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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 24, 2013) - For the first time, visitors and guests will get a glimpse inside the completely renovated Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan (hiannarbor.com). A north-side landmark since 1971, hotel staff is thrilled to welcome the community with a grand-reopening that reveals the $5 million, yearlong renovation, which included an overhaul all guest rooms and public spaces, as well as Guy Hollerin's, renamed Guy Hollerin's Ann Arbor Bar & Grill.

"Our guests - especially our regulars - are excited to see the final results of this renovation," said Joe Sefcovic, general manager of the Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan. "We're curious to see if they recognize the hotel when they see it for the first time. The lobby, the rooms and the exterior have all been completely updated and modernized so our guests can sit back and enjoy the hotel more than ever before."

Some of the many updates include the following:

  • On the exterior, the iconic blue roof replaced and modernized. A new signature canopy soars over the lobby entrance and colorful new landscaping surrounds the property.
  • The lobby now features a media lounge with complimentary computers, printing, and Wi-Fi. Also in the lobby: a "24/7 Guest Pantry," thoughtfully stocked with conveniences from gourmet coffees to toiletries to U of M apparel and area memorabilia.
  • All 225 guestrooms have been renovated with all-new furniture, plush interiors and new features including in-room refrigerators, microwaves, ergonomic desk chairs, custom lighting, signature artwork, and luxurious drapery.
  • The hotel's entire meeting and event spaces have been updated and expanded. The hotel now offers more than 8,000 square feet of flexible space and an expansive pre-function area with 12 versatile meeting rooms, with the main ballroom space accommodating up to 460 guests. Meeting rooms now include a state-of-the-art audio system and custom lighting.

Don't Forget About Guy

Naturally, the hotel renovation included an update of the newly renamed Guy Hollerin's Ann Arbor Bar & Grill. Guy Hollerin's has been a mainstay of the hotel since its beginnings. Some things haven't changed: the full-service bar and restaurant still greets guests with a friendly, casual atmosphere, and will continue to feature "Local Blues & Brews" on Saturday nights which showcases the bests artists on the Ann Arbor and Detroit blues scene. What's new is the menu, still includes guest favorites, but now features dishes that reflect Guy's more refined lifestyle, including a few vegan entrees.

For more information, to make reservations or book an event, visit hiannarbor.com or call (734) 769-9800 or toll-free (800) 800-5560.

About the Holiday Inn Near University of Michigan

The Holiday Inn Near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is known as Ann Arbor's friendliest and greenest hotel, awarded a "Green Lodging" designation by the state of Michigan. The newly renovated hotel features 225 guest rooms and suites, along with a ballroom, meeting rooms, heated indoor/outdoor pool, video games, and fitness room. Complimentary shuttle service takes guests to and from Ann Arbor destinations, and guests can enjoy on-site services like the popular dining destination Guy Hollerin's Ann Arbor Bar and Grill, the Inn Style Salon and Avis Rental Car. Visit hiannarbor.com or call (734) 769-9800 or toll-free (800) 800-5560 for more information.

About Holiday Inn

With more than 1,200 hotels worldwide, Holiday InnHotels 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 InnHotels 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 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 and Holiday Inn Resorts, including IHG's new vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club Vacations, or to book reservations, call (800) HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com.

Contact: Beth Strautz

bstrautz@vagusagency.com / (773) 895-5387

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