IHG Announces Opening of First Candlewood Suites® with New Interior Design Scheme

$7.1 Million Hotel in North Little Rock, Ark., is Frst to Incorporate Schemes

August 15, 2012 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG; NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], announces the opening of the first Candlewood Suites hotel to include the brand’s new interior design package, created with graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), one of the nation’s top interior design schools.

“When the time came to make updates to our suites and public spaces, it made sense that we partner with SCAD, who delivered exceptional results when we worked with students on a similar project for our Staybridge Suites brand,” said Robert Radomski, vice president, Global Brand Management, Extended Stay Brands, IHG. “We are very pleased with the results; the modernized designs with fresh colors, residential touches and functional spaces will make life on the road easier and more comfortable for our guests.”

The overall design concept for Candlewood Suites hotels is called “Haven,” which captures the essence of the Candlewood Suites brand and conjures thoughts of rest, refuge and sanctuary. Within the concept are two distinct, yet complementary, design schemes that are light, clean and refreshing. The “Nest” scheme, with earthy green hues, is featured at the North Little Rock hotel, and “Harbor” features warm blue colors. The new designs also feature sustainability, flexibility and storage; the latter two are especially important to extended stay travelers, who live in hotels for weeks or months at a time. This project follows the highly successful redesign of the Staybridge Suites standardized room décor by SCAD students in 2009.

Guests at the Candlewood Suites North Little Rock North 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 Maxwell House coffee around the clock. The North Little Rock hotel will donate all proceeds from the Candlewood Cupboard to the brand’s charity of choice, Give Kids the World. Additionally, guests of the Candlewood Suites North Little Rock can visit the free Lending Library, where movies are available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a flat screen television with DVD player.

The Candlewood Suites North Little Rock features the brand’s new Lending Locker concept, currently in pilot mode. Guests can borrow commonly needed items that they can’t typically travel with, like extra lighting, small kitchen appliances and desk fans. Like the Candlewood Cupboard, the Lending Locker is run on the honor system.

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.

“We’re excited to be the first Candlewood Suites to open in with the new designs” said Kal Makan, general manager. “Candlewood Suites hotels are carefully designed to meet the particular needs of extended-stay travelers and these new designs bring that to the next level. 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.”

The new property is located near Springhill Baptist Hospital, Pulaski Technical College, L’Oreal Maybelline Company and Remington Arms and is just minutes from the downtown Little Rock and Little Rock National Airport.

Candlewood Suites participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 67 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 4,500 hotels worldwide.

For more information or to book a reservation at any one of the more than 280 Candlewood Suites hotels across the U.S. or Canada, go to www.candlewoodsuites.com or call 1-888-CANDLEWOOD.

The Candlewood Suites North Little Rock North is owned and managed by Makan Hospitality, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, and is located at 3950 Vali Ct. (Telephone: 501-492-4946).

About Candlewood Suites Hotels

Candlewood Suites is focused on comfort, space and value. At more than 290 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 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.

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 67 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 666,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate 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.

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, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

Media Contact:

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

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