IHG Announces Crowne Plaza Hotel Opening in Portland, Ore.

Conversion property is Crowne Plaza's second location in Oregon

August 01, 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 the Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown (U.S.) has opened. The hotel is in the final stages of a $3 million conversion from a Holiday Inn. Renovations include a new lobby, new exterior paint, new furniture throughout the hotel, upgraded mattresses in the guestrooms and an upgraded bathroom package.

Conveniently situated in the Lloyd Business District of downtown Portland, the 241-room hotel is within four blocks of the Rose Garden Arena, the Memorial Coliseum and the Oregon Convention Center, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest. Nearby businesses include Kaiser Permanente, Adidas, Nationwide Insurance and PacifiCorp.

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown is located in Fareless Square, where all trips on MAX, Portland's light rail system, are free. The Pearl District, Portland's most colorful and creative neighborhood is just minutes away. The Portland International Airport is located 10 miles from the hotel, and complimentary shuttle service is provided.

"We're pleased to open the second Crowne Plaza in Portland, and we consider this hotel a fitting complement to our existing property in Lake Oswego," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, the Americas. "The new hotel's location in the downtown business district near the convention center makes it an ideal fit for a meetings-savvy brand like Crowne Plaza."

The ten-story Crowne Plaza offers a variety of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, indoor pool, business center, complimentary airport shuttle, and a restaurant and lounge serving casual fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hotel offers a presidential suite with a kitchenette and spacious sitting area featuring a 42" HD plasma television and DVD/stereo system. French doors lead to the master bedroom with an elevated king bed and second HD 42" plasma television and a travertine tile master bath with a walk-in shower featuring a hydro-massage body spa system.

The hotel will feature the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage, 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 program 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 Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown features more than 10,000 square feet of exceptional meeting and banquet space for business functions or special events.

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown is located at 1441 NE 2nd Ave., Portland, Ore. It is owned and managed by Hollander Investments, 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 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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