Crowne Plaza Expands Portfolio in North America

15th Sep 2004

InterContinental Hotels Group announced
today the opening of an all-suite Crowne Plaza Hotel in Arlington, Texas.
The 200-room Crowne Plaza-Arlington, the latest hotel to join the Crowne
Plaza Hotels and Resorts portfolio, is located in just south of the Dallas-Fort
Worth International Airport. The newly renovated all-suite hotel boasts contemporary décor with bright
colors throughout the common areas including a distinctive “birdcage” that
features multi-colored glass birds hanging from above. The hotel’s
sophisticated dining facility, Christopher’s, is a multi-use space that can
double as a meeting room for private functions and serves a casual,
moderate breakfast, lunch and dinner menu seven days a week. The hotel?s
unique sports bar, Avenue H, features cherrywood booths and multi-colored
cork flooring where guests can enjoy appetizers and hot food throughout the
day as well as five big-screen, hi-definition televisions.

Consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel offers a comprehensive
meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional
meeting experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour
Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Meetings Daily
Debrief. With more than 5,500-sq. ft. of meeting space, the Crowne Plaza-
Arlington provides the perfect venue for business meetings and social
functions. The hotel?s elegant ballroom accommodates up to 260 guests.
The hotel also offers three additional meeting rooms.

All guestroom suites feature: ergonomic chairs, oversized desks, plug-in
lamps, pull-out sleeper sofas, voice mail, coffee maker, hair dryer, make-up
mirror, data ports, iron and ironing board, as well as granite-top wet bars in
each room. Bathroom amenities include curved shower rods and granite
features. Guests can enjoy more than 40 television channels including four
HBO premium channels.

The Crowne Plaza-Arlington also offers a 24-hour reception desk, express
checkout, same day laundry and valet, in-room video check out, fitness
center, complimentary newspaper and complimentary shuttle service to and
from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The hotel?s indoor pool has
been rejuvenated with new lounge furniture and features a colorful hand-
painted mural.

The hotel offers the newly introduced Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage which
is available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  The
Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training
staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing
innovative products and services. ?We understand that it takes more than a
comfortable bed to get a great night?s sleep,? said Kevin Kowalski, vice
president of brand management for Crowne Plaza. ?Our aim is to help
business travelers perform their best when away from home.?  Program
components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated
quiet zones, night lights, drape clips, sleep CDs, sleep tips and amenities
such as eye masks, ear plugs and lavender spray. 


Formerly the Arlington Hotel & Suites, this newly renovated all-suite hotel is
located in the heart of Arlington’s “fun central” entertainment district; just
minutes from a variety of restaurants and shops, Six Flags over Texas,
Ameriquest Field?home of the Texas Rangers, Lone Star horse racing park
and Nokia Live music venue.

The Crowne Plaza-Arlington is owned and managed by Equinox Hospitality
Group, under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental
Hotels Group.



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