IHG Announces Opening of Oceanfront Holiday Inn in one of South Florida’s Most Popular Leisure Destinations

19 Apr 2007 [10:18h]     Bookmark and Share

$2 Million Investment Adds a Fresh Look to the Heart of Miami Beach

ATLANTA – IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced 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 TimeTM 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.

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