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With a Sporting News Grill and Bold Innovations in Room Décor
Newcrestt Management LLC Opening 147 room
Holiday Inn Arlington (Texas)-Northeast
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ATLANTA (June 11, 2008) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms announced today that the 147-room, 21st-century Holiday Inn Arlington-Northeast has plans to open this month.  This will be the second Holiday Inn to feature the Sporting News Grill, a restaurant concept specifically design to attract the 53.1 million members of Generation X, who represent the most significant market opportunity both today and into the future.  The first Sporting News Grill opened in 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

The Holiday Inn Arlington-Northeast is owned and managed by Newcrestt Management LLC, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is located at 1311 Wet and Wild Way, Arlington, Texas, 76011. 

Developed to be more efficient to build, operate and maintain, the 102,000 square foot hotel will bring the iconic heritage of the Holiday Inn brand to life in a modern, innovative design that will set new standards for business travelers and families alike.  In addition to featuring the Sporting News Grill, the Holiday Inn Arlington-Northeast will showcase the brand’s new sign, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program.  First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image, increase quality and drive consistency. 
 
“Focus groups have shown that our guests love sports, and providing them a place to watch their favorite team and grab a bite to eat while away from home is a fitting complement to our current involvement as the ‘Official Hotel of Major League Baseball’ and sponsor of the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet driven by Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer,” said John Merkin, Senior Vice President, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Brands, the Americas. “As the home of the Texas Rangers and the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, Arlington was a natural choice for the second location of the Sporting News Grill, and we look forward to showing off our new sign.”
 
Bold photographs taken from the rich archive of the Sporting News pay tribute to both legendary and contemporary athletes as well as some of the greatest moments in sports history, while plasma televisions broadcast current games and events.  Unique “plasma trees” constructed using high-quality plasma screen televisions are surrounded by a perimeter of tables and chairs, providing guests with an unobstructed view of the action from any angle.  
 
The restaurant’s design by Fort Lauderdale, Fla. based Zspace Inc. is contemporary and stylish, yet focuses on comfort and avoids pretension.  Design touches like hardwood-style flooring, solid wood tables and unique circular booth seating are intended to elevate the overall experience for guests. And the division between the bar and seated dining area make the restaurant an equally suitable option for social events or a business dinner.  
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The Sporting News Grill lunch and dinner menus reflect the tastes of the Generation X sports fan, with specialty burgers, Choice Steaks, unique appetizers and a signature Sporting News Grill steak salad. And in keeping with the spirit of a sports bar, there will be an extensive selection of beers available. The restaurant will offer Holiday Inn’s Best-4-Breakfast® menu, and kids 12 and younger eat free when ordering from the kids’ menu and accompanied by a dining adult*.
 
“A home-away-from-home for generations of travelers, Holiday Inn has always represented quality and comfort, and this new hotel takes the Holiday Inn experience to a whole new level,” said Silvia Tanner, general manager. “Not only do we have the Sporting News Grill, but the next generation design of our hotel is the perfect convergence of tradition and innovation that will define the Holiday Inn of the future.” 
 
Guests at the Holiday Inn Arlington-Northeast will see artwork throughout the hotel reflecting memorable images from the Holiday Inn brand history, including founder Kemmons Wilson departing his Holiday Inn jet, a stylized version of the Great Sign – the iconic beacon that came to embody the brand – and the Great Sign as a ‘50s-style movie set backdrop. 
 
The hotel design debuts a bold change in room décor for Holiday Inn, creating a residential atmosphere that features iconic representations of the brand’s history throughout the hotel. The bedspread and carpet display simple, organic patterns in stand-out colors like gold, black and   vibrant red, and each guestroom features a newly designed breakaway armoire that allows guests to see the TV from anywhere in the room. Upgraded features like faux leather ottomans, a variety of lamps, refrigerators and granite vanities will all be standard in each room.  The residential design includes business-focused necessities like an ergonomic work station, data ports, complimentary high speed Internet access, WiFi capabilities and AT&T VoIP phone systems, which will allow guests to conduct conference calls for up to six participants even while using their computer online. In addition, each room will have the standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations – comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, cable television, hairdryer, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron and ironing board.  
 
The Holiday Inn Arlington-Northeast will also offer a variety of other amenities including outside patios for dining, socializing or special events; a media room with 62” LCD HGTV with surround sound; and complimentary airport shuttle service.  With 2,400 square feet of function space, the hotel will also be available for business meetings and banquets.
 
Conveniently located just off Interstate 30 in close proximity to four major entertainment districts, the property is less than a mile from a wide variety of moderate to upscale dining and shopping experiences.  Several corporate offices are also a short drive from the hotel site, including Office Depot, American Airlines and Boeing.
 
With nearly 1,400 hotels worldwide, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world.  In fact, Holiday Inn was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts provides the services that business travelers need, while also offering a comfortable atmosphere where all people can relax and enjoy amenities such as restaurants and room service, swimming pools, fitness centers and comfortable lounges.  The casual atmosphere and amenities such as meeting and on-site business facilities, KidSuites rooms, and Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, demonstrate the long-standing commitment of Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.”  For more information about Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.
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Contact:

Caroline Sanfilippo
Corporate Communications
Direct Line: 770-604-2495
http://www.ihg.com 
 

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Also See: The Hotel Coffee Shop is Beyond Passe; Holiday Inns and Resorts Teams with the Sporting News to Create a Prototype Grill and Sports Bar at the Holiday Inn Select/Dallas Love Field / September 2006
Next Generation $12 million Holiday Inn with Iconic Artwork and Enhanced Guestrooms Opens in Williamsburg, Virginia / October 2006
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