this channel in the past and will continue to advertise all Franchisees
on the major search engines. In order for the Franchisor to purchase keywords/phrases on behalf of
Franchisees, it is imperative that these keywords/phrases are profitable, meaning it must give back a
certain return on the investment. If the ROAS (return on ad spend) is too low, the AmericInn brand
cannot afford to purchase these keywords/phrases for Franchisees. If a Franchisee would still like to
purchase these keywords/phrases for their property to supplement the AmericInn brand’s efforts,
they may do so through their own independent Pay-Per-Click campaigns. The following options are
available:
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324.1.1
Franchisees that would like to purchase
must submit a
keyword list and advertisement copy for approval to Marketing@AmericInn.com to receive
approval in writing by the Franchisor prior to the implementation of a new campaign or
the revision of an existing campaign. The Franchisee will handle all bid management and
campaign changes through its own platform (i.e. Google AdWords). The Franchisor will
only provide analytical data to Franchisees after their pay-per-click campaigns have been
approved and implemented if they use their AmericInn.com micro site as the primary
landing page.
324.1.2
Franchisees that would like to purchase
website must have their
website approved in writing by the Franchisor before proceeding (Reference Hotel-Specific
Website section). Once the Franchisee has received written approval for their Hotel-Specific
Website from the Franchisor, they must submit their keyword list and advertisement copy
to Marketing@AmericInn.com to receive approval in writing by the Franchisor prior to the
implementation of a new campaign or the revision of an existing campaign. The
Franchisee will handle all bid management and campaign changes through its own
platform (i.e. Google AdWords). The Franchisor will not provide analytical data to
Franchisees if they use their Hotel-Specific Website as the primary landing page for their
pay-per-click advertisements.
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325.1
Social media is an inexpensive way to connect and engage with guests instantaneously. For Facebook
and Twitter Toolkits, including step-by-step instructions for starting a Hotel-specific social media
page, refer to the Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising” section.
325.2
Social media sites and tools – including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr,
TripAdvisor, Yelp, blogs and discussion forums – can be a powerful and effective way to
communicate with employees, guests and consumers. Franchisees are not required to use these
online tools.
325.3
If a Franchisee chooses to use Hotel-Specific social media sites, the following guidelines must be met:
325.3.1
325.3.2
Hotels must be approved by the Franchisor at least five days prior to the launch of any
Hotel-Specific social media page or account. Templates, strategy and designs must be
approved in writing by the Franchisor before proceeding. Items can be sent to
Marketing@AmericInn.com for approval.
325.3.1.1
If Franchisee develops a Hotel-Specific Facebook page, the AmericInn
Facebook Toolkit should be referenced during development, refer to the
Hospitality Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising” section.
325.3.1.2
If Franchisee develops a Hotel-Specific Twitter page, the AmericInn Twitter
Toolkit should be referenced during development, refer to the Hospitality
Information Portal in the “Marketing & Advertising” section.
Hotel-Specific social media sites will have the following disclaimer prominently displayed:
Each AmericInn is independently owned and operated. Opinions expressed on this website
and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors, not
of AmericInn. The content is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to
be an endorsement or representation by AmericInn or any other party.
325.3.3
The Franchisor reserves the right to monitor Hotel-Specific social media sites content and
the authority to require the Franchisee to remove content found to be objectionable.
325.3.4
Hotels that cease to be licensed by the Franchisor must terminate all Hotel-Specific social
media sites immediately.
325.3.5
Hotel-Specific social media activities shall not detract from the goodwill of the Franchisor’s
brand.
325.3.6
The Franchisee is to act on behalf of the individual Hotel and not present itself as the
Franchisor or a spokesperson for the Franchisor.
325.3.7
Hotel-Specific social media page names and URLs
325.3.7.1
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325.3.8
325.3.9
Must be approved in writing by the franchisor by sending sent proposed
names and URLs to Marketing@AmericInn.com.
All offers posted on your Hotel-Specific social media page must be bookable through
AmericInn.com.
The photo that represents your Hotel-Specific social media page (profile picture) must be
one of the following: AmericInn logo, photo of your Hotel, AmericInn approved stock
photography or a photo of an amenity. No personnel or personal photos are allowed.
325.3.10 If reservations are accepted through the social media page, only the system-wide booking
engine or booking widget provided by the Franchisor may be used. No other booking
services are allowed.
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326.1
Hotel employees are prohibited from using registered trademarks of AmericInn on their own personal
social media sites.
326.2
If discussing matters that might be related to work or the Franchisor, always disclose the affiliation.
Be clear regarding working at a Hotel and not being an authorized spokesperson for the Franchisor.
326.3
If contributing to or maintaining a personal blog or website that addresses the company, the related
industry or the field of professional expertise, include a clear disclaimer: “The content on this site is
my own and does not represent the positions, strategies or opinions of my employer or Franchisor.”
326.4
All AmericInn Hotels must register for TripAdvisor using the authorized AmericInn property email
address. Negative guest concerns posted to TripAdvisor must be responded to within 72 hours with a
copy of the Franchisee’s response sent to the Franchisor’s Guest Relations Department.
326.5
Franchisees and employees may not use the AmericInn name for their personal URL and/or username
for their social media page(s). All URLs and pages with the name “AmericInn” must be used for the
promotion of a Hotel and dedicated solely to that use.
326.6
When listing your employer on your personal profile(s), use proper descriptor, reference the Property
Identification Standards for further details.
