Holiday Inn Express® Mill Valley San Francisco Area Opens Following $1 Million Conversion


New Hotel Includes Redesigned Guestrooms and Remodeled Public Spaces

ATLANTA – January 10, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, today announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area. The hotel, formerly the Larkspur Mill Valley Hotel, an independent brand, recently went through a $4 million renovation and is a contemporary hotel in southern Marin County, Calif. The conversion of the 100-room hotel includes a redesign of all guestrooms, a remodeled public space, and extensive improvements to the property’s exterior.

Located at the base of Mount Tamalpais, the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area is 5 miles from the northern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge and 11 miles from downtown San Francisco. The hotel overlooks peaceful and environmentally protected wetlands and numerous bike paths. It is within proximity to several of Northern California’s most visited attractions, including Muir Woods, Stinson Beach and the renowned Napa Valley wine country.

“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Management, the Americas, IHG. “With more than 2,100 properties worldwide, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to expand in markets like San Francisco, providing our guests with an enhanced stay experience at a great value.  We are proud to welcome this hotel into the Holiday Inn brand family with the brand new sign and everything it represents.”

The hotel includes features in keeping with the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand relaunch, the biggest ever project of its kind in the history of the hospitality industry. First announced in 2007, the relaunch program creates a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

“Guests visiting the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Fransico Area will experience a modern hotel that embraces the unique beauty of Marin County,” said Christina Giles, general manager. Our dedicated team will allow the hotel to deliver our guests an exceptional stay experience.”

Guests at the Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area will experience a comfortable and smart environment with innovative preferred guest upgrades to ensure a productive stay while traveling for business or leisure. The hotel’s complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar features 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 StaySmart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod and upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels.  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.

Guest rooms feature contemporary styling, a 42-inch HD flat screen TV, iPod docking station, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee.  Many rooms also feature a spacious deck or patio. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed internet access and free local phone and toll free, phones with private voicemail and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers.

Additional amenities include a heated outdoor pool area with an expansive deck, private cabanas, a whirlpool spa, and an outdoor fire pit. There is also a business center, a well-equipped fitness center and multiple meeting and event spaces. During their stay, guests can enjoy bicycle rentals, welcome beverages at check-in, and s’mores kits each evening.

The Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area is owned and managed by Ultima Hospitality under a license agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group. For more information and reservations at Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley San Francisco Area, visit or call 1-888-HOLIDAY.

Holiday Inn Express participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards.  The industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program has 69 million members.  Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at, by calling 1-888-897-0089 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,500 hotels worldwide.

About Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers.  Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers.  Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only).  There are currently more than 2,100 Holiday Inn Express hotels around the globe.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit

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Notes to Editors:

IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with 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 also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 69 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 672,000 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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