Staybridge Suites Opens Outside of Seattle

Second Staybridge Suites hotel to open in Washington state

January 27, 2010 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms announced today that a new 134-room Staybridge Suites recently opened in the Seattle suburb of Mukilteo, Wash.

The Staybridge Suites Seattle North-Everett is owned and managed by Mukilteo Hotel, LLC, an affiliate of the 360 Hotel Group, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 9600 Harbour Place. The property is a short drive from key businesses and attractions including the Boeing Company's, wide body aircraft final assembly plant in Everett, The Future of Flight Aviation Center/Boeing Tour, the Flying Heritage Collection, Fluke Corporation and Intermec Technologies. Located adjacent to the Big Gulch Park, the Staybridge Suites provides convenient access to a two-mile nature trail leading guests to majestic views of the Puget Sound shore, and ending up at the Mukilteo Library

"We're very pleased to welcome this property to our growing family of upscale extended-stay hotels," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. "This is the second Staybridge Suites in Washington, and our extended-stay amenities, such as full kitchens, comfortable living areas, housekeeping and meal services, will appeal to guests whether they're in the Seattle area for business or leisure."

The five-floor property 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 and games; and BridgeMart®, the hotel's 24-hour convenience store stocked with snacks, sundries, beverages and easy-to-prepare meals. Guests can enjoy the hotel's indoor pool, complimentary parking, and the brand's new Outdoor Living Room, featuring a place where guests can relax and interact in comfortable outdoor all-weather furniture beside a stacked-stone fireplace providing year-round heating. Golfing enthusiasts will have difficulty resisting the 5 hole putting green on-site. The hotel offers 1900 square feet of meeting space with seating capacity for 100 and a boardroom that can seat 10.

Guests are invited to 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 features the brand's "Just Like Home Theater" situated in the hotels' common area complete with a 52-inch plasma HDTV, surround-sound and comfortable, overstuffed chairs. Guests at Staybridge Suites Seattle-Everett can get Internet connectivity throughout the hotel with complimentary "Wireless Anywhere."

Staybridge Suites participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 47 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priority club.com, by calling 1.888.211.9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any one of IHG's nearly 4,400 hotels worldwide.

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. Staybridge Suites was ranked highest in guest satisfaction among extended stay hotel chains, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM.

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 170 hotels open across the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. There are nearly 140 Staybridge Suites in the pipeline, including 7 outside of the Americas.

Staybridge Suites was recently named best in customer satisfaction during the first quarter of 2009. 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 23 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, nearly 4,400 hotels and over 640,000 guest rooms in 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 47 million members worldwide.

IHG has 1,500 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 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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