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For clarifications or questions concerning the Technology Standards contact the IT Department at:
IT Department - AmericInn®
250 Lake Drive East
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: 952-254-5000
Fax: 952-294-5001
Email: Support@AmericInn.com
Licensee must comply with the Information Systems & Technology Standards when open and operating as an AmericInn .
The following are referenced in
content and locations:

. Familiarize yourself with their
Hospitality Information Portal – General Manager and Owner portal for all brand communications
401
401.1
Confidential Information: Franchisee or its agents or affiliates may not modify, reverse engineer,
decompile, decrypt or disassemble any confidential or proprietary information concerning the use or
function of the Central Reservation System (CRS), property management system, Opera Customer
Information Systems, Interface, AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System, loyalty program or other
programs or services. All guest and Franchisee information that is obtained as part of the CRS,
property management system, Opera Customer Information Systems, Interface, AmericInn Customer
Satisfaction System, loyalty program or other programs or services must remain confidential. Neither
the Franchisor nor any Franchisee may transfer, sell, copy, disclose or allow any person(s), firm or
entity to view or access this information for any reason; except as may be required by a court of law.
Guest information may be used by the Franchisor or the Franchisee for the purpose of marketing as
allowed by applicable laws.
401.2
Guest data and credit card information must be protected and safeguarded to insure privacy,
protected from theft, piracy or unauthorized use. Franchisee will inform all employees of their
obligations concerning this requirement. The Franchisor must be notified immediately upon
discovery of any prohibited use or disclosure of confidential or proprietary information or any breach
of these obligations, and will cooperate fully to prevent further prohibited use. This includes, but is
not limited to, registration cards, credit card receipts and guest lists.
401.3
Data Use and Ownership: Guest information and data may be used for legitimate business purposes
by the Franchisor to provide analysis of guest history, buying patterns and for marketing & sales
purposes. Guest data and information remains the property and responsibility of the Franchisee but
must be made available to the Franchisor for marketing purposes as allowed by applicable laws.
Guest information cannot be sold or distributed to any third-parties. Should AmericInn determine
that a hotel is altering or removing guest information from any AmericInn technology system,
AmericInn reserves the right to charge the hotel for the restoration of data.
401.4
AmericInn locations must create, implement and enforce a Data Privacy policy and must adhere to all
Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. Registration forms, credit card receipts, guest lists and other
confidential data must be protected and safeguarded to insure privacy, piracy and other
unauthorized use.
402.1
Indemnity: The Franchisor and its affiliates expressly disclaim and Franchisee expressly waives all
warranties, express or implied, for the software, hardware, Internet connection, Internet service
provider, two-way interface or other hardware, software or connectivity function. Further, the
Franchisor does not warrant that the software, hardware, Internet connection, Internet service
providers, CRS provider, two-way interface, ORS interface, OCIS look-up or other hardware, software
or connectivity functions will be uninterrupted or error-free. The Franchisor does not guarantee that
errors in the software will be corrected and it is understood that all licensed software is provided in
its “as is” condition. The Franchisor shall have no liability for interruption or loss of connectivity,
disruption or inaccuracy of data, loss of use, loss of revenue, loss of sales, power outage, or loss of
two-way interface due to software, hardware or any third-party provider. Warranties and support are
available by specific third-party hardware and software vendors.
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403.1
In order to provide reliable, hospitality grade Internet access to its guests, all Hotels must enter into
a written agreement with a high speed Internet access (HSIA) provider that meets all of the
requirements specified in this document. HSIA must be provided as a complimentary amenity. All
new Hotels will be required to provide HSIA to their guests when they open.
403.2
There are two components to providing HSIA for guests.
403.3
403.4
403.2.1
Internet Connection: First a connection to the Internet must be obtained through an ISP
(Internet service provider). There may or may not be an initial installation and/or start up
fees from the ISP but there will be a monthly fee to provide the service. It is
recommended that you select an ISP that does not require a long term commitment since
Internet access rates change frequently.
403.2.2
Local Area Network (LAN): The second component required is a local area network inside
the property which will distribute the Internet connections to the guest and meeting
rooms. This may be accomplished either via wired (Category 5 Ethernet) connections or
wirelessly. Most older properties do not have the necessary wiring therefore wireless
provides a more affordable option to wiring the building. Please note that some major
corporations or government contractors will not allow their users to connect to the
Internet wirelessly.
HSIA Availability
403.3.1
A PC, thin client or Internet kiosk with a functional printer in the lobby area or business
center for complimentary guest use is also required.
403.3.2
The largest meeting room must have HSIA for complimentary guest use
403.3.3
All guest rooms must have HSIA for complimentary guest use
403.3.4
All common areas must have HSIA for complimentary guest use
403.3.5
For wired installations Hotels must have a supply of Category 5 Ethernet cables to supply
at least 20% of the guest rooms.
Plug and Play
403.4.1
403.5
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Guests shall be able to connect to the Internet regardless of whether there computer is
configured with a Dynamic Internal IP address (DHCP) or any combination of Static
settings including:

Static Private or Public IP Address

Static Gateway IP Address

Static Private or Public Domain Name Server (DNS)

Web Proxy on any port number

Winsocks or SOCKS Proxy
403.4.2
The service must be plug and play, meaning that no hardware, software or network
configuration changes are required by the guest in order to connect to the Internet
403.4.3
No manual intervention shall be required by the guest, hotel or HSIA provider to bypass a
Web Proxy port setting.
Guest Support
403.5.1
The HSIA service provider shall provide 7 day a week, 24 hour a day, 365 day a year help
desk support via a toll-free number.
