IHG Announces Newly Renovated Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites near Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport

All-Suite Property in Bloomington is One of Minnesota’s Largest Holiday Inn Express Hotels

ATLANTA - January 21, 2014 - InterContinental Hotels Group, (IHG) announces the opening of the newly renovated Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Bloomington – West located a short distance from Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. With 23 other Holiday Inn Express hotels in Minnesota, the 159-room newly renovated hotel is one of the largest Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Minnesota, by number of rooms.

Located at 7770 Johnson Ave. in South Bloomington, the hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation including new carpeting, furnishings and complete bathroom upgrades in all guest rooms, as well as pool and fitness area enhancements. Previously the Le Bourget Aero Suites hotel, part of the Ascend Collection by Choice Hotels, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bloomington - West has a six-story South Tower and a four-story North Tower.

"Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Holiday Inn® Brand Family, IHG. "With more than 2,200 properties worldwide and 450 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We are proud to welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn brand family with the brand-new sign and everything it represents.”

The new hotel is designed with the Holiday Inn brand family’s $1 billion global brand relaunch in mind; the largest project of its kind in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The hotel features a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

“We are excited to be part of the Holiday Inn Express brand family,” said Michelle Neeley, general manager, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bloomington - West. “Whether our guests are here for business or leisure, we look forward to providing an enjoyable stay.”

Conveniently accessible to the famous Mall of America via shuttle service, the newly renovated hotel is thus also connected via the Light Rail station at the mall to downtown Minneapolis, the Theater District and the new Vikings stadium scheduled to open in 2016 and home to the Minnesota Vikings.

The hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable stay with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience with amenities that include a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary high-speed Internet access and a business center. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free local phone and toll free phones with private voicemail, and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers.

The complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit, pancakes, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll, and Smart Roast® coffee. Guest rooms will feature contemporary styling, a 40-inch HD flat screen TV, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee. The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod. Upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and Bath & Body Works White Citrus bath products are also included. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection, where they will find crisp fresh bedding that features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200 thread-count sheets.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bloomington - West hotel, owned by Bloomington Hotel Acquisition, LLC and managed by Madison Hospitality Group, LLC, is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to IHG.com/HolidayInnExpress. Holiday Inn Express hotels participate in IHG’s guest loyalty program IHG® Rewards Club which is the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program with more than 76 million members. IHG® Rewards Club is free to join and guests can enroll at ihgrewardsclub.com, by downloading the IHG® app, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,600 hotels worldwide. All IHG Rewards Club members will have access to free Internet globally in 2014. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that our hotels can meet our guests’ needs whatever the occasion.

About Holiday Inn Express® Hotels

Holiday Inn Express® hotels are a part of the IHG brand family and are the ideal choice for the smart traveler, offering them a great night’s rest while helping them be productive on the go. Fresh, clean, modern and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). Launched in 1991, the Holiday Inn Express® brand is one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the hotel industry, opening hotels at a rate of two per week on average.

There are currently more than 2,200 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information or to book a reservation, visit ihg.com/holidayinnexpress or call 1-800-HOLIDAY. Find us on twitter twitter.com/HIExpress or Facebook facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 76 million members worldwide. The program was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet for Elites across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and 679,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit: www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

SOURCE IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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