The Sleep Inn & Suites hotel of Waxahachie, Texas was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2010 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc., franchisor of the Sleep Inn.

“The Sleep Inn & Suites hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the best hotels among the Sleep Inn brand,” said Steve Joyce, president and chief executive officer for Choice Hotels. “We here at Choice Hotels are very proud to award this distinguished honor to the Sleep Inn & Suites hotel.”

 As a top performing property among the company’s more than 4,900 U.S. franchised hotels, the Sleep Inn & Suites hotel is among the top 10 percent of properties within the Sleep Inn brand.

The hotel is one of only 24 hotels within the state of Texas and one out of 26 hotels within the 404-strong Sleep Inn brand to receive “Gold Award” status. As one of the company’s top franchised hotels operating under the Sleep Inn flag, the hotel has demonstrated an exceptional focus on guest satisfaction and dedication to providing superior service.

Additional award criteria are evaluated by Choice Hotels through its official property ranking reports.

General manager Raj Bhakta was justifiably proud of the award and his staff.

“It’s really great to be one of the very few (to win the award),” Bhakta said.

“Our goal is to keep guests happy. We make sure to exceed their needs. We make sure to make our coworkers happy in their jobs, so that their work is good and they then make the guests happy.”

The hotel, located at 1701  U.S. Highway 77 North, has 63 guests rooms with a staff of four front desk attendants and four housekeepers and management to attend.

“I hope we can win this award over and over. We like to make sure every guest is happy,” Bhakta said.

Assistant manager Margaret Steinmetz added that in addition to being awesome the staff is excited as well. “The staff is great. They all have positvie attitudes and have great teamwork. Plus we have some great bosses,” she said.

For more information or to make your reservation for the Sleep Inn & Suites hotel today, call the Choice Hotels toll-free reservation line at 800-4CHOICE or visit