403.5.2
95% of the calls shall be answered by support personnel within 5 minutes.
403.5.3
If a voice message is left, 98% of those messages must be responded to within 30 minutes
of the message being recorded.
403.5.4
Should guests require an advanced level of support in order to connect to the Internet,
senior level support personnel must be available between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday
through Friday excluding holidays.
403.5.5
The HSIA service provider shall perform ongoing maintenance of the equipment to insure
that it operates as described by this specification.
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403.6
403.7
Guest E-mail
403.6.1
Guests shall be able to download electronic mail using the POP3 email protocol.
403.6.2
Guests shall be able to transmit electronic mail using SMTP and IMAP email protocols.
403.6.3
Email service shall be plug and play so no change of settings is required, regardless of
restrictions the ISP may impose on email relay.
Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
403.7.1
403.8
Guests shall be able to participate as a client of H.323 compliant applications (e.g.
Microsoft NetMeeting, WebEx) for Internet conferencing.
File Transfer
403.9.1
403.10
Guests shall be able to connect to commonly used VPN (Virtual Private Network)
technology such as Checkpoint, Cisco, Nortel and other VPNs based on the standard PPTP
and IPSec protocols.
H.323 Applications
403.8.1
403.9
The HSIA provider shall remotely monitor and troubleshoot the ISP connection, gateway
and networking equipment to minimize disruption of service.
Guests shall be able to transfer files to or from Internet sites to which they have access,
acting as a client of a File transfer Protocol (FTP) server.
Home Page Redirection
403.10.1 Upon login the guests should be directed to www.AmericInn.com an alternative page as
specified by the Franchisor.
403.11
Record of Usage
403.11.1 Prior to being given access to the Internet, all guests must be presented and accept the
standard terms of use as defined by the Franchisor.
403.11.2 Guests must be informed that they are responsible for taking the appropriate security
measures when they access the Internet (e.g. install anti-virus software, personal firewall
software and apply the latest security patches for their computer’s operating system).
403.11.3 The solution must make a usage record for each guest when they log in. The usage
record should include the date and time at which the guest logged in.
403.12
Network Availability
403.12.1 Guest Internet access and all the associated services shall be available to guests on
average at least 95% of the time as measured monthly.
403.13
Connection Type
403.13.1 The connection to the Internet must be an “always on” connection just as a LAN
connection would be in a guest’s office.
403.13.2 In the case of a wired connection, the connection must be available even while the user is
speaking on the phone.
403.14
Security
403.14.1 Guest’s personal information shall be secured. Guest login pages shall be encrypted and
transmitted over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
403.14.2 All devices on the guest network, including guest computers, shall be protected by a
firewall from unauthorized access from the Internet. No unsolicited Internet traffic shall
be forwarded to guest or Hotel computers.
403.14.3 All guest connections must be secure from one another. A guest should not be able to
see or gain access to other guests’ computers on the network.
403.14.4 In wired applications, guest connections must be secured through the use of a VLAN or
port isolation.
403.14.5 In wireless applications it is recommended that Hotels deploy added security measures
such as encryption and authentication.
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403.14.6 All equipment for the guest network shall be secured; guests shall neither see (ping) the
equipment, nor be able to log into its management interfaces via protocols such as HTTP,
telnet, SSH or FTP.
403.14.7 Guests shall be unable to obtain physical access to networking equipment, such as
plugging their own computer into a serial port or Ethernet port on a switch or wireless
access point.
403.15
Internet Connection
403.15.1 Minimum bandwidth required is 6.0 megabits per second download, 1.5 megabits per
second upload.
403.15.2 Five (5) static IP addresses are required.
403.15.3 The ISP should provide Internet connectivity in excess of 99.5% as measured monthly.
403.16
Bandwidth Management
403.16.1 The HSIA solution must be structured in a way such that no single user can utilize all of
the available bandwidth or create a denial of service for other users of the system. A
device to manage bandwidth may be specified and required by the Franchisor.
403.16.2 The HSIA solution must prevent users from utilizing the service for SPAM by monitoring
and disabling any single user who attempts to send SPAM.
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404.1
Must follow the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet protocol.
404.2
All cabling for wired connections or to wireless access points must be Category 5 enhanced, tested
and certified by the wiring vendor.
404.3
Guest access must be accomplished through a RJ 45 Ethernet port or an IEEE 802.11b/g/n wireless
access point.
405.1
Internet connectivity and associated functionality must be provided and supported for the following
operating systems Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7; Apple Macintosh OS-9 and all versions of OSX.
405.2
Internet connectivity and associated functionality must be provided and supported for the following
browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Safari 4.0 and above and
Google Chrome 5.0 and above.
405.3
Wireless access from smartphones must be available
405.4
Internet connectivity and associated functionality must be provided and supported for the following
network cards IEEE 802.1 Ethernet compliant internal or PCMCIA network card or 802.11b or 802.11g
or 802.11n wireless card where applicable
405.5
For liability reasons, Hotel staff should never touch or attempt to assist a guest with their computer.
406.1
An administrative local area network (LAN) between the manager’s office and the front desk is
required for the OPERAXpress property management system and access to the CRS (for network
details see the OPERAXpress hardware specification).
406.2
The administrative local area network must be secured from the HSIA service for the guests.
407.1
All equipment must be commercial grade, no consumer grade equipment is allowed (e.g. D-Link,
Linksys, Netgear).
408.1
Each new Franchisee must register their Hotel(s) with the CRS 90 days prior to the scheduled Hotel
opening to provide pre-opening reservation services.
