February 25, 2010 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today that Candlewood Suites will open 13 hotels in Texas by this summer, growing the Texas portfolio to 50 properties.
"We are pleased to grow with our owners to build the right hotels in the right market," said Jim Anhut, Chief Development Officer, the Americas, IHG. "The demand for affordable extended-stay options is apparent with the active business and tourism industries in Texas."
Candlewood Suites recently opened two properties in San Antonio, one in Austin and three in the Houston metro area. There will be one additional property in San Antonio and two in Houston in the coming months. Demand for these extended-stay properties has led to other hotels soon opening their doors in Abilene, Fort Stockton, Ft. Worth and Temple, Texas.
"We're very pleased to welcome each of these properties to our swiftly growing family of midscale extended-stay hotels," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. "The amenities that a Candlewood Suites offers, such as full kitchens, comfortable living areas, free laundry and housekeeping services, will appeal to guests whether they're visiting any of these Texas cities for business or leisure."
Candlewood Suites hotels feature a combination of studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, comfortable recliner, large workspace with desk chair and overhead lighting. All hotels offer the brand's Comforts of HomeTM Bedding Collection with upgraded mattresses and box spring sets, mattress topper, fluffy duvet inserts and poly-cotton covers matching the hotel's color scheme, 250-thread count micro-check sateen sheets in "Candlelight", triple sheeting, contemporary cotton estate blankets, choice of three upgraded pillow types in firm, medium and feather and a decorative "Consider Us Home" pillow.
Guests can take advantage of the just-like-home amenities available at all Candlewood Suites hotels, including complimentary high-speed Internet access, free local phone calls, free on-site guest laundry and a 24-hour fitness center. Unique to Candlewood Suites, guests can also enjoy the convenience of the Candlewood Cupboard®, where a variety of beverages, breakfast items, snacks, frozen entrees and sundries will be available for purchase on the honor system at any time and where guests can enjoy complimentary Juan Valdez freshly brewed coffee. Additionally, guests can visit the free Lending Library, where movies and music will be available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a DVD and CD player.
Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites participate in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 48 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 these hotel or any of IHG's over 4,400 hotels worldwide.
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InterContinental 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 4,400 hotels and more than 645,000 guest rooms in over 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 48 million members worldwide.
IHG has nearly 1,400 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 160,000 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.