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Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton Hotel completes $12.8 Million refurbishment

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Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton announced today the completion of a $12.8 million renovation…

Following Hotel Designs’ Miniview on The Holiday Inn brand and its direction, Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton has completed a renovation that included 298 guestrooms; 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 3,210 square feet of public spaces; and the hotel’s restaurant, Burgers & Crafts.

“After much anticipation we are excited to reveal our newly redesigned property and restaurant concept,” said Brian Lenfestey, Complex General Manager of Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton. “With a design unlike any other in the brand, this renovation elevates the guest experience while creating a familiar at-home feeling, giving us an edge in Denver’s growing hotel market.”

Built in 1974, Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton sits in an area where the original Denver airport was located. A remaining control tower seen from the east facing balconies serves as a visual reminder of the hotel’s unique history. Today, the hotel serves as a convenient option for travelers, located midway between Denver International Airport and downtown Denver in the Stapleton neighborhood, an area that has become a destination in itself with a plethora of new restaurants, walking districts, and residential neighborhoods.

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With the renovation overseen by InterServ, Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton has been renovated with a grey and white color scheme accented with orange tones. Designed for the contemporary traveler in mind, the new design offers familiarity, reliability and excitement paired with a smooth guest experience whether traveling for business or leisure.

  • Guestrooms: Renovated guestrooms create a familiar experience like entering a home with residential carpet patterns, residentially-inspired surface mounted or wall sconces, a welcome nook that provides the guest a place to store their belongings, charge their devices, and settle in, and a living zone with a TV, dresser, additional storage and a moveable table.
  • Meeting Space: The meeting spaces have been revamped with new lighting fixtures, wall coverings, and grayscale carpet accented with blue tones.
  • Lobby: The Lobby of the Holiday Inn has set the modern yet simple tone that the rest of the hotel emulates. The renovation brought new modern couches, chairs, and local photography throughout the public space.

As part of the $12.8 million renovation, Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton has also revamped its casual, all-day restaurant, Burgers & Crafts, which officially re-opened in November 2018.

The centerpiece of the restaurant is the craft centric bar which smoothly conforms with the design of the restaurant to feature an inviting “open” feel with communal tables and soft seating. The bar will provide a retail “to go” selection of espresso drinks, pastries, fresh fruit, parfaits and breakfast sandwiches, as well as casual dining with a wide selection of craft beers and whiskeys.

“We are thrilled to be reopened for our guests with a new design and dining concept,” said Keith Falco, Executive Chef of Holiday Inn Denver East – Stapleton. “Our team has thoughtfully crafted a food menu using regional ingredients and a drink menu that highlights the strong history of our region’s breweries and distilleries.” 

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MINIVIEW: The Holiday Inn London – Heathrow M4, Jct.4

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Taking the next junction in modern hotel design, the design team at IHG has recently unveiled new interiors at The Holiday Inn London – Heathrow M4, Jct.4…

The days of the The Holiday Inn brand being perceived as a cheap and rather basic night away are long gone, as IHG has unveiled a new design era in the brand’s history which begins on the fringes of London Heathrow airport.

Complete with a open lobby, flexible work stations and dynamic interiors throughout with a strong focus on contemporary art outside the frame, The Holiday Inn London – Heathrow M4, Jct.4 has pulled off a significant refurbishment to the public spaces, revolutionising the guest experience from check in through to check out.

A modern styled room with accents of blue and cosy seating throughout

The refurbishment followed the news that LGH Hotels Management Ltd, which owns and manages a portfolio of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels across the UK, announced a multi-million-pound refurbishment plan across their properties, starting with the Holiday Inn London – Heathrow M4, Jct.4.

The new open lobby transforms how guests eat, drink, work, meet and socialise by providing one cohesive space to fit their individual lifestyles. The redesigned space merges the reception, lounge, bar and restaurant to create one relaxed and multi-faceted area with no barriers, so that guests can blend work and leisure instinctively, which has already received rave reviews from guests and visitors.

