January 13, 2011 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, today announces the opening of the Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Convention Center. After a $13 million conversion from a Quality Inn & Suites, the hotel features newly designed guestrooms and over 5,000 square feet of meeting space.
The five-story, 166-room hotel is owned by Inland American Lodging Advisor, Inc., which also owns two additional IHG properties, including the Holiday Inn Harmon Meadow Secaucus, NJ and the Holiday Inn Express Clearwater Gateway, FL. The hotel is managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.
The only Crowne Plaza in the Charleston, SC area, the hotel is located at 4831 Tanger Outlet Boulevard near Charleston International Airport, Tanger Outlet Mall, the Charleston Convention Center and in close proximity to Interstate 26 and Highway 526, making it an easy commute to historic downtown and the islands right off the coast. Nearby businesses include Boeing, Federal Express, Hagemeyer, Life Cycle Engineering, Mead Westvaco, SAIC, US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Verizon and Vought Aircraft Industries.
For travelers who want to experience Charleston's entertainment and recreational activities, the hotel is less than eight miles from Historic Charleston, the Magnolia Plantation, the Middleton Plantation and just a few blocks from the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center. Kiawah Island and golf courses are just 14 miles away.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts is a dynamic hotel brand currently located in more than 50 countries around the world. Truly international, Crowne Plaza offers premium accommodations, designed for the discerning business and leisure traveler who appreciates simplified elegance combined with practicality of the latest features, as well as value for money.
"We're pleased to bring our first Crowne Plaza to the Charleston area, especially in such a convenient location for business travelers," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Delivery, the Americas, IHG. "There are several major employers in the area that will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only a Crowne Plaza can provide."
The hotel features more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, with an additional 5,500 square feet of outdoor function and event space. The space can be configured into as many as nine meeting rooms for smaller meetings. The Crowne Plaza is "the Place to Meet" with our signature comprehensive meetings program that ensures a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, a Crowne Meetings Director and a Daily Meetings Debrief.
"A significant investment has been made to make the hotel ready for business and leisure travelers who expect an upscale Crowne Plaza experience," said John Wong, general manager. "The hotel is truly the perfect facility for meetings and the new, upgraded guestrooms and amenities provide a comfortable, relaxing stay for our guests."
The Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport boasts 166 guestrooms, including four suites with a king bedroom, deep soaking tubs, floating glass showers, dual vanities and refrigerator. The hotel also features 14 junior suites perfect for the extended stay traveler with a granite wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, etc. Guests can take advantage of a variety of amenities, including complimentary wireless available in both guest rooms and public areas of the hotel, a Precor Fitness Center with cardio equipment for on-the-road workouts, a 24-hour Business Center and an outdoor pool.
The hotel's food and beverage offering includes the Sweetgrass Restaurant & Porch, a restaurant open seven days a week, serving regional cuisine, and the Sweetgrass lounge, which offers nightly beverages and a community table with multimedia connectivity to make catching up e-mail and work a breeze. Other amenities include onsite complimentary parking, complimentary airport shuttle service and a smoke-free facility.
Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage®, available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas. Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, nightlights, drape clips and amenities such as eye masks, earplugs and lavender spray.
Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top-growing brands. Additionally, Business Travel News magazine announced Crowne Plaza as the No. 1 upscale brand as voted by travel buyers in its annual U.S. Hotel Chain Survey (up from 9th in 2009). As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has more than 300 hotels in nearly 60 countries, located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/ or call 1-800-2CROWNE. For reservations at the Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Convention Center, guests can also call the hotel directly at 877-747-7301.
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards; the industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 52 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 nearly 4,400 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 franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, over 4,500 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®. We also manage the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 52 million members worldwide.
IHG has over 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline which we expect to 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.