Hawthorn Suites debuts in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's first Hawthorn Suites opened here.

The five-story Baton Rouge Hawthorn has 111 studios and one-bedroom suites.

On Valley Creek Road, near Louisiana State University and the Centroplex, the property includes an outdoor pool, fitness center and business center.

Suites include two-line speaker phones with dataports, microwaves, refrigerators, coffeemakers and a VCR.

Hawthorn Suites is a franchise operation of Atlanta-based U.S. Franchise Systems.

The new hotel is owned and operated by Indianapolis-based Sun Development, which also has Hawthorn properties in Hattiesburg, Miss.; Indianapolis, and Little Rock, Ark.

Steve Hymans, Hawthorn's vice president, brand marketing, said Hawthorn plans to expand throughout the state.

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