Hotel Indigo Opens First LEED Certified Property in San Diego

Eco-savvy property boasts first green roof in San Diego, meditation deck and herb garden

July 14, 2009 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA, GA - Hotel Indigo today announces the opening of Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, the brand's first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified hotel and the first LEED certified hotel in San Diego - one of only 19 in the U.S. Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is also the only new hotel scheduled to open in downtown San Diego in 2009.

A flagship property, Hotel Indigo San Diego is owned and managed by IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. The hotel is also the first in IHG's portfolio to achieve LEED certification. The second Hotel Indigo property to achieve LEED certification will open in Athens, Ga., at the University of Georgia this September.

In keeping with the Hotel Indigo brand's commitment to the environment, sustainable green building and development practices were incorporated into the design, construction and operation of the new 12-story Hotel Indigo San Diego. The hotel is located at 509 9th Ave., in downtown San Diego just one block from PETCO Park and only steps away from the Gaslamp Quarter, the city's exciting dining and entertainment district. Convenient for business travelers, the hotel is also less than a mile from the bayside San Diego Convention Center.

"From the rooftop down, Hotel Indigo is a model of sustainability and we're delighted to debut the brand's first green hotel in San Diego," said Janis Cannon, vice president, Global Brand Management, Hotel Indigo. "As our flagship property, Hotel Indigo San Diego will showcase the brand's upscale boutique positioning through its locally-inspired fresh design and inviting service culture, which promises to deliver an engaging and intimate guest experience."

Another first for the brand and the city, Hotel Indigo San Diego is topped with a green roof on the ninth and 12th floors. The green roof, which is covered with drought-tolerant plants, will reduce energy consumption by cutting the need for heating and air conditioning and will contribute to lowering the urban heat island effect. Taking recycling to a new level, the hotel's Phi Terrace Bar and ninth floor meditation deck is also the world's first installation of MoistureShield composite decking, which is made from recycled polyethylene plastic and recycled wood fibers (i.e., grocery bags, milk jugs, byproduct from furniture/cabinetry making, etc.).

Additional green elements found throughout the hotel, include:

  • Herb garden on ninth floor terrace with basil, spearmint, rosemary, and tarragon; herbs will be used in gourmet menu items at the hotel's Phi Bar and Bistro;
  • Operable floor-to-ceiling windows in Phi Bar and Bistro and ninth floor Phi Terrace Bar, which provide ample natural daylighting and ventilation;
  • On-site recycling program with recycling containers in guest rooms and operations areas;
  • Pantry and kitchen composting of organic matter from Phi Bar and Bistro; and
  • Reserved parking spaces and parking discounts for guests who drive low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

"Hotel Indigo San Diego has already been incredibly well-received by the local San Diego community, and we look forward to further engaging with the neighborhood now that we are officially welcoming guests and visitors," said Chris Jones, general manager, Hotel Indigo San Diego.

Working with a talented team of local artists, photographers and designers, Hotel Indigo San Diego has captured the sun-kissed character and inviting coastal culture of the San Diego region by using locally-inspired artwork throughout the hotel. Adding architectural detail to the San Diego skyline, a 40-foot glass sculpture aptly named "Indigo Waters" is affixed to the western facade of the hotel between the ninth and 12th floors. Inside the hotel, large-scale photographic murals of native plants and water-driven images, such as agaves and the Pacific Ocean, are incorporated in the guest rooms and public areas

A refreshing take on boutique design and décor, Hotel Indigo San Diego "counts" math as its muse. The hotel's stylish, inviting design is inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, a universal design constant found throughout nature, art and architecture. Adopting this mathematical ratio as a design principle creates a perfectly-balanced urban oasis of effortless beauty in the heart of downtown San Diego.

Hotel Indigo San Diego features 210 airy and inviting guestrooms, including five suites, with oversized beds, plush bedding, hard-surface flooring for a fresh residential feel, and spa-inspired showers with Aveda products. Each guestroom includes a 37-inch high-definition flat screen TV with complimentary movies, an iHome/MP3 alarm clock radio, and a Keurig coffee maker. Additionally, the hotel provides guests complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire hotel and access to the 24-hour business center, meeting space, 24-hour fitness studio and meditation deck on the ninth floor.

Dining and entertainment options include Phi Bar and Bistro, which serves gourmet dishes based on fresh, local seasonal ingredients, and a spectacular ninth floor rooftop bar. Phi Terrace Bar features a reflection pool, fire pits, lounge seating and panoramic views of the cityscape and baseball games at PETCO Park - sure to become a hot spot for guests to mix and mingle over cocktails.

About Hotel Indigo

Meeting the desires of today's business and leisure traveler, Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique brand that delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local community. There are currently 29 Hotel Indigo properties open worldwide and more than 60 hotels under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation. By the end of 2009, Hotel Indigo will almost double its footprint in the America with opening properties in New York City, Miami Beach, and Baltimore.

Hotel Indigo participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. With 43 million members worldwide, Priority Club Rewards is the industry's first and largest guest loyalty program. Guests can enroll for free 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 4,200 hotels worldwide.

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, over 4,200 hotels and more than 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 Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 43 million members worldwide.

IHG has nearly 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create around 140,000 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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