408.2
Each Hotel must submit photos to the Franchisor’s marketing department of all room types.
408.3
All un-sold or un-reserved rooms must be made available by the Hotel for sale through the CRS.
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Each Hotel may not close out for any date or dates until 80% of rooms are either reserved or sold.
408.5
Any special requests to close out rooms, due to unique circumstances, must be approved in writing
no less than 45 days in advance by the Franchisor.
408.6
All rates and discounts are set by the Franchisee owner or manager at each Hotel and can be changed
or modified only by those designated or authorized by that Hotel.
408.7
Lower room rates or discounts may be closed out at any time at the Franchisee’s discretion as part of
a yield management strategy. Rack/standard rates or designated corporate rates (as negotiated)
should be available at all times.
408.8
Group blocks are considered tentative reservations and will be treated as reserved until the block is
either filled or unsold rooms released. Rooms released from group blocks must be made available for
sale through the CRS.
408.9
Each Franchisee must evaluate whether to participate in Travel Agent Consortia Programs, Net Rate
programs and discount/online auction sites. AmericInn properties may be required to participate in
one or more merchant or opaque program as part of the overall AmericInn distribution strategy. (see
also 409.3.3)
408.10
Each Hotel shall use the approved CRS as its exclusive reservation system. AmericInn reserves the
right to modify the CRS as well as the terms of any global distribution system (GDS) and voice
participation to reflect any changes that may be applied to the CRS by third party service providers.
408.11
The CRS shall be used to provide Reservation Services including new reservations, changes and
cancellations. Central reservation services include a call center to answer and process reservation
inquiries via branded toll free telephone numbers, a web based tool for processing online
reservations and connectivity to GDS for Travel Agent and Online Travel Agent (OTA) reservation
processing. Reservations, changes, cancellations and other messages from and through the CRS shall
be transmitted directly to each Hotel via PMS interface or such other system reasonably prescribed by
the Franchisor. Each Hotel shall, at its expense, provide or cause to be provided the reservation
receiving system and the system for transmitting specific Hotel information to the CRS with respect
to the Hotel, including, but not limited to, all equipment (hardware and software) and
telecommunications equipment and lines, if required. All expenses of servicing and maintaining such
equipment and all costs associated with necessary software and related items to receive reservations,
changes, cancellations and other messages from the CRS to each Hotel and to transmit specific Hotel
information from the Hotel to the CRS shall be paid by each Hotel and shall not be the responsibility
of the Franchisor. In the event of an Internet outage, fax transmission of reservations by the CRS to a
Hotel requires each Hotel to maintain an operable fax machine. The Hotel shall give the Franchisor at
least ten days advance notification of any change to the Hotel's data required for the provision of
Reservation Services (Update Information) via e-mail. In addition, in the event a Hotel notifies
AmericInn Central Reservations via facsimile or Internet of any error in the rate information for the
Hotel (Rate Information) and the room availability status of the Hotel (Availability Information) or its
Update Information, AmericInn Central Reservations shall use commercially reasonable efforts to
correct such error(s) within 60 minutes of receipt of the same. AmericInn Central Reservations will
use commercially reasonable efforts to correct errors related to Rate Information generated through
the CRS within 60 minutes of notification and to correct Availability Information between the
AmericInn Central Reservation System and the Micros OPERAXpress system within 12 hours of receipt
of the same.
408.12
The Franchisor agrees to provide designated employees of the Hotel with reservation reports
available through its RESmatrix data and information system. The Hotel acknowledges and agrees
that the Franchisor and those designated by the Hotel shall have the right to receive, review, own and
use the information contained in all such reports and the CRS for valid business purposes relating to
the franchise relationship between the Franchisor and its franchisees, including, but not limited to,
providing sales and marketing services and assistance in the operation of the CRS. All reports shall
be provided at the sole cost and expense of the Franchisor and at no cost to the Hotel unless
otherwise specifically negotiated.
408.13
RESmatrix Training: The Franchisor shall provide or cause to be provided training services via Internet
access to designated employees of the Hotel to enable such employees to effectively use the CRS and
Reservation Services. The training shall be provided at such times as are mutually agreed upon by
Hotel and the Franchisor. If the Hotel requests training in any manner other than that described
above, such as onsite training at the Hotel location or any other location, such training and travel
expenses of the AmericInn Central Reservation staff shall be paid by the Hotel. The cost of travel and
lodging for the Hotel's employees to attend such training shall be at the Hotel's expense. For fortyfive days following training, the Franchisor shall provide transitional assistance to designated
employees of the Hotel trained previously. RESmatrix Support: Following the forty-five day training
assistance period, the Franchisor shall provide both toll free and email support to designated
employees of the Hotel at no charge.
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408.14
The Franchisor shall provide at no additional cost to the Hotel a toll-free telephone and an Internet email service, which will be available to travel agents, personnel of AmericInn and personnel of the
Hotel (Help Desk Service). AmericInn Central Reservations shall staff the Help Desk Service with
trained agents who are able to provide information and assistance regarding any of the Reservation
Services, AmericInn Central Reservations, or other systems or services provided by the Franchisor.
The Help Desk Service for Central Reservations Services shall be available 24 hours a day, seven days
per week, and 365 days per year and may be accessed with a toll-free number. In addition, the
Franchisor shall provide each Hotel at no additional cost to the Hotel a Central Reservations Account
Representative who shall be dedicated primarily to servicing the Hotel. The Franchisor agrees that its
reservation and customer service agents shall at all times perform their duties, handle reservation or
customer service requests, and treat guests and customers in a professional and courteous manner,
with a goal to maximize sales. Such agents shall be trained and instructed in customer service, sales
and marketing techniques at the sole cost and expense of the Franchisor. The Franchisor shall
conduct or cause to be conducted quality assurance evaluations on the reservation and customer
service agents or other employees who provide Reservation Services.
