Upscale hotel brand Crowne Plaza set for City Centre opening

March 11, 2008 // Franchising.com // Manchester is set to see the opening of its second Crowne Plaza property when a new contemporary-designed hotel opens in the vibrant Northern Quarter in September this year.

Aimed at the increasing number of corporate and leisure travellers coming to the city, the ten-floor hotel on Shudehill fits in with the modern design of nearby buildings such as the Urbis.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of brands, combines a comfortable environment and contemporary style with a high level of professional yet discreet service.

From the outside, the Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre will have an attractive angular design to the front and windows that are made from multi-coloured glass that appears to change colour as the light alters throughout the day.

Inside, the hotel will boast 228 contemporary and spacious guest rooms offering all the facilities expected of the Crowne Plaza brand. Among these there will also be several interconnecting rooms that can be used for families travelling with children.

Those looking for added comfort and exclusive lounge access will head to the top floor where they will find 24 Club rooms and the Plaza Suite.

The hotel will also contain a destination restaurant serving fresh locally sourced food. Businesses, meanwhile, will be able to make use of nine conference rooms. The largest of these will accommodate up to 300 delegates in theatre-style seating.

"Our new hotel will combine the power and high quality service of the Crowne Plaza brand with the contemporary look and feel of a boutique hotel," said Bob Fairweather, general manager, Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre.

"The whole city is within easy reach but the hotel is particularly well located for the MEN Arena, SportCity, the Printworks, Urbis and the numerous professional services companies based on and around Deansgate, ensuring it will appeal to the discerning business traveller and leisure guests alike."

The Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre is operated by Liverpool-based hotel developer Centre Island and further details on the property can be found on the Web at www.cpmanchester.com.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, almost 4,000 hotels and more than 585,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with over 37 million members worldwide.

The company pioneered the travel industry's first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG's global corporate responsibility focus.

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at http://www.ihg.com/ and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at http://www.priorityclub.com/.

For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media

InterContinental Hotels Group is a registered company. For more information go to: www.ihg.com/legal

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