Hotel changes chains
“The Daily Mining Gazette”

December 2, 2010

HOUGHTON – The Franklin Square Inn has changed chains.

The hotel unveiled the sign of Magnuson Hotels recently, marking an end to 19 years with Best Western.

Owner Gary Lubinski said he had signed with Magnuson in October after being in talks with them for the past two years. As a governor of Best Western International, Lubinski has spent the past few years on a committee overseeing changes in directon and procedure for the Best Western brand. Some of those changes weren’t to Lubinski’s liking.

“In the beginning, every Best Western was individually owned – still is – but they were individual properties,” he said. “(Best Western) wanted everyone to become cookie cutters.”

In contrast, Magnuson, owned by a former Best Western owner unhappy with the direction of the company, has a “more flexible, more reasonable” business model, Lubinski said.

Magnuson has also grown significantly in six years, Lubinski said, ranking as the top hotel company in Inc. Magazine’s 2009 list of privately owned American corporations.

Lubinski is looking forward to making upgrades at the Magnuson Hotel Franklin Square Inn.

“We want to improve every part of the hotel,” he said. “We’re always adding furniture, replacing furniture. Flat-screen TVs are on the horizon. As the economy improves, we’re going to keep improving the hotel.”
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