408.15
Each month, the Hotel shall pay to the Franchisor a monthly reservation fee equal to 1.25% of gross
revenue of the Hotel for the prior month for Reservation Services. Each Hotel must also pay the
Franchisor for GDS/IDS (Internet distribution system) pass-through fees that will be invoiced
separately. The Franchisor’s monthly invoice shall reflect reservation fees and GDS/IDS pass-through
fees based on the reservation's arrival date. Pegasus fees shall reflect the reservation's booking date.
The Franchisor shall invoice the Hotel for all such fees and all due and payable amounts shall be paid
by the Hotel to the Franchisor within 30 days after receipt by the Hotel of such invoice. The
Franchisor reserves the right to modify the fees to reflect any changes in the pass-through fees as
they may be applied to the CRS by third party reservation services providers at the beginning of an
annual calendar period, except that the Franchisor shall first provide a 30 day advance written notice
of any such changes to the Hotel. The Franchisor shall pass on to the Hotel the increased or
decreased GDS/IDS pass-through fees as they are passed to the Franchisor. If the pass-through
amount increases, the Franchisor will not add any service fee or other fee to the actual increased fee
amount received from the GDS/IDS. If the pass-through fee amount decreases, the Franchisor shall
reduce the pass-through fee accordingly in the next scheduled invoice cycle or as is practical.
408.16
The Franchisor may terminate or suspend the Hotel’s participation in the CRS and Reservation
Services in the event of default in the payment or performance of the Hotel’s obligations under its
Franchise Agreement and fail to timely cure the default after receiving written notice from the
Franchisor. Additionally the Franchisor may terminate or suspend participation in the CRS and
Reservation Services in the event of a default in the payment or performance of the hotel’s
obligations under Section 408.15. If, after termination or suspension of the Hotel’s participation in
the CRS and Reservation Services, the Hotel cures its defaults, the Franchisor will reinstate the Hotel
as a participant upon the payment of a $1,500 reinstatement fee.
408.17
All reservations booked through the CRS will be confirmed by AmericInn Central Reservations based
upon standard hotel non-guaranteed and guaranteed policies or such other policies as agreed to
from time to time by the Hotel and the Franchisor in writing. Guaranteed reservations shall be
confirmed by credit card or other accepted method of payment guarantee agreed to by the Franchisor
and the Hotel. The Franchisor makes no representation or warranty concerning credit card
guarantees, including, without limitation, the authority of the person to use such card or the
availability of credit thereunder. The Hotel shall honor all reservations for the Hotel transmitted from
or through the CRS, including, without limitation, the room rate, room type, arrival date and
departure date provided, however, that the Hotel shall not be obligated to honor any reservations
that are contrary to the update information or the Rate Information and Availability Information
provided by the Hotel to AmericInn Central Reservations. AmericInn Central Reservations shall
immediately, upon receipt, forward all cash deposits to the Hotel.
408.18
The Hotel shall provide written notice to the Franchisor of any advertisement programs targeted to
Reservation Services subscribers within a minimum of ten business days of activation. The Hotel will
place the respective chain code for each GDS on all promotional materials targeted to travel agents
along with the toll-free number for reservations, if applicable.
408.19
Subject to temporary shut downs due to maintenance of the CRS and to force majeure (as described
below), the Franchisor agrees to provide the CRS and Reservation Services to the Hotel, except as
otherwise provided below for voice reservation services, to the Hotel 24 hours per day, 365 days per
year. Subject to temporary shut downs due to maintenance of the CRS and to force majeure, the
Franchisor agrees to provide voice reservation services to the Hotel, including processing calls to the
800 numbers owned by the Franchisor, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The term "force
majeure" as used herein shall mean the following: acts of God; acts of public enemies; orders of any
kind of any governmental body, including the government of the United States or of any state thereof
or any of their departments, agencies, or officials, or any civil or military authority; insurrections;
riots; epidemics; landslides; lightning; earthquake; fire; hurricane; storms; floods, washouts;
droughts; arrests; restraint of government and people; civil disturbances; or any other cause or event
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not within the control of the Franchisor, in each case which makes it impossible or impracticable for
the Franchisor to perform. In the event that the Franchisor determines that a force majeure event has
occurred, it shall immediately notify the Hotel of the event.
408.20
Neither the Franchisor, nor any of its agents or affiliates will have any liability to the Hotel if the CRS
becomes inoperable or ceases to function due to equipment failure or for any other reason or cause,
including those caused by the negligence of the Franchisor or any of its agents or affiliates or those
for which the Franchisor or its agents or affiliates might be held to be liable, but excluding those
caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of Franchisor or its agents or affiliates.
408.21
Each Hotel shall indemnify and hold the Franchisor and its agents and affiliates harmless from any
loss or liability that may be incurred in connection with any negligence or willful misconduct of the
Hotel either arising from a correctly processed and proper reservation being dishonored or otherwise
relating in any manner to the operation of the Hotel, except to the extent that any such loss or
liability arises or is incurred as a result of the negligence or willful misconduct of the Franchisor and
its agents and affiliates.
