Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels announce opening of Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground

  • 17 Nov 2022
Newly constructed hotel is the 16th Candlewood Suites in Lendlease and IHG’s Privatized Army Lodging portfolio

Lendlease, a leading global real estate and investment group, and IHG® Army Hotels announce the opening of the Candlewood Suites® hotel on Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Featuring 69 guest rooms and spanning nearly 50,000 square feet, the newly constructed Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground is the latest extension of the engagement between Lendlease, IHG and the Privatized Army Lodging (PAL) initiative, a U.S. Army-led, public-private venture to revitalize on-post lodging for, and support and serve, soldiers, their families and all government travelers. The hotel also represents the 16th Candlewood Suites property made possible through PAL, which now supports more than 12,000 hotel rooms across 40 military installations nationwide.

“I am incredibly proud of the entire Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels teams for working diligently to deliver this impressive hotel despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Matt Garrett, Lendlease Senior Vice President and General Manager of PAL. “One of PAL’s priorities is to improve the guest experience through outstanding hotel amenities and services. This brand new Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground represents the very best in hospitality, specifically designed to meet the needs of our military travelers and their families.”

The Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground offers a variety of rooms – including studio and one-bedroom suites – and features to accommodate the unique needs of today’s military travelers. Each suite includes a full kitchen, supplemented by complimentary hot breakfast and the Lending Locker which makes specialized kitchen appliances (such as slow cookers and waffle irons) available for checkout. The hotel’s outdoor Gazebo Grill and fireplace and Distinguished Visitors Quarters lounge also facilitate community and comfort among guests and visitors.
“For more than 13 years, IHG Army Hotels has proudly worked to extend the spirit of true hospitality to military members and their families through first-class, service-minded properties, and the opening of the new Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground further underscores the successes of our collaboration with the PAL initiative,” said Chuck Sourbeer, Vice President of Operations for IHG Army Hotels. “Whether for a single night or an extended stay, the Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground provides all the amenities guests need to rest and reconnect, backed by an understanding and caring staff.”

Aside from quality service, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels offer unique benefits for military travelers and their families. Guests can earn loyalty points through the IHG One Rewards program which can be redeemed for personal travel at more than 6,000 IHG Hotels & Resorts properties spanning 17 brands worldwide. Additionally, IHG Army Hotels proudly employ veterans and military spouses who recognize the unique challenges and needs of the on-post environment and are qualified to serve guests accordingly. Family members and spouses working at these hotels have the option to maintain employment with IHG if relocated, eliminating one of the many stresses of reassignment.

An IHG Green Engage Hotel, the Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground participates in IHG Army Hotels’ innovative sustainability and environmental impact measurement and management program and can access more than 200 enhancements to reduce energy, water and waste.

As the exclusive developer for the Department of Defense’s only lodging privatization program, Lendlease is the owner, developer, design-builder, and asset manager for the Candlewood Suites on Aberdeen Proving Ground. IHG Hotels & Resorts is the hotel operator and manager.

About Lendlease
Lendlease ( is a leading global real estate and investment group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Our purpose is to create places where communities thrive. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, Lendlease has approximately 7,700 employees internationally. Our core capabilities are reflected in our operating segments of Development, Construction and Investments. The combination of these three segments provides us with a sustainable competitive advantage and allows us to provide innovative integrated solutions for our customers.

In the US, Lendlease’s Communities business is one of the nation’s leaders in public/private community development. We manage one of the largest military housing portfolios in the US and are the Army's exclusive partner for lodging. With a focus on creating sustainable value, Lendlease creates communities that regenerate our environment, enrich people’s lives and foster economic growth. Lendlease has worked extensively with the Department of Defense through the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program that provides for the transfer of military housing assets to private sector companies. With over 40,000 residential units, 192 apartments and more than 12,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio, Lendlease will finance, develop, build, renovate and operate these sites for at least 50 years.

About IHG Army Hotels
IHG Army Hotels understands the unique needs and demands of military travelers. It is our goal to deliver True Hospitality and excellent hotel stay experiences to service members, DoD contractors, families, retirees and civilians. Our hotels are conveniently located inside 40 U.S. Army installations, many featuring globally-known brands at reasonable prices. We do it with dedicated, knowledgeable staff that is prepared to provide the service you need to complete your mission. We do it because it's your hotel. To learn more, visit

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Jamie Cwalinski
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