Crowne Plaza Hotel to Open in Chicago Suburb of Glen Ellyn

Former Holiday Inn to change flag after complete interior and exterior renovation

July 14, 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, today announced that a Crowne Plaza in Glen Ellyn, Ill., will open within a month, after a complete renovation from a Holiday Inn.

The completely redesigned Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn-Lombard is located in an affluent suburb of Chicago near major highways and the Interstate 88 research and development corridor. Nearby key businesses include Sara Lee Corporation, Accenture, Deloitte and McDonald's Corporation. Guests at the Crowne Plaza will also be close to shopping malls and the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center.

Socially responsible, the 148,000 square foot Crowne Plaza will feature a guest recycling program, low-emissivity windows to reduce energy loss, and Glen Prairie Restaurant, which supports natural and sustainable farming practices. The hotel has 119 guestrooms, including nine two-room suites with microwave, refrigerator, wet bar, soaking tub, dual showerhead and two LCD televisions. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel, and wired high-speed Internet access is available in guestrooms and meeting space. The hotel offers an indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, business center and complimentary shuttle service.

"We are pleased to welcome our fourth Crowne Plaza to the Chicago market," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. "This property has undergone a complete renovation to upgrade to Crowne Plaza brand standards, and its premier location near several large corporations will make it an ideal destination for small or medium sized meetings."

The hotel will feature the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage program, which is available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas. Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, night lights, drape clips, sleep CDs, sleep tips and amenities such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray.

Also consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel will offer a comprehensive meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief. The hotel offers 9,400 square feet of meeting space for business functions and special events, with seven meeting rooms, including two ballrooms.

The property, located at 1250 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, Ill., is owned by Glen Ellyn Hospitality, LLC, and managed by F and F Realty, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts 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 this hotel or any of IHG's almost 4,000 hotels worldwide.

Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top growing brands. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has more than 300 hotels in 54 countries, and are located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/ or call 1-800-2CROWNE.

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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