A mixture of leveled seating with a TV on the right hand side. Modern public areasOmar Nicholls, Development Director for LGH Hotels Management Ltd, was tasked to oversee and execute the refurbishment plans for the hotel and has worked closely with external design agency Design Coalition to achieve the new Holiday Inn open lobby concept.“Our main goal with the open lobby design was to create a space that feels familiar, like an extension of home, and has a logical flow so guests can truly relax and utilise each corner in a way that makes sense to them and accommodates all of their work and relaxation needs,” he explains.

Designed to reflect a laid-back living room, guests find comfort in the furniture that feature appropriately placed charging units. The new dining area in the lobby is now a flexible and informal space with a range of high and low tables and booths to suit everyone, be it a working lunch or relaxed group meal.

The open lobby concept is unique to The Holiday Inn brand and will be extended to properties across Europe to become a brand-defining feature.

 

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The rise in design-led airport hotel lobbies

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As the demand for travel increases, Hotel Designs editor Hamish Kilburn investigates why modern design-led airport hotels are seriously taking off…

LGH Hotels Management Ltd has just announced in a press release a multi-million pound refurbishment plan across its portfolio of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels throughout the UK, starting with the Holiday Inn Heathrow M4,Jct.4. The new design concept in the airport hotel is said to make the most of the hotel lobby by opening up the space in order to ‘revolutionise how guests eat, drink, work, meet, relax and socialise’.

Omar Nicholls, Development Director for LGH Hotels Management Ltd, has been tasked to oversee and execute the refurbishment plans for each hotel and has worked closely with external design agency Design Coalition to achieve the new Holiday Inn open lobby concept. “Our main goal with the new open lobby design is to create a space in each property that feels familiar, like an extension of home, and has a logical flow so guests can truly relax and utilise each corner in a way that makes sense to them and accommodates all of their work and relaxation needs,” he said.

Open space in Holiday Inn Heathrow

Considering that more and more people are spending their money on experiences over products, as evidenced in a previous interview with co-founder and CEO of Utopian Hotels, the look – and more importantly the feel – of a hotel is paramount, especially in airport hotels. The lobby as we used to knew it (as a check in desk and a place to wait for a taxi) is ‘old hat’. Replacing the functional first impressions, as previously discussed with Richmond International’s Principal Fiona Thompson, are funky and quirky interiors, designed to invite guests to mingle, work, relax and enjoy.

The press release announcing the new interiors of the Holiday Inn lobby concept suggests that the “open lobby concept is unique to the Holiday Inn brand and will be extended to properties across Europe,” but we have seen references to this concept before. Ever since there have been airports, there have been airport hotels. 2014, however, was an impressive year that really took airport hotels into a new era. HBA London unveiled the striking Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which put airport design hotels were about to be firmly on the map. Following that was the launch of Naumi Auckland Airport, which has recently launched new rooms specifically for female guests.

Modern, public spaces

One thing is certain, the new open lobby concept in the Holiday Inn London Heathrow will provide one cohesive space to fit their individual lifestyles. The open area will merge the traditionally separate zones of a reception, lounge, bar and restaurant to create one relaxed and multi-faceted area with no barriers, so that guests can blend work and leisure instinctively.

The new public spaces will include a media lounge, replacing the traditional bar area, for guests to make themselves at home during their stay. Designed like a laid-back living room, guests will find comfy seating, games, TV and magazines to enjoy at their leisure. For those who need to prep for a meeting, work remotely or make a long-distance Skype call, the new E-Bar will offer a great space to plug in and get connected with lots of power points and a wireless printer – another growing demand for the modern traveller.

Multi-million pound refurbishment begins at Ramada Leicester Stage

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The hotel will offer 80 of the latest design Holiday Inn bedrooms.

The London Town Group is undertaking a multi-million pound refurbishment of The Ramada Leicester Stage to rebrand the hotel as the Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston.

The remodelling and refurbishment plan is already under way, with a substantial amount of the work to be carried out in time for a reopening in late summer 2018.

The hotel will offer 80 of the latest design Holiday Inn bedrooms, the new open lobby Holiday Inn concept, Starbucks Coffee, meeting rooms, Stage Suites function rooms and a Bella Italia restaurant.

