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28/07/2015

News Release - Issued by the Hotel Indigo

HOTEL INDIGO® OPENS IN HISTORIC CITY OF YORK

York, 20 July 2015 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, today brings its boutique, Hotel Indigo®, to the historic city of York. Hotel Indigo® York opens its doors on Walmgate, a thriving foodie destination and the birthplace of York’s chocolate making empire.

The intimate 101 room hotel is perfectly situated within prime reach of some of the city’s most outstanding restaurants and bars, boutiques, artisan shops, famous tea-rooms, museums and galleries. From the building design to the hotel’s artwork and locally-inspired menus, every Hotel Indigo property is unique and takes influences from its surrounding neighbourhood. Celebrating the true flavours and locality of Yorkshire, Hotel Indigo York has partnered with the award winning Yorkshire Meatball Co. — one of the UK’s only speciality meatball restaurants, offering guests delicious and unique dishes using the tastiest local produce. The restaurant serves meat, fish, vegetarian and sweet balls all hand-rolled in-house as well as a wide selection of Yorkshire craft beers.

Hotel Indigo York will also be working with York Chocolate Story providing leisure packages to offer visitors a real taste of York’s chocolate heritage on their guided chocolate tours.

Mike Sweeting, Hotel Manager, Hotel Indigo York commented: “The neighbourhood of Walmgate provides the perfect base for exploring York’s rich cultural heritage. With our chocolate inspired décor and emphasis on real local flavours we are ready to give guests an authentic Yorkshire welcome.”

At Hotel Indigo York, design nuances echo the neighbourhood’s cultural charm and have been woven throughout the hotel to create eye-catching décor. Interiors hint at Walmgate’s chocolate heritage, including Rowntrees (the famous English confectioner started life in this neighbourhood in 1725). Centre stage on the ground floor is a red brick feature wall, influenced by the architecture of Walmgate which has been admired over the centuries by visitors to York.

Tom Rowntree, IHG’s Vice President for Hotel Indigo, Europe said: “We’re enormously proud to be opening our first Hotel Indigo property in York. Hotel Indigo provides a refreshingly local experience for guests through stylish design, locations in unique and culturally-rich neighbourhoods, topped off with intimate, personalised service. We’re the place to discover something new and feel inspired whether you’re a local, or a visitor travelling for business or leisure.”

Shiraz Boghani, Chairman of Splendid Hospitality Group said: “We are delighted to be opening our third hotel in York. There are over 30 visitor attractions in York and it is a testament to how hard York works as a City that there is something to appeal to everybody who visits.“
Just as no two neighbourhoods are alike, no two Hotel Indigo properties are alike. Each is designed to uniquely reflect the local culture, character and history of the surrounding area. Hotel Indigo York creates a truly memorable experience by artfully combining the modern design and intimate service associated with a boutique hotel with the conveniences and consistencies you can expect from staying at one of the world’s largest hotel groups. It will operate under a franchise agreement with Sojourn Hotels. There are currently 18 Hotel Indigo properties in Europe (which makes Hotel Indigo York the 19th) and 11 in the pipeline. Hotel Indigo York joins 9 IHG hotels in Yorkshire.

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN HOTEL INDIGO YORK’S HISTORIC NEIGHBOURHOOD:

1. Explore York with an ‘Original Viking Walk’ – an entertaining and informative walk around some of York’s most interesting locations. Learn about the fascinating and extraordinary Viking history of York, incorporating over 200 years of Anglo-Saxon history in just 75 minutes.

2. Discover York’s intriguing chocolate heritage at York Chocolate Story, an entertaining guided tour through the history of York’s most famous chocolate-making families and their finest creations. Unwrap chocolate’s origins, how to make it, how to taste it like an expert and even the sustainable future of chocolate. Visit York Chocolate Story.

3. Art lovers should head to York Art Gallery which boasts a collection of artwork spanning 600 years, with work ranging from works range from 14th century Italian masterpieces to 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

4. Take a tour of York’s award-winning York Brewery, to see each stage of the brewing process. Tasting of the end products – including Stonewall and the stronger Yorkshire Terrier – is of course included.

5. Explore York’s world-class cathedral York Minster with its fabulous 15th century Rose Window and stone masterpieces, dating back over 2000 years. Explore the underground chambers or climb the 275 steps up to the top of the Central Tower, leading you to the highest point in the city and some incredible views.

For further information or bookings, please visit Hotel Indigo York.
* Figures as of 31st March 2015

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For further information about this release please contact:

Emma Corbett on +44 (0)207 973 5934 or Emma.Corbett@hkstrategies.com

Notes to Editors:

About Hotel Indigo:

Hotel Indigo is an upscale boutique brand owned by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) which launched in the United States in 2004, making it one of IHG’s youngest brands and today there are over 100 hotels in the global system size and pipeline combined. IHG has over 4,900 hotels globally across a broad family of nine brands to meet the needs of guests, whatever the occasion. Each property delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local neighbourhood.

About InterContinental Hotels Group:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.
IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with nearly 86 million members worldwide. The programme was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 720,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,200 hotels in its development pipeline. Over 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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