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Ascend Hotel Collection Adds 100th Domestic Property

LOS ANGELES—Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International Inc. has announced the addition of Hotel Blake Chicago as the milestone 100th domestic addition to its list of upscale hotels. The news of the brand’s growth was released at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit of hotel industry leaders in Los Angeles, Calif.

Located in the 18th-century Morton and Duplicator building in the heart of historic Printers Row, Hotel Blake Chicago features 162 spacious luxury guestrooms with 12-foot vaulted ceilings and large windows. The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center and other well-appointed amenities, including business meeting and event spaces, the intimate Bar Blake, and Meli Cafe.

“Hotel Blake Chicago offers guests a unique experience that reflects the sophisticated character of Chicago, while providing the highest standards of hospitality.These are the hallmarks of the Ascend Hotel Collection,” said Mike Murphy, senior vice president, upscale brands, Choice Hotels International.

After debuting in 2008 with just 17 properties, the Ascend Hotel Collection reached 57 domestic hotels by the end of 2012. As of Dec. 31, 2013, that number surged to 121 hotels worldwide as the Ascend brand expanded its footprint into new territory—downtown Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Ireland, to name a few key destinations.