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InterContinental Hotels Group announced that Hotel Indigo San Diego will open this summer in downtown's East Village. Launched in 2004, Hotel Indigo caters to guests who desire affordable luxury, personal service and an alternative to traditional hotels without sacrificing any of the business amenities they have come to expect.

Currently under construction, Hotel Indigo San Diego is located at 950 Island Ave.. The 12-story, 210-room property, including five suites, will feature a rooftop terrace with a reflection pool, fire pits, soft seating and a view of the baseball games at Petco Park. The property will be managed by IHG's Americas operations division, The Hotel Management Group.

Hotel Indigo San Diego will serve as a West Coast flagship for IHG and will mark the brand's second property in California, along with the Hotel Indigo Ontario Rancho Cucamonga. There are currently 22 Hotel Indigo properties open in North America and the United Kingdom with more than 60 hotels under development, either in the pipeline or in final negotiation.

Through the brand's Interpret Indigo design platform, the hotel's interior and exterior design will reflect the culture, character and geography of the surrounding area. A local San Diego artist -- Lisa Schirmer -- will install a modular wall mural using square and quarter-circle glass panels on the exterior of the building to mimic the indigo waves and ripples of the Pacific Ocean. Also, locally-inspired photographic murals of California poppies and surf boards will fill the lobby and bar. Additionally, the hotel will feature Phi, a casual gourmet restaurant.

In keeping with the brand's commitment to the environment, Hotel Indigo San Diego is also striving to achieve LEED certification. In addition to responsible site management, the adoption of green building practices and soil rehabilitation, the hotel will feature a "green roof" with native species of grasses and shrubbery that will reduce heating and cooling and better manage stormwater runoff.

"Leveraging our management experience from Hotel Indigo properties such as Atlanta and Chicago, we are excited about the opportunity to apply the insight we've gained over the past years to the San Diego property," said David Greydanus, senior vice president, North America Operations, IHG. "We look forward to showcasing all that downtown has to offer ... to our guests."

Last week, IHG officially opened the door of Hotel Indigo London Paddington -- the first Hotel Indigo outside North America -- and announced a deal to open three more properties in the city. Contributing to its global footprint, IHG will open Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund in Shanghai, China in time for the Shanghai Expo in 2010. In North America, future Indigo properties are scheduled to open in New York City, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Charlotte, N.C.

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