Wingate's first New Orleans-area property keys on business amenities

KENNER, La. -- The first Wingate Inn hotel in the New Orleans area opened here this spring on Veterans Boulevard off Interstate 10.

Located a mile from the airport, the hotel is convenient to downtown New Orleans, the Kenner Convention Center and the area's two major corporate parks.

The six-story, 102-room franchise offers several business amenities, such as high-speed Internet access in the guest rooms as well as in the meeting room and board room.

The Wingate Inn in Kenner.

This high-speed access will enable guests with a standard ethernet card and RJ45 connector to get on the Web at speeds up to 50 times faster than conventional 56K modems.

Access from the meeting rooms will be available for rent on a half-day or full-day basis.

Standard amenities also will be offered, such as express automated check-in and checkout; cordless telephones, and two-line desk phones with data-port, speaker, conference-call and voice-mail capabilities.

To meet professional needs, a 24-hour business center will offer free use of a fax machine plus printing and supply equipment.

Wireless phones will be available at the front desk for use anywhere within the hotel for both incoming and outgoing calls.

Rooms are equipped with safes, coffeemakers, hair dryers and ironing boards with irons.

An in-room entertainment system provides pay-per-view movies and Nintendo 64 games.

Guest rooms average 12 feet by 28 feet, and the rate -- which starts at $119 for a room or $159 for a suite -- includes continental breakfast, use of a whirlpool and exercise facilities and free stays for children under age 18 in the adults' room.

Wingate Inns International is an all-new-construction hotel chain that opened its first franchised hotel in July 1996.

It focuses on upper midmarket franchised hotels that feature sophisticated, consumer-based technology and over-sized rooms.

Wingate Inns
Phone: (800) 228-1000
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