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NEW YORK'S FAMED HOTEL PENNSYLVANIA JAZZES UP, JOINS BEST WESTERN

 PHOENIX, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Times have changed, but the phone number at New York's Hotel Pennsylvania, the newest member of Best Western International Inc., hasn't. New York's longest continually used phone number, it remains the same as it was in the days when Glenn Miller's hit tune, "PE-nnsylvania 6-5000," was broadcast from the hotel's renowned ballroom, the Cafe Rouge.
 By joining Best Western, New York's Hotel Pennsylvania becomes the chain's fourth property in Manhattan. A total of 135 properties have affiliated themselves with Best Western since the beginning of 1993, strengthening the company's presence in the upper-mid-market. "Property owners and operators are looking for ways to maximize their effectiveness in today's market," said Ronald A. Evans, president and chief executive officer of Best Western International. "Best Western strikes the ideal balance between entrepreneurial independence and the assets of chain affiliation."
 One of the five largest hotels in New York, the hotel has 1,705 rooms, all of which are currently undergoing renovation, including a modernization of safety features. Among the other exciting changes to be completed by mid-1994 at the New York's Hotel Pennsylvania: a restoration of the ballroom dance floor to its original condition; a complete renovation of the main lobby, including new carpeting, doors and lighting; and an update of the marquee. Also, a Sports Authority retailer will be located on the renovated mezzanine level. Upon completion of the work, the hotel will have spent more than $12 million to update and refurbish the property.
 The Best Western New York's Hotel Pennsylvania is owned and managed by Hampton Hotel Corp. Hampton Hotel Corp.'s President Mary J. Diem, said, "It's a pleasure to be part of the Best Western family. We're looking forward to a long and successful relationship with the association." All of Best Western International's member properties are independently owned and operated.
 When it comes to facilities, business and leisure travelers alike couldn't ask for more than the mid-town New York's Hotel Pennsylvania offers. Two owner-operated restaurants, the Globetrotter and the Penn Bar, serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel is located across the street from Pennsylvania Station (to which it originally had direct tunnels) and Madison Square Garden. Other attractions within walking distance include the Empire State Building and Broadway theaters.
 New York's Hotel Pennsylvania became a mecca for big-band performers in the 1930s and '40s, when Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie all brought their swing jazz to the big city. People crowded into the hotel's nightclub to cut some rug, or tuned in at home to the radio show, "Live from the Cafe Rouge Ballroom of the Hotel Pennsylvania."
 Designed by famed architect Stanford White and built by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1919 to provide accommodations for travelers arriving at New York City's Pennsylvania Station, the Hotel Pennsylvania was the largest hotel in the world until 1927.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Vaughan, director-corporate communications, 602-957-5751, or John Poinier, manager-media relations, 602-957-5671, both of Best Western/


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