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Owned and Managed by Driftwood Hospitality, the 140 room
Hotel Indigo Houston Opens
Fourth Property for the InterContinental Hotels Group New Brand 
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MIAMI, FL – (June 29, 2006) – Driftwood Hospitality Management and InterContinental Hotels Group are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Hotel Indigo in Houston, Texas, on June 29, 2006. Located in the uptown business district at 5160 Hidalgo Street, the lifestyle boutique hotel is the first Hotel Indigo owned and managed by Driftwood Hospitality and the fourth location for the brand.  
 
“We are very excited to have the Hotel Indigo brand in the Driftwood portfolio. This is our first non-lodging commercial property conversion and we are looking forward to seeing the response of our guests to this innovative property,” said Carlos Rodriguez, partner and executive vice president of acquisitions/development for Driftwood Hospitality Management. 
 
Featuring 140 guestrooms, Hotel Indigo is designed for the “savvy” business traveler seeking a hotel that will provide stylish accommodations and a personalized experience. The specially trained staff will offer “guest-centric services,” anticipating guests’ needs before they are requested. 
 
The lifestyle boutique hotel introduces a “renewal” concept, incorporating continuous thoughtful changes made throughout the year to provide even the most frequent guest a unique experience with every stay. The renewal elements of Hotel Indigo will include periodic changes to vivid murals, area rugs, plush duvets and slipcovers.
 
The hotel’s lobby will feature oversized furniture to provide personal work or dining space within public areas of the hotel. The guestrooms will include plush bedding, whitewashed wood furniture, hardwood flooring and spa-style showers. In addition, a “phi”tness studio with cardio equipment and free weights will be accessible to guests. The Golden Bean, the hotel’s bistro-style restaurant, offers salads, pizzettas, Panini sandwiches and other entrees, complimented by a Starbucks coffee bar. 
 
Leading the helm at Hotel Indigo Houston is General Manager Joe Zaffuta who has been with Driftwood Hospitality for more than 18 years. Brian Stonessifer will board as the Director of Sales. 
 
“This property is an exciting addition to the Houston hospitality industry. It’s innovative approach and market price point target a niche that was underserved in this area of the country,” said Joe Zaffuta, General Manager. “We are expecting great results due to our location near the Galleria Mall and uptown Houston business district.”
 
The Hotel Indigo brand is quickly expanding throughout the North America, with four new locations open and 20 in the pipeline.  The first hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, followed by Indigo Chicago Gold Coast and Chicago Schaumburg North. Future sites of Hotel Indigo hotels include Dallas, Texas; Ottawa, Canada; Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarasota, Fla.  For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit www.hotelindigo.com.
 
Driftwood Hospitality Management LLC, based in Jupiter, Florida, is one of the fastest growing independent hospitality management and development firms in the country today.  Established in January 1999 by David Buddemeyer, Driftwood or its affiliates owns and/or manages more than 33 hotels comprising approximately 7,500 rooms throughout the U.S., The Bahamas and Central America. The company manages a variety of lodging types, from destination resorts to downtown convention hotels to suburban hotels and inns. Many of the company's hotels are affiliated with nationally recognized hospitality franchises, including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Doubletree, Radisson, Sheraton, Hampton Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Doubletree, Wyndham Garden and Hotel Indigo. 
 
About Hotel Indigo

The newest member of the InterContinental Hotels Group family, Hotel Indigo fills a critical void in the lodging industry by addressing aspiring consumers who are “trading up” to affordable luxury and service, but still seek value and style.  Following a retail-inspired design and service concept, Hotel Indigo seeks to revolutionize the travel and hospitality industry by creating a new segment of hotels that are totally focused on the customer and helping guests create an experience in an environment suited to their own lifestyle. 
 
Based on the timeless beauty found in nature and realized through the Golden Mean (also known as the Fibonacci series or Phi), the design and décor of Hotel Indigo creates a warm welcoming environment for guests.  From the nautilus shell logo – a symbol of perfect proportion and natural beauty – to the deliberate design of the lobby chairs and guest room furnishings, the architectural concept creates a relaxing atmosphere of order and balance.
 

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Contact:

Natasha Gullett
InterContinental Hotels Group
natasha.gullett@ichotelsgroup.com
PH: (770) 604-5597

www.driftwoodhospitality.com

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Also See: Driftwood Hospitality Management Reflags the Hyatt Regency Houston Airport as the Doubletree Hotel Houston Intercontinental Airport / January 2006
Driftwood Hospitality Completes $10-million Renovation of the Former Radisson Riverwalk Hotel Tampa; Reflagged as Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk / November 2005

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