June 17, 2011 // Franchising.com // MIAMI - IHG [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, and Brazil's most experienced international hotel company, today announced that the InterContinental São Paulo had concluded the initial phase of a multi-phase renovation of the property, with the lobby, restaurant and half of its guest rooms now completed.
The face lift is part of a multi-phase plan to fully renovate the InterContinental São Paulo, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary. The renovation's contemporary design is currently spearheaded by Patricia Anastassiadis, one of Brazil's most respected architects. Implementation plans for the second phase are currently being finalized and will incorporate innovative, interactive information stations for guest check-in, allowing the hotel's staff to increase their focus on personalizing the check-in experience. The current lobby will be transformed into a social gathering area, inclusive of a lobby bar and ample seating.
The renovated guestrooms include new furniture, equipment and lighting design. The Club InterContinental lounge will be expanded to offer additional work stations as well as a relaxation area.
The 20-story, 194-guest room hotel is one of Sao Paulo's most recognized business-oriented properties. It is located minutes from the city's convention center and business district and within walking distance of the famed Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, Trianon Park, Teatro Abril and Pacaembu Stadium.
"The InterContinental brand, which has been a part of Brazil since 1946, is committed to providing our guests with a unique, enriching localized experience," said Alvaro Diago, Chief Operating Officer, Latin America & Caribbean, IHG. "The renovation is furthering the property's physical capabilities, as well as the ability of its staff to deliver that experience."
"Brazil is a major focus of IHG's growth in Latin America," added Ricardo Lopez, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Latin America & Caribbean, IHG. "Properties such as the InterContinental São Paulo continue to position us as the region's leading hotel company."
IHG currently has 13 properties in Brazil, throughout 10 cities, inclusive of two InterContinental hotels, two Crowne Plaza hotels, five Holiday Inn hotels, three Holiday Inn Express hotels and one Staybridge Suites hotel, as well as numerous properties under construction.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts is IHG's most prestigious hotel brand, located in major cities in more than 60 countries worldwide, offering business and leisure travelers the highest level of service and facilities. There are currently 171 InterContinental hotels across the globe with 19 InterContinental hotels located in Latin America and the Caribbean.
IHG has nearly 200 hotels in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and has been serving Latin America since 1946. IHG has hotels situated in nearly every key market throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 170 hotels, located in more than 60 countries with local insight that comes from over 60 years of experience. For more information, visit http://www.intercontinental.com/.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global company operating seven well-known 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®. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with 58 million members worldwide.
IHG is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms and IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns, through various subsidiaries, a portfolio of over 4,400 hotels and more than 652,000 guest rooms in 100 countries and territories around the world.
IHG has more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline and expects to recruit around 160,000 people 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.