Red Roof Inns Inc.
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1973; 51 years ago (1973)
FounderJim Trueman
Headquarters7815 Walton Parkway, ,
Number of locations
Over 600
Key people
George Limbert, President
OwnerRed Roof Inns, Inc.
Number of employees
ParentWRRH Investments LP
SubsidiariesRed Roof Franchising, LLC.

Red Roof Inn is an American economy hotel chain in the United States with over 600 properties globally, primarily in the Midwest, Southern, and Eastern United States. Red Roof Inn is a pet-friendly hotel chain.[1]


A Red Roof Inn in Manassas, Virginia

The earliest iteration of the Red Roof Inn was founded in Columbus, Ohio, in 1973. Its founder was American businessman and automobile racing team owner Jim Trueman.[2] Trueman died in 1986. The company remained in the hands of the Trueman family for 8 years after his death.

Original Logo in use 1973-2004
The original logo of Red Roof Inns, in use from 1973–2004

In 1994, The Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund purchased Red Roof from the Trueman family. In 1997, they began to franchise the company with their first franchised location in Branson, Missouri. In 1999, the company was purchased from the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund by French hospitality management company Accor. At the time of the purchase, the Red Roof Inn had 324 locations and 37,208 rooms.[3]

Accor, which owned various hotel brands including Motel 6, purchased the Red Roof Inn for $1.115 billion. As a result of the purchase, Accor became the third largest chain in guestrooms worldwide at the time.[4]

In April 2007, Accor announced the sale of Red Roof Inn to Citigroup Global Special Situations Group and Westbridge Hospitality Fund LP for $1.3 billion.[5] As part of the sale, some locations were converted to Accor's other North American brand, Motel 6. Accor planned to focus their efforts in the North American accommodation market exclusively on the Motel 6 brand after the sale was complete.[6]

After the sale from Accor, the franchising unit was placed into a separate business entity, Red Roof Franchising, LLC.[7]

Corporate Property Management Spin-Off

Since inception, Red Roof Inn has owned and managed a number of properties directly. With the purchase of the brand from Accor, individual inns were placed into portfolios purchased by investment groups[8] such as Five Mile Capital Partners, LLC., while Red Roof retained management.

Through sales of individual inns for various reasons, the managed properties were whittled down to 67 by September 2020, when they were removed from under the Red Roof Inn Inc. umbrella and managed by a newly formed entity named RRI West Management, LLC. Some administrative functions remained in New Albany, Ohio, while others moved to El Cajon, California. RRI West became the single largest franchisee of the Red Roof brand.

Red Roof Inn, Ann Arbor, Michigan

International Expansion

Red Roof opened its first international location in Brazil in September 2015. The Curitiba, Brazil hotel was followed by the opening of a second hotel in Vitoria, Brazil, which opened in April 2016 in partnership with the Brazil-based Nobile Hotels. Red Roof Franchising, LLC, working along with Nobile, plans on developing 35-40 properties across Brazil over the next 25 years.[9] In July 2016, Red Roof expanded to Japan by opening a hotel in the Namba area of Osaka, Japan.[10]

In partnership with Paragon Hotels, Red Roof planned on opening a series of new-build hotels in major tourist locations across Thailand.[11] That deal has since failed to materialize.[12] The hotel brand, partnered with FANS International Hospitality Group, intends to grow the brand starting with a location in Calgary, Alberta. This is the first of multiple hotel properties planned to be converted in Canada over the next five years.[13]

NextGen Room Design

An interior shot of a Red Roof Inn NextGen room renovation.

In 2013, the company began a $150 million investment to upgrade and renovate the existing hotels nationwide with the new NextGen room design. The NextGen design featured wood-like flooring, upgraded bedding, wireless internet, flat screen TVs, granite countertops, and vessel sinks in the bathroom.[14] To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the launch of the brand, a semi truck with an exact model of the new room type toured the country.[15]


Red Roof Inn
The first Red Roof Inn location opened in Columbus, Ohio in 1973, charging guests just $8.50 a night.

Red Roof PLUS+
Red Roof PLUS+ was launched in early 2014, as a higher-tier extension and not a separate brand. The Red Roof Plus concept is labelled as "Upscale Economy." In addition to the all new "NextGen" design, the Plus+ property offers a select number of Premium Rooms that feature additional amenities such as upgraded bath towels, high end bedding, Seattle's Best in-room coffee, and a snack box with water, orange juice, popcorn, trail mix and granola bars.[16] The Red Roof PLUS+ is highlighted by a bright red lighted canopy at the entrance to the lobby.

The Red Collection
In 2018, Red Roof announced the launch of their first soft brand, The Red Collection, a chain of midscale hotels in downtown urban areas featuring modern decor inspired by the city where it is located. The flagship location, The St. Clair Hotel - Magnificent Mile, opened in 2018 in Downtown Chicago. The brand quickly expanded to include State House Inn in Springfield, Illinois and Lord & Moris Times Square Hotel in New York City.[17] In June 2020, The State House Inn left The Red Collection and joined Trademark By Wyndham association.[18]

HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof
In 2018, Red Roof Inn launched HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof, which is a brand with a focus on accommodating longer-term guests.[19] Formerly Crossland Economy Studios, and then Home Towne Suites, HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof underwent a phased launch of over 30 properties across more than 20 markets with nearly 4,000 rooms. As of 2021, there are 54 locations.[20]

See also


  1. ^ "Pet Friendly Hotel & Motel Rooms, Pet Policy, Safety & Tips". Red Roof Inn website. Accessed November 7, 2007.
  2. ^ "Our History". Red Roof Franchising. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ Accor 1999 half year results presentation
  4. ^ Whitford, Marty (August 9, 1999). "Red Roof purchase to propel Accor to No. 3 in guestrooms worldwide". Hotel & Motel Management. Accessed May 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Stoessel, Eric (April 13, 2010). "Foreclosures Reveal Red Roof Inn Distress". Lodging Hospitality. Accessed May 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "UPDATE 1-Accor sells Red Roof Inn unit for $1.32 bln". Reuters. Reuters. April 23, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ohio Secretary of State Business Search-Business Name". Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  8. ^ "Five Mile and Westmont acquired 143 Red Roof Inns". Hospitality ON. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  9. ^ "Red Roof Plus+ Expands Internationally With First Hotel In Japan Opened In July". PR Newswire. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Red Roof Plus+ Debuts First Hotel In Japan". Hotel Business. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Red Roof Inn Expands Again Internationally With First Hotels In Thailand Scheduled To Open". PR Newswire. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  12. ^ "List of countries brand is located". Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  13. ^ "Red Roof Enters The Calgary, Alberta, Canada Market". PR Newswire. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  14. ^ "The New NextGen®". Travel With Red Roof. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  15. ^ "Red Roof Inn NextGen Rooms Literally Hit the Road". Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  16. ^ "Red Roof PLUS+". Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  17. ^ "Red Roof Launches Extended Stay, HomeTowne Studios". 2018-08-15.
  18. ^ "Joining Wyndham". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "Red Roof Launches Extended Stay, HomeTowne Studios". Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  20. ^ "Hometown Studios - Locations". Hometown Studios. Retrieved March 2, 2021.