New Candlewood Suites Franchise Opens to Serve Businesses in East Indianapolis

Steady commerce on the east-side leads to the opening of city's sixth Candlewood Suites

July 06, 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 the 81-room Candlewood Suites Indianapolis East will open July 6 representing another addition to the midscale brand's growing portfolio of extended-stay hotels. The new property is located near the intersection of Interstate 465 and Interstate 70, just minutes from the Pratt Corporation, Hostess and Wonderbread, Schneider National, Caito Foods, Raytheon and Community East Hospital.

"We're pleased to welcome this property into the Candlewood Suites family of hotels," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. "When business or personal matters require travel for weeks or months at a time, this hotel will be an ideal choice for guests looking for the comforts they find at home."

Guests at the Indianapolis East property 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 can be purchased on the honor system at any time and where guests can enjoy complimentary Juan Valdez freshly brewed coffee. Additionally, guests of the Candlewood Suites Indianapolis East can visit the free Lending Library, where movies and music are available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a DVD and CD player. Guests can also enjoy the hotel's BBQ pavilion that includes a gas grill, tables and chairs.

Candlewood Suites guestrooms feature studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, comfortable recliner, large workspace with desk chair and overhead lighting. Each of the hotel's 81 guest suites feature 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.

"We're excited to be the first Candlewood Suites available to travelers wanting to stay among the many business located east of the city," said Eldon Heaton, general manager. "Candlewood Suites hotels are carefully designed to meet the particular needs of extended-stay travelers. Our guests will find that the design of our spacious suites and the hotel's amenities will allow them to live comfortably and keep a daily routine similar to that of home."

In addition to the local businesses nearby, The Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indiana State Fairground, Indiana State House, Indiana State Museum and Indianapolis Zoo are also a short drive away.

Candlewood Suites participates 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 this hotel or any of IHG's more than 4,400 hotels worldwide.

Candlewood Suites was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top growing brands.

The Candlewood Suites Indianapolis East is owned and managed by Sohum Hospitality under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, and is located at 7040 E. 21st St. Telephone: 317-495-6600; Facsimile: 317-495-6607.

About Candlewood Suites Hotels

Candlewood Suites is focused on comfort, space and value. At more than 260 properties located throughout North America guests find spacious studio and one-bedroom suites, each with their own fully equipped kitchen, large workspace, comfortable recliner, DVD and CD player and complimentary high-speed Internet access. The complimentary fitness center and guest laundry are open around the clock, and the Candlewood Cupboard® is open 24 hours for snacks, refreshments, entrées and other necessities on the honor system. Candlewood Suites hotels offer guests all of this at a very comfortable price.

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.

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 4,400 hotels and more than 650,000 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 48 million members worldwide.

IHG has over 1,300 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.

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