November 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // TORONTO – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, announces the opening of the newly renovated 80-room Holiday Inn Express® Victoria-Colwood hotel in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). The hotel joins the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sequim and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport Richmond properties nearby.
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. We are confident that this hotel, which offers friendly staff, comfort and convenience at an unbeatable value, will become the top choice for travellers in the Victoria-Colwood area.”
The Holiday Inn Express brand is the smart choice for travellers seeking a hotel that will help them rest and go while staying productive, delivering exactly what they need and nothing they don’t. The more than 2,400 Holiday Inn Express hotels worldwide offer a simple and efficient stay through the uncomplicated yet personal service travellers expect from the brand.
The newly renovated hotel is the first property in Canada to open with the brand’s new 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.
Guests at the hotel can take advantage of a 24-hour Artisan Farmers Market and enjoy the Coast Collective Art Gallery located nearby. Located off the Trans-Canada Highway and a short drive from downtown Victoria, the hotel is near popular points of interest such as The Royal Roads University, Esquimalt Naval Base and golf courses. In addition to being the perfect property for business and military travellers to the Victoria area, the hotel will play host to those participating in and attending the Men’s Grand Slam of Curling in March 2016, which is expected to attract sports and leisure travellers to the hotel.
Complimentary bicycle rentals are also available for guests wishing to ride along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail located right next to the hotel.
The hotel features an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and a 24-hour business center. There are 300 square feet of meeting space, which can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people. Guest rooms feature contemporary styling, comfortable queen, king or two double beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair and an in-room coffee machine featuring Smart Roast™ 100% Arabica coffee.
The complimentary Express Start™ breakfast bar offers a full range of breakfast items including a variety of healthy items, such as Oikos® yogurt, whole wheat English muffins, Kellogg’s® breakfast cereals, Quaker® oatmeal flavors in cups and a toppings bar for yogurt, cereal and pancakes. 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.
Jauline Matkin, General Manager, Holiday Inn Express® Victoria-Colwood, said: "We are excited to be the first Holiday Inn Express hotel in Canada with the brand’s new design solution. Our guests will experience the very latest in style and comfort during their stay in Victoria-Colwood and we are confident they will enjoy the design features unique to the Holiday Inn Express brand."
The hotel, located at 318 Wale Road, Victoria, British Columbia, V9B 0J8 is owned by Westridge Lodging Ltd and managed by RGI Hospitality. 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 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.
Holiday Inn Express® hotels are modern hotels for value-oriented travellers. Fresh, clean and uncomplicated, Holiday Inn Express hotels offer competitive rates for both business and leisure travellers. 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 over 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.
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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.
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