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InterConti makes Florida expansion

InterContinental Hotels Group planning a new 71-room Candlewood Suites hotel near Ft. Lauderdale’s air and cruise port terminals in South Florida.The new property is expected to open late 2006 and will be Ft. Lauderdale’s first Candlewood Suites hotel.

Guests at the upcoming Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale can take advantage of the hotel’s just-like-home complimentary amenities, including high-speed internet access, free local phone calls, free on-site guest laundry and a 24-hour fitness center. Unique to Candlewood Suites, guests can also enjoy the convenience of the Candlewood Cupboard®, where a variety of beverages, breakfast items, snacks, frozen entrees and sundries can be purchased on the honor system at any time. Additionally, guests of the future Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale can visit the free Lending Library, where movies and music are available for use in guestrooms, which all feature a VCR/DVD and CD player.

“Candlewood Suites hotels are carefully designed to meet the particular needs of longer-staying guests,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Brand Management, Candlewood Suites. “When business or personal matters require travel for a week or more, guests find that the design of our guest suites and the amenities we provide allow them to live comfortably and keep a daily routine similar to that of home.”

Standard Candlewood Suites guestrooms feature studio or one-bedroom suite floor plans with a full kitchen, large workspace with comfortable desk chair and overhead lighting, overstuffed recliner, VCR/DVD and CD player and two-line telephones with voice mail, 24-hour front desk, express checkout, complimentary shuttle service to area attractions and businesses and complimentary parking.

“Our new Candlewood Suites hotel will enable our guests to live according to their own schedules, not the hotel’s,” said Mary Mathurin, director of sales, Candlewood Suites Ft. Lauderdale.