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  Northstar Hotels Group, Inc. Rebrands the Former Hilton Southbury
to Crowne Plaza, in Southbury, Connecticut

ATLANTA (Jan. 20, 2006) - InterContinental Hotels Group announced today the opening of its latest Crowne Plaza hotel in Southbury, Conn. 
The Crowne Plaza Southbury, which is owned by Northstar Hotels Group, Inc., and managed by Northstar Southbury Management, Inc., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group is located at 1284 Strongtown Rd., Southbury, Conn., 06488. Telephone: (203) 598-7600; Facsimile: (203) 598-0492. The hotel was formerly known as the Hilton Southbury.
The Crowne Plaza Southbury is conveniently located off I-84 between Hartford and Danbury and is just minutes from a variety of restaurants, shops and the Antique Capital of Connecticut.  The Palace Theater, also nearby, is just one of the many cultural centers in the area. Major corporations such as Chemtura, IBM, Timex, Management Resouses, Charter Communications, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Oxford Airport have offices in the surrounding area.
By the end of 2006, the 197-room hotel will undergo a $2 million renovation and will include updated room décor, upgrades to the lobby, restaurant, pool area, fitness center and building exterior. The hotel's Arrowhead Restaurant, offers American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the Lobby Lounge offers light fare and cocktails.
"The Crowne Plaza Southbury is the first of nearly 20 Crowne Plaza hotels set to open in the North America during 2006," said Kevin Kowalski, vice president, brand management, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts.  "We look forward to providing our industry leading meetings service and a great night's sleep via our Sleep Advantage program to all our guests in Southbury."
Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel offers a comprehensive meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Meetings Daily Debrief. With nearly 13,000-sq. ft. of meeting space, including two ballrooms and nine additional meeting rooms, the Crowne Plaza Southbury provides the perfect venue for business meetings and social functions.
The hotel features the newly introduced Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage which is available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  The Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, night lights, drape clips, sleep CDs, sleep tips and amenities such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray.  
"We are delighted to open Southbury's first Crowne Plaza hotel," said Sanjeev R. Patel, general manager. "Coupled with THE PLACE TO MEET and Sleep Advantage programs, Southbury residents and visitors alike will be very pleased with the Crowne Plaza experience." 
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.  InterContinental Hotels Group owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, almost 3,600 hotels and 539,000 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, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel IndigoTM, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards.

Monica Smith
Corporate Communications Coordinator
InterContinental Hotels Group
 Three Ravinia Drive, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30346
 Tel: 770-604-5562

Also See: The Heritage in Southbury, CT Completes $3.5 Million Renovation / July 1999
The Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville's Fourth Largest Hotel, to be Rebranded Crowne Plaza by New Owner MHI Hospitality Corp. / August 2005

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