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(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of Real Estate Florida.)

MIAMI LAKES, FL-InterContinental Hotels Group has opened a second Hotel Indigo location in Miami at 7601 Miami Lakes Drive. The 86-room boutique hotel was previously the Don Shula Golf Club before undergoing an $8-million renovation by locally based owner Graham Cos. The property is managed by Atlanta-based Hotel Equities.

Amenities at the newest Hotel Indigo location include a pool, health and fitness center, business center, 12-executive boardroom and complimentary high-speed Internet, along with Phi Bar and Restaurant. Rates range from $129 to $299 per night, depending on the season. The boutique-style hotel brand is designed with inspiration from nature and the symmetry of art and math.

“We’re excited to bring this level of service and unique product into this market,” Tamara Markham, director of operations for Hotel Equities, tells GlobeSt.com of the Miami Lakes property. “Despite the downturn, we’re extremely optimistic because this a new exciting brand and there is a niche for a traveler looking for something unique.”

This is the 22nd Hotel Indigo completed by IHG, according to Markham. The brand opened its first Miami-Dade location in Dadeland in September. This spring, a newly built 135-room Hotel Indigo is expected to open on South Beach, followed by locations in St. Petersburg, Jacksonville and Fort Myers. The state’s first Hotel Indigo opened in Sarasota in October 2006, according to IHG.

Earlier this year, Jim Anhut, senior vice president of American franchise development for IHG, told GlobeSt.com that Hotel Indigo seeks locations in what he calls “culturespheres,” offering a mix of living and entertainment options. Back in September, he said IHG is not terribly concerned about attempting an expansion of Hotel Indigo during an economic downturn, pointing to overall strong fundamentals within the US hotel industry. He notes that it’s important for the company not to flinch where its commitments to franchises are concerned.

“Needless to say, we’re being watchful of the headlines, but that has not slowed down the momentum of the brand,” Anhut explained. “You adjust in cycles like this, but you don’t take your eye off the long-term opportunity.”

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