at the 95 room Hotel Indigo Sarasota
|ATLANTA (May 17, 2006) – InterContinental Hotels Group announced today
the appointments of Leslie (Fullen) Power, general manager, Hotel Indigo
Sarasota and Rene Hampton, director of sales, Hotel Indigo Sarasota. Hotel
Indigo Sarasota will be the brand’s seventh property to open, planned for
later this year.
“With more than 20 years of combined hotel experience, Leslie and Rene
have the necessary operational skills, personalities and enthusiasm that
personify the essence of the brand,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president,
Brand Development, IHG. “Hotel Indigo offers a unique retail-design
and service concept that was created to exceed guest expectations, and
Leslie and Rene have proven they have what it takes to deliver on this
As director of sales, Hampton will lead the sales team in developing group, individual and weekend leisure business travel for the new hotel. Hampton will also be responsible for training the sales staff to exceed the property’s goals in customer satisfaction. Prior to joining Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Hampton held management positions in sales with Thayer Lodging, Bank of America and Wet Seal, Inc.
“IHG has developed a comprehensive hiring process that measures the
practical skills of applicants, as well as their understanding of the Hotel
Indigo brand,” said Wayne W. McAteer, Chairman and CEO for Wesley Hotels
and Resorts. “We’re taking careful consideration to create a refreshing
physical environment that will be brought to life through the service culture
of the staff. We believe Leslie and Rene truly understand Hotel Indigo’s
“inn-clusive” service culture and they embody the enthusiasm and understanding
that we’re here to take care of guests’ needs while they are away from
In addition to 95 guestrooms, the Hotel Indigo Sarasota will feature brand standards such as: signature oversized lobby chairs, which create a personal work or dining space within the public areas of the hotel; cozy, airy and inviting guestrooms with plush bedding, hardwood flooring and spa-style shower. The hotel will also offer complimentary wireless access in all guestrooms and public spaces.
Hotel Indigo’s phenomenal reception primed the brand for continued expansion in the United States. The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, and since then two additional hotels have opened, one in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast neighborhood, a second in Palatine, Ill., a suburb just outside of Chicago. Future sites of Hotel Indigo hotels include Houston, near the uptown business district and Galleria, Dallas, Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn. and Ft. Myers, Fla. For more information on Hotel Indigo, or to make reservations, please visit www.hotelindigo.com.
About Hotel Indigo
|Also See:||The Holiday Inn Dallas-Aristocrat to Be Converted to Hotel Indigo / March 2006|
|The Historic Claridge Hotel, Chicago Undergoing Renovation to be InterContinental Hotels Group Second Hotel Indigo / March 2005|