IHG opens new HI Express in British Columbia. Saturday, 19th July 2014 Source : InterContinental Hotels Group
IHG announces the opening of the new 99-room Holiday Inn Express® Fort St John hotel, located just off the Alaska Highway in the heart of Fort St John, the hotel is in close proximity to a variety of recreational facilities and activities including the Pomeroy Sports Centre, which houses two-NHL sized ice rinks and a speed skating oval, Lake Point Golf & Country Club and Charlie Lake Provincial Park.
“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Heather Balsley, senior vice president, Americas Holiday Inn® Brand Family, IHG. "With more than 2,200 properties worldwide and 450 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express brand portfolio continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value.”
The Holiday Inn Express brand is one of the largest and fastest growing hotel brands in the industry, and in order to meet the ever-changing needs of its guest, IHG invested in the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand relaunch, the largest in hospitality history. The relaunch continues to drive increased quality and consistency across the global portfolio, and new hotels feature a contemporary image with emphasis on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.
Located at 9504 Alaska Road, the newest addition to IHG’s portfolio in British Columbia features an open concept design and casual atmosphere packed with an array of on-site amenities such as an indoor pool, waterslide, hot tub, fully equipped fitness center, around 1,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a 24-hour business center.
“We are pleased to be a part of the Holiday Inn Express brand portfolio and to be able to offer travelers an outstanding guest experience at a great value in a convenient location,” said Tannis Frantik, general manager. “We believe this brand fits the needs of our guests and that’s why a significant investment was made to build this new property.”
All rooms include a refrigerator, a Keurig® coffee machine, microwave, and 42” HD television. The hotel offers guests a comfortable, affordable stay with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience. Business travelers can also take advantage of the large desks, ergonomic chairs, free local and toll free phone calls with private voicemail, complimentary breakfast and electronic copies of The Globe & Mail®.
The complimentary Express Start® breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items, and now features healthy breakfast items, including Oikos yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, Special K cereal with red berries, new oatmeal flavors in cups, and a toppings bar - for yogurt, cereal and pancakes. Additionally, the breakfast bar continues to offer a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, fruit, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll, and Smart Roast® coffee. Guest rooms will feature contemporary styling, 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.
The SimplySmart™ shower incorporates a proprietary Stay Smart™ Kohler showerhead, signature shower curtain with curved rod. Upgraded 100 percent cotton terry towels and Bath & Body Works White Citrus bath products are also included. 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.
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