IHG Announces Opening of $12 Million Staybridge Suites Hotel

March 09, 2009 // Franchising.com // IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms announced today that a new 118-room Staybridge Suites near the Milwaukee airport has opened, bringing approximately 25 new jobs to the community. The Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South is the area's first Staybridge Suites hotel, to be followed later this year by two more properties, in downtown Milwaukee and Oconomowoc.

"We're very pleased to bring our upscale extended-stay brand to the Milwaukee market," said Robert Radomski, vice president, Global Brand Management, Extended-Stay Brands, IHG. "Whether traveling on business, relocating or planning a vacation with family, our guests in the Milwaukee metro area will find that Staybridge Suites offers the best of home and hotel."

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, 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, games and DVDs 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 during evening "Sundowner" receptions three days a week for complimentary refreshments, light appetizers and conversation. The hotel features the brand's "Just Like Home Theater" situated in the hotel's common area complete with a 10 ft. plasma HDTV, surround-sound and comfortable, overstuffed chairs. Guests at the Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South can get Internet connectivity throughout the hotel with complimentary "Wireless Anywhere."

The new property is located seven miles from General Mitchell International Airport and just minutes from downtown Milwaukee. Business travelers will enjoy easy access to Franklin Industrial Park and Oak Creek Business Park. U.S. Cellular Arena, Marquette University and the Harley Davidson museum are also a short drive away from the hotel. Complimentary airport shuttle service is provided.

"The location of this new hotel is ideal because of its close proximity to several businesses and area attractions," said Clint Merrill, general manager. "We're looking forward to providing the comfortable and stylish accommodations of Staybridge Suites to our guests, who will typically stay with us for a week or more."

Staybridge Suites participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 42 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 more than 4,150 hotels worldwide.

The Staybridge Suites Milwaukee Airport South is owned by Franklin Hotel Company LLC and managed by The Bricton Group Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 9575 S. 27th St., Franklin, Wis., 53132. Telephone: 414-761-2800; Facsimile: 414-761-3810.

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 more than 150 hotels open across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. There are more than 160 Staybridge Suites in the pipeline, including 12 outside of the Americas.

Staybridge Suites was named best in customer satisfaction during the first and second quarters 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.

Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 4,150 hotels and almost 620,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 42 million members worldwide.

IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.

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

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