Extended Stay Hotels Rests Easy With Verizon Business' Advanced IP Services

    $13.8 Million Agreement Enables IP Transformation of Hotel Chain's
Business Operations; Delivers Amenities to Guests

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Business is
providing Extended Stay Hotels with an IP-based data and voice network across
the U.S. and Canada, under a new three-year, $13.8 million agreement.

    Extending its longstanding relationship with Extended Stay Hotels, one of
America's leading lodging chains, Verizon Business is delivering
next-generation communications services to support the company's North
American operations, which comprise nearly 700 properties and more than 76,500
guest rooms.

    The new network infrastructure will help Extended Stay better serve
hundreds of thousands of guests per year and includes a corporatewide IP-based
voice and messaging system.  It also provides the foundation for high-speed
Internet service for guests - an important amenity expected by business

    The hotel chain's newly converged network is built on Verizon
Internet-Dedicated and IP Trunking services.  The network features a
consistent architecture that enables Extended Stay Hotels to deploy
cost-effective, single-line connectivity for each hotel property while
doubling bandwidth capacity and streamlining network management.  It also
links 12,000 employees with back-office operations, including the property
management systems covering reservations and payment processing, as well as
inbound and outbound calling and conferencing services.

    "Verizon Business has helped us navigate the tricky waters of IP
transformation," said Ira Greenfield, vice president of technology, Extended
Stay Hotels.  "We need our network to serve two sets of requirements - one for
our corporate systems and the other for our guests.  With Verizon Business, we
identified a cost-effective approach that delivers on both fronts."

    Stephen Young, senior vice president, corporate and government market
sales, Verizon Business, said, "We have worked closely with Extended Stay
Hotels for a number of years to deploy an IP infrastructure that is both
reliable and flexible.  Our IP expertise and the ability of our people to
integrate our services and capabilities into comprehensive solutions enabled
Verizon Business to deliver a network for Extended Stay Hotels that meets the
requirements of its employees and guests alike."

    Verizon Business is a leader in the delivery of IP solutions that help
large businesses and government agencies transition to VoIP on their own path
and pace.  Verizon Business VoIP solutions offer high-quality voice
communications in a converged network environment, leveraging Verizon
Business' vast national and international footprint and a wide range of
innovative features.  Verizon Business' VoIP portfolio enables customers to
use existing infrastructure, providing mix-and-match options to combine
network- and premises-based capabilities.

    About Extended Stay Hotels

    HVM L.L.C.,SM is the operator of Extended Stay Hotels. The company
operates moderately priced extended stay lodging hotels with nearly 700
locations reaching all major metropolitan areas across the United States and
Canada. Our brands include Extended Stay DeluxeSM, Extended Stay America(R),
Homestead Studio Suites(R), StudioPLUS Deluxe Studios(R) and Crossland Economy

    Extended Stay Hotels provides a quality lodging experience for the
growing ranks of travelers who need services and facilities specifically
designed for extended stay travel. The company targets large corporate
customers with multi-location extended stay needs and affordable nightly,
weekly and monthly rates.

    About Verizon Business

    Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ), operates
the world's most connected public IP network and uses its industry-leading
global-network capabilities to offer large-business and government customers
an unmatched combination of security, reliability and speed.  The company
integrates advanced IP communications and information technology (IT) products
and services to deliver leading enterprise solutions including managed
services, security, mobility, collaboration and professional services.  These
solutions power innovation and enable the company's customers to do business
better. For more information, visit www.verizonbusiness.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Kevin W. Irland, +1-703-886-1117,
kevin.w.irland@verizon.com Web Site: http://www.verizon.com/news             

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