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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago West O’hare Opens

Monday, April 20, 2009
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Plote Construction, developers of the new Hillside, IL. Town Center, together with S&L Hospitality, a hospitality development and management company in Madison, Wis., welcomed nearly 200 business owners, chamber members and community leaders to a Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Gala Reception yesterday evening, commencing the opening of the new, 135-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago – West O’Hare, located at 200 South Mannheim Rd., Hillside, IL, 60162.

“Lodging is a critical part of the new master planned retail center, and attracting a ‘best in class’ hotel was a key priority,” explained John Flood, director of economic development for Hillside Town Center. “The new Holiday Inn Express & Suites is an outstanding, quality hotel and an ideal lodging fit for Hillside Town Center’s quality retail options.”

“Holiday Inn Express & Suites offers a convenient location, state-of-the-business facilities and first-class hotel features,” said general manager Tim Cepek. “We are happy to be open and welcome business and leisure travelers alike.”

The hotel is part of the new 32-acre mixed-use development project located off of Interstate 290, and joins retail outlets including Super Target, Petco, Staples, Michaels, Panda Express and more.

The property showcases the brand’s new hallmark signage, which is the seal of approval that this hotel exemplifies the standards of the $1 billion Holiday Inn brand relaunch program. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program was established to create a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and drive consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome, guestroom and guest bath comfort. The global estate of more than 3,200 Holiday Inn Express and Suites properties is expected to be relaunched by the end of 2010.

The hotel is a modern hotel for value-orientated travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, the new property offers competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Amenities include: Fresh Express Start® Breakfast Buffet featuring a full range of hot breakfast items; indoor heated swimming pool and whirlpool; 24-fitness center; 24-hour business center; 24-hour Express Market®; free wired & wireless high speed internet and free local calls (US Only) and free guest parking. Guest rooms feature queen or king-sized beds; 32? flat panel HDTV’s; microwave; refrigerator; hairdryer; iron/ironing board; and safe. The hotel is 100% non-smoking.

Guests at the Holiday Inn Express Chicago-West O’Hare will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative preferred guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The hotels’ newly enhanced complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar will feature a full range of breakfast items including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit and the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast® coffee. The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. And, guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection where they will find new crisp fresh bedding which features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft 200 thread-count sheets.

Conveniently, the property is only 6 miles from Chicago O’Hare Airport and only 15 miles from downtown Chicago. The hotel offers free shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare.

For reservations, visit web site at www.holidayinnexpress.com or call 1.708.544.2700.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards. The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 40 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priortiyclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,100 hotels worldwide.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chicago – West O’Hare is owned and was developed through a unique partnership between Par Development and S&L Hospitality. S&L Hospitality is the management company for the property under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group.

About Plote Construction and Par Development
From a small excavating company with three employees in 1961, Ray Plote has expanded his vision to include: Plote Construction Inc. which includes heavy highway construction, an aggregate supplier of sand, gravel and limestone, asphalt and concrete paving, and private development construction, and Par Development Inc. a multi-dimensional company he started in 1989, focusing primarily on property acquisition and development. Notable examples in its portfolio of developments are the prestigious Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in The Hills, and White Deer Run Golf Course in Vernon Hills.

With the recent grand opening of Hillside Center Par Development has grown to be the developer of one of the largest shopping centers to open in Illinois this year.

About S&L Hospitality
S&L Hospitality is part-owner and the management company for Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Chicago West O’Hare. Their award-winning, hands-on philosophy and management style supports their mission to deliver a first-class guest experience, driven by superior strategic operations and marketing. The S & L Hospitality team has prior experience developing and managing more than $800 million in hotels and resorts, including nearly 100,000 square-feet of conference and meeting space, and six high-end spas.
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