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Hotels being upgraded / converted en masse, HDTVs included

Darren Murph

Those used to seeing an AmeriSuites hotel in the Crosswoods area of Columbus, Ohio may be wondering where it went. Reportedly, the hotel has been converted into a Hyatt Place in an attempt to "to reach a younger audience," and it's far from being the only one. Hyatt Corp. has been on somewhat of an upgrading rampage as it converts and upgrades a number of hotels to cater to the demanding traveler, spending around "$32,000 per room on Hyatt Place conversions." That cash is purportedly being used in order to add such niceties as wireless internet, large sofa sleepers, wet bars and most importantly, 42-inch flat-panel TVs with 11 channels of high-definition programming. Talk about home away from home.

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