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Whether you're driving into Miami or sailing out of it on a cruise ship, keep your eye to the skyline at night as the InterContinental Miami just celebrated the completion of a $30 million dollar renovation (remember those Venus Williams-designed suites?) by introducing a new light show on its two main facades.
The 19-story LED show has several scenes; it varies from spelling out "WELCOME TO MIAMI" letter-by-letter to a lava flow to a dancing girl (video below). No music will accompany the dancing girl, but playing songs like "Lights" by Ellie Goulding and "Miami" by Will Smith sync extremely well.
Entourage star Jeremy Piven did the honors of turning the lights on, but it was really a night to celebrate Warhol contemporaries Ultra Violet (a painter/sculptor) and Patrick McMullan (the famed photographer), both of whom contributed their creative juice to the lobby of the hotel.
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In other hotel food news today, InterContinental Hotels announced that they will be issuing an e-cookbook named Flavors At Your Fingertips. Hm, kinda makes us think of an IV drip. But nevermind, this all fits in with IHG's reputation for being among the first hotel company to really integrate the wondrous tablet into their amenities.
Available to download for free, the unique app compiles 32 classic recipes—taken from 24 IHG properties around the world—that users can browse using a number of cool, easy-to-follow parameters. Want to search by recipe name? Easy enough. Want to spin the globe to pick your cuisine type? Spin away! Feeling undecided and want to "be inspired" with a surprise recipe? IHG's got you covered there, too.
Seems like all the big-box chains these days are hitting you with all sorts of stay-now-and-get-a-free-night-later offers not that we're complaining or whatever but we know it's sorta tough to keep 'em straight. Here's another, for all you InterContinental fans: The "Biggest Free Nights" offer (which requires little effort on your part aside from registering at GetAFreeNight.com) has been extended to August 15th. All you have to do to get the free night of which the website's URL speaks is stay two nights at an IHG hotel (two non-consecutive nights at two different hotels is totally fine, too).
Unlike some of the other chains offering similar deals, you can actually accumulate up to four nights for free, with no blackout dates at all and some flexibility across property types. The catch: your stay needs to happen by August 15, 2009, though you can stay any day of the week and redeem that free stay you earn until December 26th.
Oh! One more thing: as is the case with almost all of these offers, you've gotta be a member of IHG's loyalty program, Priority Club Rewards, to get in on this. Go here to get all signed up.
[Photo: InterContinental Park Lane, London]