408.22
Properties may only forward reservation inquiries/calls from their property’s switchboard, either via
an automated attendant feature or call-forward feature to the AmericInn CRS call center if they are
enrolled and participating in the CRS CALLassist program. Participation in CALLassist is optional but
an enrollment authorization form is required as a dedicated ‘ring-to’ number is provided which
enables reservation center agents to identify the call as coming for a specific property.
408.22.1 Authorized, participating properties will be charged a call handling charge of $1 per call
for transferred calls that do not result in a reservation. Charges for non-converted calls will
appear on the property’s monthly invoice under “Other CRS Services”. Transferred calls
resulting in a reservation are covered by the monthly reservation fee as identified in
408.15.
408.22.2 Properties no authorized to participate in the CALLassist program but are found to be
transferring calls to the AmericInn CRS call center will be invoiced on the property’s
monthly invoice a call handling charge of $1 per transferred call.
408.23
Properties must established and apply cancellation policies within the CRS and policies must be
consistent with those offered at the property level. Properties may change cancel policies at any
time, however cancellation policies in effect at the time of a reservation booking will apply to that
reservation regardless of the activation of subsequent policy or policies which may be more
restrictive to reservations made after the new policy is activated.
408.24
Properties may not charge guests a cancellation or processing fee for cancelling reservations within
the time period allotted for cancellation. If a property requires a pre-paid deposit and a guest cancels
their reservation within the allotted period the pre-paid deposit must be returned in full with no
cancellation or processing charges.
408.25
Properties may not charge guests reservation, booking fee or service charges for making reservations
through the AmericInn.com website, AmericInn CRS booking widgets or links, calling the AmericInn
800# Call Center, booking via a Travel Agent or Agency or booking via an Online Travel Agency site
(such as Expedia, Orbitz, etc.).
409
409.1
Franchisees must provide rate parity at all times and may not offer a lower rate or promotional offer
on competing Internet travel sites (such as Expedia, etc.) without the same or lower rate or
promotional offer being offered on AmericInn.com with the same or more favorable
guarantee/cancellation policies for the guest.
409.2
Travel Agent Commissions – All published rates and rates available to the general public either Hoteldirect or through the CRS are commissionable, including rack/AmericInn Best Rate (ABR), corporate,
weekend, packages, promotional, advance reservations/advance purchase rates, AAA and senior
citizen rates.
The following rates are considered non-commissionable: specially negotiated corporate, consortia
and government rates (excluding the FedRooms program) which are negotiated net
non-commissionable unless identified by a Hotel as a commissionable rate. Wholesaler rates are not
commissionable.
All Franchisees must pay a minimum of 10% commission on qualified commissionable rates to those
agencies and travel referral sites in the AmericInn Travel Referral programs. Such sites and agencies
include but are not limited to Kayak, Sidestep, JackRabbit Direct and others as determined by the
Franchisor. Commission rates due to agencies and referral sites in the AmericInn Travel Referral
Program are subject to change with advance notice by AmericInn and may be higher than the
standard 10% for select or specified sites based on brand level distribution agreements.
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409.3
409.4
Online Travel Agent Merchant and Opaque programs
409.3.1
All Franchisees entering into new Merchant/Net Rate/Opaque agreements with Online
Travel Agent (third-party Internet sites) such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Priceline,
Orbitz, must manage rates, inventory and reservation delivery through the CRS.
409.3.2
All Franchisees participating in Merchant/Net Rate/Opaque agreements with Online Travel
Agent (third-party Internet sites), (such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Priceline,
Orbitz, etc., must manage rates, inventory and reservation delivery through the CRS.
409.3.3
AmericInn properties may be required to participate in one or more merchant or opaque
programs as part of the overall AmericInn distribution strategy.
All hotels must offer and make available to all channels the AmericInn standard discounted rates
(listed below). These discounted rates can be yielded during peak times up to 5% of the calendar
year. These discounted rates must have a discount value equal to or greater than 10% off of the
property’s Standard/Rack rate.
409.4.1
409.4.2
AmericInn standard discount rates include
409.4.1.1
AAA/CAA
409.4.1.2
AARP
409.4.1.3
Senior
409.4.1.4
Military
AmericInn standard discounted rates may not be combined into a single rate code
(Example: AAA/AARP).
409.5
Brand marketing efforts often target the consumer segments that take advantage of these common
rate programs and/or discounts. It is important for all Hotels to have these discounted rates available
to these constituents.
409.6
Each Hotel must maintain their rates and availability a minimum of 365 days in advance.
410
410.1
Each Franchisee must purchase and operate only the designated Property Management System (PMS)
approved by Franchisor, which is currently Micros OPERAXpress. The Micros OPERAXpress Property
Management System will be used at each Hotel.
410.2
Each Franchisee must purchase and use all Micros OPERAXpress hardware designated by the
Franchisor without substitutions. Designated hardware and components may require changes or
updates from time to time and must be implemented according to the timetables and specifications
as set forth by the Franchisor.
410.3
The firewall specified and required by the Franchisor must remain connected and operating at all
times to protect the integrity of the system and may not be modified, allowed to be altered,
reconfigured or reset. The firewall must remain connected and configured to allow secure access to
AmericInn IT, Micros and AmericInn Central Reservations. Properties are not allowed to alter the
configuration of, replace or remove the firewall.
410.4
The renewal and management of firewall and virus protection programs will be administered by the
Franchisor. Each Hotel with OPERAXpress installed for one year or more will be billed a monthly fee
for the cost of all renewals and related installation. It is the responsibility of the hotel to monitor,
maintain and insure the firewall and virus protection software are up to date and operating correctly.
410.5
All OPERAXpress upgrades and patches must be installed according to the timetables and
specifications established by the Franchisor.
