IHG’s owner partner Dominvs Group today (14 April) started construction on the 306-room Holiday Inn Manchester – City Centre, offering meeting and conference facilities in the heart of the city.
Due to open in 2016, the hotel will also incorporate Holiday Inn’s signature Open Lobby, which combines a front desk, lobby, restaurant, bar, lounge area and business centre into one space.
Dominvs is also planning to open the first Holiday Inn in Dumfries on the site of an existing hotel near Easterbrook Hall and Conference Centre. The 71 bedroom hotel will open this spring.
Preetpal Ahluwalia, Hospitality directorof Dominvs Group: “Only a matter of weeks ago we opened our Holiday Inn Darlington - North A1M Jct.59 and already, we have two additional hotel projects underway with IHG.
“The Holiday Inn brand was most certainly the right choice for us and will continue to be the right choice for our guests nationwide. We eagerly await the opening our first Holiday Inn hotel in Scotland.”
Robert Shepherd, chief development officer Europe, IHG added: “The Holiday Inn brand has been around for more than 60 years but its commitment to innovation and comfort means it remains relevant for our owners and our guests.
“We’re delighted to be developing more hotels with Dominvs Group, and growing our presence in the UK still further.”
Meanwhile, Holiday Inn Heathrow is refurbishing 280 bedrooms to a new design developed to better suit the needs of business travellers.
The new Double Standard bedrooms incorporate the best features of five concept rooms which have been trialled at the hotel and opened up to guest feedback. They include new furniture, 32 inch HD TVs, modern work spaces, leather club chairs and new bathrooms.
The rooms incorporate the best features of five concept rooms which have been trialled at the hotel and opened up to customer feedback.
Lissy Thornquist, Holiday Inn London Heathrow’s general manager, said: “With the hotel industry constantly developing, we want to make sure our guests receive the highest quality.
“We’ve recently invested in our meetings and events facilities and welcome a lot of business travellers from around the world. We’re always looking for ways to surpass expectations, make stays memorable and offer comfortable resolutions to busy lifestyles.”