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Owned and Operated by IHG, the Newly Constructed 210 room Hotel Indigo San Diego
Will Serve as the Brand’s West Coast Flagship

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ATLANTA (Jan. 27, 2009) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announces that Hotel Indigo San Diego will open this summer adjacent to San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, a neighborhood known for its energetic business and entertainment district.  Launched in 2004, Hotel Indigo caters to guests who desire affordable luxury, personal service and an alternative to traditional hotels without sacrificing any of the business amenities they have come to expect.
 
Currently under construction, Hotel Indigo San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter is located at 950 Island Ave., just one block from Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and less than a mile from the San Diego Convention Center.  The 12-story, 210-room property, including five suites, will feature a rooftop terrace with a reflection pool, fire pits, soft seating and an excellent view of the San Diego skyline and baseball games at Petco Park.  The property will be managed by IHG’s Americas operations division, The Hotel Management Group.  
 
Hotel Indigo San Diego will serve as a west coast flagship for IHG and will mark the brand’s second property in California, along with the Hotel Indigo Ontario Rancho Cucamonga. There are currently 22 Hotel Indigo properties open in North America and the U.K. with more than 60 hotels under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation. 
 
“The introduction of Hotel Indigo to San Diego – one of the largest cities in the U.S. – and the Gaslamp Quarter is a testament to the brand’s strategy to grow in key, upscale markets by providing an intimate and unique guest experience,” said Janis Cannon, vice president, global brand management, Hotel Indigo.  “We are confident that Hotel Indigo San Diego will capture the vibrant atmosphere of the Gaslamp Quarter and complement the existing galleries, boutiques, and restaurants.”
 
Through the brand’s Interpret Indigo design platform, Hotel Indigo San Diego’s interior and exterior design will reflect the culture, character and geography of the surrounding area.  A local San Diego artist – Lisa Schirmer – will install a modular wall mural using square and quarter-circle glass panels on the exterior of the building to mimic the indigo waves and ripples of the Pacific Ocean.  Also, locally-inspired photographic murals of California poppies and surf boards in hues of warm yellow and pacific blue will fill the lobby and bar.  
 
In keeping with the brand’s commitment to the environment, Hotel Indigo San Diego is striving to achieve LEED certification.  In addition to responsible site management, the adoption of green building practices and soil rehabilitation, the hotel will feature a “green roof” with native species of grasses and shrubbery that will reduce heating and cooling and better manage stormwater runoff.  
 
“Leveraging our management experience from Hotel Indigo properties such as Atlanta and Chicago, we are excited about the opportunity to apply the insight we’ve gained over the past years to the San Diego property,” said David Greydanus, senior vice president, North America Operations, IHG.  “We look forward to showcasing the Gaslamp Quarter and providing a truly unique lodging experience to our guests.”
 
The Hotel Indigo San Diego will feature signature design elements including cozy, airy and inviting guestrooms with oversized beds, plush bedding with throw pillows, hardwood-style flooring with area rugs, signature murals, and spa-inspired showers; a “Phi”tness Studio with cardio equipment and free weights; and Phi, an on-site casual gourmet restaurant.  Through Hotel Indigo’s Seasonal Renewal program, thoughtful changes will be made throughout the hotel to ensure even the most frequent guest has a distinctive and engaging experience with each and every stay.  In public spaces, the scent, music, artwork, murals and directional signage will change to reflect the season, while guestrooms will periodically be refreshed with new murals, area rugs and furniture slip covers.
 
Last week, IHG officially opened the doors of Hotel Indigo London Paddington – the first Hotel Indigo outside North America – and announced a deal to open three more properties in the city.  Contributing to its global footprint, IHG will open Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund in Shanghai, China in time for the Shanghai Expo in 2010.  In North America, future Hotel Indigo properties are scheduled to open in New York City, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Charlotte, N.C.  For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit www.hotelindigo.com.
 
Hotel Indigo participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards.  The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 40 million members worldwide.  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 4,100 hotels worldwide.
 
About The Hotel Management Group
IHG's management portfolio is one of the largest in the world.  As of Sept. 30, 2008, the company operates 589 hotels and more than 150,000 rooms around the world.  In the Americas alone, IHG's The Hotel Management Group manages 207 hotels comprised of more than 44,000 rooms with another 25 hotels and more than 5,000 rooms in the region’s management pipeline.  The Hotel Management Group provides a proprietary hotel management program called Performance Advantage, which allows for adaptation of its management services and contract terms based on the needs of each individual property investor.
 
About Janis Cannon
Janis Cannon was named vice president, global brand management, Hotel Indigo of IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) PLC in December 2008.  As vice president, Cannon is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and innovation for IHG’s boutique brand hotel.  Prior to joining Hotel Indigo, Cannon served as vice president, brand management, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts for the Americas division. For additional information, please visit IHG’s Online Press Office: www.ihgplc.com/media.
 
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [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 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world.  The Group owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites® and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards with 40 million members worldwide. IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide 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.
 
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Contact:

InterContinental Hotels Group
Caroline Sanfilippo
Brand Communications
 Direct Line: 770-604-2495
http://www.ihg.com 
 
 

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Also See: London Town Hotels Converts Nine Georgian Townhouses Near Paddington Rail Station into the 64 room Hotel Indigo London Paddington / January 2009
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