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The Stage Suites will be able to accommodate from 50 to 350 guests reception style or 250 guests for a wedding breakfast. There is free on-site parking for coaches and up to 150 cars.

The the hotel will be positioned for a variety of business related activities, including meetings, gala dinners, team away days or team building days. The Holiday Inn Leicester Wigston is also fully licensed for civil ceremonies.

David Greenwood, who has been the General Manager at Ramada Leicester Stage for the past 10 years, said: “We can’t wait to give our beautiful hotel the restoration it deserves, and give Leicester a hotel and function space it can be proud of.”

Other hotels based in the region are the Sheffield Metropolitan and Mercure Nottingham City Centre, both of which have also undergone major refurbishment in recent times.

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BGAM acquires Holiday Inn, Stonehenge for £12.5million

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Bowling Green Asset Management (BGAM) is announcing its second branded hotel acquisition of 2017, a luxury 103-room Holiday Inn, located close to Salisbury and Stonehenge, for £12.5 million, reflecting a net initial yield of 9.25%.

The property has been sold by Colliers International’s Hotels Agency team on behalf of the off-shore based Fiesta Enterprises Limited. It is located situated six miles from the Stonehenge UNESCO world heritage site and benefits from newly refurbished accommodation and the acclaimed onsite Solstice Bar and Grill. BGAM will be looking at various asset management opportunities on site, whilst continuing the good work of the previous owner.

BGAM will also be keeping the current senior management team, as well as all existing employees.

Bowling Green Asset Management (BGAM) is announcing its second branded hotel acquisition of 2017, a luxury 103-room Holiday Inn, located close to Salisbury and StonehengeBGAM directors (Jamie Levy & Nicholas Rubin) said: “This hotel has been a target of ours for some time, so we are pleased to complete the purchase. The hotel has been run on a sound footing previously and we have no intention of upsetting the applecart. Many of the staff have been with the hotel for a number of years and we hope they remain with us for the foreseeable future. We will be looking to expand the hotel offerings, along with continuing the hunt for potential acquisitions”.

The interest expressed follows a pattern of increasing demand for UK provincial hotels, particularly for global branded stock. We are seeing an emerging trend of increased demand for quality provincial hotel opportunities from a diverse buyer set, including international investors, who have been attracted by weaker sterling; and from private buyers, attracted to the benefits of a lifestyle opportunity, to corporate investors attracted to favourable returns and real estate alternatives. Since the beginning of 2016, over 20 per cent of UK hotel sales completed by Colliers were to international buyers.

“This is a great end to the year and we are looking forward to an improving level of hotel transactional activity in 2018”

Holiday Inn's new H4 design concept

Holiday Inn shows off new H4 design concept

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the new-build 153-room Holiday Inn® Hotel & Suites Bellingham hotel in Bellingham, Washington.

The hotel, which is located steps away from Bellingham International Airport, is the first Holiday Inn property to open featuring the brand’s new H4 design, which was developed in collaboration with Holiday Inn hotel owners and frequent guests to meet the changing needs of modern leisure and business travelers.

Eric Lent, Vice President, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza Brands, The Americas, IHG said: “Since its inception more than 60 years ago, the Holiday Inn brand has been a part of countless memorable experiences for travelers the world over. It’s important for a brand with as much history as Holiday Inn to continually reinvent itself in order to maintain its place in the hearts and minds of guests. With H4, we’ve once again raised the expectation of what a great hotel stay can be, and we are thrilled to welcome the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham to the IHG family as the first of many properties to come featuring this innovative new design.”

The Holiday Inn brand’s H4 guest room design is a flexible solution that adapts to each guests’ individual needs as they change throughout their stay, allowing them to work or relax wherever and however they want and truly make the space their own. As part of the design, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham hotel features:

– A Welcome Nook serves as a drop zone for guests to hang their coat, drop their keys and personal belongings and plug in their devices – much like they would an entryway or mudroom in their own home.
– An entirely new room type, the King Bed with Comfort Hideaway, features a trundle-type bed which doubles as a sofa during the day and can pull out into two twin beds at night. The room design is ideal for both business travelers, serving as a separate place to work or relax and unwind, and families with kids and teens, giving each member of the family a comfortable place to sleep and play.
– A new Moveable Desk and more than five dedicated points of power throughout the room were designed with today’s travelers in mind, giving them the ability to work and play anywhere in the room.

