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$2 million Investment Provides the 253 room Best Western Beach Resort Hotel
a Transformation to the Holiday Inn Miami Beach; Renovation Maintains Chic
Miami Modern (MiMo) Style 
ATLANTA (April 18, 2007) – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced today that the renovated 253-room Holiday Inn Miami Beach oceanfront property will open this summer. 
“The Holiday Inn Miami Beach offers travelers a unique guest experience right in the heart of one of America’s hottest tourist spots,” said Mark Snyder, senior vice president, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts.  “This property is situated in an outstanding location for both business and leisure travelers, features all of the conveniences and amenities people have come to expect from the brand, and is key in expanding our Holiday Inn consumer base in a city that appeals to a widespread group of travelers from around the world.” 
The hotel, which first opened in the late 1950s as the Empress Hotel, was subsequently converted into The Barcelona Hotel, and then later became a Best Western property. As the hotel becomes the Holiday Inn Miami Beach, it will maintain its chic Miami Modern (“MiMo”) style and mid-century exterior. Additionally, the $2 million renovation will consist of a contemporary look in both the hotel’s interior architectural design and room décor.
The Holiday Inn is situated in Miami Beach along the boardwalk near several businesses including SONY Latin America, Inc. and Mount Sinai Hospital. It also is in close proximity to tourist destinations like South Beach, the Port of Miami and Parrot Jungle. Some of the hotel’s key amenities include: free Wi-Fi, in addition to wired hi-speed, in all guest rooms; 
one meeting room and one ball room comprising 1,600 sq.-ft. of meeting space; valet and covered parking; four suites; outdoor pool; water sports; fitness center; tour desk; and same day laundry service. 
The Holiday Inn Miami Beach’s restaurant, Surfside Café, offers guests a casual dining experience that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and features Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee. Kids 12 and younger eat free at Holiday Inn when ordering from the kids’ menu in the hotel restaurant and accompanied by a dining adult. Room Service Right…On Time™ ensures that guests’ room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.  
Standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations feature comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, cable television, hairdryer, coffee-maker, iron and ironing board.  Guestrooms also include a work desk and ergonomic chair, data ports, free USA Today newspapers, and in-room check-out capabilities.  
“We’ve invested millions of dollars in this property to attract a variety of guests,” said Francisco Astete, general manager.  “From leisure travelers seeking a fun getaway to business travelers working in South Florida, we’re confident that the Holiday Inn Miami Beach will serve as a practical and enticing guest experience in a city that already has so much to offer.”  

The Holiday Inn Miami Beach which is owned and managed by Charles Group Hotels, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, is located at 4333 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Florida, 33140. Telephone: 305-532-3311; Facsimile: 305-531-5296. 

About Holiday Inn

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, Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, and the ability to earn Priority Club Rewards points that can be redeemed for great merchandise, airline miles or free room nights, 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
Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts participates in Priority Club Rewards. With more than 31 million members, Priority Club® Rewards is the first, largest and fastest-growing guest loyalty program in the hotel industry.  Winner of the 18th Annual Freddie Awards hotel loyalty “Program of the Year” and named “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the World” by Global Traveler magazine, Priority Club Rewards offers more sought-after benefits and the greatest ease of use of any hotel loyalty program.
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, over 3,700 hotels and 556,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. 


Monica Smith
Media Relations Specialist

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