Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites To Feature 'Short Stature
Accessibility Kits' for Little People of America in All Hotels
ATLANTA (March 29, 2007) - To better serve the over 1.2 million Americans
of short stature, Microtel Inns & Suites and Hawthorn Suites are providing
accessibility products preferred by Little People at all of the brands'
nearly 400 hotels currently open around the U.S., which will also become
'Little People Friendly Locations.' Microtel Inns & Suites - the
all-newly constructed chain of economy/budget hotels - and Hawthorn Suites
- the all-suites, extended stay hotel brand - are the only hotel chains to
offer the 'Short Stature Accessibility Kit' tools and training system

"We are proud to announce an initiative that has not only brought a
newcomer to our family, but further supports our culture of ensuring that
we serve the needs of all travelers," said Roy E. Flora, Chief Operating
Officer of US Franchise Systems, Inc. (USFS), parent company of the
franchisor of the Microtel and Hawthorn Suites hotel brands. "America's
Little People are a special but often neglected group of travelers. It's
clear that with a few simple tools, training, and an understanding of
their needs, we can provide them with quality, accessible hotel

The Short Stature Accessibility Kit, designed by Direct Access Solutions
of Hillsboro, Oregon, includes a custom stepstool, ergonomic reach
grabber, door security latch adapter, extension or 'push-pull' tool, and
specially designed closet rod adapter.

"ADA-accessible rooms alone are not the answer for people of short
stature," added Matt Roloff, Chairman of Direct Access Solutions and
former President of Little People of America. "We applaud Microtel and
Hawthorn Suites for treating us with the respect we all deserve, and for
being proactive to provide accessibility in all their hotels for America's
Little People." Roloff is also the host of The Learning Channel's TV hit,
Little People, Big World.

Both Microtel and Hawthorn Suites have a longstanding commitment to
provide quality accommodations and service to travelers with disabilities
and are sponsors of The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
(SATH). Microtel also recently received the Eagle Award from Disability
Rights Advocates (DRA) for excellence in providing accessible lodging and
for making a significant contribution to the advancement of people with

About Direct Access Solutions
Direct Access Solutions (DAS) was founded in 2003 by Matt Roloff and Mike
Detjen. The concept was based on the obvious needs of travelers with
dwarfism and the challenges they face when visiting hotels made too big
for them. The company prides itself in being the best source of travel
accessibility aids for people with dwarfism, and an advocate for Little
People who travel. For additional information, visit www.lp-access.com or
call 503-846-1399.

About Microtel Inns & Suites
Microtel is the first economy/budget hotel brand to offer guests free
local and long distance phone calls within the continental U.S., plus free
wireless high speed Internet access in all guestrooms nationwide. All
Microtel hotels offer complimentary continental breakfast. For an
unprecedented fifth consecutive year, Microtel was ranked highest in guest
satisfaction among economy/ budget hotel chains in the J.D. Power and
Associates 2006 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.
There are currently 303 Microtel Inn & Suites hotels open or under
construction worldwide. For reservations, contact 1-800-771-7171 or TDD
1-800-824-2082 toll-free, or visit www.microtelinn.com.

About Hawthorn Suites
Hawthorn Suites offers spacious one-bedroom suites with fully equipped
kitchens and studio suites with wet bars. Amenities include daily
complimentary hot breakfast buffet and Wednesday evening social hour, and
free high-speed Internet access. Most hotels feature meeting space,
swimming pool, exercise facilities, guest laundry, on-site convenience
store, valet and grocery shopping services. Guests can earn free nights
at Hawthorn and other Hyatt hotel brands by taking advantage of Hawthorn's
partnership in the Hyatt Gold Passport® frequency program. There are
currently 100 Hawthorn Suites open or under construction. For
reservations, contact 1-800-527-1133 or TDD 1-800-824-2116 toll-free, or
visit www.hawthorn.com.

All properties are independently owned and operated.

Barbara Wiener-Fischhof


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