InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a hotel operating company, is looking to expand in the UK & Ireland with the development of three more Holiday Inn Express hotels: Holiday Inn Express Grimsby, Holiday Inn Express Dublin – City Centre and Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough – Centre Square.
Of the new hotels, the first to open, towards the end of 2015, will be Holiday Inn Express Grimsby. The 80-room newly constructed property will operate under a franchise agreement with Brayford Hotels. The hotel will be centrally located in the town of Grimsby near the main railway station.
Based in Ireland’s capital, Holiday Inn Express Dublin – City Centre will open in the spring of 2016. The 198-room conversion property will operate under a franchise agreement with existing IHG owner, Findlater House Ltd. The hotel will be located in O’Connell Street, Dublin’s shopping district, and is claimed to be well positioned to attract a healthy mix of business and leisure travellers.
Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough – Centre Square is also set to open in 2016. The property – converted from an existing office building – will emerge as a 138-room Holiday Inn Express and operate under a franchise agreement with Sherland Property OpCo Limited. Located on the main square, the hotel will be close to local attractions including Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Cleveland Centre shopping mall.
Philip Lassman, director of development UK and Ireland at IHG said: ‘Holiday Inn Express is one of the fastest growing brands in the industry and the brand is certainly doing really well in Europe. The brand offers friendly efficient service, comfortable rooms and a free breakfast – everything a guest needs and nothing they don’t. It’s truly ideal for meeting the needs of corporate and leisure travellers typically taking short weekend breaks and business trips in this part of the world.’
Part of the IHG brand family, Holiday Inn Express hotels claim to be the ideal choice for the smart traveller.
Currently there are over 2,260 Holiday Inn Express hotels globally, of which 219 are in Europe and 38 in the pipeline.