|ATLANTA (July 18, 2007) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels
Group) announced today that its ninth Hotel Indigo will open this summer
in Amherst, N.Y. Situated in suburban Buffalo just 20 miles from Niagara
Falls, this 187-room hotel is Hotel Indigo’s first property to open in
“We look forward to welcoming New York State’s first Hotel Indigo to
the Buffalo area with the Hart family, a prominent IHG franchisee and developer
for nearly 30 years,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Development,
the Americas, IHG. “Hotel Indigo will give business travelers a unique
lodging option when visiting Amherst, and leisure travelers will appreciate
the convenient access to Niagara Falls.”
Located northeast of Buffalo in the town of Amherst and situated one
mile from Audubon Industrial Park and adjacent to the State University
of New York at Buffalo, Hotel Indigo is a six-story, $6 million renovation
of a Hampton Inn. The Hotel Indigo Buffalo-Amherst is owned and managed
by Hart Hotels, Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental
Buffalo visitors and residents alike will enjoy Hotel Indigo’s inviting
lobby, an ideal gathering place to grab a quick bite to eat during Buffalo’s
summer festivals, from the Allentown Art Festival to the National Buffalo
Chicken Wing Festival. In addition, Hotel Indigo will open just in
time for summer’s most anticipated free concerts at the nearby venues including
Art Park, Gateway Park and Niagara Square, including 54-40, Three Dog Night,
Tragically Hip, Pat Benatar, Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum and many more
national artists. Plus, must-see Niagara Falls thunders just 19 miles
from Hotel Indigo and visitors are encouraged to ride the Maid of the Mist
and visit the Cave of the Winds attractions during their stay. Before
heading home, Hotel Indigo suggests guests pick up some tasty local souvenirs:
Loretta's chocolate-covered popcorn, Sponge Candy, Weber’s Mustard, Bison
Dip or Anchor Bar Wing Sauce.
Providing stylish accommodations and a personalized service experience
in a unique, intimate atmosphere, Hotel Indigo is a branded boutique hotel
designed to appeal to lifestyle-focused guests who desire affordable luxury,
genuine service and an alternative to traditional hotels.
Guest room, Hotel Indigo, Amherst, N.Y.
Renewal is the soul of Hotel Indigo’s retail-inspired design concept
– thoughtful changes are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh.
The renewal concept provides even the most frequent guest a unique experience
with every stay. Hotel Indigo’s guestrooms feature signature murals, area
rugs, duvets and slip covers that will change periodically, while public
spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing artwork, murals,
directional signage, seasonal scents and background music.
The hotel’s “opening season” murals will feature Niagara Falls, showcasing
upstate New York’s natural wonder.
Other signature Hotel Indigo design elements include cozy, airy and
inviting guestrooms with plush bedding; hardwood-style flooring and spa-inspired
showers. Hotel Indigo offers free high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms
and wireless in the public spaces. At the Buffalo-Amherst property
there will be three meeting rooms, the largest room at 1,600 sq.-ft. seating
up to 135 attendees and two smaller rooms seating up to 50. Rounding out
the offering for guests is a full fitness center with indoor swimming pool.
Hotel Indigo Buffalo-Amherst will offer guests the dining options they
want, featuring casual gourmet fare prepared quickly for the time-conscious
traveler. The Golden Bean will showcase Hotel Indigo’s refreshingly unique
approach to breakfast serving traditional morning favorites with a twist
and Starbucks Coffee. With an emphasis on ever-changing seasonal ingredients,
Phi Bar will offer both tempting starters and entrees in the evening. The
evening menu includes fresh salads, pizzettas, Panini sandwiches, and other
trend forward entrees. Guests can dine in casual elegance within the intimate
restaurant, while relaxing in one of the hotel’s oversized lobby chairs
or in their room.
“Hotel Indigo marries the unique attributes of a small boutique hotel
with the consistency you expect from a traditional hotel,” said David P.
Hart, President and CEO, Hart Hotels, Inc. “We’re excited to open
the first of several Hotel Indigo properties in New York, and we know Buffalo’s
business and leisure travelers will enjoy the distinctively refreshing
mood at the property.”
The Hotel Indigo brand is quickly expanding throughout North America,
with eight locations open and more than 50 in the pipeline. The first Hotel
Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, followed by Hotel Indigo Chicago
Gold Coast; Chicago Schaumburg North; Houston at the Galleria; Hotel Indigo
Dallas; Ottawa Downtown City Centre, Canada; Hotel Indigo Scottsdale, Ariz.;
and Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Fla. Future sites of Hotel Indigo hotels include
Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; San Antonio, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; New
York, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.
For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit
About Hotel Indigo
The newest member of the IHG family, Hotel Indigo is the industry’s
first branded boutique hotel experience. It is uniquely designed to appeal
to guests who desire affordable luxury, personal service and an alternative
to traditional hotels without sacrificing any of the businesses amenities
they have come to expect. Renewal is the soul of Hotel Indigo’s retail-inspired
design concept – thoughtful changes that are made throughout the year to
keep the hotel fresh. Guestrooms feature signature murals, area rugs, fluffy
duvets and slipcovers that will change periodically, while public spaces
will be transformed seasonally through changing aromas, music, artwork,
murals and directional signage. From relaxed café dining to high-style
rooms – Hotel Indigo creates an intriguing, warm and inviting environment
for guests. For more information on Hotel Indigo, please visit www.hotelindigo.com.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (IHG) of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG,
NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.
IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries,
over 3,700 hotels and more than 558,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries
and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognized
and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels &
Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels
and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood
Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest
hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with over 33 million
The company pioneered the travel industry’s first collaborative response
to environmental issues as founder of the International Hotels and Environment
Initiative (IHEI). The IHEI formed the foundations of the Tourism Partnership
launched by the International Business Leaders Forum in 2004, of which
IHG is still a member today. The environment and local communities remain
at the heart of IHG’s global corporate responsibility focus.