InterConti builds upscale Argentina offering

InterContinental has announced the grand opening of the new Crowne Plaza San Miguel Córdoba Golf & Resort.The 74-room hotel is located in the second oldest region in Argentina and approximately 55 km from the city of Córdoba. It is nestled at the foot of the Cordillera de la Sierra mountain range. The two-story hotel is the third Crowne Plaza hotel to open in Latin America in the past year, bringing the total number to 25.

The Crowne Plaza San Miguel Córdoba Golf & Resort, which is owned and managed by Proemtur, S.A., under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group, sits on forty hectares of pristine countryside including a four hectares forest in a land of retreat known for its abundant beauty and sparkling rivers. Adjacent to the hotel is the historic “Casa Kronfuss” designed in 1917 by renowned Argentinean architect Juan Kronfuss. Today the house is a restaurant that serves early colonial Cordobese cuisine within an authentic ambiance. Also on the property’s premises are several Jesuit ruins that date as far back as the 1600s.

“The Crowne Plaza San Miguel Cordoba Golf & Resort adds another star property to our growing IHG portfolio. We are extremely proud to add this beautiful resort to the Latin America portfolio which demonstrates our commitment to expanding the Crowne Plaza brand and making each of our brands available in key destinations throughout the region,” said Alvaro Diago, Area President, InterContinental Hotels Group Latin America. “We want to ensure that we offer travelers a variety of choices so that all of their comfort needs and wants are met while they are away from home.”

Most recently, IHG signed an agreement to manage the Crowne Plaza Maruma Maracaibo Casino & Convention Center in Maracaibo, Venezuela which is scheduled to convert into a Crowne Plaza by late 2006. IHG will also count on having the Crowne Plaza Tequendama Bogota in Bogota, Colombia in January 2007. Last year, IHG opened the Crowne Plaza Asuncion, which is the first IHG property located in Paraguay; the Crowne Plaza Guatemala in Guatemala City, Guatemala and the Crowne Plaza Curitiba in Curitiba, Brazil, as well as converted a Holiday Inn to a Crowne Plaza in Panama City, Panama.

The Crowne Plaza San Miguel Córdoba Golf & Resort’s hotel amenities include an 18-hole golf course, spa, outdoor swimming pool, solarium, fitness center, tennis courts, 24-hour room service, business center, a restaurant and a lobby bar. All guestrooms are luxuriously decorated and equipped with wireless Internet access and dual-line telephones with voice mail. All rooms also have magnificent views of the mountain landscape.

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With calming nature views, travelers to Córdoba can find a relaxing contrast to the excitable city scenes of Buenos Aires. In Córdoba, voyagers can also find caves with prehistoric rock paintings and colonial Jesuit ranches. The Jesuit ranches contain the buildings of the Jesuit system, which includes a university, church and residences of the Society of Jesus. The farming estates contain religious and secular buildings, which illustrate the unique religious, social, and economic trial-era from over 150 years ago during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was declared by UNESCO that these ranches are to be known as “Humankind Cultural Heritage” districts.

With nice weather and beautiful landscapes, the city of Córdoba is one of the most attractive places for tourists to visit. The construction of new buildings, shopping centers and new neighborhoods has changed the appearance of the city giving it a modern look, though it still retains its rich colonial heritage. Córdoba offers an array of activities, including swimming, climbing, fishing, horseback riding and nature trails for walking and bicycling. IHG also has a Holiday Inn located in the city of Córdoba that is within short proximity to the Taravela International Airport and is 5.9 km away from downtown Córdoba.

The Crowne Plaza San Miguel Córdoba Golf & Resort has become one more destination for Priority Club Rewards members to accrue and/or redeem miles or points. As with all hotels in the Crowne Plaza portfolio, the Crowne Plaza San Miguel Cordoba offers “The Place to Meet,” a comprehensive meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting experience. The program consists of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne Meetings Director and a Meetings Daily Debrief. With a convention center and the capacity to host up to 380 people, the hotel provides the perfect venue for business meetings and social functions.

Additionally, all guestrooms feature the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage Program, which encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. 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.
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