New Holiday Inn Express® Hotel Opens in Pittsburgh

New-build hotel located in the historic North Shore area of the city.

October 09, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the new-build 135-room Holiday Inn Express® Pittsburgh North Shore hotel. Pittsburgh is a hot market for hotel development, with the third largest lodging pipeline in the U.S., according to The Washington Times. The North Shore area, where the new Holiday Inn Express hotel is located, is known for its sports venues and is home to PNC Park, home field for the Pittsburgh Pirates MLB team, and Heinz Field, the stadium for the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team.

Jennifer Gribble, Vice President, Holiday Inn Express® Brand, IHG said: “As one of the largest and fastest growing hotel brands in the industry, we are pleased to continue adding to the Holiday Inn Express portfolio with hotel openings in top markets such as Pittsburgh. We are confident that this hotel, which offers friendly staff, comfort and convenience at an unbeatable value, will become the top choice for smart travelers in the Pittsburgh area.”

The Holiday Inn Express brand is the smart choice for travelers seeking a hotel that will help them rest and go while staying productive, delivering exactly what they need and nothing they don’t. The nearly 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide offer a simple and efficient stay through the uncomplicated yet personal service travelers expect from the brand.

The new hotel is one of the first new build properties to open with the brand’s newest design solution, which was created to meet the evolving needs of the brand’s target guest who is looking for a simple, smart travel experience. The design features an appealing combination of fresh, energetic and engaging elements, creating a distinctive style that is evident at every touch point of the Holiday Inn Express brand experience.

The property features an indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center. Guest rooms include contemporary styling, comfortable queen, king-sized or two queen beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring complimentary Smart Roast™ 100% Arabica coffee.
The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items and recently introduced healthy breakfast items, including Chobani® yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, Kellogg’s® breakfast cereals, new Quaker® oatmeal flavors in cups and a toppings bar for yogurt, cereal and pancakes from the brand's one-touch pancake machine. Additionally, the breakfast bar continues to offer a wide variety of options including a rotation of egg and meat selections, biscuits, fruit, the brand's proprietary cinnamon roll and Smart Roast coffee.

Eric Kratsa, Executive Vice President, Kratsa Properties said: "We are excited to be one of the first Holiday Inn Express hotels with the brand’s new design solution. Our guests will experience the very latest in style and comfort during their stay in Pittsburgh and we are confident they will enjoy the design features unique to the Holiday Inn Express brand."

The hotel, located at 228 Federal Street, is owned by AKA Inc. and managed by Kratsa Properties. The Holiday Inn Express brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. The scale and diversity of the IHG family of brands means that its hotels can meet guests’ needs whatever the occasion – whether an overnight getaway, a business trip, a family celebration or a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-HOLIDAY or by going to IHG.com/HolidayInnExpress. The Holiday Inn Express brand participates in IHG® Rewards Club. The industry’s first and largest hotel rewards program is free, and guests can enroll at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® App, by calling 1-888-211-9874 or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,900 hotels worldwide. The hotel also participates in IHG Green Engage® and offers unique programs to ensure sustainability.

About the Holiday Inn Express® brand

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 with new healthier offerings, free high-speed Internet access and free local phone calls (U.S. and Canada only). There are currently nearly 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotel locations around the globe. For more information about Holiday Inn Express hotels or to book reservations, visit www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress . Find us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/hiexpress or Facebook www.Facebook.com/holidayinnexpress.

About IHG (InterContinental® Hotels Group)

IHG (InterContinental® Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants, HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, EVEN™ Hotels, Holiday Inn® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 724,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with almost 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 88 million members worldwide.
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG’s hotels and corporate offices globally.

Visit www.ihg.com for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com for more on IHG Rewards Club. For our latest news, visit www.ihg.com/media and follow us on social media at: www.twitter.com/ihg, www.facebook.com/ihg or www.youtube.com/ihgplc.

SOURCE IHG (InterContinental® Hotels Group)

Media Contacts:

Jordan Worrall
Holiday Inn® Hotels
Jordan.worrall@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-5010

Abby Jensen
IHG,
abby.jensen@ihg.com
+1(770) 604-2475

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