Ragan Humphrey, General Manager, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham said: “We can’t wait to welcome guests traveling to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to the new Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham. With wonderfully designed rooms, spacious public areas and state of the art conference facilities, we have everything covered whatever the reason travellers stay. We are confident that our hotel will quickly become a favorite choice of leisure and business travelers visiting the area.”

Holiday Inn Express Antrim to undergo refurbishment

Holiday Inn Express Antrim to undergo major refurbishment

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A significant project to transform guest bedrooms at Holiday Inn Express Antrim is underway.

Refurbishment works at the hotel began on Monday 14 November and will see £110,000 invested in making improvements to 30 rooms within the property over the next fortnight. As part of the wider initiative, all of the property’s 90 bedrooms will be refurbished by the end of 2018, marking an overall investment of £350,000.

The makeover will be in line with the recently launched Holiday Inn Express Next Generation redesign, developed with industry-leading experts to meet the changing needs of today’s ‘Smart Travellers’.

The project will see the carpets, lighting, curtains, chairs and artwork in the rooms all replaced, while the hotel will take delivery of a new bed for every room to ensure guests enjoy a great night’s sleep. Work at the hotel, managed by the UK’s leading independent hotel management company, Redefine|BDL Hotels (RBH), is expected to be completed by 25 November.

Diane McMullan, general manager at Holiday Inn Express Antrim, said: “This investment will allow us to make some fantastic upgrades to our rooms.

“The investment underlines the commitment we have to improving every aspect of our guests’ experience at our hotel. We felt that modernising the rooms was a long overdue project and we’re all excited about how much this will enhance what we have to offer.

“We have put a lot of thought into the improvements being carried out and we are sure they will prove popular with our regular guests and newcomers alike.”

Holiday Inn Express Antrim is located off the M2, near Belfast International Airport. It features four purpose-build meeting rooms and free WiFi access for all guests.

Holiday Inn - Osaka

Holiday Inn opens in the heart of vibrant downtown Osaka

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of Holiday Inn Osaka Namba. This is the fifth Holiday Inn hotel in the brand family in Japan, joining others in Sapporo, Sendai, Kanazawa and Miyazaki. The 314-room Holiday Inn Osaka Namba is located in the heart of Osaka.

Hans Heijligers, Head of Japan, IHG said: “We are delighted to strengthen our brand portfolio in one of Japan’s major cities, Osaka and the opening of Holiday Inn Osaka Namba will bring more choice for our valued guests and nearly 99 million IHG Rewards Club members all over the world. With a tourism boom in Japan, and especially in Osaka, over the last few years, we have also seen a shift in the travelling patterns of international travellers who are now more interested in local experiences than just visiting world famous places or shopping. Travellers can find a variety of local experiences, such as sampling local delicacies and exploring the back streets that are unique to Japan, right here in Osaka.”

With the government’s focus on increasing annual international visitor arrival numbers to 40 million by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japan’s capital city and outlying regions are set to benefit from the tourism boom.

First established in 2006, IHG ANA Hotels Group Japan, a joint venture between IHG and ANA Holdings, is the largest international hotel company in Japan operating a total of 33 hotels across IHG’s three international brands: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn – supported by the strength of the local ANA brand. There are currently three IHG branded hotels in Osaka – InterContinental Osaka, ANA Crowne Plaza Osaka and Holiday Inn Osaka Namba, catering to both domestic and international guests.

There are currently 1,199 Holiday Inn® hotels open across the globe, with a further 269 hotels due to open in the next three to five years*. Across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, there are 90 Holiday Inn hotels open and 49 hotels in the pipeline.

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Project Spotlight: Dexter Moren Associates at Holiday Inn Manchester

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The new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, designed by Dexter Moren Associates, has officially opened.

The vibrant interiors for the 298-key hotel have been inspired by the city’s cultural icons and rich industrial heritage. The interior concept combines custom-made nostalgic features, combined with the latest technology and high quality contemporary finishes.