410.6
Each Hotel must provide five static IP addresses with high-speed Internet connectivity 30 days prior
to installing OPERAXpress.
410.7
The OPERAXpress server must be dedicated to solely running OPERAXpress and its related
applications. Installation and use of any un-approved software, including but not limited to, Microsoft
Word and Microsoft PowerPoint, is expressly forbidden. Removal of such applications may be
required by Micros or the Franchisor’s support team prior to obtaining support. Technical issues
caused by unauthorized installation of software will become the responsibility of the Franchisee to
resolve.
410.8
OPERAXpress workstations are intended for running OPERAXpress and its related applications. Un approved software may be required to be removed by Micros or the Franchisor’s support team prior
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to obtaining support. Technical issues caused by unauthorized installation or software will become
the responsibility of the Franchisee to resolve.
410.9
AmericInn requires hotels with two or more workstations at the front desk to have a minimum of two
printers operational and available via the property management system network at all times.
410.10
If an external hard drive is utilized for the backing up of data, that drive may only be utilized for the
storage of files related to the backup of OPERAXpress and its database.
410.11
Each hotel should have a local IT professional, with first-hand knowledge of their hardware and
network configuration, identified and readily available.
410.12
AmericInn recommends an annual audit of hardware and the property management system network
by a local IT professional to identify items for maintenance or replacement. A sample audit form can
be found on the Hospitality Information Portal.
410.13
AmericInn requires preventative maintenance be performed on the OPERAXpress server and
workstations every six (6) months. Preventative maintenance instructions can be found on the
Hospitality Information Portal.
410.14
AmericInn requires replacement of the OPERAXpress server every four years.
410.15
Hotels may not use database, reservation or profile fields for purposes other than their intended
purpose as miscellaneous and inaccurate information is propagated throughout the brand through
OCIS.
410.15.1 Inclusion or addition of comments such as “Do Not Move”, “Has Pet”, etc. is not permitted
in the Agent, Company, Group, Member (Type, Number and Level) fields. Such notes must
be placed in the Comments field within the reservation so as to avoid their propagation
within the guest profile and communicated to other properties and the CRS if the guest
profile is shared/subscribed.
410.15.2 Communication fields, Email, Home Phone, Business Phone, Webpage, Mobile Phone, Fax
and Email-B are to be strictly used for those modes of communication.
410.15.3 Communication fields must remain blank (unused) if a guest does not provide information
for the specific communication type.
410.15.4 Properties are prohibited from entering information, such as “refused”, “none”, “N/A”, ”…”
etc. or other identifying information such as car make/model, license plate#, passport#,
etc. in communication fields.
410.15.5 The Comments field within OPERAXpress is a central comments field shared between
OPERAXpress and CRS. Comments entered into this field may/will be accessible to
property, CRS agents and guests using the AmericInn.com booking platform. Comments
must remain professional at all times.
410.15.6 Should AmericInn determine that a hotel is misusing database, reservation or profile fields
with inclusion of miscellaneous data, AmericInn reserves the right to charge the hotel for
the restoration of data.
410.16
AmericInn Hotels should correct/remove miscellaneous data should they find it in fields where that
data is not consistent with the use of the field.
410.17
All properties utilizing the Micros credit card interface will migrate to Merchant Link’s Transaction
Vault credit card gateway by January 1, 2013 for the purposes of obtaining PCI compliance. This will
include replacement of existing credit card swipes with ones that encrypt the credit card from the
point of the swipe and a terminal for manual entry of credit cards that will encrypt the data from the
point of entry.
411
411.1
Each Hotel must utilize the OPERAXpress two-way interface and follow all interface requirements as
established by the Franchisor.
411.2
The Franchisor does not provide support for the two-way interface, firewall, hardware or software.
411.3
The Franchisor’s two-way interface is a component of the CRS and may not be used, transferred,
rented or leased to any other brand, concept, person or persons, entities, companies or
organizations without prior written consent by the Franchisor.
411.4
Each Hotel must house a fully-operational fax machine in the event that there is an interruption of
connectivity due to loss of Internet service, hardware or software interruption or connectivity
problems with the two-way interface. The CRS will automatically revert to the fax machine to convey
reservation activity if connectivity is lost for more than one hour.
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411.5
In the event of connectivity problems with the two-way interface, the Franchisee must notify the CRS
support desk of the connectivity issues immediately.
412
412.1
412.2
The Franchisor provides a Hospitality Information Portal (HIP) which includes standardized email
functionality for each hotel.
412.1.1
The Hotel’s HIP email address (i.e. city.st@AmericInn.com) is used in the Franchisor’s travel
directory, Franchisor’s website and through other promotions.
412.1.2
This HIP email address is the only email address approved for communication with guests.
412.1.3
The Franchisor will transmit all time-sensitive property data, brand communications,
information and email communications to each Hotel through this electronic media
exclusively.
Each Hotel must register for and actively use the HIP and its provided email functionality.
412.2.1
All Franchisees and their representatives will adhere to the terms of use as described on
the HIP.
412.2.2
Franchisee must respond to Franchisor request for information or emails within 72 hours.
412.2.3
The General Manager or an appointed hotel employee is responsible to check emails
delivered to the Hotel’s HIP email address a minimum of every 24 hours, seven days per
week without exception.
412.2.4
All guest correspondence to the Hotel’s HIP email address must be responded to within 72
hours.
412.2.5
The Hotel’s HIP email address is not to be used for individual or personal use by any staff
member at any time.
