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IHG announces Miami`s first hotel Indigo

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced few days ago plans for a 122-room Hotel Indigo in Miami. Construction is anticipated to begin third quarter of 2007, with…

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world’s largest hotel group by number of rooms, announced few days ago plans for a 122-room Hotel Indigo in Miami. Construction is anticipated to begin third quarter of 2007, with an expected opening date of first quarter 2008.



“The vibrant and diverse culture and high quality of life in Miami make the city popular as both a business and leisure destination,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Development, the Americas, IHG. “We are proud to introduce our unique branded boutique concept to such an exciting market.



The hotel will be located at 7600 N. Kendall Drive, within walking distance to the prestigious Dadeland shopping district and only ten miles from the Miami International Airport. Other nearby attractions include the Miami Metrozoo, Sunset Place and the University of Miami. The hotel will also be located within close proximity to businesses such as AT&T, Fortis and Panasonic.



The six-story conversion property will be owned by Rodblu Investment Fund I and managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC, currently owns an equity interest and manages the Hotel Indigo Houston at the Galleria and manages the Hotel Indigo Scottsdale.



“We are excited to bring the first Hotel Indigo to Miami,” said Carlos Rodriguez, executive vice president, Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC. “The uniqueness of Miami and this property’s location in the Kendall area are ideal for a branded boutique concept like Hotel Indigo.”



Hotel Indigo artfully combines the conveniences and consistencies of a brand hotel with the design cache and service personality of a boutique. The soul of the brand’s retail-inspired concept is renewal – thoughtful changes that are made throughout the year to keep the hotel fresh, similar to the way retailers change their window displays. The renewal concept provides even the most frequent guest a unique experience with every stay. The hotel will feature renewable elements such as vivid murals, area rugs, plush duvets and slip covers that will change periodically. Public spaces will be transformed seasonally through changing artwork, music, flora, murals and directional signage.



The new hotel will feature signature design elements including 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-style flooring and spa-inspired showers; a Phitness studio with cardio equipment and free weights. The hotel will also offer high-speed Internet access in all guestrooms and wireless in the hotel’s public areas, as well as meeting space for business functions or special events.



The hotel will offer guests the dining options they want, featuring casual gourmet fare prepared quickly for the time-conscious traveler. The Golden Bean will showcase Hotel Indigo’s refreshingly unique approach to breakfast serving traditional morning favorites with a twist and Starbucks Coffee. With an emphasis on ever-changing seasonal ingredients, Phi will offer both tempting starters and entrees in the evening. The evening menu includes fresh salads, pizzettas, Panini sandwiches, and other trend forward entrees. Guests can dine in casual elegance within the intimate restaurant, while relaxing in one of the hotel’s oversized lobby chairs or in their room.



The Hotel Indigo brand is quickly expanding throughout North America, with eight locations open and more than 50 in the pipeline. The first Hotel Indigo opened in Atlanta in October 2004, followed by Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast; Chicago Schaumburg North; Houston at the Galleria; Hotel Indigo Dallas; Ottawa Downtown City Centre, Canada; Hotel Indigo Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Hotel Indigo Sarasota, Fla. Future sites of Hotel Indigo hotels include Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; San Antonio, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; New York, N.Y.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.

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