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SARATOGA ARMS JOINS PRESTIGIOUS INNKEEPING ASSOCIATION

 Select Registry

Saratoga Arms, located in downtown Saratoga Springs, NY, was recently honored by admittance into Select Registry, Distinguished Inns of North America, the premier innkeeping association in the United States and Canada. Out of the thousands of inns in North America, only an elite few will be invited to join Select Registry this year. Saratoga Arms joins more than 400 other exceptional properties that are already members of the Association.

Saratoga Arms, one of Saratoga Springs luxury hotels, exemplifies the high quality and service championed by this Association,” says Select Registry Executive Director Keith Kehlbeck. “Select Registry assures the traveler that each of its inns is regularly inspected-anonymously and with an overnight inspection that measures the quality of hospitality, as well as the physical plant. Our members share a high standard of excellence, and each of our country inns, luxury B & B’s, and unique small hotels has its own distinctive character.”

Founded in 1972 as the Independent Innkeepers’ Association by Norman Simpson, “the Father of Country Inn travel in America,” Select Registry is an offshoot of Simpson’s popular and pioneering book, Country Inns and Back Roads.  The name and logo of the organization were changed several years ago to reflect the group’s approach to marketing its selective and distinguished member properties.  Originally established in the Berkshire area of New England, the nonprofit organization is now headquartered in historic Marshall, Michigan. Member inns must meet the rigorous standards of a Quality Assurance program, and represent the most prestigious establishments of their type.

As a marketing association, Select Registry partners with other brands and organizations-such as BMW, Karen Brown’s Guides, DiRoNA, UK Tour Operator Select Vacations, PhoCusWright, Ontario’s Finest Inns and the American Heart Association to name a few-to promote its members to target audiences.  Its celebrated guidebook-now in its 20th Edition-is distributed each year to nearly 400,000 guests throughout North America.  The organization also maintains a critically-acclaimed website, supervises gift certificate and loyalty programs, and organizes promotions for its members, including last year’s inaugural “Inn-credible Breakfast Cook-off,” a breakfast recipe culinary competition that produced nearly 30 million media impressions.

Saratoga Arms is an award winning 1870 Second Empire brick concierge hotel under the personal supervision of the proprietors, Kathleen and Noel Smith and their daughter Amy Smith. This Saratoga Springs, NY inn is located in the downtown district within walking distance to restaurants, museums, shopping, and colleges. Saratoga Arms features beautifully appointed rooms, some with fireplaces and double whirlpool tubs. Guests of the inn may take advantage of on-site massage and facial services, and an exercise room. Saratoga Arms also offers a state of the art executive conference room and specializes in Small Meetings in Grand Style.