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    Daniel Fountain
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    IHG has begun the countdown to the opening of the newest InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Times Square.Slated to open in July, the InterContinental New York Times Square will be situated on 44th Street just west of Times Square.

    Wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows, the 36-story InterContinental New York Times Square will total 607 guestrooms each averaging 350 sq ft, including an oversized bathroom complete with walk-in rain showers. The hotel boasts 29 corner suites with expansive views of the city that allowing guests to sightsee without moving their feet. Additionally, the hotel’s 2,700 sq ft duplex Presidential Suite will showcase dramatic panoramic views of Times Square, Broadway, the New York City skyline and the Hudson River.

    IHG, president, The Americas, Jim Abrahamson said: “Opening the largest new-build hotel in the New York City market since 2002 – especially in this economy – is a tremendous milestone and the result of working with the right owner to put the right hotel brand in the right location.”

    Upon completion, the InterContinental New York Times Square will be one of the most environmentally responsible hotels in New York City and the largest new-build hotel to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Counsel (USGBC).

    Designed by the global architecture firm Gensler, LEED certification was based on a number of green design and construction features, including the use of sustainable materials such as roofing with low solar heat gain; green roofs with drought-tolerant, low maintenance plants (i.e. moss and sedum plantings); large windows to maximize natural day lighting; and an energy-generating elevator system.

    With interior design by Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), the InterContinental New York Times Square combines classic New York Art Deco heritage with contemporary and natural inspiration, providing a refreshing sanctuary from the bustling streets of Manhattan.

    Daniel Fountain / 08.02.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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