412.2.6
The automated Out-Of-Office reply may not be used on the Hotel’s HIP email account at any
time.
413
413.1
Franchisees will be billed separately by the Franchisor or its representatives for the following
services:
413.1.1
AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System – Current Pricing = $0.89 per guest room per
month
413.1.2
AmericInn eConnections – Current Pricing = $100 per Hotel per month
413.1.3
Firewall and antivirus updates – Current Pricing = $30 per month
414
Effective January 3, 2011 AmericInn will be providing support for AmericInn technology systems. AmericInn
Technology Systems support will provide a first point of contact for troubleshooting, answering ‘how to’
questions in OPERAXpress, and facilitating solutions to technology system issues.
414.1
Technology systems support will be provided free of charge during the hours of 7:00 AM CST to 7:00
PM CST Monday through Friday. Technology systems support will be available 10:00 AM CST to 2:00
PM CST weekends and holidays for an additional fee.
414.2
Contact the AmericInn Technology Systems helpdesk by phone at 855-385-0015 or via email at
support@americinn.com.
414.3
Acknowledgement of cases opened will occur via e-mail to the property e-mail address
(city.state@americinn.com) within two hours of receipt during weekday operating hours. This
acknowledgement confirms placement of case in the queue. Cases will be handled in the order
received. Acknowledgements will not specify a timeframe for solution.
414.4
The AmericInn Technology Systems support department will be available for remote assistance
during operating hours provided the property has a suitable and stable internet connection.
414.5
Properties must be current in their annual support payments to Micros in order for the AmericInn
Technology Systems support department to provide support.
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414.6
Support for brand technology systems including: OPERAXpress, Easy Rewards, Opera Customer
Information System, Hospitality Information Portal, ACSS, eCRM, and TACS
414.7
Configuration of backup and anti-virus software and Fortinet firewalls to AmericInn’s specifications
414.8
Provide guidance and serve as the subject matter expert for properties and local IT professionals
regarding the property network setup
414.9
Provide application configuration services for OPERAXpress including the following: customized
reports, data extractions, and form changes
414.10
Configuration and troubleshooting of printing issues relating to OPERAXpress
414.11
Configuration and troubleshooting the installation of OPERAXpress on a workstation provided the
workstation meets AmericInn’s hardware specifications
414.12
Configuration and troubleshooting of printers relating to Windows or third party applications
414.13
Repair/troubleshooting of operating systems, hardware or third party applications on workstation
and servers
414.14
Resolution of issues with server or workstation hardware, e.g. drive failures, server RAID array issues,
RAM faults, network card issues
414.15
Resolution of issues with printer hardware
414.16
Resolution of issues with network infrastructure
414.17
Install/re-install of workstation operating systems and service packs, Internet Explorer® or other
Windows® based software products
414.18
Monitoring/installation of operating system and service packs on workstation and servers
414.19
Re-configuration of hardware and/or network connectivity as a result of relocation of hardware or
network changes
414.20
Recovering corrupted database
414.21
Restoring database from previously made backup
414.22
Monitoring available storage capacity on the database servers
414.23
Monitoring alerts and error logs generated by the server operating system, Oracle database, antivirus or backup software
414.24
Monitoring proper functioning of the database backup
414.25
Install/re-install/update restore disks.
414.26
Support of OPERAXpress installed on equipment not included in or compliant with AmericInn
specified configurations
414.27
Support of Oracle database administration
414.28
Support of Microsoft Office applications or other third party applications
414.29
Creation/implementation of data correction scripts, if needed as a result of a user’s action
414.30
Weekend and holiday support: $250/incident
414.31
Scheduled server migration: $1,000 plus shipping charges
414.31.1 Configure hardware, load application and manage the migration for a server’s scheduled
replacement
414.32
Emergency/Unscheduled server migration: $2,500 plus shipping charges
414.32.1 Configure hardware, load application and manage the migration for a server failure
414.33
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415.1
The central comments field in the guest profile is used to share information regarding the guest,
including their preferences, between properties. It should never contain derogatory comments
regarding the guest.
415.2
It is the responsibility of each hotel to verify the accuracy and maintain the integrity and security of
data contained in the guest profile.
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AAA
American Automobile Association
ABR
AmericInn Best Rate
ACLT
AmericInn Certified Lodging Training
ACSS
AmericInn Customer Satisfaction System
ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act
ADR
Average Daily Rate
ALERT
AmericInn Location Emergency Response Team
AMOD
AmericInn Marketing on Demand
CRS
Central Reservation System
DHCP
Dynamic Internal IP Address
DND
Do Not Disturb
DOT
Department of Transportation
DPI
Dots Per Inch
FC
Foot Candles
FF & E
Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
GDS
Global Distribution Systems
HIP
Hospitality Information Portal (https://www.americinn.info)
HSIA
High Speed Internet Access
IDS
Internet Distribution System
IPC
INN-Pressive Club
ISP
Internet Service Provider
LAN
Local Area Network
NFPA
National Fire Protection Agency
NSF
National Science Foundation
OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OTA
Online Travel Agent
PCI
Payment Card Industry
PIP
Property Improvement Plan
PMS
Property Management System -OR- Pantone Matching System
PTAC
Packaged Terminal Air-Conditioning System
QAE
Quality Assurance Evaluation
SM
Service Mark
SSL
Secure Sockets Layer
STC
Sound Transmission Coefficient
TACS
Travel Agency Commission Settlement
TM
Trademark
TPI
Third-Party Internet
UL
Underwriters Laboratories
VPN
Virtual Private Network
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