Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express to open at London Heathrow

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has announced plans for a dual branded hotel development at Heathrow Terminal 4.


The hotels – Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow Terminal 4 and Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow Terminal 4 – will operate under a franchise agreement with Arora Hotels. Arora Hotels will also manage the soon to open InterContinental London – The O2.


With 300 bedrooms, Crowne Plaza London – Heathrow T4 will have a range of business and meeting facilities including five meeting rooms and two boardrooms for the convenience of business travellers. The 450-room Holiday Inn Express London – Heathrow T4 hotel will be a ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express hotel featuring the latest technology, an Express Cafe and Bar and larger beds.


Expected to open in early 2018, the new hotels will be directly connected to Terminal 4 via an air bridge, and will also offer direct access to the London Underground, Heathrow Express train service and nearby motorways. With both hotels in the same building, the dual branded model enables operational efficiencies through shared team members and facilities such as meeting space, leisure and fitness facilities and back of house areas.


Robert Shepherd, Chief Development Officer, Europe, IHG said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Surinder Arora and his team on another exciting development. Dual branded hotel developments are attractive for hotel investors because of the significant cost savings and operating efficiencies; and they give guests a choice of two great hotels in the one location depending on their needs. We’re confident this fantastic combination, coupled with the hotels’ great location will make these two hotels the number one choice for business and leisure guests travelling to and from Heathrow.’


One of the world’s leading international airports, Heathrow Airport serves 75 million air passengers annually. Terminal 4 receives 10 million passengers per year, and is the base for Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and the SkyTeam Airline Alliance, which counts Air France, Delta Airlines, KLM, Aeroflot and China Eastern Airlines amongst its members.


Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area Opens in Houston

The new Crowne Plaza Houston Galleria Area hotel has recently opened in Houston, in the US.

The 207-room hotel, which opens having just completed a £13 million renovation project, is a part of the Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts group, a subsidiary of the UK-based owner, manager and franchiser of hotels and resorts, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.

The hotel accommodation includes 29 regular suites, two presidential suites, and three hospitality suites. It also features an outdoor heated pool and cabana bar, a fitness centre, and a business centre.

Mark Peck, the hotel general manager, said, ‘It’s exciting to be opening as a Crowne Plaza hotel in an area that is so conveniently located. The Crowne Plaza brand is well-regarded for providing guests with a unique upscale experience that appeals to quality-minded business and leisure travellers.’

The hotel dining venue is The Red Oak Room Restaurant and Lounge, offering American cuisine served in a casual environment. For meetings and events, the hotel has around 14,000 square feet of refurbished meeting space on offer, including 10 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. Wireless high-speed Internet service is available free to members of the Priority Club loyalty programme.

Gina LaBarre, the company vice president of Americas Brand Management, said, ‘We’re pleased to bring our seventh Crowne Plaza hotel to the Houston area in such a convenient location for business and leisure travellers. There are several major employers in the area that will benefit from the meetings-savvy products and services that only a Crowne Plaza provides.’