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The 125-room Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue Represents
the First Property in New York City for the Holiday Inn Express Brand
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ATLANTA (Oct. 4, 2005) – InterContinental Hotels Group announced today that the new 125-room Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue recently opened, representing another addition to the mid-scale brand’s portfolio of limited-service hotels and its further expansion into U.S. urban markets. 

The Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue is owned by MG 45 LLC & MG-45 Operating, LLC and managed by Magna Hospitality Group, L.C., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 15 West 45th St., New York, N.Y. Telephone: (212) 302-9088. 

This project marks the Holiday Inn Express brand's first foray into the largest metropolitan area in the U.S, New York City.  The new hotel reflects an increasing demand for new mid-tier hotels in large urban markets or large cities, and the brand's development strategy to increase its presence in urban markets it does not currently serve.  

“We are very proud to introduce Holiday Inn Express to New York City,” said Shiraz Hassanali, general manager. “The brand is exactly what the bustling city of Manhattan needs with its modern product offerings and fresh, uncomplicated accommodations.” 

Situated in popular midtown Manhattan at 45th St. and 5th Ave., the new 50,000 sq.-ft. property  is within walking distance to many of New York City’s biggest attractions including: Grand Central Station, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and shopping on famed Fifth Avenue.

The Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue boasts modern décor throughout the lobby and guestrooms with deep mahogany accents and offers a variety of other amenities such as a business center, 24-hour front desk, express checkout, in-room video checkout, same day laundry and valet and currency exchange.  

Guests of the Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue will be able to take advantage of the Stay Smart® experience which is unique to the Holiday Inn Express brand of hotels.  The Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue will offer the brand’s hallmark features including the Express Start® breakfast bar, which has re-defined the meaning of "free" breakfast bars, Smart Roast® In-Room Coffee, Smart ConnectSM Telecommunications, Priority Club® Rewards and the SimplySmart™shower, which is raising the bar on guest expectations of a hotel shower experience. 

There are nearly 25 Holiday Inn Express hotels with more than 2,000 guestrooms in the state of New York with the addition of the Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Fifth Avenue. The InterContinental Hotels Group portfolio in New York is represented by six of its brands, including the upper-upscale, upscale, full service, limited service, upscale extended stay and mid-scale extended stay segments with 80 hotels and nearly 15,000 rooms.  

Holiday Inn Express is poised to reach metropolitan customers by further developing in areas such as New York City, Los Angeles and Baltimore.

Holiday Inn Express is the fastest growing hotel brand in the industry, opening on average two hotels a week. 

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Contact:

Natasha Gullett 
 Holiday Inn Express 
 Natasha.Gullett@ichotelsgroup.com
 770-604-5597
 www.hiexpress.com

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Also See: A Consortium of 12 Regional Investors Will Finance the US $150 million Development of 20 Express by Holiday Inn's Across Five Countries in the GCC / October 2005
Holiday Inn Express Franchisees Endorse $20+ million Bathroom Makeover; Proprietary Showerheads, Curved Shower Rods, Upgraded Towels and New Line of Bath Amenities / October 2004

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