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23 July, 2013

New Crowne Plaza® Detroit Downtown Hotel to Open on Historic Site of Fort Ponchartrain

Twenty-Five Story Hotel Overlooking the Detroit River is Close to Major Corporate Headquarters and Sports Venues

ATLANTA IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) today announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center hotel. Formerly the Ponchartrain Hotel, the property recently underwent a substantial renovation, with upgrades to all of the guest rooms as well as to its common areas and the exterior.

This Detroit hotel, located at 2 Washington Blvd. in downtown Detroit, offers visitors breathtaking views of the Detroit River and the city skyline. It is adjacent to Detroit’s COBO Convention Center and minutes away from the headquarters of General Motors® and other major corporations. The hotel is also close to major sporting venues, including Joe Louis Arena and Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions football team.

“We’re pleased to bring this Crowne Plaza hotel to the heart of Detroit, especially given the area’s current focus on revitalization,” said Gina LaBarre, vice president, Americas Brand Management, Upscale Brands, IHG. “Guests visiting the convention center next door as well as the many nearby businesses will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only a Crowne Plaza hotel can provide."

The 25-story Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center hotel has 367 guestrooms, of which more than 60 are suites. Guests can take advantage of a variety of amenities, including an indoor pool, a business center and a well-outfitted fitness center. More than 10,000 square feet of meeting space is available, with nine meeting rooms and a ballroom that can be configured to accommodate a banquet for more than 350 people. Additionally, the hotel is equipped with an executive level floor with a separate lounge, as well as concierge service and valet parking.

“We’re pleased to be joining the Crowne Plaza brand family. The brand’s unique focus on business productivity and meetings are a great asset for the area’s businesses,” said General Manager Mike Kralevic. “Our newly renovated hotel will meet the growing demand for an upscale hotel in downtown Detroit.”

The hotel includes two restaurants, a lounge and an upscale café and gift shop. Guests looking for a casual bistro environment for breakfast, lunch or dinner can visit Reflections, a full-service restaurant. For more formal dining, the hotel offers dinner at the Top of the Ponch restaurant. Guests can also find a varied menu of lunch and dinner items at the hotel’s Lobby Bar, including options for late-night room service.

The hotel features 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 signature bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones and aromatherapy.

The Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Convention Center hotel, owned by Hotel Ponchartrain LLC, and operated by Equity Hospitality Management, is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. To make a reservation, call 1-877-2-CROWNE or go to

The Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts brand participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s fast-growing guest loyalty program with 73 million members is free, and guests can enroll by logging on at, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s nearly 4,600 hotels worldwide.

About Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts
Part of the IHG global portfolio, the Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts brand is a dynamic upscale hotel brand located in nearly 65 countries around the world in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. As the fourth largest upscale full-service hotel brand in the world and one of the fastest growing, the Crowne Plaza brand has a solid foundation for future growth. The portfolio has doubled since 2003 to nearly 400 hotels, and the global pipeline has increased fourfold to nearly 100 hotels. At Crowne Plaza hotels, we help our guests feel energized and productive, with 24-hour business services, wireless high speed Internet access in the lobby, and fitness and leisure facilities. Our Sleep Advantage® program ensures our guests get a great night’s sleep to power through their day. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit or call 1-800-2CROWNE. Connect with us on Twitter: or Facebook:

Media Contacts:
Manjusha Sharma, IHG®,, +1(770) 604-8781
Caroline Huston, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts,, +1(770) 604-2495

Notes to Editors:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with a broad portfolio of nine hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts.

IHG manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 73 million members worldwide. The program was relaunched in July 2013, offering enhanced benefits for members including free internet across all hotels, globally.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 674,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.

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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