Avia Savannah hotel opens its doors

SAVANNAH (January 23, 2009) --- AVIA Savannah, the first in a small, carefully-developed collection of new-concept boutique hotels, is now open.

Developed and managed by Wichita, Kansas-based hospitality company LodgeWorks, the six-story AVIA Savannah overlooks the soon-to-be-restored Ellis Square in the heart of the city's revitalized historic district, less than 30 minutes away from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. Through its design, services and amenities, AVIA Savannah will reflect the city's history, culture and culinary traditions, artistic sensibilities and the vision of many prominent local tastemakers, offering guests a uniquely welcoming ambiance and spirit of personal discovery.

With 151 rooms and suites, AVIA Savannah combines understated elegance with the enthusiasm of a local host. In-room amenities include spa-inspired bathrooms with walk-in showers, lush beds and fine linens, gourmet refreshment bars, 42-inch flat panel televisions, alarm clock radios with MP3 docking stations, spacious working areas, and complimentary wired and wireless Internet access.

Other facilities at the hotel include the outdoor Terrace + Pool, an alfresco setting with intimate seating nooks, private cabanas, a fire pit, a swimming pool and views of Savannah's News Place on Ellis Square Courtyard; The Kitchen, featuring an eclectic dinner menu of tastings that celebrate regional dishes and culinary traditions; The Wine Bar, which offers an impressive selection of wines and beers; and the 2,765-square foot Event Room, the perfect venue option for distinctive conferences and special events.

Among AVIA Savannah's signature services are a 100 percent smoke-free environment, a fitness center, complimentary internet stations with printer, concierge services with tips from local tastemakers, and imaginative packages for groups and individuals to tap into the best of Savannah.

For a limited time, AVIA is offering special introductory rates for guests, starting at $269 per night.

AVIA Savannah is located at 14 Barnard Street. For more information or to take advantage of the introductory offer, guests can call (866) 644-2842 or (912) 233-2116, or visit www.aviahotels.com <http://www.aviahotels.com>  to make reservations for stays from January 15, 2009 through March 31, 2009. Reservations must be booked in advance, and blackout dates apply.

About AVIA
AVIA is a new boutique hotel collection from LodgeWorks, L.P. of Wichita, Kansas. Launched in September 2007, AVIA infuses sophisticated, locally inspired designs and an imaginative service culture crafted to bring authentic moments of discovery to discerning travelers. LodgeWorks has teamed with accomplished boutique hotel designer Colum McCartan, Law/Kingdon, Inc. of Wichita and other industry innovators to create the AVIA presence. Highlighted by local flavor and an air of discovery, the AVIA experience embodies "the art of living well" that is sought by boutique hotel travelers. In addition to Savannah, AVIA is also scheduled to open in Napa, Long Beach and The Woodlands in 2009. For more information, visit www.aviahotels.com <http://www.aviahotels.com> .

About LodgeWorks
LodgeWorks, L.P., is a privately held hotel development and management company in the midst of an exciting portfolio expansion. Based in the American heartland, the LodgeWorks® team has a rich history as hospitality brand innovators with industry-leading guest satisfaction, sophisticated development acumen, and an experienced team that has successfully collaborated for more than 20 years. Among recent developments, the company has announced AVIAsm, a new boutique hotel collection with sophisticated, locally-inspired designs and an imaginative service culture crafted to bring authentic moments of discovery to discerning travelers. LodgeWorks is also introducing comfortable luxury to the upscale suite category with the innovative refresh of Hotel Sierrasm (previously branded Sierra Suites® Hotel). The new brand celebrates contemporary design and unexpected touches of luxury. LodgeWorks is also expanding its portfolio of owned and managed branded hotels including Hyatt Summerfield Suites®, Hyatt Place®, Aloft®, Hawthorn Suites®, and Hilton Garden Inn®.  For more information, please visit www.aviahotels.com <http://www.aviahotels.com> , www.hotel-sierra.com <http://www.hotel-sierra.com>  or www.lodgeworks.com <http://www.lodgeworks.com> .

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