Sunday, February 22, 2009

Owatonna Hotel Bitch Smacks Corporate Greed: Country Inn & Suites Hotel in Owatonna, MN Donates All Hotel Furniture to Flood Victims

I recently heard an uplifting story about one of the hotels in Owatonna, Minnesota. Owatonna is not exactly "near” Minneapolis (Owatonna is about an hour south of downtown Minneapolis), but I have reviewed a few Owatonna hotels and posted them to our website due to several requests so I’m not too far off topic.

The reason I'd like to talk about this particular hotel is because of its contributions to the local community and beyond. I personally feel that it is important to recognize organizations that have a true commitment to corporate social responsibility, especially during these times when selfishness and greed have become woven, ever so subtly, into the board rooms and executive offices of corporations across the globe.

The Country Inn & Suites Hotel in Owatonna, MN takes “Minnesota nice” to a new level. After the huge 2008 flood of Cedar Rapids, Iowa uprooted thousands of families, many businesses and individuals from throughout the region donated their time and effort to help the victims. But the Country Inn & Suites Hotel of Owatonna went above an beyond by donating all its furniture to help relieve the suffering experienced by its neighbor Iowans. Since this is a hotels blog about hotels near Minneapolis, I chose to focus on this particular hotel in Owatonna, MN. I was so moved by the generosity of the people working at the Country Inn & Suites Hotel in Owatonna, I felt the need to publicly commend their actions.

The Country Inn & Suites Owatonna Hotel was planning a major remodeling, which included new hotel furniture for many of their hotel rooms and suites. After the flood, hotel employees decided to do something that many companies in this economy would never have considered. They decided to give. All of the replaced hotel room furniture from the Owatonna, Minnesota hotel was donated to flood victims in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

I commend the Country Inn & Suites, Owatonna Hotel and hope that other organizations in our industry, especially other hotels near Minneapolis, are inspired and enlightened by the actions of the Country Inn & Suites Hotel in Owatonna. This hotel took into consideration the value of human life when making its business decisions. They could have made money on the furniture, yet they chose to make an effort to help those in need. Sure, they got good press, and it is great PR, but there are a hell of a lot of cheaper ways to "get your name in the paper."

On a personal note, isn’t it sad that we get surprised (albeit pleasantly) and amazed when a for-profit organization feels it is important to give back to the community? Shouldn't that be expected? … I think it should. Don’t you agree? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments section below this post.

The behavior displayed by the Country Inn and Suites Hotel in Owatonna is the sort that should be rewarded. If you are ever looking for a hotel near Owatonna, please consider booking your stay with them. I am currently working to allow our website’s visitors to book their hotel rooms at this particular hotel directly through our website, but until then, if you're going to travel to Owatonna, MN and need a cheap hotel room, please visit their website directly:

Also, if you want to donate, here is the local Red Cross Chapter:

Shameless plug (shameful in my opinion): If you are visiting Owatonna and would like to book a different hotel through us, here is our current, really-small-and-in-need-of-updating-sorry-our-webmaster-is-lazy, list of
cheap Owatonna hotels. :)

A note to my readers:
For the sake of full disclosure, at the time of this post, I haven’t reviewed or stayed at this chain’s hotels in Owatonna, so you can’t book through our website. I am working on it though! Thank for your patience. If you need to book at this hotel in Owatonna, please see the link to their website above.


- Victoria