Crowne Plaza Danbury Hotel Opens Following Top-To-Bottom Renovation

Revitalized 26,000 Square Feet of Meeting Space Designed for Business and Social Events

April 09, 2012 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], today announces the opening of the completely renovated Crowne Plaza Danbury, formerly the Danbury Plaza Hotel.

Located near numerous businesses and corporate offices in Danbury, Conn., just off Interstate 84 at 18 Old Ridgebury Road, the five-story, 242-room hotel offers first-class luxury accommodations; an urban and sophisticated design, using a mix of bright and muted colors that has transformed the hotel’s appearance; exceptional meeting facilities; and close proximity to leisure attractions.

For meeting and events, the hotel’s 26,000 square feet of meeting space has been completely remodeled. It includes 14 meeting rooms and three ballrooms, the largest of which can accommodate a banquet for up to 500 guests.

“We're pleased to bring the Crowne Plaza brand to the Danbury area, especially in a location that is perfect for business travelers and under an hour’s drive to New York City," said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Americas Brand Management, IHG. "There are several major employers in the area that will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only a Crowne Plaza provides."

Among the major corporations with nearby locations are General Electric, Boehringer Ingelheim, Honeywell and Pitney Bowes. The Crowne Plaza is also just a short distance from Western Connecticut State University and Danbury Hospital. The hotel offers easy access to major airports in both Connecticut and New York.

Leisure and business travelers will enjoy the hotel’s close proximity to Danbury’s dining and entertainment district. It is also a short drive from several attractions, including the Military Museum of Southern New England, Quassy Amusement Park and the Richter Park Golf Course.

“It’s exciting to be opening as a Crowne Plaza hotel in an area that is so conveniently located,” said Richard Bair, general manager, Crowne Plaza Danbury. “The Crowne Plaza brand is well-regarded for providing guests with a unique upscale experience that appeals to quality-minded business and leisure travelers.”

New to the hotel is Jays, a sleek and exciting restaurant and lounge with urban sophistication. Serving upscale, casual American fare, the restaurant’s signature dish is the Jays’ Filet, with house-made steak sauce and truffle fries. Guests can also enjoy casual dining at the Fusion Café, which serves breakfast and lunch, and get a drink at Whisper’s Lounge.

Amenities at the Crowne Plaza include a fitness facility, full-service business center and gift shop and an indoor, heated pool and outdoor tennis courts that will open this summer. Free wireless Internet service is available in guest rooms and public areas

The Crowne Plaza offers a 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.

Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage®, which 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 and aromatherapy.

The Crowne Plaza Danbury is independently owned by Jesta Hospitality CT, LLC, and operated by JBHA Management under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit www.crowneplaza.com or call 1-800-2CROWNE.

Crowne Plaza was recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top-growing brands. Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Business Travel News magazine named Crowne Plaza as the No. 1 upscale brand as voted by travel buyers in its annual U.S. Hotel Chain Survey. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has almost 400 hotels in nearly 60 countries, located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations.

Crowne Plaza participates in IHG's guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry's first and largest guest loyalty program has 63 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.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, as well as our two newest brands, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world's first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 63 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,400 hotels and more than 658,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories, and has more than 1,100 hotels in its development pipeline.

IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 new people worldwide across its estate over the next few years and is committed to gender balance throughout its business. We aspire to continue retaining a minimum of 25% female representation on the Board.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.com for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihgplc or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

Media Contacts:

Sherry Telford
Crowne Plaza
sherry.telford@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2613

Caroline Huston
Crowne Plaza
caroline.huston@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2495

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