Holiday Inn® Opens in the Heart of Historic Charleston, South Carolina

Hotel Adds Full-Service Accommodations for Visitors to Top Rated U.S. Destination*

ATLANTA – February 13, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown, the area’s first new hotel development in over 10 years. Located two blocks away from the Charleston Visitor’s Center at 425 Meeting Street, and within a short walk of famous Market and King Streets, the brand new, five-story hotel blends contemporary luxury with traditional southern hospitality.

“We are proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown to the Holiday Inn brand family,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Management, the Americas, IHG. “This hotel is among the over 1,200 properties worldwide which represent the new face of a brand that is redefining innovative guest comfort and convenience in cities across America, and Charleston is a key market where we believe this new  Holiday Inn hotel will thrive.”

The Holiday Inn brand family’s $1BN global brand relaunch, the largest project of its kind in hospitality history, continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The new hotel will feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

The Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown has 120 rooms, including three full suites and 23 specialty rooms, all of which offer a private patio. The hotel, owned by Tara of Charleston LLC and managed by Tara Investments, is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. “We are delighted to be joining the Holiday Inn brand family in this great city”, said Jewel Oxner, vice-president of Sales and Marketing for Tara Investments. “Charleston is where history lives and memories are made. We look forward to welcoming both business and leisure guests, and providing them with the best service in Charleston. “

The hotel design creates a familiar atmosphere that is warm, trend forward and comfortable. It features a natural, fresh color palette punctuated by pops of energetic colors.  Guest beds are made using crisp, white bedding with pillows that come in two comfort levels: “soft” and “firm.” And the bathrooms include a multifunctional showerhead, as well as a signature shower curtain with curved rod, and Bath & Body Works® amenities. In addition, each room has the standard Holiday Inn guestroom accommodations – comfortable double, queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, hairdryer, micro fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board.

The design includes business-focused necessities such as an ergonomic workstation, data ports and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers. Other amenities include free wireless Internet service throughout the hotel and in the area surrounding the heated outdoor pool. The hotel includes 2,109 square feet of meeting space, which can accommodate up to 150 people. In addition, the hotel includes a library and business center featuring living-room style seating and a fitness center with floor to ceiling windows.

Guests of the Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown can enjoy The Meeting Room Restaurant and Tapas Bar, which features farm-to-table cuisine, signature cocktails and specially selected wines, all in a relaxing and elegant setting. Executive Chef Ramon Taimanglo offers a twist on tradition with American-inspired tapas prepared with local ingredients, offering something to suit every palette. In addition to serving dinner, The Meeting Room also offers the standard Holiday Inn Best-4-Breakfastâ menu, with signature items such as Rainforest Alliance™ Certified coffee, Cinnamon Supreme French Toast™ and Skillet Inspirations™.  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™, also a standard at all Holiday Inn hotels, ensures that guests’ room service orders are accurate and delivered on time, every time.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to www.holidayinn.com. Holiday Inn participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program with 69 million members.  Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,500 hotels worldwide.

*Source: Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards

About the Holiday Inn brand
With over 1,200 hotels worldwide, the Holiday Inn® brand is the most widely recognized lodging brand in the world. In fact, the Holiday Inn brand was one of the first international hotel brands to establish a presence in China in 1984. The Holiday Inn brand 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, Kids Eat and Stay Free programs, and KidSuites rooms at every Holiday Inn Resort hotel demonstrates the long-standing commitment of the Holiday Inn brand to serving travelers and have helped to establish the brand as “America’s Favorite Hotel.” And now, the Holiday Inn brand has been ranked “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-scale Full Service Hotel Chains”, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 and 2012 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index StudySM. For more information about Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Resort, including IHG’s vacation resort brand Holiday Inn Club Vacations, or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.holidayinn.com. Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/holidayinn or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnhotels

Media Contacts:
Manjusha Sharma, Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express, manjusha.sharma (at) ihg (dot) com, +1 (770) 604-8781
Sarah-Ann Soffer, Holiday Inn & Holiday Inn Express, sarahann.soffer (at) ihg (dot) com, +1 (770) 604-2707

Notes to Editors:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 69 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 672,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.com for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

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