May 05, 2008 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - As boutique hotels - with their intimate, luxurious environments, and personalized accommodations and services - gain increasing popularity across North America, Hotel Indigo will open its much-anticipated third property in the Chicago area on May 8th. Following a $5 million renovation and conversion from an AmeriSuites hotel, the Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills will debut at 450 North Milwaukee Avenue in the scenic suburb of Vernon Hills, with easy access to downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport.
The 100% non-smoking, 127-room world-class property is owned by FCLC Vernon Hills LLC and managed by Lane Hospitality of Northbrook, IL, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. With top-notch guest rooms and public areas, full service amenities and cutting edge cuisine, the hotel offers guests an upscale, trendy and relaxed atmosphere, and all at an attractive price.
"The area hasn't seen anything like this in years, and we are proud to present the Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills to our guests and our community," said John Marko, Regional Vice President of Hotel Operations, Lane Hospitality.
"Chicagoland has embraced Hotel Indigo's branded boutique concept, and we're excited to be opening our third hotel in the area," commented Jim Anhut, Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, the Americas, IHG. "The Interpret Indigo design program allows us to offer a unique experience at each property in Chicago, while still providing the service culture and consistency that our guests expect."
Hotel Indigo is known as the industry's first branded boutique hotel, artfully combining the conveniences and consistencies of a brand hotel with the design cache and service personality of a boutique at an attractive price. The soul of the brand's retail-inspired concept is renewal - thoughtful changes that are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh, similar to the way retailers change their window displays. The renewal concept provides even the most frequent guest a unique experience with every stay. The hotel features renewable elements such as vivid nature-inspired murals, area rugs, plush duvets and slipcovers that will change periodically. Public spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing artwork, music, flora and murals.
Signature features of the six-story Hotel Indigo Chicago-Vernon Hills include:
Delicious, casual gourmet cuisine is offered in the Phi Restaurant & Bar, with a fast, fresh menu with a variety of healthy breakfast and dinner selections that change every three months with seasonal inspirations. There is also "Grab-and-Go" service with healthy and traditional snack items, and a full service Starbucks coffee bar -- through the "We Proudly Brew" program. Full evening beverage service features a martini menu and 24-hour bottled beverages. Take-in service is available.
The hotel is within walking distance to shopping and entertainment, and within one mile of some 30 casual and fine-dining restaurants. Nearby attractions include Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor, Cuneo Museum & Gardens, Historic Long Grove, Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall, the Botanic Gardens, Ravinia Festival and Great Lakes Naval Base.
For information and reservations, contact the hotel at 1-847-918-1400 or call toll-free 1-877-8-INDIGO (1-877-846-3446) or visit http://www.hotelindigo.com/vernonhillsil. For meetings and events, contact 1-847-918-1400 or email Jennifer Rodriguez, Director of Sales & Marketing, JRodriguez@inhotelvh.com.
The Hotel Indigo brand is quickly expanding throughout North America, with 15 locations open and more than 60 under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation. The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, followed by Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast; Chicago Schaumburg North; Houston at the Galleria; Hotel Indigo Dallas; Ottawa Downtown City Centre, Canada; Hotel Indigo Scottsdale, Ariz.; Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Fla; Hotel Indigo Buffalo-Amherst, N.Y.; Hotel Indigo Nashville West End; Hotel Indigo Mérida Hacienda Misné, Mexico; Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside; Hotel Indigo Columbus Downtown, Ind.; and Hotel Indigo Fishers-Indy's Uptown. Future sites of Hotel Indigo hotels include Miami, Fl.; St. Louis, Mo.; London, England; San Antonio, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and New York, N.Y. For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit http://www.hotelindigo.com/.
The newest member of the IHG family, Hotel Indigo is the industry's first branded boutique hotel experience. It is uniquely designed to appeal to guests who desire affordable luxury, personal service and an alternative to traditional hotels without sacrificing any of the businesses amenities they have come to expect. Renewal is the soul of Hotel Indigo's retail-inspired design concept - thoughtful changes that are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh. Guestrooms feature signature murals, area rugs, fluffy duvets and slipcovers that will change periodically, while public spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing aromas, music, artwork, murals and directional signage. From relaxed café dining to high-style rooms - Hotel Indigo creates an intriguing, warm and inviting environment for guests. For more information on Hotel Indigo, please visit http://www.hotelindigo.com/.
Formed in 1986, Lane Hospitality is a hotel real estate and management company. Lane's focus is to enhance and create value for its strategic partners through its full service management resources, capital renovation, accounting and consulting services. Lane's current profile extends over 16 states and represents all the major hotel brands. Regional offices are located in Northbrook, IL, Houston, TX and Newport News, VA. For information, visit http://www.lanehospitality.com/.
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