IHG Announces Staybridge Suites® Opening in Downtown Indianapolis

IHG Announces Staybridge Suites® Opening in Downtown Indianapolis

Addition brings 113 guest suites to Indianapolis city center adjacent to new Lucas Oil Stadium

July 08, 2008 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms announced today that a new 113-room Staybridge Suites in Indianapolis has opened. The Staybridge Suites Indianapolis City Centre is the area's third Staybridge Suites hotel.

"We're very pleased to welcome the Staybridge Suites Indianapolis City Centre to our swiftly growing family of upscale extended stay hotels," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Brand Management, Extended-Stay Brands, IHG. "We're seeing an increase in extended-stay demand in many downtown urban areas, and Indianapolis is certainly one of those. We currently have Staybridge Suites properties under construction in downtown Chicago and New York City as well."

The new all-suite hotel features three well-designed spacious suite options (deluxe studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom/two-bath). All suites include in-room DVD/CD players; functional, well-lit work stations with ergonomic seating, two-line speaker phones with direct-dial number, personal voice mail and complimentary local phone calls, and fully equipped kitchens.

Consistent with the Staybridge Suites brand, the new property offers exceptional guest amenities including a deluxe complimentary daily breakfast buffet featuring Wolfgang Puck coffee, complimentary guest laundry and workout facilities, a complimentary 24-hour business services center, a guest library with books and games for guest use free of charge, and BridgeMart®, the hotel's 24-hour convenience store stocked with snacks, sundries, beverages and easy-to-prepare meals. Guests will get comfortable in the hotel's Great Room for evening "Sundowner" receptions three days a week for complimentary refreshments, light appetizers and conversation.

The hotel will feature the brand's "Just Like Home Theater" situated in the hotel's common area complete with a 60-in. plasma HDTV, surround-sound and comfortable, overstuffed chairs. Guests at Staybridge Suites Indianapolis City Centre can get Internet connectivity throughout the hotel with complimentary "Wireless Anywhere." Guests can enjoy the hotel's heated, indoor pool and whirlpool, and complimentary parking is available in a new three-story parking facility.

Conveniently located in downtown Indianapolis adjacent to the new Lucas Oil Stadium, the property is just minutes from area businesses such as General Motors, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and the Eli Lilly and Company world headquarters. The 860,000 square foot hotel is also close to key attractions such as the Indiana Convention Center & RCA Dome, Conseco Fieldhouse and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

"The downtown location of this new hotel is ideal because of its close proximity to several businesses and tourist attractions," said Greg Eslick, general manager. "With major businesses, a university and leisure attractions close by, "We're able to cater to those who plan to stay for longer periods of time while traveling for business, as well as leisure guests visiting the area."

Staybridge Suites participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has more than 37 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of these hotels or any of IHG's almost 4,000 hotels worldwide.

The Staybridge Suites Indianapolis City Centre is owned by Missouri Hotel Partners and managed by Dora Brothers Hospitality, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 535 S. West St.

About Staybridge Suites Hotels

Staybridge Suites® is an innovative all-suite hotel brand designed to meet the needs of extended-stay guests. It is ideal for travelers seeking a residential-style hotel that is perfect for business, relocation and vacations. Amenities include: three suite types (deluxe studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom/2 bath) with fully equipped kitchens, highly functional work areas, two-line speaker phone with voicemail and direct dial access and free high-speed internet access. Staybridge Suites offers free "Wireless Anywhere", complimentary daily deluxe breakfast buffet and evening Sundowner reception three days a week, and 24-hour business services featuring complimentary PC work stations and free Internet access.

Staybridge Suites entered the extended-stay segment in December 1998 when its flagship location in Alpharetta, Georgia, opened. Since that opening the Staybridge Suites brand continues to grow rapidly with 130 hotels open across the Americas and plans for expansion into Europe and the Middle East this summer.

Staybridge Suites was recently named best in customer satisfaction during the first quarter of 2008. Based on 35,000 customer interviews in a Market Metrix Hospitality Index (MMHI) quarterly survey, guests named Staybridge Suites the leader in customer satisfaction within the upscale hotel segment. Staybridge Suites' score surpassed thirteen other hotel brands in this category.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [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 590,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group 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.

IHG pioneered the travel industry's first collaborative response to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment Initiative (IHEI). The environment and local communities remain at the heart of IHG's global corporate responsibility focus. IHG is the first major hotel group to have measured the environmental and carbon footprints of hotels that operate under our brands globally and is in the process of setting reduction targets.

With more than 1,600 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG needs to recruit around 150,000 people over the next few years to meet its global expansion plans.

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

IHG offers information and online reservations for all its hotel brands at www.ihg.com and information for the Priority Club Rewards programme at www.priorityclub.com. For the latest news from IHG, visit our online Press Office at www.ihg.com/media



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