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Red Roof Inn begins room upgrades

| Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011

If you could redesign your hotel room, what would you include?

Red Roof Inn, one of the nation's largest budget-hotel chains, launched a $90-million redesign effort this month for its almost 350 hotels across the country, based on the comments of thousands of guests in Texas, Georgia and Ohio.

The data were collected from e-mail surveys taken during the past 12 to 18 months.

The top request by guests was for more electrical outlets in each room to power smartphones, e-readers and other mobile electronic devices. The chain said it would add a minimum of four extra outlets per room as part of the redesign project.

The second most requested change was to install flat-screen TVs. The hotel chain plans to put 32- and 37-inch flat-screen TVs in every hotel room nationwide by the end of 2012.

Other changes coming as a result of the guest survey are new wood-like flooring instead of carpeting, more powerful shower heads and more bathroom counter space.

"When someone is traveling, they want to feel at home, or better," Red Roof President Andrew Alexander said in a statement.

The Red Roof Miami Airport hotel will be the first to get the upgrade. The chain's 12 hotels in California should be redone by the end of 2014.

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