Holiday Inn Express Debuts in Georgia

ATLANTA, (Feb. , 2003) - Holiday Inn Express announced today that the newly renovated 80-room Holiday Inn Express-Chateau Elan Lodge, in Braselton, Ga., opened February 3, representing another addition to the midscale brand’s portfolio of limited-service hotels.

The Holiday Inn Express-Chateau Elan Lodge is owned by L’Auberge, International, Inc. and managed by Ridgewood Hotels under a license agreement with an affiliate of Six Continents Hotels, Inc.
“Holiday Inn Express hotels are designed to be the smart choice for value-conscious business and leisure travelers,” said Jenifer Zeigler, vice president of marketing for the Holiday Inn Express brand. “Development in the North Georgia area is important in expanding our Holiday Inn Express consumer base and establishing a strong presence in prime tourist locations.”
Situated forty minutes north of Atlanta, the new hotel is adjacent to and shares amenities with prestigious Ch‰teau Élan Winery & Resort. Hotel guests will have access to the winery, spa, four golf courses, equestrian center, conference center, tennis center and eight restaurants, including a spirited authentic Irish Pub. North Georgia’s primary tourist attractions are just minutes from the hotel, including Lake Lanier Islands Water Park, Stone Mountain, Road Atlanta, Panoz Racing School and Mayfield Dairy. Also, just a short drive from the new hotel, are Discover Mills Outlet Mall and the Mall of Georgia.

In addition to the amenities available at Ch‰teau Élan, this 20,000 square-foot, newly renovated property offers guests a variety of amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary parking and immediate access to Interstate 85. Guests of the Holiday Inn Express-Chateau Elan Lodge will have complimentary access and transportation to and from the fitness center at Ch‰teau Élan Winery & Resort.
Standard Holiday Inn Express guest room accommodations feature comfortable queen or king-sized beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, cable television, long-distance access, hairdryer, coffee machine, non-stick iron and ironing board and safety deposit boxes. For those travelers with business needs, guestrooms also provide a work desk, data ports, multi-line phones with private voicemail, Internet access, complimentary USA Today newspapers and ergonomic chairs in King rooms.
“We spent more than $500,000 to convert this property to a Holiday Inn Express hotel and are proud of the end result,” said Jim Papovich, Regional Director of Operations, Ridgewood Hotels. “North Georgia is a well-traveled market for tourism and business travel and a perfect fit for the Holiday Inn Express product.”
The Holiday Inn Express-Chateau Elan Lodge will offer competitive rates for business and leisure travelers, toll free (U.S. and Canada only) and free local phone calls. The newly renovated property will be one of the first hotels to feature the Express Start breakfast bar. The new complimentary breakfast bar, which will become a standard at all Holiday Inn Express hotels by April 2003, will feature traditional morning favorites as well as Smart Roast 100% Arabica coffee and cinnamon rolls with an exclusive recipe developed especially for Holiday Inn Express.

The hotel is located at 2069 Highway 211, Braselton, Ga., 30517. Telephone: (770) 867-8100; Facsimile: (770) 867-3236.

Holiday Inn Express continues to set the pace in the limited-service hotel category as the fastest-growing hotel brand, opening on average two new hotels every week. Holiday Inn Express adds to its achievements a growing list of industry and consumer accolades such as being named the top hotel choice for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine as well as the top hotel brand in its segment by Business Travel News. Holiday Inn Express captured the Travel Industry Association’s 2001 Odyssey Award, in the category of Travel Advertising, for its Stay Smart advertising campaign. The brand has also captured the American Marketing Association`s EFFIE awards (1999-2002). The national EFFIEs are the only major awards to recognize business results attributable to advertising campaigns.


The Holiday Inn Express-Chateau Elan Lodge participates in Priority Club Rewards, the world`s first hotel loyalty program. Guests benefit from new member-preferred features like points transfer, points purchase and the fastest way to Elite status, with competitive features of no blackout dates and no point expiration to form a powerful program that is easy and truly rewarding. According to CNN: “The new Priority Club Rewards program is the best one around…” Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is free and Priority Club Rewards points can be redeemed for great merchandise, airline miles, or free room nights at more than 3,300 hotels worldwide. Guests may enroll online at, call 800-272-9273 or register at any Holiday Inn Express hotel.

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