New Holiday Inn Express® Philadelphia NE - Bensalem Opens Following Extensive Renovation

Hotel Just Minutes from Downtown Philadelphia Includes New Décor and Completely Remodeled Guest Rooms

January 25, 2013 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading global hotel companies, announces the recent opening of the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia NE – Bensalem following extensive renovations.

Located at 1329 Bristol Pike, the hotel is centrally situated in suburban Bensalem midway between downtown Philadelphia and historic Bucks County. Directly off Interstate 95, the new Holiday Inn Express is just 16 miles from Philadelphia’s historic district and 30 miles from Philadelphia International Airport.

"Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers," said Jim Anhut, senior vice president, Brand Management, The Americas, IHG. "With more than 2,100 properties worldwide and 440 more in the pipeline, the Holiday Inn Express brand continues to provide our guests with an enhanced-stay experience at a great value. We are proud to welcome the Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia NE – Bensalem into the Holiday Inn family with its brand-new sign and everything it represents.”

Features of the new property are in line with the $1 billion Holiday Inn global brand relaunch, the largest project of its kind in the hospitality industry’s history.. The relaunch program has created a more contemporary brand image as part of the drive to increase quality and consistency across the global portfolio. The program focuses on arrival and welcome services, guestroom and guest bath comfort and a redesigned logo and signage.

“We’re pleased to be joining the Holiday Inn brand family and to be able to offer visitors to the “City of Brotherly Love” outstanding service and a great value in a convenient location,” said General Manager Joanne Johnston. “Holiday Inn Express is a fresh brand that we believe fits well with the needs of visitors to the Philadelphia area,.”

The hotel is situated near the office of Kraft Foods, Holy Family University andthe Franklin Mills® Mall. Those visiting the Philadelphia area for leisure will discover that many of the area’s historic attractions such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, are just a short drive away. Nearby Bucks County features historic buildings and sites, museums and outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania’s beautiful countryside.

The 141-room, three-story hotel provides a variety of amenities - including an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a meeting room and a 24-hour business center. The new hotel also offers guests a comfortable stay with innovative, preferred-guest upgrades to ensure a pleasurable experience. Guest rooms feature contemporary styling, a 42-inch HD flat screen TV, iPod docking station, 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 both in the rooms and throughout the hotel, and free local phone and toll free, phones with private voicemail and complimentary USA TODAY® newspapers. 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.

Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia NE – Bensalem is owned by 1329 Bristol Pike Associates and managed by Growth Properties under a license agreement with a company in the InterContinental Hotels Group. 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 69 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 4,500 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 2,000 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.

About IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)

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 69 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 672,000 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.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.priorityclub.com for more on Priority Club Rewards. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media, www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

Media Contacts:

Manjusha Sharma
Holiday Inn Express
manjusha.sharma@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-8781

Sarah-Ann Soffer
Holiday Inn Express
sarahann.soffer@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2707

SOURCE IHG

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