Manchester Holiday Inn

A signature open lobby concept combines an open plan reception, restaurant, lounge and Starbucks cafe. Suites are named after famous local footballing heroes and function rooms after home-grown musicians. Guest rooms range from standard to luxury top-end suites.

Holiday Inn Manchester

“There is a quote by the legendary Tony Wilson (of Factory Records fame) illuminated in neon lights on the ground floor reading ‘This is Manchester, we do things differently here’ and I think this perfectly sums up the significance of the city, the hotel brand, our approach and this particular design concept,” says DMA interior designer, David Harte.

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Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham

Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham begins bedroom revamp

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Guests staying at the Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham will soon enjoy a new and improved hotel experience, as the Redefine|BDL Hotels venue begins a revamp of its guest bedrooms.

The Cheltenham property – managed by the UK’s largest independent hotel management company, Redefine|BDL Hotels – will undergo extensive upgrades in August, bringing it up-to-date with the Holiday Inn Express Next Generation redesign.

With over £125,000 earmarked for the revamp and with 40 guest bedrooms receiving improvements across fixtures, fittings and bedding, Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham will be only the fourth hotel in Redefine|BDL Hotels portfolio to undergo the new Next Generation redesign.

Guests staying at the Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham will soon enjoy a new and improved hotel experience, as the Redefine|BDL Hotels venue begins a revamp

Daniel Sharpe, general manager of Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham, said: “The revamp of our 40 guest rooms will offer today’s smart travellers the ultimate stay, providing all of those at-home luxuries they’re accustomed to, and surpassing both their leisure and business needs.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time for the hotel as the investment and modernisation elevates our venue and its already high standards to the forefront of the hotel industry. We look forward to welcoming future customers to the hotel and we are in no doubt that they will enjoy their experience.”

The Holiday Inn Express Next Generation redesign was developed with industry-leading experts to meet the changing needs of today’s ‘Smart Travellers’ and is to be rolled out to a number of properties across Europe.

Holiday Inn Express Redditch

Two Holiday Inn Express properties added to Redefine|BDL portfolio

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Redefine|BDL Hotels has announced that Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27 Jct 7 and Holiday Inn Express Redditch have joined the management company’s extensive portfolio of hotels.

The properties, which boast excellent facilities and transport links, bring the number of hotels managed by the company up to 65. Redefine|BDL Hotels, the UK’s largest hotel management company, took over operation of the hotels on Tuesday (5th April).

Marking its expansion into two new localities, the Southampton M27 Jct 7 boasts 176 rooms and Redditch offers 100 rooms.

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Now, with 19 Holiday Inn Express properties in its portfolio, these acquisitions further strengthens Redefine|BDL Hotels’ relationship with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) and cements the operator’s position as the largest IHG franchisee operator in Europe.

John Stuart, Redefine|BDL Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re very excited about these two fantastic hotels joining the Redefine|BDL Hotels portfolio. The hotels both sit in prime locations for both business and leisure travellers, with great access to local attractions and major transport hubs.

“We will bring our wealth of experience in running 19 Holiday Inn Express hotels across the length and breadth of the country, ensuring all guests have a fantastic experience.”

Holiday Inn Ottawa East

IHG expands in Ottawa with Holiday Inn opening

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Visitors to the Canadian capital now have even more choice of quality accommodation to choose from thanks to the opening of the newly-renovated 261-room Holiday Inn Ottawa East, the latest offering from the Intercontinental Hotel Group.

Formerly the Chimo Hotel, the Holiday Inn Ottawa East opens after an extensive CAN$9 million (£4.6 million) renovation. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped fitness centre and more than 8,500 sq. ft. of meetings space with capacity for up to 180 people.

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Holiday Inn Ottawa East joins six other Intercontinental Hotel Group properties in the city. They include the centrally located Hotel Indigo Ottawa, the 232-room Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ottawa Airport; which is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the airport terminal.

The new opening further strengthens the capital’s diverse hotel offering. UK visitors to Ottawa can already choose from a wide range of accommodation from intimate boutique properties to state of the art business hotels.