New Hotel Features Fresh Appearance Following Multimillion-Dollar Conversion
ATLANTA – March 6, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)] one of the world’s leading global hotel companies announces the opening of the new Holiday Inn Express® Philadelphia E – Penn’s Landing, within walking distance of Philadelphia’s historic district and downtown.
The new Holiday Inn Express hotel opens following a $4 million conversion that includes renovations to each of the 184 guest rooms, a fully remodeled lobby, a new business center and an exercise room. Located at 100 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. in the Penn’s Landing waterfront area, the 10-story hotel is just minutes from downtown Philadelphia River and offers a free shuttle for its guests to the most popular historic attractions.
“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Brand Management, The Americas, IHG. “With more than 2,100 properties worldwide and 450 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We are proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia E-Penn’s Landing into the Holiday Inn family with the brand-new sign and everything it represents.”
The $1BN Holiday Inn® global brand relaunch, the largest project of its kind in hospitality history, continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The new hotel features a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.
“We’re pleased to join the Holiday Inn Express brand family and offer visitors a new and attractive lodging experience in the very popular Penn’s Landing district,” said Robert Ambrose, general manager, Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia E – Penn’s Landing. “Holiday Inn Express is a fresh brand that we believe fits well with the needs of visitors to this historic area, whether they are here for business or leisure.”
Guests will discover that the Philadelphia Visitor’s Center, just a half mile from the hotel, is a great place to learn about the area’s historic attractions, which include: The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the National Constitution Center. Also within walking distance are the National American Museum of Jewish History and the Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site.
The new hotel offers guests a comfortable, yet affordable, stay with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience. The complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar features a full range of breakfast items, including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, yogurt, fruit, pancakes, the brand’s proprietary cinnamon roll, and Smart Roast® coffee.
The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, a signature shower curtain with curved rod, upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and a custom line of cinnamon-scented bath products. Guests will enjoy the SimplySmart™ bedding collection, where they will find crisp fresh bedding that features an attractive decorative throw, a medium-weight duvet blanket and soft, 200 thread-count sheets.
Guest rooms feature contemporary styling, a 32-inch HD flat screen TV, comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee. Business travelers will find large desks with ergonomic chairs, free high-speed internet access and free local phone and toll free, phones with private voicemail and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers. In addition to its 24-hour business center, the hotel also has meeting facilities.
Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia E-Penn’s Landing, owned by Delaware Waterfront Associates and managed by Growth Properties Hospitality Management, is franchised by an affiliate of IHG. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to www.hiexpress.com.
Holiday Inn Express participates in IHG’s guest loyalty program, Priority Club® Rewards, the industry’s first and largest guest loyalty program, with 71 million members. Priority Club Rewards membership is free and guests can enroll by logging on at priorityclub.com, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of this hotel or any of IHG’s more than 4,600 hotels worldwide.
About Holiday Inn Express
Holiday Inn Express hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travelers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travelers. Guests Stay Smart® at Holiday Inn Express hotels where they enjoy a free hot Express Start® Breakfast Bar, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (US and Canada only). There are currently more than 2,100 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, call 1-800-HOLIDAY or visit www.hiexpress.com.
Notes to Editors:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organization with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty program with over 71 million members worldwide.
IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,600 hotels and more than 675,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.
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